Pre-RGPP 2022– Student Experiences

September 1, 2022

In the summer of 2022, RSP offered again its online pre-RGPP course. The 7-week-long summer course is designed for Roma individuals who are seeking a short-term but intensive academic opportunity to improve their academic English and get a sense of RGPP and the subject area of their interest. Individuals who still pursued their BA/MA degree and professionals who already had their degrees were welcome to apply. This year we had 20 students from 9 countries.


This is what the 2021/2022 students said about their experiences:


Anzhelika Bielova, Ukraine, MA in psychology

Many of my friends who studied at RGPP are now excellent professionals in the field of human rights defense, NGOs, advocacy for the rights of Roma and other national minorities.  They always talked about the effectiveness of the course, its impact on their future, and how it helped their career growth. That's why I decided to apply to the pre-RGPP and take introductory classes in gender studies.

The course helped me improve my English and I could meet other Roma students and discuss topics important for our community. The tutors are great, and the classes not only deepen my understanding of gender studies topics - sex and gender, gender roles, stereotypes, etc., - but also help improve my speaking skills in English.

This course is important for Roma students who dedicate their lives to advocacy, the fight for Roma rights, and want to bring change for the Roma community.
This course will help you improve your English and explore a topic that interests you.  It will also help you understand complex social problems and have discussions with tutors and other students about how to address these problems.



Veronika Banova, Czech Republic, legal studies student

I am really glad that I took part in the pre-RGPP online course. Some of the reasons why I took this course were because I wanted to take public policy classes and I also wanted to improve my English. Because of COVID-19 and remote classes, I did not have a lot of opportunities to improve my English.

I enjoyed the online meetings the most. It is nice to meet other Roma students from all over Europe.  The course is not only about learning about public policies together. We also improved our English, and we also got to know each other's cultures.

The classes were interesting and interactive – we learn through reading, videos, and vocabulary exercises. These exercises helped me improve my grammar, expand my vocabulary,etc.

I recommend this course to everybody who wants to meet amazing people (students, tutors), improve their English, and learn about interesting topics. In addition, you will get to know better the academic environment.


Alma Eminoska, North Macedonia, speech language therapist

Completing the CEU pre-RGPP course was one of the accomplishments I wanted to achieve.

In the pre-RGPP course, I studied gender studies, and I can say that the course helped me improve my reading, speaking and listening skills. Writing short assignments helped me to improve my writing skills and I also learned new academic expressions. The course was also a great opportunity to meet other Roma students.

As a clinical speech language therapist, I need to know languages very well so that I can help others.

I think everyone should take this course because it’s a great experience.


Barbara Perczel, Hungary, human resources management


The pre-RGPP English course was a great opportunity to have some intellectual challenge and to practice and improve my academic English.

I have found CEU’s online platforms excellent and easy to handle. I have specially enjoyed the online pronunciation assistant. Getting individualized written feedback on my work was insightful. Getting a glimpse of an international student group was impressive to me. I learned a lot from the discussions on public policies.

I recommend this course to anyone who wants to develop their academic English with self-paced work in a supportive community.

The summer course will be offered again in the summer of 2023. The requirements and the call will be released in June 2023.

The Pre-RGPP Online Course is supported by Bader Philanthropies.