EUROSUD students experience in Greece

Temple of Hephaestus, Athens – Greece
Temple of Hephaestus, Athens – Greece

Have you ever thought of living in Greece?

Greece is a country in south-eastern Europe, known for its natural and historical beauty and for being the birthplace of western civilisation.

Athens, its capital, hosts many monuments full of history and some nearby beaches.

EUROSUD students who choose the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) for their second semester, have the opportunity to live this dream for 6 months.

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Interested? Applications to join this EUROSUD cohort are now open - apply here today!


Student Trip to Morocco

Recently some of our students took a trip to Rabat, Morocco. Whilst there, they visited the Université Internationale de Rabat and the Human Rights Council of Morocco, as well as a tour of historical Rabat. Mariana, who was on the trip, shared her experiences below.

Hi guys!

My name is Mariana, I’m from Brazil and currently in the fourth and final semester of EUROSUD. I’m here to show you a little bit about our trip to Morocco!

The first visit we did was to the Université Internationale de Rabat to get to know more about the Medina Masters. The Medina Program brings a holistic perspective on North Africa and Arabic studies covering political, cultural, gender, and urban perspectives of the region, with a historical approach to the region and the latest developments.

In the afternoon we had a tour around historical Rabat with Abdel (@abdelsrabattours on Instagram) and it was very interesting! We visited the Mausoleum of Mohamed V, the Hassan Tower, the Bab el Rahba, the Old Jewish Quarter, the Old Medina and the Kasbah of the Udayas. It was a very beautiful walk, the historical sites were amazing, and we had tea with beautiful views of the Udayas.

Our third visit was to the Human Rights Council of Morocco, where we could understand better how the Council works in association with international institutes and according to the UN guidelines, and also to ask questions about the development of the human rights agenda in Morocco.

Our fourth visit was to the Policy Center for the New South, which is a Moroccan think tank aiming to contribute to the improvement of economic and social public policies that challenge Morocco and the rest of Africa as integral parts of the global South. After, we had the opportunity to meet some leadership of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University.

And of course, we could not leave Morocco without buying souvenirs from the Old Medina! But fun fact: we got lost and we were helped by this lovely girl that lives in the Medina and her dog.

EUROSUD Induction at the The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Professor Susannah Verney at the ΕΑΤ-ΕΣΑ building, translating the guided visit with Nikos Manios
Professor Susannah Verney at the ΕΑΤ-ΕΣΑ building, translating the guided visit with Nikos Manios

After the first semester at the University of Glasgow, EUROSUD students have their second semester either at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens or at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

This year, the Athens induction programme took place from from 25/1 to 27/1. On the first day, students met the Programme Director and Assistant Professor Susannah Verney and the Programme Assistant Evelyn Karakatsani, at the Aioulou building (where most of the classes take place), and also visited the library and had an orientation meeting.

On day two, students had the opportunity to visit the Greek Parliament and meet EUROSUD students from the 2021-2023 cohort.

On the last day, students visited the ΕΑΤ-ΕΣΑ building, a former centre of special investigation for the department of the military police of the dictorship regime in 1964-1974. The visit was guided by the general secretary of the Association of Prisoners and Exiled 1967-74, Nikos Manios.

Monday 30 January was the first day of classes! We wish you all a great semester!

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Interested? Applications to join this EUROSUD cohort are now open - apply here today!


Shubhankar Paul - EUROSUD Research Track at the LUISS Guido Carli University

I’m Shubhankar Paul and I’m a student of the EUROSUD Cohort 2021-23 from India, with a background in European Studies and International Relations. I had the chance to attend my second semester of the programme in Athens and I am currently in Rome for my third mobility at LUISS Guido Carli University. For me, EUROSUD and its research track was a natural extension of my studies about Europe, and I was particularly attracted to the components of the coursework on migration: I represent the third generation in a twice-migrated family that migrated from Pakistan to India in the late 1940s, and later internally migrated across the linguistically and culturally diverse states of India, over the next few decades.

While being in the research track and anticipating its academic demands, I always found myself torn between the public policy side of migration and the ethnographic and anthropological side of migration. For my thesis, I have attempted to find a middle ground between my research interests, and I am scheduled to begin work on my master’s thesis on acculturation strategies of South Asian migrants in Italy and Greece this upcoming semester.

