"I was completely immersed in authentic English culture. Getting to know the faculty and my peers has been an experience of deepening my perspective, both culturally and musically."
"I was completely immersed in authentic English culture. Getting to know the faculty and my peers has been an experience of deepening my perspective, both culturally and musically."
I spent the past five years attending university and later working in the Chicago area. One of my mentors at university mentioned his ties to the music faculty at Goldsmiths so I decided to research it. What I found was an exciting and comprehensive programme in one of the most culturally vibrant cities on earth. I had treasured the opportunities afforded me by living so close to Chicago. Imagine what London would hold!
I quickly applied, got accepted, and began navigating the visa process. It wasn't long before I realized the magnitude of expenses I would incur as an international student. Thankfully, Goldsmiths recognizes these financial difficulties and I was graciously provided with an International Postgraduate Scholarship that waives a significant amount of my course fees.
When American students travel, it's usually a backpacking trip with friends or a very sanitized term abroad with American peers. My experience has been quite different. I didn't know a single soul at Goldsmiths and was completely immersed in authentic English culture. Getting to know the faculty and my peers has been an experience of deepening my perspective, both culturally and musically, leading to numerous musical opportunities as well as a complete paradigm shift in how I approach my discipline as a classical composer.
I now run a weekly lecture series on contemporary music with my colleagues. A friend and I are starting to write music for a play to be premiered in Edinburgh later this year. A group of us do regular improvisation concerts around the city. Even as I continue to be amazed by it, Goldsmiths and London life have afforded me more life-changing experiences and relationships than I ever could have asked for.
"Moving to London to attend Goldsmiths has been, hands-down, the best decision that I've made regarding my career and education."
Moving to London to attend Goldsmiths has been, hands-down, the best decision that I've made regarding my career and education. Not only have I gained the knowledge and skills that I felt I was lacking in the areas of business and cultural policy, but I have also gained a massive network in the arts sector. Our lectures are frequently led by guest lecturers from various arts organisations in and around London. This offers a unique opportunity to see behind the curtain, so to speak, and to get a real feeling of the day-to-day requirements of running these organisations. The required internship is crucial, and for me, has led to employment. London's cultural scene is the perfect backdrop for studying the arts and you can't beat the travel connections to Europe.
"I chose to study here because some older students that had studied abroad previous years strongly recommended it and it was the best school in London for my major."
I found out about Goldsmiths from my home university. I chose to study here because some older students that had studied abroad previous years strongly recommended it and it was the best school in London for my major, Communications. Before I came here, I was studying at my home university. I love the way that communication is taught here and I find it much more useful than my home university, with the practice aspect of it. It's more hands on, less stressful, and I think that you end up learning necessary skills that will benefit you in the real world. When I graduate I hope to work in the marketing aspect of the film industry, maybe I'll even come back to London to intern. I love it that much! :)
I learn something every day, and the people in my life say they have never seen me happier or more in touch with my goals and dreams.
The Applied Theatre course at Goldsmiths has been one of the greatest personal and professional experiences of my life. I come from a background in Playwriting and Human Rights and still feel so lucky that this programme exists. It has validated my passions and inspired me to dream big in the future.
I learn something every day, and the people in my life say they have never seen me happier or more in touch with my goals and dreams. I have made a great local and international network of friends and colleagues of amazing people passionate about the power theatre can have on people's lives.
I plan to go on for my PhD and one day start my own company. I cannot stress enough how much London, Goldsmiths, my coursemates, my hall mates and the world of Applied Theatre have changed my life for the better.
MA International Studies
"I was intrigued with the Goldsmiths approach to teaching modern global politics in the context of history and culture rather than just the usual facts, figures and institutions."
I wanted to study politics abroad to get a more varied and well-rounded perspective. I applied to several international relations programs, before coming across Goldsmiths MA International Studies by chance. I was intrigued with the Goldsmiths approach to teaching modern global politics in the context of history and culture rather than just the usual facts, figures, and institutions.
The program has heightened my abilities to observe, think critically, rationalize, and – more importantly – understand global politics. The professors not only encourage, but go above and beyond to nurture the individual interests of students. Goldsmiths and its instructors offer a refreshingly alternative critique to the changing world around us that I would not have found at another UK institution.
MSc Music, Mind & Brain
"Goldsmiths offered the perfect combination for me: a chance to experience life in London, while gaining a degree in a discipline I'm passionate about, supervised by some of the best researchers in the field."
Originally from Dayton, Ohio, I graduated last May with degrees in neuroscience and music from Agnes Scott College, a small women's college in Atlanta, Georgia. While studying there, I had the opportunity to work as a summer research assistant for Annabel Cohen at the University of Prince Edward Island. Dr Cohen is a mainstay in the field of music cognition, and she introduced me to the MSc in Music, Mind and Brain at Goldsmiths. In getting to know other postgrads and what they were studying, I was impressed with Goldsmiths' commitment to offering innovative, interdisciplinary courses.
