Meet Our Students

Mehmet Yavuz, PhD student in Comparative Politics, CEU

January 21, 2022

Thank you very much for meeting me, Mehmet, I realise how busy PhD students are. So, by way of introduction, please tell me about yourself, your background, and your research interests.

Thank you for having me. I’m Mehmet, I’m a third-year PhD student. I did my BA in Political Science and IR in Istanbul and then in 2018 I came to CEU (in Budapest) to do my MA, and now I’m still here!


Did you take any gaps in between or did you do them in succession?

I did each in succession, so no gaps.

Lorena Drakula'MA 22/Student Representative

January 13, 2022

How was the fall semester for you? What were the highs and lows?

Tom Gilloch Boy'2 year MA

January 12, 2022

How was the fall semester for you? What were the highs and lows?


December 3, 2021

What did you study before joining CEU/where?

I studied psychology at Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary) and data science at Tilburg University (Tilburg, the Netherlands).

Why did you choose to apply to the Political Science department at CEU?

Yuji Natsuma, POLS MA

November 22, 2021

Yuji Natsume, a one-year MA student, chose the Political Science program at CEU because of its interdisciplinary approach to political science and strong Post-soviet regional focus. So far, he enjoyed most the course "Media systems and democracy".

As the PS program is quite demanding, Yuji struggles a bit with finding time to pursue his hobbies. He'd like to learn how to do programming and R, and to learn more languages. His advice for his fellow students is to stay focused.