Norway, BA (Hons) Media, Journalism and Publishing
“I like that it is not a big city, but it’s still enough so you have loads of different shops and museums and it’s very close to London, where you can go in an hour or so”
Why did you choose to study in the UK and why did you choose Oxford Brookes?
I actually did an exchange year before I started uni while I was at high school and I really enjoyed it so that’s why I chose to come back and also I visited Oxford while I was living here and really liked Oxford. Then I saw Oxford Brookes and it’s a very nice, modern university and it also had publishing which I really wanted to do and we don’t have that in Norway.
In terms of your course specifically, what attracted you to the course and what do you most enjoy about it?
Publishing is what I wanted to do and publishing at Brookes was one of the best options, and I really wanted to learn more about writing, journalism and the media aspect as well. I really like how varied it is because we do design, marketing, creative writing and it’s a lot of fun!
Now that you’re here at Oxford Brookes, what do you like most about the university?
I really like the campus, especially the library because it’s really nice to sit and study there with the tables and the different rooms so you can have a quiet study area or you can study with friends. Also the café, especially in Clerici, is great, it’s nice to have good food on campus.
How have you found making friends?
First year was a bit harder because there was covid and lockdown, but second year was really fun because I got to meet my course mates and I got new housemates who I’m good friends with now.
Have you done a work placement, or do you plan to do one?
I did volunteering, which I got through my course and from that I got a job. I also did an internship in summer this year in Oxford, that was a lot of fun and I learned a lot.
How does the teaching style in the UK compare to your home country?
It’s about the same, I guess in Norway we have more exams while my course here is more coursework which I enjoy because I don’t like exams that much!
What do you like most about living in Oxford?
I like that it is not a big city, but it’s still enough so you have loads of different shops and museums and it’s very close to London, where you can go in an hour or so.
Are you living in halls or private accommodation?
In first year I lived in Parade Green in Cowley. I’ve also lived in a private house with some of my friends.
Do you have recommendations for students when trying to find accommodation?
Maybe look at the websites and also Google, look on Google maps where everything actually is and how long it will take you to actually get to places. Also apply as soon as possible.
Do you have any advice or tips for future international students?
Do research. Look at the websites and try to get into societies or get a job, do something else other than just studying because then you’ll meet more people and you’ll feel you’re doing more and you’ll get more out of your experience.
Do you have any plans once you’ve graduated?
I’m not completely sure but I hope to get into publishing, maybe in the UK, maybe Norway. I’ll see.