Many students from Europe come to join MA SES for an academic exchange semester, which gives additional cross-cultural dynamics to the group. For example, in 2015 the Program hosted 6 exchange students and in 2016 – 10 students.
Joana Heuser, Germany: “I study social sciences and psychology at the university of Bielefeld and right now I am doing a research project in St. Petersburg. My research project is based on expert interviews with people working in NGOs as well as migration researchers and gender researchers and has a special focus on the prevention of human trafficking. I really enjoy my time in St. Petersburg – I like the people, the city, the university and the whole intercultural experience.”
Bart van den Krommenacker, Netherlands: “Spending half a year at St. Petersburg State University is an extraordinary opportunity for me not only to critically tackle what I have learned so far, but also to study the impact of my environment, including the ‘truths’ I know, on the way I perceive the world.”
Each student of MA SES undertakes a research internship in a Russian or international research centre, political organization, NGO or enterprise, according to his research interests and career ambitions. Their scientific supervisors as well as the DAAD visiting lecturer help them in choosing the destination. Working as interns for several weeks, students obtain valuable professional experience and collect data for their master’s theses.
Marina Novikova, Russia: “As I’m doing my MA research in the field of urban studies, I decided to join the group ‘What is the shared future of the cities of Europe? Urbanism, urban development and justice’ at the Technical University of Munich. I was lucky not only to meet highly professional colleagues, but also to find new friends among them: the enthusiastic and bright-eyed people that are really trying to change the world for the better!”
Aleksandr Bugrovsky, Russia: “Due to the highest professional competence of KVPS employees and their incredible openness, I have been able to collect valuable empirical material for my study dedicated to the ways of interaction between state bodies and nonprofit charitable organizations under the conditions of austerity policy. An entire month in Tampere, one of the key cities of Finland, gave me a lot of opportunities for business meetings, travelling, recreation, new acquaintances and vivid impressions.”
Daria Kuklinskaya, Russia: “At first, I was a bit skeptical about getting an MA degree in general as I was tired from studying. Nevertheless, I decided to proceed with my education, and today, almost a year later, I can’t imagine my life without our Program! MA SES turned out to be a wonderful place where the studying process is exciting and fun, where one is always welcome to express his or her opinion, where discussions are always entertaining, and where the professors are doing their best to interest the students. But the most important part is that the Program is truly international, as it offers various opportunities to experience how the science is ‘being done’ abroad: not only do we have lecturers from Europe but also the abilities to get the internships there! Don’t miss your chance to become a part of our friendly group and experience the advantages of being an MA SES student.”