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Interview by Video Conference, Information

Ph.D. and LL.M, Selection Procedure 2020-21

Due to the situation related to the Covid-19 virus, all interviews and language tests will be organised by video conference call.


Technical and Practical Information on the Video Conference Call

Video interviews set up

  1. Candidates are provided by the Admissions Officer with the time and date of the call when they are invited for the interview. Candidates may not request that the time-slot and date are modified.
  2. Once candidates confirm their attendance, the Admissions Officer puts them in contact with the departmental assistant who will be in charge of practical arrangements of the video call.
  3. The departmental assistant will provide the complete set of practical details and instructions to join the call.

How to join the conference call

Video conference calls are organised with a free video-conferencing tool, called Zoom. Once candidates have received the details of the Zoom meeting from the Department, they should:

Important requirements

Candidates should make sure that they:

  • Use a wired internet connection rather than a wireless one, whenever possible.
  • Use headphones with microphone. Avoid any loudspeaker or microphone that is integrated in the laptop/computer.
  • Make sure that during the video conference call they are in a quiet space and that lighting is appropriate.
  • Are on time and ready to join the meeting at least ten minutes before the scheduled time.

General Information on the Interview

  • Duration of the interview: 30 minutes approximately.
  • How the interview is conducted: There are slight variations in the organisation of the interview from department to department, but generally speaking, all four departments will ask you to give an oral presentation of your work and interests. There are no written tests set by the departments.  More specifically:
    • History and Law candidates will be asked to give concise presentation of their research proposal and research interests (approx. 10 minutes). This will be followed by questions from the interviewing panel (approx. 15 minutes) and then the candidate is free to ask the panel questions e.g. on the department and the programme (approx. 5 minutes).
    • Political and Social Sciences department candidates will be asked to present their research proposal in no more than 5 minutes. They will discuss this with the panel for 10 minutes. A further 10 minutes will be devoted to more general questions. During the last 5 minutes, candidates will have the opportunity to ask questions about the department and the doctoral programme.
    • Economics department candidates will be asked simple questions to test their knowledge of basic mathematics, statistics and economics - this will take up most of the interview. The Economics department advises that candidates revise basic mathematical, statistical and economic concepts. Slides or any other technical support are not allowed. 
  • Language of the interview: Generally speaking, the language used in the interviews is English, but you might be asked questions in another language (which could be your native language or one of the languages you have marked as being important for research purposes).
  • Composition of the panel: EUI professors and a research student representative (as observer). We are not in a position to give information on the names of professors who will be sitting on the panels.


Language Tests

Assessment tests

Candidates are exempted from taking an English assessment test if they:

  • Have provided a recognised international certificate of English proficiency that meets the EUI minimum requirements or
  • Have completed a previous degree entirely taught in English and have written a thesis in English or
  • Are English native speakers.

All other candidates must take an English Assessment test (oral) by video conference call. The EUI Admissions Office will contact candidates to provide complete information on the test.

Test Results

  • The results of the assessment tests are reported to the interview panels, the departments and to the Entrance Board and are taken into consideration when the admission of a candidate is decided.
  • The Entrance Board may recommend or require a candidate to improve his/her language competence before enrolling at the EUI.
  • The results of the oral assessment tests are also used to help place admitted candidates in English pre-sessional academic skills courses in September. All admitted candidates will also have to take a written placement test. The Admissions Office and Language Centre will contact successful candidates with further information. See English Language Courses for more information about courses.
  • The EUI English language tests are for internal use only. Candidates will not be sent the results, and they cannot be used in applications outside the EUI.

Other Tests 

  • When invited for interview, short-listed candidates will be informed by the Admissions Office whether they have to take additional language test(s) (French, German, Italian or Spanish) at their interview.
  • If another non-native language has been indicated, this will be briefly commented on during the interview with the departmental interviewing panel. 
  • The Admissions Office will contact candidates in advance for the scheduling of the date, time and place of their test.
  • The Admissions Office and Language Centre may require some candidates to take an English placement test by video conference call. The results of the placement tests do not affect the selection process. The results are used to place admitted candidates in English pre-sessional academic skills courses in September. 
  • All admitted candidates will have to take a written and oral English placement test. The Admissions Office and Language Centre will contact successful candidates with further information.

Interview Results, Admission Procedure

Candidates are informed of the outcome of their interview by e-mail in mid-April.

  • Successful candidates should reply to their offer by a specified date. The admission offer is only valid for the academic year for which the candidate has applied. Admission cannot be deferred. Candidates that wish start the programme the following academic year must re-submit a new application, following the standard application procedure that will open in November.
  • Reserve candidates will be contacted by the EUI only if a candidate selected for admission withdraws. Reserve candidates are usually contacted between April and June, but late admissions (July and August) are not uncommon.The EUI is not in a position to inform reserve candidates about their ranking or their chances of admission.
  • Candidates that are not successful are also notified by email.



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