by Carolina Braglia Aloise Bertazolli, LLM student in the Department of Legal Studies
I am a student in the one-year LLM in Human Rights program at CEU. This means that the workload is higher because we only have 10 months to cover all of the topics. When I first checked the classes I would have in my program, I wanted to take almost all of them. The university provides so many options for students to learn and improve that it makes it a difficult task for us to decide what to take and what to let go. Thus, the first characteristic I would use to describe the course would be diversity, since you have so many options to choose from and you can deepen your knowledge.
The second characteristic, which itself is connected to diversity, is the quantity of texts we have to read per class. In the beginning of the Fall Term, I thought I would not manage to read all of them, but the fact that they are so diverse and show different perspectives made me want to read even more about some topics. Professors really prepare what we are supposed to read and they construct the order in a way that the texts are connected. They also help us improve our critical thinking abilities.
The third characteristic, linked to the first two, is intensity. You will probably hear from any CEU student that the courses are intense. I will answer the same: my program is intense and we have many readings and assignments to deliver. I would say that this is one of the best features of CEU, because you improve faster and you can actually see your own improvement – something that is always difficult. I can see my writing and speaking skills improving each week and the assignments getting better each time . CEU prepares you to be the best version of yourself: always trying hard to improve.
Probably after reading this, you are wondering how much work we have in the program. First, being organized is fundamental to being able to meet all of the deadlines and not having stress problems. You have to manage reading, going to classes and writing assignments. Organization is key. I have on average four assignments per week, which means constant writing. Since I have six classes this term, which includes the Thesis Track Seminars we have, I would say that each weekday there are around 10 hours of work including the classes – and some days I have 2 or 3 classes. During the weekends, I try to give myself some time to relax, which is also important, and I study around 6 to 8 hours, but it depends on how many classes and assignments I will have the following week.
Reading the number of hours and work may seem scary, but I guarantee that you will enjoy each second of your readings and that you will feel proud when you receive a compliment telling you how much you have improved in only one month . I honestly think the experience is priceless and no other place will give you that, but CEU.