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MIREES Mobility Experiences

I did my mobility at Corvinus University of Budapest. This mobility experience gave me an opportunity to explore Hungarian society by living in the very centre of the country.

I took classes from International Relations study discipline. I also worked at “Cold War History Research Centre” which provided a chance to use Central European University library.

Both universities have a good central location, which one can easily enjoy the city centre or Danube river, while having a short break from studies.

This experience is definitely worth to be repeated.

MIrkamran Huseynli, 2nd year student

My exchange semester in Saint-Petersburg has been one of the best adventures of my life.

My first meeting with “Piter” (this is how locals call Saint-Petersburg) happened five years ago, and from that moment on I have been feeling a deep connection with this city. Coming back here as a university student was a unique experience: the everyday life in the university’s student dorms, the classes at Saint-Petersburg State University, and the richness of Saint-Petersburg’s cultural life gave me the chance to share many unforgettable moments with my MIREES colleagues and make new friends from all over the world.

Studying at a Russian university and being immerged in the Russian culture every day allowed me to have a deeper understanding of this country, of its rich past, its complicated present, and of its people, their mentality, their vision of the world. Eventually, I have decided to stay here for another semester for carrying out an internship at the Italian Institute of Culture in Saint Petersburg and for conducting research for my thesis project. Now that my mobility is coming to an end I feel sad and grateful at the same time.

Sad because I have to say goodbye to a place that I love and that gave me so many opportunities for my personal and academic growth; grateful because, when I look back at all the things that I have learnt during these ten months and to all the small and big adventures I shared with my MIREES colleagues, I realize that this mobility period has been a beautiful (even though at times hard and demanding) life journey and a perfect conclusion of my studies at MIREES.

Eugenia Pesci (mobility in Saint Petersburg – 2 semesters)

I spent my last MIREES semester at the Indiana University, Bloomington (USA) thanks to the Overseas program.

Being able to experience the American academic environment, which is in many ways very different from the Italian and European one, has been a really valuable opportunity.

I got to meet many professors of the Russian and Eastern European Institute and to participate in their courses and events, which was a great learning experience that I would suggest to all MIREES students.

Martina Bergamaschi, 2nd year student

I’m still in Lithuania, I finished my Internship at the Institute of Italian Culture in Vilnius last week, and I am enjoying these last days. I’m forwarding a photo as the “testimonial” of the summer which has arrived very early this year with unexpected high temperatures. There are many activities and events all around the city, one of those is the hot-air balloon tour.

I was blessed by this experience, and by the fact that I could work and live in an international atmosphere where I met wonderful people.

Eleonora Santi, 2nd year student