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Ellen Bulander

profile.jpgCurrent Double Masters with the University of Konstanz

Coming to Warwick was an obvious choice, not only for the well rounded experience it offers, but also as an easy way to benefit from an education in two countries. Having spent my year abroad at the University of Warwick, I was familiar with the level of teaching and the campus life. Campus offers a sense of community, comfort and familiarity. On top of that, the University and PAIS make settling in an easy process, guiding you through each step, from choosing accommodation to picking modules, even from abroad.

So I knew what I was getting into in terms of campus, but I was nervous about my academic experience. The danger in staying in one place is not evolving and growing, and while my undergraduate courses were challenging, I was afraid to stay in one place and not further my academic skills. However, sitting in my first seminar for Public Policy erased all those doubts. I remember discussing a specific theory, one which I thought I knew. But ten minutes into the discussion I realized I didn’t know and understand enough. The class was challenging, pushing my understanding of a familiar field, asking me to grow and step out of my comfort zone.

The base for my previous education was the University of Konstanz. Choosing a double degree between these two universities came easily because they complement each other really well. Both are excellent universities, experts in their own approaches to the same field. PAIS concentrates on the practical implications of theory, while Konstanz has a heavier focus on quantitative research. I know undertaking the Double Degree would give me a well rounded education.

Despite all these academic perks, a Double Degree would not be possible without a supportive and flexible administrative team. The application process to both Universities is streamlined, choosing modules and transferring grades between systems is made simple, and getting two diplomas is easier than it ever has been, despite language barriers and borders between the two Departments. Choosing the Double Degree Program with focus on Public Policy was the right choice for my future because it challenged my way of learning and thinking while being supportive and accessible.