Anastasia Ouzouni


Subject International Relations
Course MA International Relations (Diplomacy)
Country Greece
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Hi Anastasia! What sort of reputation, as a choice for international relations teaching, does Birmingham have compared to other UK institutions?

Hello there,

Initially, I would like to apologise for the very late response. I hope it is not too late for coming back to you.

University of Birmingham is among the most respected and well know Universities all over the world and its International Relations department is very well organised.

The professors that teach here are top in their fields and they actively contribute through their work (papers, articles etc.) to further any existing debates dominating International Relations.

Please do not hesitate to contact me again if my response does not satisfy your question.

All the best,

Anastasia

What do you think the most important to do in master degree? Study hard or gaining experience, especially for the foreign study who rare to travel to Europe?

Dear Sir or Madam,

My opinion in the particular matter is that you need a bit of both. It is highly important to study a lot, but travelling is equally important and it is absolutely going to assist you improve as a person, strengthen your character and enhance your knowledge. However, make sure that you do not jeopardize your studies.

I wish all the best.

With regards,

Anastasia Ouzouni

Do you find a hardness when you wrote your thesis? Because your native language is not English. And if you did how to deal with these problem?

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am sorry for the delay in answering your question. It is true that I am not an English native speaker however I have been studying the language for over ten years and therefore I did not face any particular problems. My suggestion to you would be to keep reading as many books and articles as possible in order to familiarize yourself with the terminology of the field you are about to study.

I hope this helps. Have a very nice and productive acadmic year in the University of Birmingham.

With regards,

Anastasia Ouzouni

Hello, my name is George,I have two nationalities; Greek and Jordanian.I have studied mechanical engineering in the University of Jordan.My question is which is better to study as a Greek or as Jordanian student?

Hello George,

I would definitely advise you to apply with your Greek passport since for E.U. citizens the tuition fees are lower. I wish you all the best at your new beginning at the University of Birmingham.

With warm regards,

Anastasia Ouzouni

Do you speak Russian Language?

Dear Sir or Madam,

I speak fluently English, Spanish and Greek. I can also communicate in French in a very basic level. Unfortunately, I do not speak Russian. If there is any query that you might have  please feel free to ask.

With regards,

Anastasia Ouzouni

Hi, i am considering the MA international relations degree part time. Can you enlighten me as to how many lessons/days will i be required to attend throughout the week? Thank you for your time and efforts in allowing me to enquire

Dear Sir or Madam,

Unfortunately, I will be able to answer to your question with certainty since I conducted my degree as a full time student. I believe that part time students are required to participate in the selected modules once or twice a week. Please take some time to contact the Programme Administrator (Elly Quaintance Email: e.c.quaintance@bham.ac.uk) in order to acquaint yourself with more details about the University’s part time studies.

With regards,

Anastasia Ouzouni

I am a female indian student and our culture is orthodox comparing with european culture. Is it easy to study in this university keeping our culture intact

Dear prospective UoB student,

First of all I would like to thank you for your question and the chance you provide me to accommodate your query. You must understand that the University of Birmingham is one of the most diversified and multicultural Universities in the UK since there are over 5,000 international students in the campus from over 150 different countries. Hence, it is one of the largest and most vibrant international student communities. Therefore, your culture and your beliefs will be well  perceived and respected and probably shared by other students as well that come from a plethora of countries. In your shoes I would not be worried about maintaining my culture intact. Based on my personal experience I would like to inform you that I did not confront any awkward or embarrassing moments while being an M.A. student at the University of Birmingham.

With regards,

Anastasia

What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

There are many reasons that galvanized me to undertake my M.A. study. One of them was obviously the necessity to keep evolving and ameliorating myself in every way possible. Moreover, the severe economic crisis in Greece and in the rest of European Union stimulates the need to constantly obtain more qualifications in order to remain competitive. Therefore, selecting the right postgraduate degree to improve both my knowledge and my personal skills was essential.

What was the highlight of your time at Birmingham?

Universities in Greece are totally different than the universities in England. In particular, the campus of the University of Birmingham was amazing and offered a distinctive experience. The infrastructure and the typical English style buildings created an amazing green scenery. In addition, the multinational and multicultural environment provided me with an abundance of information and experiences while I established strong relationships with people from all over the world.

Did you join any clubs or societies, go on any research trips or do any volunteering?

During my Postgraduate taught study I was both a student ambassador and a student representative. In essence, I represented the necessities, problems and ideas of my fellow students to the managing authorities of the school and I tried to accommodate them and realize them effectively. Thus, from experience and through good time management and dedication, an M.A. student can find the necessary time to participate in extracurricular activities.

What advice would you give to current students studying on the course?

Study, study, and study! You have been given a great opportunity to join an interesting programme of study. Make the most out of it.