It’s a one- year intensive program that’ll
give the capacity to find your niche whether economic or foreign policy and give the capacity
to understand EU institutions. It’s a very multinational experience. It’s really a global
experience and our students, as a result, come out of the program with terrific skill.
The EUPS program prepares you… prepares you very well for life after academics and
that’s why I chose this masters program. Caterina Paulucci who’s our program director has been
holding seminars with us where we go over, sort of, job-hunting techniques. We put a
lot of emphasis in the summer term into developing the capacity of the students to market themselves.
Walking away with a degree from JMU and that degree has been earned on the ground in contemporary
Europe. It is wonderful that students can spend a while year here because not only will
they have the opportunity of studying the EU on paper, on documents, but also they can
smell they can taste; they can immerse themselves in the European culture. The history and culture
of Europe is… so… always about you. It’s always around you. From walking down an alley
in Firenze and looking at a house you can see the history, you can feel it.
It’s really interesting I get to go to lots of art exhibits, meet a ton of awesome Italian
people on the street and it’s like a community so it’s really nice. The location of where
the Palazzo Capponi is, it’s one of the best in Florence. I have friends here studying
abroad who live far outside of the city, here all the main sites are five, ten minutes walk
away. Florence is justifiably known as one of the true cultural gems of Europe, one of
the true cultural gems of the world. To learn in a foreign environment is truly and incredible
opportunity and our students who study come back and have a real, new appreciation for
who they are. This programs has been so exhilarating, so thrilling and just, it allowed me to be
a more independent person. It’s an incredible, inspiring kind of experience. There is no
program that gives you such specialized and applied skills, hands on skills. And as the
program has been around now for some time it’s terrific to see employers on both sides
of the Atlantic coming to know our program, coming to respect our students, and really
coming to value the kinds of skills that their able to bring to the table and the fact that
they are really able to hit the ground running from the very first day they start working
for their organizations.