Maria from Norway talks about her life at Edinburgh Napier University.
Maria Gran, BA (Honours) Journalism
“The course is highly practical with lecturers with experience from the industry.”
I first visited Edinburgh on a family holiday when I was 14 and I fell in love with the city. During my last year at home in Norway, I realised I was ready to go into further education but I wanted to do a practical degree. Already working as a journalist for my local newspaper, I found that Edinburgh Napier offer a Journalism course. It is highly practical with lecturers who have experience from working in the industry.
I came over for a visit during my Easter holidays and a member of the International team gave me and my mum a private tour of the campus and the journalism department. The course is a good mix of practical and theoretical teaching and the lecturers are very knowledgeable. I'm very happy I found my ideal course in my favourite city!
“With a TV and radio newsroom, several vocal booths and studios it has all we need for working in the industry”
The facilities on campus are very useful and easily accessible, especially the Jack Kilby Computing Centre (24/7 computer lab) which is great for all kinds of work. The journalism department has just been renovated. With a TV and radio newsroom, several vocal booths and studios it has all we need for working in the industry after graduating. The support staff both at the University and the Students’ Association are helpful and quick to reply. I have always received the help I needed at Edinburgh Napier. Sports and societies are an essential part of university life and my club, Rock Climbing, have become like a family to me.
“It's a gorgeous city, it's the perfect size”
From the first time I visited Edinburgh I knew it was the city I wanted to live in and I do not regret making that decision one bit. It's a gorgeous city, it's the perfect size and it has everything you could ever want. Even if sometimes it is difficult to be away from home, I can always get help if I need it – be it from friends or the University staff.
“My English improved and I hope that will help me get a job as a foreign correspondent”
Part of the reason I came to Edinburgh Napier was because I wasn't 100% sure what I wanted to do after graduating. Do I want to work in print journalism or maybe in documentary making? I chose my course because it touches upon everything which gives me the time to decide what I enjoy doing the most and which skill sets I will need. The University has close ties with STV which means we get the chance to complete work placements in the industry. Studying abroad has made my English improve and I hope that will help me get a job as a foreign correspondent.