There are several questions that I have received since the beginning of my journey with regards to the International Law and Human Rights master’s programme at the University of Tartu. Hence, I decided to highlight some of the important aspects that help me answer. The questions can be basically divided into three groups which are related to studying and living in Estonia, content of the courses and the value of studying in the programme called International Law and Human Rights, and the future career opportunities. The following chapters will be a humble try to answer those questions.
The first important type of questions is about how it feels to study and live in Estonia. There are numerous reasons to come and study in Estonia that I could not lay down in this brief writing. However, there are some points that I want to make that have affected me to a large extent when I came to Estonia and started to study and live here. The first one is the location of this programme. It is exceptional as it is taught at the very centre of Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia. Tallinn is the greenest, the tidiest, the most crime-free and the least air-polluted city that I have ever seen. It does not have traffic or overcrowding problems. Because of the successful e-governance projects, it is very easy to handle administrative works. People are so polite to each other, everyone is highly respectful of others’ rights. All in all, I can guarantee that living and studying in Tallinn, Estonia will definitely decrease your stress level tremendously.
The second type of questions is mostly about the structure of the programme and the content of the courses. When I first started to search for a master’s programme regarding human rights throughout Europe, I realised that international law and human rights are mostly taught via separate programmes. With the acceptance of the logical background of this kind of division, it should be underlined why the united programme – like the International Law and Human Rights master’s programme at the University of Tartu – is much more efficient and promising. International law and human rights are undeniably related and one cannot be fully taught without the other. This feature of the programme is very important because this way, you can learn several and necessary aspects and subsequently, you may pursue a career in one or both of these areas. Most students have personal interests in either human rights or international law but at the same time there are some areas that can be considered as a combination of both subjects that may draw your attention. With this unique structure, the programme will support you to develop yourself in different areas.Continue reading