EES Online students are in Berlin for their first and third in-house classes respectively. Of course, this week is particularly exciting for our new students.They are introduced to our master's program East European Studies. They get familiarized with our learning management system Blackboard. They are taught their first two modules: Introduction & Tools and Society. But most importantly, they get to know each other. The rather quiet single students from Monday morning have already started to become friends, using every opportunity to chat and gossip. Our senior students take the opportunity to renew their friendships in person, as a welcome change to the last months' electronic contacts.