International Students

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Aleksandra Gutkowska (Ola)

Your University of Portsmouth experience

As a student of full-time MA course in Graphic Design I am more than happy that I have chosen to study at the University of Portsmouth.  

My first positive impression that still stays with me, was of the Eldon Building in which I'm studying and the art and design facilities it offers. For the first time in my academic and professional career, I have full and open access to traditional and digital graphic design mediums, including screen printing, XVIII century letterpress, fabric print, risograph as well as large format graphic tablets, printers and laser cut devices. 

Following that, what I love the most about my course is that it is very self-development orientated, encouraging you to conduct your own research and getting to know your professional identity under the extremely helpful supervision of tutors that are genuine masters in their fields and have a real passion for teaching students.

What surprised me was the extra-curricular offer that engages you in University life and offers a lot of fun as well as support. I try to make the most out of it by attending well-being workshops, being a member of University Societies or enjoying social events.

What makes Portsmouth unique?

Portsmouth as a city has its own inimitable vibe that I haven't come across in any other city I have visited before. It's very much of a seaside city where everyone can find something to do - from chilling in stylish cafes, tasting international food in restaurants and food markets through to shopping sprees in the high street, enjoying English ales in pubs or attending sports events at weekends. 

What I personally like the most is Portsmouth's quirky streets full of small, independent shops and businesses as well as the stony beach with a pier, and Southsea Common which is a large green area open to anyone who wants to spend their leisure time in fresh air. 

I also believe that Portsmouth, being a southern city, has its own microclimate that is warmer and friendlier than in the rest of England.

Your extra-curricular activities

In my spare time, I like to involve myself in any kind of crafty activities, such as renovating old furniture, crochet, practising calligraphy or taking photos. I am also a passionate sailor and never say no to a cycling trip or ice skating. In summertime you can find me jogging or roller skating along the coast.