Students from Estonia

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Inge-Helene Pello - BA (Hons) Media, Culture & Journalism

My journey at the University of South Wales started in 2012 when I enrolled onto a BA Media, Culture & Journalism course. I learned a lot about the media industry and got a strong theoretical background in this field. 

In my third year I, however, decided to change direction and transferred to a BA Journalism course. I graduated the course with the First Degree and it gave me an excellent base of knowledge.

Within these years at the USW I had an opportunity to visit BBC London Broadcast House to speak about my documentary that was part of my final major project. With this documentary (called “The Fear) I was also one of the three nominees for the ’Journalism Student of the Year’ award in Welsh Media Awards (2016). 

In 2015 after having had finished Journalism course at the USW I continued my studies elsewhere and completed MA International Journalism degree. I got a contract with the Estonia’s national radio station ’Vikerraadio’ being their Welsh correspondent. 

However, in 2017 I decided to return to education and my one and only choice was University of South Wales. I love the Atrium campuses’ creative vibe, friendly staff and helpful lecturers. I decided to do a second Master degree in MSc Music Engineering & Production and can now happily say that I also have a degree in this field. University of South Wales is a great and student friendly university and I definitely recommend it to everyone. 

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Aiki Niinemets - BA (Hons) Fashion Design

Why did you choose to study at University of South Wales?
I’ve always wanted to study in the UK, and Cardiff seemed the best place for it. The University has a really good reputation and the other bigger cities aren’t that far to travel from here.

Have you enjoyed your University experience at South Wales so far?
It has been smooth. I’m not the only international student in my course, and we all get along really well.

What advice would you give to any students who are thinking of studying at USW?
Come here! Cardiff is a beautiful small city and the shopping is endless!

What’s your number one student experience so far?
Meeting new people, outside from school, I love my job.

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Meril Lugima - BA (Hons) Photography

Why did you choose USW?
I chose USW because of its hands-on study method and it’s very convenient location. I could not find any other school that would concentrate this much on actual practice rather than studying theory.

What do you think about your campus location?
I find that the Cardiff campus is very conveniently located, especially if you’re looking to work while in school. Nothing is too far away and there are plenty of things to do.

What do you think about the teaching staff on your course?
I think they are doing an excellent job. They are very easy to approach and always happy to help. I find it very helpful that they are willing to spend some extra time thoroughly explaining details and discussing your ideas and thoughts.

What has been your best experience at USW so far?
My best experience so far was being able to photograph events and fashion shows. Along with being able to use the studio and darkroom to work on my academic and personal projects.

How do you think your experience studying at USW will help you after you have graduated from university?
Our professors are constantly giving us interesting projects to work on, which give us great hands on experience in the industry. They slowly help us build our personal portfolio, and with each workshop/lecture they give us a great foundation for when we will start working independently. By the time I leave USW, it will feel like I’ve already had three years of experience in the industry.

What advice would you give to any students who are thinking of studying at USW?
If you are looking for a pleasant place to study and a great hands on experience, I would say USW is a safe choice.