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LIESA (Netherlands)

Vice President

NAME: Liesa Aitton
COUNTRY: Netherlands
PROGRAMME: International Relations and Regional Studies

Why did you choose to study this programme?

I have always hated choosing what interests me most. Especially since there are so many things that I wish to know more about. During my bachelors degree, I finally narrowed my interests down to two topics. However, it simply was not feasible stay in the Netherlands and focus on both fields. The University of Tartu has given me the opportunity to focus on both, as I am now learning about Russia and Eurasia, as well as, international relations.

Why Estonia?

I had been looking for masters within and outside of the Netherlands for a while, when I found the IRRS programme at the University of Tartu. I have always loved the idea of moving abroad. Especially since my exchange semester during my bachelors had been so much fun. Although my knowledge about Estonia was rather limited before moving here, the chance to experience a new country proved to be interesting enough to take a leap of faith and move to the other side of Europe.

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