Ariana McAuley

Meet Ariana McAuley, Master student in International Relations and Diplomacy

Meet Ariana, our master student (International Relations and Diplomacy) at the Paris campus and hear what she says about her program and an internship she’s currently doing. 

Ariana McAuley, Master student in International Relations and Diplomacy


Ariana McAuley
From New Jersey, USA
Living in Paris
Master student in International Relations and Diplomacy

  • Tell us Ariana what you are currently doing:

I have recently started an internship in Paris with a company called Leaders League working under Find Your LL.M.
I am a business developer and a digital strategist.”

  • How is that related to your master program? 

“Many people have asked me what does that have to do with International Relations & Diplomacy. I always tell everyone IRD is a very broad field which allows me to work in various fields. For the purpose of my internship, I have to interact with with different law schools from all over the world.”

  • How have your master courses help you in that?

 “The courses that I have taken at Schiller Paris have prepared me for the workforce. I am now able to apply what was taught in class in the real world.”

  • What is your next step? 

I am planning to do MBA after I graduate from International Relations and Diplomacy program in few months.”

Good luck, Ariana!

Vina Imad Mohammed

Meet Vina, Bachelor Student at Paris Campus

Meet Vina, our Bachelor student at Paris campus and see what she has to say in our interview.


Can you remember what your original motivation was for obtaining your degree? 
What motivated me to obtain a degree in international relations and diplomacy was the fact that there is more to international relations than just politics. It focuses on a broad range of topics such as environmental issues, preservation of cultural property, technology and so on. Continue reading “Meet Vina, Bachelor Student at Paris Campus”

bonjour effect

“The Bonjour Effect” with authors Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow


After hosting a debate with author Rod Dreher on the virtues of living in a community with shared values in our present century, on TUESDAY NOVEMBER 7 at 3PM we will focus on a quite different setting and community, and explore the codes and idiosyncrasies of the French, meant as a language, its speakers and a state of mind. In their acute and funny book, “The Bonjour Effect“, authors Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow offer a retour d’experience, that is, some feedback and comment on what they have learnt in years of travelling or living in France.

Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow spent a decade traveling back and forth to Paris as well as living there. Yet one important lesson never seemed to sink in: how to communicate comfortably with the French, even when you speak their language. In The Bonjour Effect Jean-Benoît and Julie chronicle the lessons they learned after they returned to France to live, for a year, with their twin daughters. They offer up all the lessons they learned and explain, in a book as fizzy as a bottle of the finest French champagne, the most important aspect of all: the French don’t communicate, they converse.

Codes and conventions of a language and the culture it conveys are of course a major topic for anyone with some intellectual curiosity, but it should in particular appeal our students of International Relations and Diplomacy given their penchant and inclination to work on such topics.


Bonjour Effect Nadeau Barlow

Student Council 2017-2018

SIU Paris Student Council 2017 -2018

Student Council 2017-2018

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff

I am delighted to announce the election results of this year’s Student Council elections and the creation of the student council of the Paris campus of Schiller International University.  Participation in the election was fantastic with almost 3 out of 4 students voting. Congratulations and credit are due to the four students who campaigned for the student council. Many thanks for their dynamism and spirit!

Without further ado, here is your Student Council resulting from the Fall 2017 elections:

President – Ariana McAuley
Secretary – Rebeca Belkacemi
Treasurer – Thato Mphuti

Contact email:

The Campus staff and faculty look forward to working them, just as I am sure the Campus student body looks forward to their drive and initiative!


James Brown, PhD.

Student Council 2017-2018


















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“A People’s Tragedy: the Russian Revolution 1891-1924”

russian revolution figes

“A panorama of Russian society on the eve  of the revolution and the story of its violent erasure”, according to the publisher’s note, prof. Figes’s main opus on the Russian revolution is huge in scope, thorough in unique research, composed with energy, story aptitude, and human empathy. Starting from the Famine of 1891-1892 and ending in 1924, with the death of Lenin, it argues that by then “the basic elements of the Stalinist regime – the one-party state, the system of terror and the cult of the personality – were all in place”. Many view the Russian Revolution as the most noteworthy occasion of the twentieth century. Recognized researcher Orlando Figes presents a scene of Russian culture on the eve of that upset, and after that portrays the account of how these social powers were brutally deleted. Inside the expansive feeds of war and upset are scaled down histories of people, in which Figes takes after the primary players’ fortunes as they saw their expectations bite the dust and their reality collide with ruins. Dissimilar to past records that follow the birthplaces of the upset to overextending political powers and beliefs, Figes contends that the disappointment of majority rule government in 1917 was profoundly established in Russian culture and social history and that what had begun as a people’s insurgency contained the seeds of its degeneration into savagery and fascism.

2017 is of course the first centenary since the “ten days that shook the world”. However, the exact day of the event varies from the original and highly symbolic October 25th according to the Julian calendar to November 7th of the “new style“.

A new centenary edition of the book with a new introduction has been published recently, as Figes’ text has become a fundamental work, along with others such as The Russian Revolution by Pipes. For an exhaustive bibliography on the topic see its page on the Oxford Bibliographies website.

By the same author, “Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991: A History” follows the life of the Soviet Union from his birth to its collapse. Shorter in length and wider in scope, the book investigates if and how the revolutionary tenets and goals set in 1917 held throughout the subsequent decades, under the short, dense and partly experimental rule of Lenin, through the long, despotic reign of Stalin, all the way to Gorbachev’s perestroika and  USSR final demise.

The “red October” being a major event in the world history of the nineteenth century, it obviously has a major role in several courses of both our Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy and  the Master’s in International Relations and Diplomacy. Students of these curricula willing to develop their knowledge about these topics are encouraged to search for further resources (including Figes’) on our library’s online catalog, on the LIRN portal, at the American Library in Paris (SIU students’ membership is paid by Schiller) or at any other of the facilities listed on the Paris campus library page.