With did the Interrail with my friends. The Interrail

With this letter, I would
like to express my interest in studying at the University of Tartu as a master’s
degree student in European Union-Russia Studies programme. I am currently in my
senior year in the Political Science and International Relations Department at
Yeditepe University in Istanbul.  I will
be completing my undergraduate studies in June 2018.


Ever since high school, I
have been interested in global politics and relations between states. That
interest has become a motivating factor for me in discovering the path which
will take me to my future career. With the first summer break during my
undergraduate studies, I wanted to enhance my language skills and do what was
the most fascinating thing for me, that is, travelling across different
countries. For this purpose, I did the Interrail with my friends. The Interrail
experience proved to be a formative one since I was able to meet different
people from various countries, found out about their cultures and lifestyles. After
touring many corners of Europe, I realized that I wanted to continue my
academic efforts in the field of European Studies. Additionally, the European
Union course that I took at my university encouraged and motivated me in that
respect. Boosted by the strong desire to learn the Russian language, my interest
in European Studies merged with a curiosity for Russian foreign policy. As everyone
familiar with European politics already knows, Europe has a dependence on Russian
energy sources. This connection and dependency between Europe and Russia stimulates
my interest in exploring that relation. Therefore, the program offered by the University of
Tartu is like a program tailored according to my needs.

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During other summer breaks, I
attended various programmes and summer schools. When I was an intern at QNB
Finansbank, I experienced the finance and economics environment and developed
my professional relations. I also participated at the Kadir Has University Jean
Monnet Summer Module II in Istanbul and the DESCnet Summer School “European
Integration and Energy Security” in Yerevan. These summer schools helped me
improve my knowledge on Europe. Thanks to these experiences, I had the
opportunity to discuss European Union’s energy policy with various people from a
multitude of areas and representing a variety of perspectives. Plus, I had a
chance to enhance my research skills and learn from that research experience. The
research that I conducted in Yerevan was based on European Union’s energy
policy, integration process and neighbourhood policy. This effort gave me the
opportunity to evaluate economic dependency and trade relations among states.


Moreover, the Yeditepe
University International Relations Students’ Club – in which I served as an
executive board member and head of the organization team for a over a year- created
so many favourable circumstances under which I could improve my comprehension,
ability of teamwork, leadership and crisis management skills. Under the roof
provided by the Club, we organised a range of conferences, conventions and
symposiums. To give an example, we were one of the parties hosting the ‘First
Annual Convention of the Association of European Studies for the Caucacus’. I
was privileged to acquire valuable information from distinguished professors
like Professor Andrey Makarychev during
the event.


One of my goals in aiming at
carrying on with my studies is to improve my linguistic skills. Having studied
English language throughout my education in Turkey, I was able to take part in
the language classes in the University of Northampton and the Whittier College.

Additionally, I acquired basic knowledge on Russian language by participating
in the Introduction to Russian Language class at Yeditepe University. I went to
Moscow to practice Russian and will attend another language course during my
last semester to enhance my current level. Furthermore, I have fundamental
command over Italian language as the high school I studied in offered Italian
language courses.


I regard myself to be a highly motivated and diligent student. I
am certain to carry on with the dedication I have always worked with to
accomplish my goals and gain further insight in international relations. In the future, after obtaining my master’s degree, I
would like to pursue a job opportunity in one of the EU institutions and am
planning to specialize on European Union’s external affairs and enlargement
policies. I am convinced that a degree from the University of Tartu will grant
me the necessary skills and knowledge. I consider this programme as a great occasion to familiarize
with the Estonian culture and education system. Last but not the least, I am
very curious about the different approaches to European Unions’s policies
studied in a foreign university.


With its reputation in the
academia, MA programme in EU-Russia Relations in the University of Tartu
presents an invaluable environment for my personal development. Being accepted
to such university will enable me to broaden my perspective and strengthen my
determination. Besides, becoming a member of the University of Tartu community
is an entitlement in itself.


I would earnestly invite you to consider my
candidature, hoping that you would provide me with the opportunity to be a part
of your esteemed university.

Yours sincerely,

Mehmet Efe P?RL?BEYL?O?LU


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