Victoria Pedeisen (Norway/Russia)


Course: BA(Hons) Graphic Design
Home country: Norway/Russia

Why Falmouth?

It is a charming little coastal town with beautiful beaches and hills. Falmouth is one of the UK's best universities and I was lucky enough to be offered a spot here. The atmosphere is great and there are always loads of activities and events going on every week.

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

I would say getting used to everything in the beginning, especially the language and fitting in immediately. You also miss close friends and family sorely at the start, not to mention home cooked meals.

How have you found the course?

All the briefs have an educational purpose, are well thought through and very much open for all kinds of skills and creativity.

What is your experience of the academic school?

The lectures and one-to-ones are interesting and helpful. You can easily find the books or any relevant document for your course in the library of the University, and the access to the library is 24/7 which is great for all-nighters.

Are you involved with any clubs and societies?

I play tennis once a week with the Tennis Society and I'm also a part of the International Society which has a couple of events every month or so, where we celebrate international festivities or go to close-by cities to have a look and shop. The gym is also great.

What social activities do you enjoy?

I love going to the Stannary which is the University's own private club/bar, especially on Thursdays which is Students' Night and all the drinks are half price. It's not too noisy and you can easily chat with people or enjoy social games such as pool or foosball.

What's the best thing about living in Falmouth?

Nothing is ever too far away and the atmosphere is great. The coastline is beautiful and the beach is a five minute walk from campus.

What will you miss most about Falmouth when you leave?

I will definitely miss the energy and the whole experience of living abroad, surrounded by students who are aiming for the same thing as you. I will also miss the freedom of doing exactly what you want whenever you want; you get more responsible and learn how to manage your own time and money.

Has the University been supportive during your time here?

There is a great supporting network of people who are always there to help you with whatever you may need help with. I am completely serious – there is even a place you can go if you don't know which department exactly you should turn to – and they simply direct you to the right place (The Compass)!

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

My advice would be, don't worry too much about coming abroad like I did – get excited because it's only scary for a couple of hours and then you're having fun for the next three years, which will fly by too quickly ...

What are your plans for the future?

I hope to complete my education with a Masters degree. Thereafter, find an interesting workspace. I would love to make book jackets or CD covers, or work with branding.

Published March 2014