Interdisciplinary Studies Centre

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Student profiles

Some of our current students tell you about their experiences so far. You can also read our graduate profiles and see what our students have gone on to do after their time at Essex.

  • Joshua Fanner, second-year BA European Studies with German

    Joshua Fanner“I chose to study at Essex because the university ranks well for my course, I had heard good reports and I fell in love with the beauty of certain aspects of the campus, such as the way it mixes 60s architecture with the nature.

    “All of the modules are thoroughly enjoyable; partially owing to the degree of autonomy I have had when coming to choose my modules. If I did not fancy a certain module then I did not have to take it. This will certainly benefit me in the long run since it has enabled me to develop my adaptation skills.

    “One of my favourite modules was ‘Europe: Myth and Idea’, for it was truly interdisciplinary in nature, it was not merely constrained to one area but encompassed everything from art history to politics via philosophy.

    “I am a member of many of the political focused clubs or societies on campus and one of the best things is that the politics society and respective political parties often have guest speakers.

    “My top tip for Freshers coming to Essex would be to make the most of it; study enough but don’t study too much. You are meant to have some fun too.”

  • Eleonora Gajdosova, second-year BA European Studies and Modern Languages

    Eleonora Gajdosova“I chose to study at Essex because it ranks highly in the fields of European culture and history. Moreover, the modern language teachers are all native speakers or bilingual, so the quality of the teaching is extremely high. I wanted to strengthen my English skills, experience studying abroad and gain an international perspective on European affairs.

    “As my course is interdisciplinary, I have the advantage of being able to choose modules from a wide range of different areas. My language modules are highly interactive, which gives everybody in class the opportunity to improve their oral skills. I have found my sociology modules really interesting as they incorporate elements of immigration, ethnicity and citizenship. These modules have helped me realise that I would like to pursue a Masters course in this field.

    “Being president of the Czechoslovak Society has enhanced my public speaking skills and given me the confidence to try new things. My friends and I were founding members of the Society, as we wanted to unify students from both countries and enjoy our respective cultures here at Essex.”

  • Oliver Butts, third-year BA European Studies

    “I chose to study at Essex because of its excellent academic reputation and the great variety of modules on offer. The prospect of a year abroad in Europe was incredibly alluring and was fundamental in my decision to choose BA European Studies.

    “Settling into life at Essex was very easy, especially after moving in with several new flatmates and joining sports clubs and societies during Freshers’ Week. Academically, the staff put in a lot of effort to help you acclimatise and progress. I believe any student will be taken great care of by the Centre.

    “I have also been able to study a wide range of modules and, in particular, the politics and history ones have been really interesting. I am sure a career that enables me to travel within Europe and allows me to keep in touch with modern political developments is exactly what I’m after, and I believe my degree from Essex will be able to provide me with the skills and experiences that I need.”

  • Maria Lindelien, third-year BA European Studies with Politics

    “Coming to Essex has been a great decision! It’s offered exactly the right modules and subject areas that I wanted to study and the compact, friendly campus is excellent. Settling in was surprisingly very easy and I have enjoyed every year so far. Academically, I have coped well and, even though the subjects I am studying are varied and interdisciplinary, I am very happy with how I have progressed. I am going to Madrid very soon to study abroad and I’m really looking forward to it; I’m sure it will be an amazing experience!”

BA European Studies at the University of Essex

Dr Caspar Pearson, Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Centre, talks about European Studies at the University of Essex.