Legal Studies an der Central European University in Budapest

Mengistu aus Ethiopien erzählt uns von seinem Studium an der Central European University in Budapest.

What brought you to Budapest?
I used to work for a nongovernmental agency (NGO) in Ethiopia, and two of the people there had studied at CEU. They recommended the place so I applied and got a scholarship! The course was very appealing to me as it’s so intensive and covers a lot of modules.

What were your first impressions of the city?
For me, the city summed up my picture of Europe. One of my hobbies is art; I used to be a painter. So when I saw the beautiful buildings here and all the old taverns, I thought, ‘I’m in the right place’. It’s a privilege to be part of this great atmosphere.

How would you describe the atmosphere at CEU?
Beyond words. I grew up in a very conservative society and was educated in a monastery school where we were taught that there was one religion and everything was so strict. Here at CEU, there are so many different nationalities and religions. To start with, it was a big challenge. But now I’ve got great friends from all over the world: from Romania, Nepal, Macedonia and Serbia to name a few! Here you can find your own truth by discovering the truth of others.

What are your hopes for the future?
I hope to become a lawyer. I’ll probably end up working for my dad who is also a lawyer and runs a law firm back home.

What’s the most fascinating thing about Hungary?
The museums. I’ve visited almost all of them. I’ve been to the Fine Arts Museum five times! There are over 3,000 paintings there, it’s incredible!

Wir bedanken uns bei Mengistu!

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