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International Relations (MA)

Alumni blog

Interested in studying International Relations at Leiden University? Find out what our alumni said about this master's programme.

Jacob Cloo

Graduated in European Union Studies

“After graduating European Union Studies I started with a graduate-traineeship in Brussels with the Benelux Union. European Union Studies is a really good start if you want to work in Brussels. Everyone here is expected to have a high level of EU knowledge, something that you will be taught in Leiden.”

"European Union Studies is a really good start if you want to work in Brussels. Everyone here is expected to have a high level of EU knowledge, something that you will be taught in Leiden."

My training in EU law at Leiden was very helpful 
“My first job was doing research on the implications of two pieces of EU-legislation on cross border healthcare in Europe, and specifically within the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. My training in EU law at Leiden was actually very helpful because I knew instantly where to look for information, official documents and probably even more important, how to read all these documents without getting lost."

A high level of EU knowledge 
“It helped me to have knowledge on EU law and EU institutions, because I deal with this in my work every day.  All the other courses are perhaps less relevant for my current job, but especially important if you get in touch with others in Brussels and talk about what’s going on, you need to have a broad knowledge of what is happening. That is why networking, reading the news papers and getting the latest rumours is a must in the Brussels bubble.”

 

Yoanna Daskalova

Graduated in Culture & Politics

“I graduated from BA International Studies with a focus area Europe and was eager to continue delving into my particular area of interest – the intersection of culture and international politics. I was immersed into critical cultural approaches to studying the interplay between the two disciplines and was therefore especially excited to start the MA International Relations with specialization in Culture and Politics.”

“I was very happy with my choice since my professors and courses were immensely enriching both on academic and personal level.”

Excellent communication skills

“My education at Leiden University has equipped me with excellent communication skills to be applied in interactions with colleagues and partners, during internal and external presentations and especially while composing written communication materials such as newsletters, brochures and any type of relevant content.“

Interdisciplinary skills

“I am currently working as a Communications Manager of European projects in the field of medical innovations and research. Admittedly, the scientific field I operate in is not directly related to my academic background. However, the interdisciplinary nature of both my BA and MA and my developed ability to translate complex issues into understandable language having graduated from these programs, are allowing me to comfortably switch between sectors and be satisfied with the results.

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