NAME: Hannah Schaper
PROGRAMME: International Relations & Regional Studies
Why did you choose to study this programme?
I chose the IRRS programme because it interacts well with my BA degree in European Studies. I regard it as a convincing opportunity to set my former studies, which were very much centred on (Western) Europe only, into the broader context of international relations. Apart from that, I enjoy the high level of applicability and relevance of what I am going to study because the manner in which states interact is having an essential impact on everyone’s daily life. Moreover, Tartu makes it possible for me to focus on Russia and Eurasia; a region which has fallen short in my previous studies. The combination of Tartu’s location with its international study environment was another reason for me to apply to this programme.
The reason I am in Tartu at the moment is because I spent my Erasmus here last autumn and I enjoyed my stay very much. I chose Estonia in the first place because I participated in a buddy programme for exchange students at my former university and my buddy happened to be Estonian. This was the first time I got in touch with this kind of mysterious place I had not really been aware of before and I became curious to learn more about it. Plus, I love snow. Finally, in Tartu, I found a place where I felt genuinely at home which is why I came back. I am excited about the opportunity to spend more time here, get to know the country and town even better and share my experiences.
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