Briac Panchout

Country: France, United Kingdom
Subject of study: International Relations
Year of graduation: 2020
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

What did you enjoy most about your degree programme?

I really enjoy the flexibility the BA course offers, being able to shape my studies in the areas of politics and international relations that interest me the most was a particularly enjoyable feature. As such, I enjoyed learning about international human rights, Western/Middle-Eastern diplomacy, security and public policy, which modules provide a greater understanding of current world issues and allowed me to deepen my interest in human rights advocacy.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

Surf Club, ExeForRefugees (Not Guild-affiliated).

What was the highlight of your time at Exeter?

Getting involved in human rights advocacy through the creation of an awareness and fundraising campaign ‘ExeForRefugees’ was a particular highlight of my time in Exeter. 

What will you miss the most about University?

I will particularly miss the friends I have made in Exeter, who helped me become the person I am today. Discussing, debating, arguing sometimes, made us go beyond our biases and enriched my view and understanding of politics and others.

What advice would you give to current and future students? (If you are an international student what would you like to tell future students from back home who might be thinking about applying to study in Exeter?)

 Coming from a non-international educational background in France, getting used to the examination and teaching format wasn’t easy. The task may seem daunting at first but with a good work ethic, it is more than feasible. I would encourage people in the same situation as mine to not get frightened by this and to make the most of the resources available. The effort is worth the reward!

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I will be studying for an MSc in Human Rights and Politics at the LSE. after this, I wish to work for the protection and promotion of human rights and am considering a career in political advising


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