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.
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.
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.