Exchange and Internships

Many students from Europe come to join MA SES for an academic exchange semester, while our students go on study trips to Europe. It gives additional cross-cultural dynamics to the Program. 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.”


Kseniia Burko, Russia:I will never forget the emotions I got after receiving the long awaited letter. I am going to Bielefeld! The expectations from the exchange program were fully satisfied. During the semester, I managed to successfully combine three types of activity. First of all, I was studying at the university and conducting my research. The consultations with the professors helped me to improve the focus of my paper and to collect the empirical data. Secondly, I was actively communicating with the international students and, thus, enhancing my English, German and even other foreign languages. Finally, I was traveling a lot. Well organized schedule allowed me to visit 6 countries and 10 German cities. Thus, this experience was truly unique. Thank you MA SES for such a great possibility!”


Valeriya Golovchenko, Russia:I was lucky to win the competition and spend the summer academic semester 2018 in Germany. Studying at Bielefeld University allowed me not only to collect the data necessary for writing my master’s thesis and to obtain important professional knowledge, but also to gain invaluable experience in communicating with people from different cultures, improve my English and German, and even to travel to different cities and countries. Now I can say with confidence that the experience of studying at a foreign university is extremely useful for professional development, opening one`s own potential, expanding horizons and getting unforgettable impressions!”


Selen Gökçe Gökdemir, Германия:«St. Petersburg was the best experience ever. I fell in love with the city, the people and the language. Most importantly, I met so many inspiring people, whom I now call my friends. Intercultural communication and many critical discussions during the classes also helped me to consider and understand very different and diverse viewpoints and to reflect on my own opinion.  What I really appreciated was the atmosphere among the students, but also the teachers made an effort to create an atmosphere of support and understanding, where everyone helped each other. Studying MA SES in St. Petersburg broadened my horizon for which I will be eternally grateful».


Each student of MA SES undertakes a research internship in Russian or international research centres, political organizations, NGOs or enterprises, 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.”


Tatyana Saraseko, Russia: “During my master’s studies, I was lucky to receive a grant for an internship at an international non-governmental organization called the World Heritage Watch—an NGO that coordinates a global network of civil society actors and maintains close relations with UNESCO to complement efforts for a more efficient implementation of the World Heritage Convention. I took part in the organization of the Annual global conference of civil society; and the proceedings of this conference were later transmitted to the States Parties of the World Heritage Convention. During the conference, I explored interaction  among civil society groups, intergovernmental organizations, states, experts, and academia. It was highly intense, challenging, and remarkable time! I am thankful for this experience because it brought my personal and professional skills to a new level and defined my passion for the research of global actors.”






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