“Throughout my degree I have been lucky enough to study a diverse array of CAIS subjects covering the Middle East and Central Asia. The delivery of the courses was thought-provoking and stimulating. I found the balanced focus on history, politics, political economy and religion helped to give me a well-rounded and solid grounding in the region. Gaining an in depth understanding of the MENA and Central Asia regions balanced and complimented the IR and Political Science theory that I was learning, while also putting me in a strong position for graduate job applications by equipping me with the knowledge of a specialist.
My Arabic major was taught in an intuitive and thoughtful manner, tailored to meet everyone’s needs. In class we also covered the rich cultural background of the Arabic language, providing us with a comprehensive understanding of the language and the cultural context from which it developed. I recently returned from fieldwork for my Honours thesis in the north of Iraq, a task that was possible because of the Arabic language skills I developed at CAIS.
I hope to enrol in a PhD at CAIS next year. Being an undergraduate student at the CAIS has developed the necessary analytical skills and research ability that I need to confidently progress to doctoral research”.
Bachelor of Arts - International Relations (Honours)/ PhD