European Graduate School

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European Graduate School
Type Graduate School; Private; Not-for-profit
Established 1994
Founders Paolo Knill, Wolfgang Schirmacher
Parent institution
The European Graduate School Foundation [1]
President Hubertus von Amelunxen
Dean Margo Fuchs Knill (AHS), Stephen K. Levine (AHS), Christopher Fynsk (PACT)
Location Leuk-Stadt, Switzerland (Administrative Office); Saas-Fee, Switzerland; Valletta, Malta

The European Graduate School (EGS) is a cross-disciplinary institution of higher education awarding Masters and Doctoral degrees within its two divisions: Arts, Health and Society (AHS), and Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought (PACT).[2] Founded in Switzerland, the School operates on two locations: Saas-Fee, Switzerland, and Valletta, Malta.

The EGS is a privately funded international graduate school founded by the non-profit European Foundation of Interdisciplinary Studies. EGS is not recognized by the Swiss University Conference, the main regulatory body for universities in Switzerland.[3]


The European Graduate School was founded in 1994 in Saas-Fee, Switzerland as a private “summer university”. Its founding rector is the Swiss scientist, artist, and therapist, Paolo Knill.[4][5] EGS initially offered Masters programs in Expressive Arts Therapy and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies. In 1996, it began offering PhDs in Expressive Arts Therapy. The early development of EGS was part of a broader initiative to develop a network of training institutes in Expressive Arts Therapy.[6]

The PACT division of EGS was founded by Wolfgang Schirmacher.[4] It was initially named the 'Media and Communications' division.



The Arts, Health, and Society division of EGS offers a Master of Arts (MA) in "Expressive Arts Therapy with a Minor in Psychology", in "Expressive Arts Coaching and Consulting with the option of a concentration in Education or Special Education", and in "Expressive Arts Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding".[7] They offer a "Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies" (CAGS). The certificate program is a mandatory part of qualification for doctoral studies. It can also be taken alone as a continuing education certificate[8][self-published source]. AHS also offers a PhD in "Expressive Arts Therapy".

MA programs require three summer school sessions and the presentation of a written thesis. The PhD program requires two further years of summer sessions and a dissertation.[9]

The AHS division of EGS has exchange agreements with the California Institute of Integral Studies and with Appalachian State University.[7]


The division of Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought focuses on socio-political, philosophical, and artistic inquiry.[10]

Faculty and guest lecturers give three- to six-day courses during four-week summer seminars. Students attend six seminars of 18 hours each.[11] Visiting lecturers also give one-off 'evening lectures'.[12][4]

As of 2004, studies involved two years of coursework, including online writing requirements based on a reading list, and two three-week summer seminars in Switzerland, during which students are evaluated for their participation in nine hours of seminars and lectures each day with visiting professors, philosophers, filmmakers, and artists and spend their final three years writing a thesis or dissertation, followed by a traditional oral defense.[13] Students remain in contact with the university either via the internet or through meetings of so-called "hubs". EGS "hubs" are “decentralized organization of the university arranged in cities where a significant number of EGS students live".[14]


Visiting faculty of the PACT division have included Giorgio Agamben, Chantal Akerman, and Pierre Alféri.[15][16][17][18][19][20] Visiting faculty of the AHS division has included theorist and performance artist, Sandy Stone.[21]

Former graduates and attendees of the European Graduate School include American avant-garde musician, John Maus, [22] Mexican actor and director, Gael García Bernal,[23] artist and writer, Bruce Barber, [24] and Spanish politician Pablo Iglesias Turrión.[25]


EGS is licensed as a university in Malta[26] and is recognized in the Swiss canton where it operates,[27] but is not recognized by the Swiss University Conference, the main regulatory body for universities in Switzerland.[28] In the US, the State of Texas includes the European Graduate School on its published list of institutions that issue "fraudulent or substandard degrees" and notes that it is illegal to use an EGS degree to obtain employment within the state.[29]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^
  2. ^ Atkins, Sally (2005). "Artists in Community: The Black Mountain College and the White Mountain Graduate School.". POIESES: A Journal of the Arts and Communications. 7: 108–124. 
  3. ^ "swissuniversities". Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Zurbriggen, Andreas (2015-08-19). "Universitätsstadt Saas-Fee" [University Town Saas-Fee]. Walliser Bote (in German). 
  5. ^ Levine, Ellen; Levine, Stephen K.; Knill, Paolo, eds. (2005). Principles and Practice of Expressive Arts Therapy. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. p. 256. ISBN 1 84642 032 6. 
  6. ^ Levine, Ellen; Levine, Stephen K., eds. (1999). Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy: Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives. London. pp. 9–10. ISBN 1 85302 463 5. 
  7. ^ a b "IEATA Educational Resources". Archived from the original on 2017-01-20. 
  8. ^ "AHS CAGS". Archived from the original on 2017-02-28. 
  9. ^ "Tamalpa Institute: EGS". Archived from the original on 2017-02-28. 
  10. ^ Art & Education Summer residencies 2015 Accessed: September 22, 2015
  11. ^ "RCID EGS 2007". Archived from the original on 2017-01-20. 
  12. ^ "RCID EGS 2008". Archived from the original on 2017-01-20. 
  13. ^ Macaulay, Scott (2004-03-07). "The European Graduate School". Archived from the original on 2017-03-06. 
  14. ^ Zurbriggen, Andreas (2015-08-19). "Universitätsstadt Saas Fee" [University Town Saas Fee]. Walliser Bote (in German). Der Kontakt wird dabei online hergestellt oder bei Fakultätstreffen in sogenannten «Hubs» – dezentralen Einrichtungen der Universität, die in Städten aufgebaut werden, wo besonders viele EGS- Studenten leben[...] 
  15. ^ Gregory, Derek "The black flag: Guantánamo Bay and the space of exception": Geografiska Annaler. Series B: Human Geography. December 2006, Vol. 88 Issue 4, Pages: 405–427
  16. ^ Kuhn, Albert. Interview mit einem schnellen Brüter. Die Weltwoche. No. 45/05, 2005
  17. ^ (Press release) e-flux. Think Media: The Black Mountain College is back - in Switzerland! Gregory Ulmer. e-flux. International network of Visual Art Professionals. 2002
  18. ^ Fedianina, Olga. 6. Juni 1950: Chantal Akerman. Jüdische Zeitung. Unabhängige Monatszeitung für zeitgenössisches Judentum. June 2006
  19. ^ Haber, John. Chantal Akerman: Bordering on Fiction. Haber Arts.
  20. ^ University of Buffalo.Bilingual reading by Pierre Alféri Accessed: August 4th, 2011
  21. ^ "USCS Alumni placement". Archived from the original on 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  22. ^ Wappler, Margaret (2013-11-26). "Fifteen suppositions from John Maus on art, music, blowing up cities on film and Ariel Pink". Archived from the original on 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  23. ^ Tsoler, Tekeyan (2013-11-26). "Documentary Filmmaking and Social Change". The Link. Archived from the original on 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  24. ^ "Bruce Barber at NSCAD". Archived from the original on 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  25. ^ "Pablo Iglesias Podemos page". Transparencia Podemos. Archived from the original on 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  26. ^ "List of Licensed Institutions and Accredited Courses > Universities". Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  27. ^ Canton du Valais Formation et recherche universitaires Page accessed April 7, 2016
  28. ^ "swissuniversities". Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  29. ^ "Institutions Whose Degrees are Illegal to Use in Texas". Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 

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