Tannaz Horri Farahani

Master Program in Human Rights and Democracy

Give a short background about yourself

I come from Iran, Tehran. I obtained my master’s degree in Public International Law following the Bachelor of Law. I also work as a legal advisor and immigration specialist.

I currently live in Stockholm and study for my second master’s program in Human Rights and Democracy at University College Stockholm (USC).

Alongside my professional and academic world, I do prefer to paint, play the piano, read books, play tennis, and watch TV series in my spare time. I am a coffee lover and book enthusiast. I am in love with new places, stationery, fashion, perfumes, travel, and everything, which can make me more excited. But, of course, my obsession is to read reviews of everything.

Why did you choose to study at University College Stockholm?

The voice, when heard, has power. This power can be seen in research findings regarding human isolation and its detrimental effects on the human mind. That is why I chose to pursue the master’s program in human rights and democracy at one of the leading higher education institutions in Northern Europe in the domain of Human Rights Studies, the University College Stockholm. Nobody hear your voice of justice when you got stuck on the island of isolation. But, I am thrilled that I am here now, and I am closer to what I have always dreamed of, thanks to UCS.

What are your experiences of studying in Sweden?

Living and studying in Sweden as a multicultural environment ables me to be in touch with more international students and teachers. Besides, Sweden’s education system is ranked among the top systems in the world as students can learn to think critically, independently, and creatively.

I have been taught the proper way to look at the world instead of having a negative perspective. Therefore, when looking at the world, I am asking ‘if there is a better way,’ a creative and less judgmental method that delivers new ideas rather than just complaining about the world; this teaching method is the reason for consistently ranking Sweden among the innovative countries.

‘Exam’ is not a scary concept in Sweden as students have the chance to repeat an exam to learn from their mistakes. Therefore, the goal is to grow and develop and be guided by teachers, not fail and be disappointed.

What are the three best things about studying Master’s Program in Human rights and Democracy?

  • Supportive professors and staffs
  • Place of study: Stockholm
  • Fresh & up-to-date Literature

What has felt challenging in the studies?

At the beginning of the program, making ‘communication’ can be challenging in a multicultural environment. In addition, students are expected to be independent and take responsibility. So self-studying is an inseparable part of the teaching method in Sweden, which can be challenging regarding time management, keeping the schedule, and approaching deadlines.

In addition, studying online in the first year due to covid-19 pandemic, was a little bit overwhelming, lack of concentration for instance. However, now we came back to campus, and I am grateful.

What do you want to do/work with after you have graduated?

As a juristic and migration specialist I have always wondered eagerly learned, contributed, and developed knowledge and experience. Therefore, from years of professional and academic background in different fields of international law and human rights studies, I aim to make a bridge toward the needs of modern humans in the contemporary world, where new contexts such as digitalization, business, sustainability, AI, cyberspace, Internet of things, and pandemic, have been born and they play a controversial role.

In addition to desiring to run my own business in the form of a creative plan, I am very keen to influence the world in action, especially local communities, beyond the theory, slogan, and slang reports of human rights crises.

How helpful will your studies be to your future career?

Thanks to the M. A. program in human rights and democracy as an interdisciplinary and unique study that addresses one of my primary concerns: human rights as a complex global issue. Democracy and human rights are inextricably linked, symbiotic, and mutually constitutive. A rights-based approach to democracy founded on the rule of law is increasingly viewed as the most reliable safeguard against human rights violations. As a result, I believe that mutual understanding between human rights and democracy provides necessary preconditions for decision- and policymaking in contemporary societies. That is why I realized this master’s program possesses an exceptional capacity for acquiring the required knowledge and skills in mentioned fields and building a solid ground for my professional and academic future.

What would you like to say to someone who is considering applying to the Master’s program in Human Rights and Democracy at UCS?

I would like to encourage applicants interested in studying human rights and, at the same time, addressing another critical issue, democracy, to apply for this two-year master’s program in the School of Human Rights at University College Stockholm. The school is dedicated to excellence in interdisciplinary human rights and democracy education and research.

You will also have the opportunity to study at one of the pioneering and specialized universities in Human Rights Studies, located in the capital of Sweden, Stockholm. It is evident that a big city can provide you with more opportunities and a high potential to approach your goals through networking with professional people.

The warm atmosphere of University College Stockholm also allows you to communicate with professors fruitfully will provide you with advanced knowledge, experience, and skills in a set of mild conditions.

The possibility of improving your transferable skills at UCS, an international community with a high educational level, will also prepare you for doctoral studies-related fields.