FAQ

Will my MA or PhD degree from The EGS be recognized in the USA, Europe, and elsewhere?

Yes, The European Graduate School (EGS) grants a recognized MA and PhD degree (Doktor der Philosophie) on the basis of the Wallis State Council decision from April 14, 1998. And, with decision from December 12, 2000, the United States Department of Education has determined that The EGS satisfies the definition of an eligible institution under the Higher Education Act of 1965. The EGS School Code OPE ID Number is 03518300. The European Graduate School is governed by The European Graduate School Foundation (EGSF) with a Board of Directors that includes a representative of the accrediting state (Canton of Wallis, Switzerland). Since April 2015 There European Graduate School is accredited as an institution of Higher Education within the European Qualification Framework (EQF) by the State of Malta (license number 2015-007). The EGS is fully accredited and holds partnerships with various well-established universities. Most of our alumni have gone on to teach or work in Higher Education in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere.

Will other institutions and Universities recognize my degree when I graduate from The EGS?

Yes. Our accreditation information is publicly available on our website here↗. Further questions can be addressed to me directly at president@egs.edu or admissions@egs.edu.

Why does the English Wikipedia entry for The EGS indicate that the school is not accredited in some US states?

The entry on Wikipedia has been vandalized and is inaccurate. We are in formal communication with those responsible at Wikipedia and have asked them to lock the site until it is replaced with a correct page listing.

Which session should I choose? 

Choosing between our two campuses in either Valletta, Malta↗ or Saas-Fee, Switzerland↗ will depend on your specific research interests (and in some cases, geographic location as well as availability during the year). Valletta, Malta, the new home to The EGS community, is a vibrant place and has become an attractive choice for most prospective students. Many of our alumni and upper year students also want to switch to this new campus; we welcome this choice and understand the allure of our historic and stunning location at Fort St. Elmo, in its lively Valletta city, surrounded by the ocean. Our Malta session occurs during the beautiful mediterranean Spring (best time of year to be in Valletta). The overall cost of life in Malta is also lower than in Switzerland, and students will get a 20% discount on Air Malta air fares (code given to students after admission). See the curriculum for the Valletta, Malta session in the Philosophy, Art and Social Art↗, & Literary, Musical and Visual Thought↗).

What do EGS students do for the rest of the year before and after their session in Saas-Fee, Switzerland or Valletta, Malta?

Prior to each session in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, or Valletta, Malta, students spend the year preparing for the intensive seminar sessions. EGS students complete their required courses/ECTS credit hours during their seminar session in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, or Valletta, Malta. Throughout the rest of the year, students continue their independent study, work towards their MA theses and PhD dissertations, prepare for their seminars through online forums and correspond with their supervisors, advisors, and mentors. At the EGS hubs (Berlin, New York, and Singapore), students attend their required colloquium and have the opportunity to participate in elective seminars and workshops.

Can I apply online?

Yes, please look here to apply online: Online Application↗

Will the faculty be the same in the Spring Session (Valletta, Malta) as the Summer Sessions (Saas-Fee)?

No, the faculty and seminars will be different in all sessions. We bring to the sessions different research interests. As the Spring Sessions in Valletta, Malta will differ in faculty and content, the EGS summer sessions have always had changes (we continue the policy that the students do not attend one seminar twice within the first two years of study.)

Is it possible to attend individual seminars at the EGS, without enrolling in the MA or PhD program?

Our primary focus at the EGS is with our degree-following students, however if space permits we do allow for visiting scholars or guests to enroll in individual seminars. Visiting scholars or guests must follow the same application procedure as do our general degree seeking applicants. This includes submitting a completed application online as well as via postal mail, as outlined in the application form: Online Application↗. Visiting scholars or guests pay the same tuition fee per seminar as degree following students: Tuition & Fees↗. Visitors make their own accommodations arrangements through our partners in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, or Valletta, Malta.

