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

Brami Van Crombrugge, International Model NATO Conference 2013

Brami Van Crombrugge, International Model NATO Conference 2013

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Brami Van Crombrugge, an International Relations and Spanish 4th Year in POLSIS recently took part in the Model NATO Conference 2013 in Washington, United States, alongside fellow Government and Society students.

Ayesha Harris, Microfinance Intern, Opportunity International, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

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During the internship Ayesha's role was to create factsheets that would enable head office and the branch managers to better understand the characteristics of the small businesses that they lend to. She analysed data from the client applications as well as their stock information and loan data.

Ioana-Cristina Moraru, Human Rights Internship, Argentina

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Iona-Cristina's two month placement focused primarily on practical work within the Fundacion Ciudadanos del Mundo organisation in Argentina. Iona-Cristina planned her opportunity through an agency called Connect-123. Iona-Cristina's duties included helping immigrants and refugees who were in positions of social and legal vulnerability.

Sociology 'Prize Pitch' Video Project

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The aim of this project was to boost the employability, presentation skills and confidence of undergraduate Sociology students.

Video: Sonia Boddie, Masters in Public Administration (MPA)

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Sonia Boddie, who is studying a Masters in Public Administration, talks about her experiences at Birmingham and the opportunities she has has whilst studying for her Masters.
Video: Rhys Crilley, MA International Relations (Terrorism and Political Violence)

Video: Rhys Crilley, MA International Relations (Terrorism and Political Violence)

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Rhys Crilley talks about his choice to continue his studies at Birmingham after completing his Undergraduate study here and how the future looks for him in Postgraduate study.
Video: Lesego Motlogelwa, MA International Studies in Education

Video: Lesego Motlogelwa, MA International Studies in Education

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Coming to study here it really helped me to understand different culture different food, different languages yes…we have students from China, we have students from Italy, we have students from England…all over the world! I said wow, this is really fantastic!
Nicholas Trigg, MA International Relations (International Peacekeeping)

Nicholas Trigg, MA International Relations (International Peacekeeping)

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Nicholas Trigg, a Swiss student currently studying on our MA International Relations (Peacekeeping) programme, reflects on his experiences of moving to a foreign country and studying at Birmingham in POLSIS. Nicholas also completed his undergraduate studies in POLSIS.
Victoria Walmesley, Day in the Life as a First Year

Victoria Walmesley, Day in the Life as a First Year

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The best advice for future students is, first of all, remember that everyone feels nervous so don't worry; secondly, you will make good friends; and finally, look forward to studying a really engaging and thought provoking subject.
Youngmo Jung, Postgraduate study visit to Almaty, Kazakhstan

Youngmo Jung, Postgraduate study visit to Almaty, Kazakhstan

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Youngmo Jung (South Korea)/ MSc in CREES/2012 reflects on his studies with CREES and particular on a trip to Almaty, Kazakhstan as part of his Masters course.
Yeani Shin, Postgraduate study visit to Almaty, Kazakhstan

Yeani Shin, Postgraduate study visit to Almaty, Kazakhstan

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Yeani Shin, MSc in Contemporary Russian and Eastern European Studies, 2011-2012, shares her reflections on a visit to Almaty, Kazakhstan, as part of her Masters programme with CREES.
Rhys Crilley, Postgraduate Study trip to Delhi

Rhys Crilley, Postgraduate Study trip to Delhi

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By undertaking the module I gained a great insight into the security politics of South Asia from several perspectives; the lectures from South Asian experts and security practitioners were particularly insightful and their experience was helpful in providing a thorough understanding of the contemporary security issues that South Asia faces.
POLSOC Committee - Undergraduate student profiles

POLSOC Committee - Undergraduate student profiles

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Members of the POLSOC (Politics Society) Committee highlight: What attracted them to study with POLSIS at Birmingham; their role in the society and what activities they've been involved with; the best parts about being in the society and how their involvement with POLSOC will help them after graduation.
Joseph Bergson, Postgraduate Study trip to Delhi

Joseph Bergson, Postgraduate Study trip to Delhi

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I found that in both class discussions and group work the level of knowledge from everyone on the course was very high and it felt really great to be among outspoken and clever people! The additional parts of the course also set it above others classes I have taken.

Will Mieville-Hawkins, BA History and Political Science (3rd year)

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I love the diversity of it and the choices of different things you can study. Particularly in POLSIS we've got an excellent range of academics doing all sorts of different interesting things. We do anything from political economy to international relations to political philosophy and I've really enjoyed the challenge of combining it all together. I think it's given me a really well-rounded experience.

Hannah Lane, BA International Relations and Megan Baxter, BA History and Politics (2nd year)

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I remember looking round Birmingham and particularly Muirhead and thinking wow, this is spectacular. It's modern, it's new and the University has an excellent reputation, POLSIS has an excellent reputation and that's what you want really, to know that you're in safe hands studying in a place where it has good facilities and excellent people teaching.

Pierre Alexandre-Chlabovitch, BA Political Science (2nd year)

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As an international student it was studying in a British university, getting a new experience and about POLSIS it was the whole, again, the fact that I was passionate about politics, that led me to come and study here and the POLSIS department.

Rafael Gomez Sanchez, MSc Contemporary Russian and East European Studies (The Caucasus and Central Asia)

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I chose to study with CREES as I was looking for somewhere in which I could study Central Asian countries with a broad, comprehensive perspective. After browsing the Internet I concluded that Birmingham offered the best overall course for my particular interests.
Yeani Shin, MSc Contemporary Russian and East European Studies

Yeani Shin, MSc Contemporary Russian and East European Studies

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Currently studying Contemporary Russian and East European Studies MSc. "CREES's programme contains a good balance, so it encourages students to build a foundation and broaden evenly understanding of Russian and Eastern European, CIS region studies."
Kingsley Sheteh Newuh, MSc International Development

Kingsley Sheteh Newuh, MSc International Development

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I had high expectations when I arrived at IDD to begin an MSc in International Development, but my experience has been even better than I'd hoped. I have gained much more than a qualification: crucially, I have gained confidence.
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Joseph Bergson, Postgraduate Study trip to Delhi

"I found that in both class discussions and group work the level of knowledge from everyone on the course was very high and it felt really great to be among outspoken and clever people! The additional parts of the course also set it above others classes I have taken."

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