I choose European Studies because I wanted to expand my basic knowledge of European history and politics and to be able to understand contemporary European culture and society and its continuing impact upon today's world. It's the whole package: Krakow, the CES program, and all the fantastic students and faculty. It's all relevant and encouraged me to broaden my cultural and intellectual horizons.
The Centre for European Studies at the Jagiellonian Unviersity in Kraków is an excellent institution to learn more about the European Union. The teaching staff is very skilled and the topics and subjects being taught are very diverse. I also had the opportunity to learn Polish. I had a wonderful time, living and studying in one of the most beautiful cities in Poland and spending time with students from all over the world. I chose European studies because it includes sociology, politics and history.I learned a lot about the various aspects and institutions of the European Union which helps me to understand how this supranational entity works.
CES MA program was to me a unique many- sided experience: high-quality academia and theoretical knowledge got together with first- hand experience and lots of additional activities. CES life does in fact take place in its little nice
institute, with very good study-facilities (remarkably, both lounge room and student lab are open 24h/7!) and often flows into Cracow's cafes and pubs afterwards;) I am grateful for my professors' passion in lecturing and even more for the care+commitment demonstrated by CES' staff: this was the key to the warm and joyful atmosphere I experienced. There is no doubt I spent 2 years of intense studying… with great people in a wonderful place;)
I wanted to learn more about Central Europe by studying in a Central European city. I have considerablyexpanded my understanding of cultural, political and societal features of Central and Eastern European region. This programme has provided me with in-depth knowledge about the process of the Eastern enlargement of the European Union. I had an opportunity to get in touch with scholars and students who have similar interests. Besides academic development, studying at CES enables a unique all-inclusive experience for personal growth. People come to study at CES from a wide range of countries. This mixture of nationalities and cultures makes the atmosphere at CES vibrant, enriching and fulfilling. Thanks to that, students have exclusive opportunity to broaden their horizons, discover similarities and differences between cultures and break stereotypes.
CES has changed my life and shifted a lot my views on the outside world. It gave me a possibility for a new start in my life. A big part of CES experience is people you meet, experiences you get together outside of a classroom and great memories you have for the rest of your life!
Romain (France) :
I have chosen the CES in order to meet Poland and to learn about an area that unfortunately keeps on being too much unknown in Europe. Studying there gave me the opportunity to find Europe in all its dimensions and to broaden my mind by debating and sharing opinions from all around the world. CES is an experiment that does not narrow you to a specialisation but gives you the keys to open the doors of perceptions.
Studying at CES has equipped me with knowledge of the institutional foundations of the EU and the main strategies and approaches of its foreign policy. Therefore, it has substantially complemented my research on Ukraine's democratic transition and its foreign policy, providing me with the opportunity to see a full picture of ‘external-internal factors' interplay in Ukraine's long- lasting political transformation.
I spend the second year of my Erasmus Mundus Programme attending the European Studies track at CES. I chose this programme/track as I wanted to gain in- depth knowledge on the EU affairs. In addition, I have studied in Poland before, so I was sure that I was making the best decision as to the country of destination for my second year. In my opinion, the value of this programme is the fact that the study of the EU affairs is done from the perspective of the Central and East European Countries. In this way, I would argue, I benefited by having a different perspective to the area of European studies.