In Saas-Fee, Switzerland, the EGS accommodations partner is the Hotel Allalin↗. The Hotel Allalin arranges accommodations for students, faculty, and staff in hotel rooms and apartments near campus. Apartment and room sharing is possible and should be discussed directly with the Allalin staff.

In Valletta, Malta, visitors independently arrange their own accommodations. Please visit our Valletta, Malta↗ campus page for more information.

Can students’ family members, partners, or friends come to Saas-Fee, Switzerland,​ or Valletta, Malta, during their studies?

Yes, students sometimes bring their spouses or families to Saas-Fee, Switzerland, or Valletta, Malta, for either part of the session or for the entire session at the EGS. Guests of EGS students are welcome to join free public evening lectures, which take place most evenings throughout the sessions. However, only enrolled students and visiting scholars who have paid their tuition are permitted to attend our daytime seminars. (Please note that any additional accommodations needed for EGS student guests, family members, or friends should be arranged directly with whomever the student has booked the accommodations.)

In Saas-Fee, Switzerland, the EGS accommodations partner is the Hotel Allalin↗. The Hotel Allalin arranges accommodations for students, faculty and staff in hotel rooms and apartments near campus. Apartment or room sharing is possible and should be discussed directly with the Allalin staff.

In Valletta, Malta, visitors independently arrange their own accommodations. Please visit our Valletta, Malta↗ campus page for more information.

What accommodations are available? What are the costs for accommodations in Saas-Fee, Switzerland?

The Hotel Allalin is our accommodations partner in Saas-Fee. They provide hotel rooms and apartments for our students, faculty, administration, and staff near our campus and dining facilities. The accommodations include lodging for the duration of the session as well as three meals per day with fellow students. The mandatory accommodation fee must be paid directly to the Hotel Allalin upon arrival in Saas-Fee. It may be paid in cash (CHF/Swiss Francs) or by credit card (add 3%).

Accommodation Fee: CHF 128.00/day (single room, meals, wifi)

For more information please contact:
Silence Hotel Allalin↗
Zurbriggen-Pozzi
CH- 3906 Saas-Fee
Tel: +41.27.958.1000
Fax: +41.27.958.1001
Email: info@allalin.ch

What accommodations are available and what are the accommodation costs in Valletta, Malta?

Students make their own accommodation arrangements. For private apartment rentals see: Airbnb↗; for more standard hotel and pension bookings, please visit accommodation search engines such as: Booking.com↗.

Average accommodation cost: EUR 50-70.00/day.

What are the best ways to travel to Saas-Fee, Switzerland?

Please see our detailed travel information page here: Travel to Saas-Fee↗.

For more information about Saas-Fee, Switzerland, look here: About Saas-Fee↗.

What are the best ways to travel to Valletta, Malta?

Valletta is easily accessible from most European capitals and serviced by numerous airlines, as well as via ferry from Sicily, Italy. EGS students will be eligible for a 20% discount on Air Malta, details to follow after enrollment.

Please see our detailed travel information page here: Travel to Valletta↗.

For more information about Valletta, Malta, look here: Valletta↗.

Do students need a travel visa to attend courses at the EGS, in Saas-Fee, Switzerland?

This depends on your nationality and/or country of residence. Students must approach their embassies/consulates to inquire about travel restrictions, if any. If a travel visa is required, students should apply well in advance for a short-stay tourist visa, but NOT a long-stay visa. Courses in Saas-Fee take place over a short period of time (approximately three weeks), therefore a short-stay tourist visa is sufficient and generally easy to obtain. The EGS will provide letters of enrollment/admission to support students’ short-stay visa applications.

Do students need a travel visa to attend courses at the EGS, in Valletta, Malta?

This depends on your nationality and/or country of residence. Students must approach their embassies/consulates to inquire about travel restrictions, if any. If a travel visa is required, students should apply well in advance for a short-stay tourist visa, but NOT a long-stay visa. Courses in Saas-Fee take place over a short period of time (approximately three weeks), therefore a short-stay tourist visa is sufficient and generally easy to obtain. The EGS will provide letters of enrollment/admission to support students’ short-stay visa applications.

