The European University Institute ranking in the GPA system is Top 50 / Tier 2.
EUI is a remarkable institution because of its origins and legal status: it was established by European governments through a special convention signed at the highest level. It has its campus (and headquarters) near Florence, Italy. EUI offers highly regarded PhD programs and publishes the dissertations online. Many graduates have successful careers in European institutions. It has limited name recognition but commands respect when interviewee understand its special status.
Its Internet communication is disappointing and, together with limited globalization, brings it close to Tier 3.
The EUI opened its doors to its first 70 researchers in 1976. Over nearly 40 years the Institute has grown to incorporate academics from across the globe, spanning borders and staying true to its mission laid down in the 1970s: To “foster the advancement of learning in fields which are of particular interest for the development of Europe”.
Reflecting the growth of the European Union, the Institute now has 22 member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Most students take advantage of national grants. For more information, visit: http://www.eui.eu/DepartmentsAndCentres/Law/DoctoralProgramme/GrantInfo.aspx
Aalto University web site: http://www.eui.eu