I would definitely recommend going on exchange. This is the best experience you can ask for. I think the most valuable lesson I learnt was to get involved, have fun, and learn as much as you possibly can. Jump at every opportunity.
More about Hannah
Hannah was awarded a scholarship to spend a summer at Linnaeus University in Sweden studying art and landscape painting.
What made you choose to study at NTU?
“The location and the fantastic facilities.”
What do you enjoy most about your course?
“The independence to study, and time to progress with your own personal practice.”
Has the course included any live projects?
“We had the opportunity to work with artist Giorgio Sadotti in a live performance at the Bonington Gallery. This was really interesting as it gave us an insight into how to organise a performance and understand people’s reactions to it.”
Has the course included any speakers / lecturers from industry?
“We have a live lecture most Thursday evenings, where practising artists come in and talk about their work. This is really interesting as the artist is different every week. My favourite so far has been Rhys Coren, because he is the most relevant to my practice.”
What do you think about the course staff?
“They are really helpful and each bring something different to the course. If you have any issues, you don’t have to worry about asking them because no question is silly. You can easily book tutorials and sessions with them to improve your work, or for various equipment inductions.”
How do you find the facilities?
“They are brilliant. There is so many opportunities for us. As long as you have been inducted, you have free reign.”
Have you completed any work placements?
“I am currently a student mentor, which involves helping first year students through the first few weeks of the course. This has allowed me to understand and improve my work by re-capping all the things I learnt last year.”
Exchange to Linnaeus University, Sweden
Can you tell us about your exchange to Linnaeus University in Sweden?
“I received an email about a scholarship to study in Sweden and immediately applied. I joined the art and landscape painting course for five weeks in the summer. The application process was really easy, with the help of Faye at NTU Global. My classmate Hannah and I were awarded £500 towards our accommodation, which helped a lot!"
Was there anything you were particularly worried about before leaving the UK, and any advice you’d give to future exchange students?
“I was only concerned about not knowing much of the language, but it turned out their English is better than ours! I did learn a little Swedish beforehand to get by.”
How did you find your course?
“It was really exciting and we were able to explore the city and the island of Öland. It was better than I expected and was one of the best things I have ever done. It is very different to NTU as it was only a beginners’ course.”
How was your social life during the exchange?
“I made some fantastic friends for life from all over the world. I intend to stay in touch with them and hope for a trip over to see them. We went out for dinner, explored the castles, and spent a lot of time at the beach and out clubbing.”
What was the highlight of your exchange?
“Meeting a fantastic group of people we happily called our family. When I look back, I get this wonderful warm feeling, and I remember that my time in Sweden was the time of my life.”
What was the most valuable lesson you learnt whilst on your exchange and would you recommend it to other students?
“I would definitely recommend going on exchange. This is the best experience you can ask for. I think the most valuable lesson I learnt was to get involved, have fun, and learn as much as you possibly can. Jump at every opportunity."