Is it possible to apply to the EGS even if the applicant’s previous undergraduate or graduate degree is unrelated to Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought?

Yes, the EGS welcomes applications from diverse and interdisciplinary academic and professional backgrounds.

What is the language of instruction at the EGS?

English.

Does the EGS require TOEFL, IELTS, or English language test scores for application and/or entry?

Applicants who have not completed a university degree where English was the language of instruction must submit English language test scores. Results should be equivalent to a 95 or higher on the TOEFL or 7 or higher on the IELTS.

In addition to English, is a second or third language required for study at the EGS?

No. Outside of English, second or third languages are not a requirement for application to the EGS. Many of our students do speak at least two languages and we encourage students to obtain a second or third language during their studies.

Must all application materials be submitted via online and via postal mail?

Yes, all application materials must be submitted online and via postal mail. Please carefully review our application process and follow the application instructions↗.

Is it possible to apply to the Master’s program at the EGS without having yet obtained a Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent)?

Students wishing to begin their MA at the EGS should have completed a BA before beginning coursework at the EGS. However, in exceptional cases, students may apply on the basis of other experience and accomplishments.

If an applicant’s BA degree is incomplete at the time of application but the applicant expects to graduate before beginning seminars at the EGS, the applicant can apply with the following documentation: proof of the applicant’s current undergraduate status including the expected date of graduation, as well as all transcripts to date. Upon completion of the applicant’s BA degree and before beginning coursework at the EGS, the final BA transcripts and a copy of BA diploma must be submitted.

How long does it take to complete the MA degree at the EGS?

MA students must complete two full sessions of coursework (in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, or Valletta, Malta) followed by six months to one year of MA Theses Supervision. Attending further courses in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, or Valletta, Malta, during a MA student’s third year is optional.

Is it possible to apply to the Doctoral program at the EGS without a Master’s degree?

Students wishing to enter Doctoral studies at the EGS should have completed their Master’s before beginning coursework at the EGS. In exceptional cases students may apply on the basis of other experience and/or accomplishments.

If an applicant’s MA degree is incomplete at the time of application but the applicant expects to graduate before beginning seminars at the EGS, the applicant can apply with the following documentation: proof of the applicant’s current academic status including the expected date of graduation, as well as all transcripts to date. Upon completion of the applicant’s MA degree and before beginning coursework at the EGS, the final MA transcripts and a copy of the MA diploma must be submitted.

How long does it take to complete the PhD degree at the EGS?

The general length of a PhD degree is four years, although students may take five years. During the first two years of study, PhD students attend two sessions of seminars (in either Saas-Fee, Switzerland, or Valletta, Malta), followed by two or three years of PhD Dissertation Supervision. Attending further seminars is optional in a student's third and fourth year of study.

Can I apply and be admitted to both the MA and PhD programs at the EGS at once?

No, before gaining entry to the PhD program at the EGS, students must successfully complete their master’s degree. The EGS does offer a MA/PhD Fast Track program, which merges the final MA year with the first PhD year, culminating in a total of six years of study at the EGS. Fast Track students apply directly to the MA program at the EGS, attend two full sessions in Saas-Fee, Switzerland or Valletta, Malta, (one session per year), complete their MA thesis, and register their intended status with the Director of Admissions before the end of their second MA year. The student’s MA thesis should be submitted and accepted before beginning the PhD coursework.

In the Fast Track program, the MA thesis supervision year is merged with the first year of PhD study. Therefore, the MA student’s third year of study includes the completion of their MA thesis as well as the first year PhD coursework. PhD coursework includes another two full sessions in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, or Valletta, Malta (again, one session per year), followed by two or three years of PhD dissertation supervision.

In total, the MA/PhD Fast Track program includes four full sessions in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, or Valletta, Malta, plus two years of PhD dissertation supervision.

How many seminars are taken during each summer session at the EGS?

