Farnham town has once again extended a warm welcome to our international students, at an event organised by The Rotary Club of Farnham and Farnham Town Council.
Professor Bashir Makhoul, Vice-Chancellor of UCA, spoke of the opportunities that university education makes possible as he introduced the event, which was held at Farnham Castle and attended by around 50 international students.
Following the introduction, students were invited to take guided tours of the historic twelfth century building, and to enjoy food and drink as they met with peers and members of the local community.
International Foundation in Art, Design & Media student Dylan Jun Yen Khoo, who is from Malaysia, said he chose UCA due to its high rankings and because he is keen to pursue a career in the creative industries. Of his experiences of Farnham so far, he said: “I like it because we get to connect with people and it’s a small community.”
Sarah Orio, a student from the United Sates studying the Graduate Diploma: Art & Design, said: “I did my Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design in Spain and one of my tutors had actually studied at UCA and she recommended it to me. I looked into it and really liked it.
Talking about her experiences of UCA so far, Sarah added: “I really like that they have a lot of everything, so I can try new things, and they have a lot of workshops.”
UCA attracts students from as many as 91 countries worldwide, with more than a sixth of UCA’s student population coming from overseas. The University’s strong links to the creative industries combined with the town’s rich craft heritage make Farnham a unique and exciting place to study the creative arts.