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Mariam Devadze

Mariam Devadze

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy

Country of origin: Georgia
Study course: Bachelor in International Relations and Global Affairs

Why did you decide to study abroad?
Coming from a small town, I can assure you I had the most average, routine life during my school years. However, I had many questions – who I really was and who I really wanted to be. Like any other teenager, it was the period where I was struggling to find the purpose. This was when an opportunity came up for me to study abroad. I realized that, to answer my questions I needed to widen my horizons and expose myself to a global community, meet new people from different cultures, get inspired by them and learn from the experience. Studying abroad does not only involve getting education from a different country and different perspective, which is of course, the first factor most of us consider (in addition to prospects of being on the right track with career). But also living a lifestyle you have never lived before, being independent and more responsible, enlarging your circle of friends with dozens of other nationalities, basically meeting the best people in your life and lifetime friends. Therefore, when it came to decision whether I should stay in my hometown or study abroad, the answer was pretty obvious.

What made you decide on this university?
While choosing a place where I could study and live, I had many factors to consider. That was when I found Studyportals, which significantly narrowed my search. I came across my current university, which had an English-taught degree programme in International Relations and Global Affairs. It was something I always wanted to study. Therefore, it was the first and foremost factor that influenced my decision. Secondly the university itself: having an opportunity to read reviews about it, I was able to assess if I saw myself being part of it and what benefits it would bring to my career. Fortunately, it met my expectations. Another important reason was the fact that it was in Milan, a very cosmopolitan city, buzzing with people from all over the world and sea full of opportunities. Although, I must say, I was also intrigued by the fact that I could live in Italy. Since we are talking about the hub of history and art, cuisine and fashion industry, my curious self could never miss out this opportunity. Therefore, all these factors  and their combination influenced my decision to apply to Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

How is your experience of studying abroad?
Talking sincerely, there are always ups and downs; but that is just  a natural flow of life. I am mostly very happy and grateful that I am here in Italy, despite studying and living so far away from my country. I got the chance to live in a truly beautiful country with friendly and welcoming people. Living in Milan, I am getting used to fast-paced lifestyle and constantly chasing after the metro.  The university is full of many other students, but despite this I still feel like a part of the community, meeting new people and creating bonds with nationals of other countries. I am was able to meet many inspirational people, who further motivated me and taught me lifetime lessons. Studying abroad just opened new dimensions for me, helped me to become a better version of myself and inspired me to keep going. As I said, there are moments when you feel down and miss your country and family, but there will always be someone who will listen to you and share your struggles, and of course try to help you. There were also times when I felt I was in a wrong place, or I was not doing the right degree, but then something always happens which shows me I am wrong and that I am on the right track. I am still learning how to overcome some challenges and become more independent, but I am sure this are things that will come gradually.

Why do you think others should not miss out on studying at your university
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, is a big university, with long history and traditions, also quite a few interesting superstitions, which future students will find out while being here during first few days. Plus, of course a beautiful main building. There are not many English-taught degrees, but the ones that are present are truly interesting and worth looking into. I would say, the university is particularly good when it comes to Economics and related courses, so students interested in this field should definitely not miss out this opportunity. International Admissions Office, is very welcoming and helpful, as an international student, I always go to them to ask questions and they advise and guide me. Studying at this university means you will have an opportunity to meet many people, but always remember to be as open-minded and friendly as possible, that will help to make more friends. I would always advise people to check out this university, I am sure most of you will find something suitable and interesting for you!