Students enroll in and attend six seminars per session.

How do students choose their seminars?

EGS students choose one group and follow the seminar schedule of that group for the duration of the session (each group has six seminars). Switching groups is not permitted (with the rare exception of students who are enrolled in a course they’ve already completed).

All students are welcome to return to Saas-Fee, Switzerland, or Valletta, Malta after the completion of their required coursework to enroll in individual seminars of their choice (for extra credits).

During the required two years of PhD dissertation supervision, do students attend courses in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, or Valletta, Malta?

Many PhD students return to Saas-Fee, Switzerland, or Valletta, Malta in their third or fourth year of studies to attend individual seminars and achieve extra credits, as well as to meet with fellow students, faculty, and advisors. The PhD Defense is scheduled in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, or Valletta, Malta when the supervisor approves the student's dissertation.

If a PhD student does not complete the dissertation by the fifth year, are extensions permitted?

Yes, because many of our students are busy with their professional/academic lives, we do allow for extensions (within limits and with the permission of the Dean of the PACT division).

Do PhD students at the EGS select their own PhD Supervisor? And, when?

Yes, students may select their PhD Supervisor from a list of available EGS professors provided to PhD students. EGS students are responsible for proposing their PhD projects to their possible Supervisor(s), each of whom will determine if they can work together (faculty members are not obliged to supervise every student who asks them to do so, although most students do get the Supervisor of their preference). Generally, EGS students choose their PhD Supervisor during their second year of study.

Is it possible to choose a PhD Supervisor that is not a member of the EGS core faculty?

No, PhD Supervisors must be members of the EGS core faculty. External readers or “muses” are welcome and may serve as a third member of the student’s dissertation committee with the approval of the Dean of the PACT division.

Are students allowed to attend two intensive seminar sessions in one year?

No, EGS students choose only one session per year (six seminars and one or two workshops). In exceptional cases, approval to attend more than one session might be requested from the Dean of the PACT Division.

Can I transfer credits from another school to the EGS?

A limited number of transfer credits may be possible after a close evaluation of the complete application submitted to the Office of Admissions.

Can students defer coursework between their first and second year?

No. MA and PhD Students at the EGS are not allowed to take a year off between their first and second year of coursework at the EGS. Special exceptions would have to be discussed/evaluated directly by the Dean of the PACT division at the EGS.

Does the PhD Defense take place in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, or Valletta, Malta?

Yes, Defenses are generally scheduled in Saas-Fee, Switzerland or Valletta, Malta. Defenses can be arranged elsewhere with the permission of the student’s Supervisor and the Dean of the PACT division at the EGS.

How much is tuition at the EGS? Does the EGS offer scholarships, grants, financial aid, or other types of funding?

The EGS is a small, private graduate school solely funded by the tuition of its students. Unlike larger institutions,The EGS does not currently offer direct funding. Information regarding current tuition fees as well as Canadian and U.S. Financial Aid (external scholarship opportunities and partnerships to come) can be found on our Admissions↗ page.

Can I complete my degree at the EGS through distance learning/online study?

No. The EGS is a low-residency graduate degree program, all coursework for both the MA and PhD degrees must be completed in person, in Saas-Fee, Switzerland or Valletta, Malta. The EGS does not offer online courses or degrees.

Is there an age limit to apply to the EGS?

No, our student body comprises a wide range of ages.

Is it possible to apply to and attend the EGS while simultaneously enrolled in another MA or PhD program elsewhere?

Yes, it is possible to apply and attend the EGS while simultaneously enrolled in another MA or PhD program but only if it does not interfere with attendance at the EGS or violate the terms of scholarships that students have obtained from other agencies. The EGS also has partnerships with other universities for double-degree programs.

How do current and past EGS students request transcripts?

Please direct all transcript requests to: admissions@egs.edu.

How do current students obtain Letters of enrollment?

Please direct all requests for “Letters of enrollment” to: admissions@egs.edu.

For further questions, please write to : admissions@egs.edu