An anglo-saxon style of bachelors degree might not be enough for those with a big thirst for studying, says Angela Bulgari.
At a masters level, professors get involved more with your research and you feel you are treated on a more equal basis from an academic point of view, she says. The Moldovan student began her tertiary education at Essex University in the UK studying for a Bachelors in Financial Economics. It was in her last year of her undergraduate degree that a friend suggested she apply for a masters degree at HEI. I wanted to study international affairs even before I went for my bachelors degree and this seemed like a great opportunity to diversify my study portfolio, she says.
Three years ago, Angela graduated from HEI and is now working as a Financial Application Support Specialist for Thomson Reuters SA, a subsidiary of news agency Reuters. She says her masters degree gave her the ability to have a wider view on career opportunities as well as recognising a job that is a good fit for her. International affairs has many sides to it and can provide you with a fascinating job. However, there are several boring things to do within the sector too, which is equally haunted by insecure job status, short-term contracts and monthly consultancies.
Studying for a masters degree was far cheaper in Switzerland than it was in the UK. It's roughly 1000 chf (Swiss francs) per semester or 2,000chf a year, which is around $1,000. But the costs of living in Geneva are quite high. Try to apply for a scholarship from the Swiss authorities or your institute of study. It will make living in Switzerland a lot easier, and you'll get to enjoy more things with some money in your pocket!
Despite the cost, Angela still enjoyed living and studying in Switzerland - the fourth country she's lived in. Geneva is a great city in the summer - if you're going to move here, move in the summer! There are many outdoor activities taking place: swimming, wake boarding, hiking, beach volleyball. It has a big ex-pat community as well, which makes it very dynamic. I'd recommend the summer Orange Cinema, the old town for cosy coffee breaks and the Paquis neighbourhood for world cuisines.