'As a full time student with a full time job, studying abroad never seemed like an option for me. However, with lots of planning and assistance from the UN MA Program, I was able to do what I never thought is possible. This summer I spent six weeks studying at the ESI in and traveling Europe. Beginning with a layover in Iceland, some fellow graduate students and I explored the other-worldly Reykjavik. From glaciers to volcanos, and from waterfalls to the world's most famous natural day spa, the Blue Lagoon, we spent 4 never ending days in a country more beautiful than anyone could imagine.
From there, we arrived in Kassel, Germany just in time for the world's biggest political art festival: Documenta. Home to a breathtaking UNESCO world heritage site, it was hard to leave a the quiet but comfortable city of Kassel. However, we managed to make it to Paris, Geneva, Berlin, and even Hamburg in our time here. Every day was a new adventure, and I can truly say that this is one trip that I will NEVER forget. I can now say that I've climbed the Eiffel Tower, attended conferences at the United Nations in Switzerland, witnessed peaceful but powerful protests of the G20 in Hamburg, saw the remnants of the Berlin Wall, and made many, many friends along the way.
I cannot thank the UNMA program enough for this experience. As I write to you now with tears in my eyes on the way to the airport, I can only hope that anyone and everyone will seize this opportunity of a lifetime'.
'We visited international organizations and NGO's in Geneva. First, I'd like to thank Ms. Janne Mande for organizing our study trip to Geneva. We received presentations on Business and Human Rights from professionals who work in the World Health Organization, United Nations, World Trade Organization, International Committee of the Red Cross, amongst others. Aside from their presentation, they also took the time to explain their career paths and gave us some advice as to how to work in our desired field. Geneva trip is only one of the many great things that the European Summer Institute has to offer. It is an opportunity to meet people from other countries and share our experience. ESI is also an edifying experience'.