Adapting and Adjusting to Online Learning

January 6, 2021

by Timur Naushirvanov, MA student in the School of Public Policy

So far, my experience with CEU has mainly been online: on the day when I finally arrived to Vienna, the soft lockdown was announced, and my chance to study on-site this semester vanished. Nevertheless, I do not regret having classes online, because my courses are very interesting and the professors actively use different features in the online platforms to make classes even more interactive.

The view from the CEU dorm

Initially, I feared that the online format would not allow me to interact closely with my classmates; however, technology has helped to overcome these difficulties, and we even had online study groups and regular chats in messaging apps.

CEU is a very young and dynamic university that provides its students with numerous opportunities for personal development and self-realization: interesting courses, different research activities, career events, internships, mental health support, and a fantastic student community. At the School of Public Policy, we also have Skills for Impact courses, which help students gain the skills important for particular working conditions.

The Belvedere Palace not far from the Quellenstrasse Campus

A transition to Vienna even increased these opportunities: for example, students can now have internships with international organizations located here or interact with students from other Austrian universities. CEU is a place where I feel secure about my future.