I chose Luiss Guido Carli University for my third mobility because I was attracted to the coursework on Migration Politics in the Mediterranean region, and rightly so. Prof. Stefania Panebianco helped us learn hands-on multilateralism and diplomacy with the help of a two-day simulation exercise. I must mention that this interest in migration was instilled in my second semester in Athens while studying the coursework on migration with Prof. Angeliki Dimitriadi. As well as the courses themselves at LUISS that I learned a lot from – Business Environment in the Mediterranean region and History of European Integration to name a few – I greatly benefitted from the learning infrastructure at LUISS. The infrastructure is built to help students function efficiently: well-lit and equipped reading rooms, computer rooms, libraries, a 24-hour canteen and a beautiful campus with intriguing architecture, all serve as icing on the cake.

At LUISS, you also get the opportunity to socialise with the academic elites and professionals from the disciplines of politics, diplomacy, law and journalism – this greatly enhances the socio-cultural capital of the students in my opinion.

I also feel a certain sense of pleasure and responsibility to be studying what I do because migrants and migration will determine the future of not only the affairs of Europe, but also the rest of the world. As a student from the Global South with research interests in migrants’ lives, I would urge more students to pursue this discipline – the academic output on migrants from particularly South Asia in South Europe, is disproportionately understudied, in my opinion, when examined with respect to the migrant population they represent in south European countries. I am grateful to EUROSUD and LUISS faculties for their efforts to contribute to more academic output in this understudied field and at the same time, helping me, as a post-graduate student to accurately identify the intersection of my broader research interests in European studies and my associated identity as a Global South student from South Asia.


Shubhankar Paul

Anne Jensen Sand - EUROSUD Research Track at the Aix-Marseille Université!

Anne Jensen Sand

Hi everybody!

My name is Anne, and I am a Danish master’s student of EUROSUD with a background in journalism. I have for some time wanted to add an academic specialization to my more practical profile. When I saw that the EUROSUD master existed, this was the perfect option for me, as it allowed me to dig into one of my all-time favourite subjects - Southern Europe - and combine it with in-depth research, particularly when doing the dissertation in the fourth and final semester.

Wanting to improve my French, I therefore chose to spend my third and fourth mobility at Aix-Marseille Université as a student on their research track. As most people choose the professional track, we were the only 2 EUROSUD students on the research track, and the only 6 French students. This made teaching very intense, but it was also a privilege having so few of us in class, as it made it easier for everyone to engage in discussions. We had classes on methodology, nationalism, religion, migration, borders, political transitions, cultural and collective memory in South Europe, with some classes specifically focused on the Balkans. We also had a French language course and one compulsory language class, which in my case was Italian.

As our schedule was almost entirely different from the one that professional track students follow, and the fact that they often had classes at another facility, we unfortunately didn’t see the other EUROSUD students at the university, unless we bumped into each other at the library or at lunch at the university cafeteria. However, this was made up for in the evenings or weekends, since I lived in a university dorm with four other EUROSUD students.

I never doubted that I wanted to choose the research track, and this didn’t change while being in Aix-en-Provence. Furthermore, if you’re really keen on an internship, it’s possible to do that on a part-time basis while also writing the dissertation. However, this requires a great amount of discipline. I have chosen to focus solely on the dissertation and possibly hand it in in June instead of September, and I am actually looking forward to it. After having moved around and gotten used to new universities, subjects and classes on a half-yearly basis, it is going to be interesting to get the time to really dig into one subject, in my case left-wing populism. If you are going to Aix and have any questions, feel free to reach out!

Anne Jensen Sand

New Course in Athens - Climate Crisis: Policies and Diplomacy in Southeast Europe

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is offering a new course taught during the mobility in Greece. The course is titled 'Climate Crisis: Policies and Diplomacy in Southeast Europe.

Offered by Prof. Emmanuella Doussis, UNESCO Chairholder on Climate Diplomacy, this course aims to:

  • Explore the climate policies of Southeastern European countries
  • Map these courses in the context of the international and European framework
  • Highlight the challenges ahead to achieve just transition and climate neutrality by 2050, whilst building societal resilience to address the impacts that cannot be avoided.

The course views climate change not only as an environmental problem which requires technical solutions, but also as a social problem where the solutions expand to include economic, political, cultural and institutional changes. Some of these solutions have the potential for transforming society in ways that address multiple goal challenges, including poverty and inequality, food insecurity, water insecurity, biodiversity loss and health crises.

This course will be offered in the academic year 2023-2024. Interested? Applications to join this EUROSUD cohort are now open - apply here today!

Alaa Amro - Future EUROSUD Student Entrepreneur?

