Adrija Roychowdhury (Journalist, The Indian Express, New Delhi) M.A. in European and Mediterranean Studies, 2016
For an international student from India, it is always a tough decision to make when it comes to studying far away in America. However, CEMS made that decision perfectly worthwhile for me. For me studying abroad was not just about getting a degree. It had a lot to do with gaining international exposure. The kind of opportunities that CEMS provides is unique in the field of academia. The small size of the classes is highly beneficial to students. Not only do they get more personal attention from the teachers, there is also scope for better communication and academic discussions between students and teachers. In my opinion though, the biggest attraction of the program is the kind of research opportunities it makes available to students. The encouragement given to students to conduct their thesis research in Europe, makes the program one of a kind. I conducted research for my thesis in London over two months. Not only did it teach me new tools of conducting research, but also helped me build my personality and conversation skills by allowing me step out of school.
Kavitha Surana (Journalist, Associated Press, Quartz, Al Jazeera, Global Post) Joint M.A. in Journalism & European and Mediterranean Studies, 2015
I felt so lucky to have CEMS as my partner program for the journalism Global and Joint Program Studies master’s degree. As a journalist who wants to report in Europe, I think it was a huge asset to spend extra time studying the EU's history, institutions and external relations in-depth.
The interdisciplinary focus of the department meant that I had a lot of flexibility to find classes that complemented my journalism interests and the chance to meet many students with different perspectives and goals, which greatly enriched my experience. I was also able to combine internships with a full class schedule and travel to conduct research during the summer.
I also benefited from department events with academics from around the world (often related to the current events I was researching), in-class discussions, and the opportunity to work on the CEMS newsletter. I also like that the department is small and intimate—I felt that I was able to get individualized attention when needed, and the 7th floor came to feel like a little home at NYU.
Caroline Hoffman (Intelligence Analyst, Lockheed Martin), M.A. in European and Mediterranean Studies, 2015
The CEMS MA program greatly enhanced not only my education, but also my professional experience. The aspect that first drew me to CEMS was its interdisciplinary approach to studying the Mediterranean, emphasis on professional experience through internships, and study abroad opportunities.
Prior to my study at NYU, I had little knowledge of the European Union, but after taking the course "What is Europe,” I learned about the history, system, and current issues with the EU. In addition, classes with the Mediterranean studies faculty expanded my historical and cultural knowledge of the Mediterranean, especially Spain, Italy, and Greece. The required thesis research course assisted me in not only narrowing down my research interests and thesis plans, but also in learning various methodologies and approaches to research.
I think the most beneficial attribute of CEMS is the attention from professors: since the department is small, even if you're not taking a class with a professor, they are available for research questions and general academic or professional advising. Despite having countless responsibilities, the director of CEMS, Dr. Wolff, is always just an email away, and I've always been able to speak with him about research or classes.
As for professional experience, CEMS encouraged us to apply for internships and provided valuable advice, along with the NYU Wasserman center. In addition, through my experience at CEMS, including support from both the staff and faculty members, I was awarded a Boren fellowship to study Arabic and complete my thesis research in Morocco. I am confident that without my experience at CEMS my application would not have been as competitive.
Stephen Whittaker (Program Coordinator and Assistant to the President, National Committee on American Foreign Policy) , M.A. in European and Mediterranean Studies, 2014
My undergraduate experiences in both the fields history and political science were so tremendous in my development as a young professional that when considering graduate programs in pursuit of a PhD, I could not decide between the disciplines. From my liberal arts background, it was my understanding that the nuanced nature of European politics required more than simply a policy or historically oriented approach. The Center for European and Mediterranean Studies provided, for me, a thoughtful, interdisciplinary environment in which one could explore these subtleties with faculty, peers and visiting scholars with a broad array of expertise.
My own research within the history of European integration transcends disciplinary boundaries, and CEMS allowed me to take courses and interact with faculty members concerned with political science and history in addition to economics, sociology and public policy through lectures, workshops and simple water cooler conversations.
The mobility afforded to me by the MA program within the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies allowed me to gain invaluable professional contacts in addition to a rich, challenging, interdisciplinary academic experience. With the support of the Center, I was able to juggle full-time coursework, internship experiences with Human Rights Watch and the Institute for International Humanitarian Affairs, in addition to employment alongside the Center’s dedicated and experienced staff. I always felt as though the Center was exceptionally helpful in attaining these internships and understanding the need for a prudent professional-academic balance.
Further, this mobility facilitated my summer research fellowship at NYU’s Graduate Research Institute in Prague. This allowed me, upon the completion of my coursework, to develop a thesis project with access to necessary historical archives throughout Europe from a central location in the Czech Republic. The continuing financial support of the Center helped to supplement this fellowship and allow for a much-needed research trip to the Historical Archives of European Union."
Piotr Puchalski (PhD student), B.A. Major in European and Mediterranean Studies, 2014
The Center for European and Mediterranean Studies allowed me to quench my thirst for knowledge in many diverse fields throughout my four years at the University, not only in the field of history, which I am pursuing in graduate school. Thanks to the interdisciplinary program, I was able to take courses in literature, cinema, and social sciences, finding time and room to complete a summer internship in Warsaw and a semester in Paris. All the same, I was well-trained to conduct research in primary sources, interacting with professors and graduate students in small workshop courses and writing a senior thesis on a transnational topic, based on documents from foreign archives. Overall, CEMS prepared me very well to apply and be accepted to the Ph.D. program in European history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Adam Cardais (Freelance Journalist), M.A. in European and Mediterranean Studies, 2010
The Center for European and Mediterranean Studies prides itself on being a “boutique” master’s program. To me, that is its key strength, far and away. Much like the center itself, classes are small and intimate, and the faculty is deeply engaged with students. The mentoring is outstanding. From orientation day to my final thesis defense 12 months later, CEMS professors were always there with an open door. In the first week alone, two separate faculty members invited me to meet one-on-one to discuss my goals for the program, research interests, and career plans. At CEMS I don’t think I ever heard “I’m too busy” for a meeting or a quick chat about my research, which, trust me, isn’t the norm in most master’s programs. CEMS also offers an extraordinary amount of financial support for study and research, which enabled me to spend two months in Kosovo conducting field interviews for my master's thesis project in summer 2010.