The 2021 Pre-RGPP Online Summer Course has ended. With the financial support of Bader Philanthropies, the course has been offered to Roma students free of charge since 2019. This summer, 35 Roma students from 15 countries enrolled in the 7-week program and improved their academic and English skills through taking part in the University Life, Public Policy and Gender Studies modules. The course - designed, developed, and taught by RGPP faculty - aims at familiarizing future RGPP students with the academic opportunities RGPP provides and helps them improve the skills they need in a challenging English-speaking academic environment. The course will be offered again in the summer of 2022.
These are what two students, Rosa and Petr said:
My name is Rosa Oršuš. I come from Croatia. I am twenty four years old. A month ago, I completed a specialist graduate study in public administration at the Faculty of Law in Osijek (Croatia). I am a member and employee of the Roma youth organization of Croatia.
I applied to the summer online course because I wanted to learn English, which I had not been able to do before. My mother tongue is Romani. When I started learning English in elementary school, I also started learning Croatian and I focused more on my Croatian since I lived in Croatia. I am also very interested in gender equality, and that is why I studied gender studies for 5 weeks during this online course.
I am very grateful to have had at least this small opportunity to read in English and to improve my English. In this program we had several written assignments through which I learned new words and improved my vocabulary. Also, by reading the assigned texts, I expanded my knowledge about gender equality. It was very interesting that we could improve our speaking skills. The time was not enough to overcome my struggles, but it was very interesting that I could improve.
I would recommend it to anyone who has difficulties with learning English because it is a great opportunity for them to improve their English.
My name is Petr Banda, I studied economics and management, and I am Vlax Rom from the Czech Republic.I took the course because I wanted to improve my English. During the course I took public policy classes, but we talked about several topics, including university life. I didn't know much about public policy but I enjoyed it very much. During the classes we discussed topics such as housing problems or school discrimination.I enjoyed the self-paced work so I could do the tasks whenever I was free. I recommend this course to anyone who wants to improve their English and wants to "meet" other Roma from all over the world.