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Meet Natalia from Poland

Student of the Master's degree in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance


“I think that what I liked the most was the fact that the professors were extremely kind and willing to help the students. They genuinely care about developing the interest in their subjects in the students.  I also appreciated that the course of studies could be individually tailored to needs and interests of the students.“


Meet Natalia

About myself

My name is Natalia and I am a 25 year old student from Poland. I received my first Master's degree in law from the University of Wrocław. During my studies, I participated in many extracurricular activities, including work in scientific circles (i.e. I was President of the Student Research Circle of Forensic Psychology LOGOS and Treasurer of the Forensic Sciences Student Research Circle), coordinating the work of the circles and organising meetings with invited guests that had relevant experience to be shared with the members of the circles.

I completed the Legal English course and the Law Academies conducted by the top legal firms in Poland. I also organized and actively participated as a speaker at academic conferences on the national level. Internships in legal offices, Public Prosecutor Offices in Wrocław and in the Legal Clinic of the University of Wrocław that I completed during the studies helped me gain experience and realise the importance of human rights even more than before. During my Double degree studies, before arriving in Padua, I took part in the Erasmus+ exchange in Cagliari (Italy) for one semester.

    What opportunities does this university offer?

In Padua I had been writing my Master's thesis on secondary victimisation of the sexual crime survivors by the media and prevention of the phenomenon in Italy and Poland. During my studies, I completed the OSINT training offered to the UniPd students, and participated also in a programme about Epistemic Injustice. I have further completed an internship in the Human Rights Center of the University of Padua, which allowed me to engage in the organisation of the XXVI "Marcia per la pace Perugia-Assisi" and other events, such as a High-level Lecture on the Human Rights Situation in Afghanistan hosted in Venice.

My research interests are focused on the human rights in criminal procedure, such as the right of defence and right to privacy, as well as the media participation in criminal proceedings and its engagement in crime in general. I am a fan of good cuisine and low-cost travels, to which I am very devoted in my free time. I am also interested in art and non-fiction literature. Apart from that for the past 5 years I was a volunteer and a description specialist in Szlachetna Paczka (Polish nationwide charity project).

    What did you like the most about your double degree programme? Why would you suggest it to other students?

Taking part in the Double degree program between Wrocław and Padua was a unique experience for me. It helped me gain knowledge on international relations and human rights, but at the same time I was able to enjoy team work in a multicultural environment and exchange experience with people from different backgrounds. I think that what I liked the most was the fact that the professors were extremely kind and willing to help the students. It was visible that they genuinely care about developing the interest in their subjects in the students. What I also appreciated a lot was the amount of elective subjects to choose from. Thanks to that, the study programme could be individually tailored to needs and interests of the students.

Thanks to the Double Degree program I could participate in many events organised by the Human Rights Center, by the University of Padua and by the students themselves, including the Thesis meeting series, Marcia per la pace and various conferences. During my stay in Padua, the University was celebrating its 800 years of existence and also thanks to that many interesting social and cultural events were available during my stay.

It is really an extraordinary experience: you have the possibility of studying in two countries for a longer period of time (not only for a semester exchange), which gives you a great opportunity to better understand the culture of the visited country and feel more 'local' there. You can also confront the teaching methods used in your country and maybe discover some new solutions that are more suitable for you.

In addition, the programme will allow you to learn a lot more in the course of your studies and develop your interests. You gain international experience and, possibly, new international friendships. Furthermore, you will be able to grow such features as independence, better organisation, and open-mindedness. Yes, it will require more work than the regular course of studies, but it is definitely worth it!

    5 reasons to become a Unipd student

1. Great opportunity to learn about what interests you, with the support of experienced professors and a stimulating study programme that can be twitched according to the subjects that you consider significant.

2. The extracurricular activities proposed by the University are wide: internships, study trips abroad, meetings, and workshop opportunities.

3. You can develop an international net of contacts and possibility of new friendships with people from all around the world thanks to an extremely diverse student community.

4. The campus is located in the the middle of a beautiful city centre, easily accessible from by bike, public transport, or simply on foot.

5. Last but not least... Thanks to its location and the well-developed public transport network, Padua is a great home base to visit other cities and fall in love with Italy even more.

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