POLSIS Student profiles

With over 4,000 international students from more than 150 countries, the University of Birmingham has one of the largest international student communities in the UK, so whether you are a UK student or travelling to Birmingham from overseas, you will work alongside fellow students with differing perspectives.

Latest student profiles

Evgeniya Chalakova, Professional Development Module - Case Study Chamber of Commerce (2014)

Evgeniya Chalakova, Professional Development Module - Case Study Chamber of Commerce (2014)

Description
Course: BA International Relations with German.

Milo Reisz-Gervis, 4th Year, BA Spanish and Politics (Year Abroad)

Description
With regards to career skills, going on a year abroad proves that you can dive headfirst into a situation outside of your comfort zone and adapt to your surroundings.
Anna Goodman, The Civitatis International Global Thinking Summer School (2013)

Anna Goodman, The Civitatis International Global Thinking Summer School (2013)

Description
This summer I was accepted on to a five day programme with the global policy think tank- Civitatis. The Global Thinking Summer School was aimed at future leaders, and was design to help prepare and equip us for a career in policy and politics. There were no more than 10 students per summer school and it was based in the centre of the City of London with one day on the 37th floor of One Canada Square in Canary Wharf (incredible views).
Charlie Winch, Internship at the Westminster based think-tank the Institute of Economic Affairs (2013)

Charlie Winch, Internship at the Westminster based think-tank the Institute of Economic Affairs (2013)

Description
The IEA is the UK's original free-market thinktank and its mission statement is "to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analysing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems". Andrew Marr credited the institute with being"...undoubtedly the most influential think tank in modern British history".
Paula Stoleru, Internship at Birmingham City Council (2013)

Paula Stoleru, Internship at Birmingham City Council (2013)

Description
The project I was assigned during this internship focused on mapping the Third Sector organisations that are active in four different wards of Birmingham. This involved liaising with the managers of organisations, and other people involved in voluntary activities as well as local authorities such as councilors, police officers and policy advisors in order to gain as much information as possible regarding the level of cooperation between the 'public' and the 'third sector'.
Sajidah Ali, Level 1 Ibn Jabal Arabic course (2013)

Sajidah Ali, Level 1 Ibn Jabal Arabic course (2013)

Description
Over the summer, I undertook a three week Level 1 Ibn Jabal Arabic course, with the financial help of POLSIS. In a nutshell, the course redefined for me the meaning of the word intense.
Geraldine Tovey, Graduate Internship - Health Exchange (2014)

Geraldine Tovey, Graduate Internship - Health Exchange (2014)

Description
Geraldine studied International Relations and graduated in 2012. During her degree she focused on the political side of the course and completed internships within MP's offices in Birmingham, as well as part time jobs in retail.

Lauren Boon, International Relations with French (Year Abroad)

Description
I spent the third year of my degree studying abroad, at France Sciences Po, in Lyon, France.
Evgeniya Chalakova, International Relations with German (Year Abroad)

Evgeniya Chalakova, International Relations with German (Year Abroad)

Description
As part of the study abroad scheme I spent the third year of my degree studying in Berlin, Germany at the Free University of Berlin.
Ioana Cerasella Chis, Political Science and Sociology BA (3rd year) 2014

Ioana Cerasella Chis, Political Science and Sociology BA (3rd year) 2014

Description
Being interested in both Sociological and Political ways of understanding the dynamics within societies, I chose to do a Joint Honours course which has not ceased to impress me with its variety of modules and other opportunities.
Jenny Akers, Sociology BA 2014

Jenny Akers, Sociology BA 2014

Description
My enjoyment of the course has stemmed from my personal academic progress as well as the opportunity to explore a plethora of sociological, historical and contemporary concerns, such as; gender, ethnicity, technological innovation and class stratification.
Katherine Nichol, Sociology BA (3rd year) 2014

Katherine Nichol, Sociology BA (3rd year) 2014

Description
As a mature student I was attracted to study sociology at the University of Birmingham by its great reputation, course content and campus. Birmingham is also a great place to live, with amazing food, music and opportunities which you can only get in a big city.
Sarah Heta - A Day in the Life of an International Relations Student

Sarah Heta - A Day in the Life of an International Relations Student

Description
Current undergraduate Sarah Heta take you on a tour of a typical day in the life of an International Relations student at the University of Birmingham.
Neema Begum, Political Science (British Politics and the State) MA

Neema Begum, Political Science (British Politics and the State) MA

Description
After completing my undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Relations at POLSIS, I chose to continue studying at Birmingham at postgraduate level. I knew that by studying with POLSIS, I would continue to be challenged and encouraged in my studies; I also knew that I would benefit from both the expertise within the department and from the excellent academic teaching and a solid research base.
Jamie Vickery, International Political Economy MA

Jamie Vickery, International Political Economy MA

Description
From my undergraduate experience, I already knew that the level of support that I would receive from the department would be high and I was also excited about the introduction of environmental governance and climate change politics modules (the political area that I did eventually want to focus on) helped to persuade me to come back.
POLSIS Bursary: Edward Li, International Relations (Contemporary Asia-Pacific) MA

POLSIS Bursary: Edward Li, International Relations (Contemporary Asia-Pacific) MA

Description
I chose to study with POLSIS as the University of Birmingham has a rather high ranking in the subject field of Political Science. Before I applied to Birmingham I also read about the profiles of the professors and lecturers on the POLSIS website and learned that they have brilliant qualifications and experiences.
Megan Baxter, International Relations (Gender) MA

Megan Baxter, International Relations (Gender) MA

Description
In addition to the full fee bursary that POLSIS offer, in 2013 we were also able to offer a £500 Masters fee reduction to a small number of final year Birmingham POLSIS students who had applied for postgraduate study with POLSIS. Megan Baxter(BA History and Political Science) was one of the recipients of this fee discount and is now studying for an MA in International Relations (Gender).
Ioana Cerasella Chis, Policy Intern in the Corporate Resources department at Birmingham City Council (2013)

Ioana Cerasella Chis, Policy Intern in the Corporate Resources department at Birmingham City Council (2013)

Description
This summer I have been a Policy Intern in the Corporate Resources department at Birmingham City Council (BCC). As a Political Science and Sociology student, I have been interested in working in a Local Government institution. That was because I wanted to find out more about the possibilities and limitations of the public sector in collaborating with, and supporting community organisations. Given my current interests and knowledge generated from my two years of study at Birmingham I found that the internship met my expectations and provided valuable insights.
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