Jonathan Vivaas Kise (Norway)


Course: BA(Hons) Photography
Home country: Norway

Why Falmouth?

I chose Falmouth because I wanted to do something different. Many people chose to study in larger cities, but I wanted something that was more relaxed and had a bit more 'home' feel to it. I also chose Falmouth for its reputation and the fantastic facilities.

What's the most difficult thing about being an international student?

For me there has only been positive sides of being an international student. The only difficult thing is adapting to the way students speak, compared to what you have learned in school.

How have you found the course?

My course is great! It's a very independent course, but you can get all the help in the world if you need it.

What is your experience of the academic school?

It is very clear that the teachers know what they are doing, and they all have a unique and special attitude that can help you reach your goal. The school itself is also fitted with a great library with literally anything you could want and the facilities are mind blowing.

What social activities do you enjoy?

I usually do lots of photo walks as it's so beautiful here, take road trips, or take part in planned photoshoots. I also like going to bars and clubs in Falmouth.

What's the best thing about living in Falmouth?

The best thing about Falmouth is the student life. Everything is set up, so it's easy to get into and gain friends and contacts.

What will you miss most about Falmouth when you leave?

I'm not sure if I'm going to stay in England after I'm done studying, but I'm going to miss the English culture, the facilities, the cute coffee shops and the local pubs!

Has the University been supportive during your time here?

You get all the support you want and if the teachers can't give it to you, there are loads of other places you can get support; FXU which is the Students' Union, ASK (Academic Skills Department who help with your English), etc.

What advice would you give to students planning on coming to Falmouth?

Come here with a clear mind, and use your first year to get into the culture, gain friends and enjoy England! (Also work hard).

What are your plans for the future?

I would love to be able to make a living in photography!

Published March 2014