Alaa Amro Entrepreneurial event in Bethlehem Palestine

On the 24th of November, I had the opportunity to meet and network with a group of 12 Austrians in Bethlehem, Palestine. Proudly, my startup proposal on food waste management in the city of Hebron was selected for the next level.

The U-Solve project focuses on the major challenges that cities in the Euro-Mediterranean region, including Cyprus, Italy, and Greece, as well as Egypt, Palestine, and Jordan. The project supports us in our efforts to make our cities sustainable, livable, and resilient over the long term. As well as assuring potential entrepreneurs, especially young people, that they can turn ideas into actual businesses.

As a EUROSUD student at the Autonomous University of Madrid, a course on public policy making inspired me to apply for this project, and to develop policy proposals that promote entrepreneurship as a tool for sustainable development in urban areas, with direct participation from public institutions throughout the process.

I am grateful for my ongoing journey with EUROSUD, which provides me with an incredible opportunity to learn and grow through the Career Development Fund that supported me to attend the event.

By Alaa Amro

Ayaulym Participates in COY17 in Sharm El Sheikh

Last month, Ayaulym Sarybayeva, a second year EUROSUD student on the Madrid-Marseille track, participated in the 17th UN Climate Change Conference of Youth COY17 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. COY17 is an annual event and was held this year on the sidelines of COP27 from 2-4 November. Thousands of young change-makers from over 140 countries gathered with one main goal; Saving Earth. Ayaulym wrote about her experiences of meeting and working with young people from all over the world to build a better future for everyone below. 

I had the honour to represent Kazakhstan at the 17th UN Youth Conference on Climate Change (COY17), held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, where young people from all over the world came together with one goal – to make the planet a better place for all of us.

Young changemakers from 140 countries were brought together to exchange ideas and share experiences on how they are working on this issue in their countries and communities with the aim of Saving the Earth on Nov. 2-4.

I am truly grateful for this experience of meeting the most active young people from all over the world, participating in workshops where you see different points of view and learn from their experience. I am more motivated than ever to work to engage young people in climate change and raise awareness in my region, and build a better future for everyone.

Young people are the future agents of change and the COY17 conference reinforced the capacity building of young people through round tables and workshops, where we not only learned about varied topics ranging from green economy and waste management, water scarcity, global food security, renewable energy, but also learned from representatives of global organizations on how to effectively engage young people in climate action.

In addition, the conference allowed participants to enter a multinational environment through intercultural exchange, thus creating an open space for the expression of ideas and the exchange of culture. We have seen that the world gets smaller and cozier when we peacefully gather and discuss what is really important for young people who demand action, not promises or words.

The biggest impression of the conference was getting to know like-minded people from all over the world and realizing that you are not alone on the way to solving global problems. We exchanged ideas and discussed possible ways to collaborate for a sustainable future. Personally, I found it really aspiring to learn more about different student and youth organizations for climate action in other countries, where some have built an educational platform and others engaged young people through social media.

Most of all, I appreciate the opportunity to learn from their experiences and offer new ideas for my region of Central Asia and Kazakhstan. As a content creator and digital community builder, I will work to raise awareness among young people from Central Asia by introducing them to important topics, public lectures and materials. I am inspired to act, teach others and engage youth in building a better future for each other.

Alone we can bring a difference, but only together can we change the world.

The text of the youth statement can be found by clicking the link.

2020-22 Student Cohort Graduate today at University of Glasgow (29 November 2022)

The EUROSUD (2020-22 Cohort) students came back to Glasgow for the Graduation ceremony at University of Glasgow at the end of their two year Master in which they spent only the first semester in Glasgow with the duration of their studies spent at their mobility locations for Semester 2 and Year 2 . After a challenging time in which they arrived in Glasgow during the pandemic, they were thrilled to be graduating.

We wish them every success in their new careers.


Hi! I am Donatus Ikhane OZEMHOYA, a Nigerian, and a first-year student of the Erasmus International Master in South European Studies (EUROSUD). My application to the EUROSUD programme followed my passion for themes around Democracy; Elections; Politics; etc. Meanwhile, sequel to the success of my application, I recently joined the Erasmus Mundus Association (EMA), an international (voluntary) organization with support from the European Union, as the Programme Representative for EUROSUD. This role requires that I act as the go-between for the (prospective) students, the alumni community, the programme administrators, and the EMA; vice versa. The Erasmus Mundus Association's core mandate revolves around projecting the Erasmus culture, globally.

Please feel free to email me anytime at for any EUROSUD programme-related support you may need, or perhaps general questions about the ERASMUS Scholarship.

By Donatus Ikane Ozemhoya