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Max Planck Institute of Comparative and International Law

I went in Heidelberg, at the Max Planck Institute of comparative and international law in the middle of November 2019, and I came back in Italy the 29th of February. I choose the Max Planck Institute for different reasons. A very important reason is the attention they have in involve the guests in the academic environment. Another reason, and related to the former, is that they are particularly set on an open and international approach, which is something I needed to overcome some doubts I had.What I found there was even more than what I expected. I found a friendly, familiar environment, made by serious and incredibly capable researcher. An international environment, in which you could learn different approaches. Also the city helps a lot. It is a small environment, that helps you not to waste time. Everything is placed in a dimensione that let you focus on your work. And, not less important, around you il built the human environment you need to enjoy your stay, and overcome some difficulties that sometimes we have to face when we spend time in new cities. I found many similarity with what I appreciate more of the Scuola Sant’Anna, and what make Scuola Sant’Anna different from a part of the Italian academy. The relationships are informal, people care about the whole academic environment, they share they work and they organize a lot of interesting meeting. But I have to say that Scuola Sant’Anna has nothing to envy about that.

Alberto Arcuri 




Heinrich-Heine-Universität of Düsseldorf


I spent 6 months abroad (3 months in 2018 and 3 months in 2019) at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität of Düsseldorf, at the PRuF, the research centre on political parties. The experience was largely positive, as I found an interdisciplinary (made of both lawyers and political scientists) and welcoming research environment. Moreover, it is possible there, as in many German universities, to benefit from excellent research libraries and affordable student residences.


Edoardo Caterina





Max Planck Institite, Heidelberg


We went in Heidelberg, at the Max Planck Institute of comparative and international law (MPIL) from May to September 2019. We enrolled there within the self-financed programme.
MPIL was in our opinion a great place to do research: it provided a wide range of different and interesting opportunities. MPIL has a very active international community who welcome the international students and give their best to ensure an awesome exchange experience. 

Cosimo Gabbani and Massimiliano Malvicini