With some difficulty I had turned down an offer from a good department on the US east coast, in favour of the EUI. I have never regretted this decision. The first year sequence was as rigorous as in any other top-PhD programme, and together with the field courses left me well-prepared for research. I had very close contact with my two supervisors, who were always happy to discuss my ideas, and to give feedback on written work or on my presentations in the student lunches. The many visitors at the department and an excellent exchange programme with other European and US universities, were an opportunity to make plenty of contacts with other researches in my area. And with its many Students and Post-docs from all over Europe, a beautiful and, yes, exciting city to its feet, plus the fantastic countryside around, the EUI surely makes much more than just an excellent academic environment.
Tobias Broer, PhD in Economics in 2009. Tobias is an assistant professor at the Institute of International Economic Studies, University of Stockholm.