After the studies in the UK, Anna considered different options all over Europe and finally decided to enroll in the EU-Russia studies programme at the University of Tartu. Here, she found a multicultural and active environment that encouraged her to stay and become part of the university staff.
Anna is currently an employee at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, where she previously studied for two years in an interdisciplinary MA-programme. The choice to move to Latvia's neighbouring country was not immediate: at the end of her BA in International Relations and Security Studies, Anna started to look at different universities considering all MA options that Europe offers "...and then I thought why I did not think about Estonia and the University of Tartu before! It is so close!" She knew it was a high ranking university in the region and eventually found the EU - Russia studies programme which fit her research interests and also offered scholarships.
As a student coming from another academic system, Anna highlights the differences between the Estonian university and her previous British university. "In the United Kingdom, the university where I studied had a more traditional approach, in the sense that students had to study on their own. Here in Tartu, there are more seminars and interactive activities in which students have to participate. The EU-Russia studies itself is a very particular programme" she mentioned, "it emphasises a problem-based learning approach."
Despite the differences, she is satisfied with working and living conditions and this is demonstrated by her decision to stay in Tartu after the conclusion of the MA degree last year.