Goldsmiths offered the perfect combination for me: a chance to experience life in London while gaining a degree in a discipline I'm passionate about, supervised by some of the best researchers in the field. Another reason I chose to attend Goldsmiths was the International Postgraduate Scholarship I was offered. When applying for funding, the lack of postgraduate scholarships for international students surprised me, but I discovered that Goldsmiths offered a number of international scholarships. My postgraduate bursary has helped make my experience at Goldsmiths possible, and I was honoured to have received the award.
MA Sociocultural Linguistics
"I feel very blessed to be at a College that has a solid academic reputation, respects individuality and genuinely cares for and looks after its students."
I am a postgraduate student at Goldsmiths in the MA Sociocultural Lingustics program. Being an international student at Goldsmiths has been and continues to be one of the best experiences of my life. I chose Goldsmiths because of its reputation for being a strong humanities-based College. Goldsmiths' smaller College population in comparison to other Colleges at the University of London makes it easier to connect with people and develop friendships.
Moving abroad to begin postgrad studies has not been without its difficulties, but Goldsmiths staff have been very helpful in the transition process. I appreciated the range of social events the International Office planned the first week for international students, and the meeting that was held giving us full detailed information on a range of international student issues. I feel very blessed to be at a College that has a solid academic reputation, respects individuality, and genuinely cares for and looks after its students.
MA Interactive Media: Critical Theory & Practice
"I chose Goldsmiths because the programme seemed truly unique and I knew the reputation of the school for being forward-thinking."
Before coming to Goldsmiths, I had completed a BA in Computer Science and had been working as a software developer (programmer) for a year. When decided I wanted to do a Masters, I knew I wanted it to be interdisciplinary so that I would be able to be creative and collaborate with others from different backgrounds. When I visited London to check out prospective universities, Goldsmiths was one of the ones I attended. When visiting the Goldsmiths Digital Studios, the faculty there recommended I check out the MA in Interactive Media course.
In the end I chose Goldsmiths because the Interactive Media programme seemed truly unique, and I knew the reputation of the school for being forward-thinking. The Cultural Studies department helps maintain a social and critical perspective - I'm able to study computational cultures from both a theoretical and practical approach. There are always lectures and events going on every week that are relevant to my interests, and I've been able to audit option courses outside of my department as well. After I graduate, I plan on doing my PhD with a focus on either digital sociology or human-computer interaction. I'm glad I'll have had this year at Goldsmiths to prepare me for further interdisciplinary research.
"Both the students and tutors are very top class – helpful, welcoming and friendly."
Studying at Goldsmiths was recommended to me by an alumni of the university. I knew I wanted to be in London, but I was clueless as to where. Goldsmiths ended up being the perfect location. New Cross has a beat of its own. With university activities and events in the local area, plenty of things go down in New Cross to keep you entertained. It is far enough to escape the bustle of central London, but close enough to be a part of it when you want to.
Both the students and tutors are very top class – helpful, welcoming and friendly. There is so much raw talent in the student body. The students work hard, and party twice as hard, making it the perfect university experience. When I graduate I hope to become a main player in the music industry through producing, marketing, and management.
A graduate from Northeastern University's Music Industry program, Jaclyn's primary area of focus lies in music licensing, supervision, and independent record labels. During her undergraduate program she has interned for a diverse set of companies in the Music Industry starting at Brown University's radio station 95.5 WBRU. She has since interned at Saddle Creek Records out of Omaha, Nebraska, the independent record label responsible for the success of Bright Eyes, Cursive, Maria Taylor, The Faint etc., Sony Music Entertainment's Music Licensing Department for RCA and Jive records, as an editorial intern at Billboard Magazine, and at House of Hassle/ Bank Robber, a New York based independent music licensing and publishing company representing smaller, indie artists.
Her interest is in how both Social Media and Music Licensing/Supervision are shaping the future of the music industry in terms of how people discover and interact with music, as well as providing additional sources of revenue within the music sector. She also is a writer, and is working on her first novel; to be followed by subsequent titles including a poetry book on her life experiences in a small town and abroad, drawing further inspiration from lyric writing, and hints of melodic structures.
For the past ten years Sarah has worked in museums. She was a painting conservation technician at the National Gallery of Art and a research assistant in the Repatriation Office at the National Museum of Natural History. She was involved in Ladyfest DC, art collective District of Ladies and DC Underground Film Festival. She studied art history and cultural anthropology at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and received an MA in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Where are you from? I was born in Detroit but have lived in Washington, D.C. for the last ten years
How would your friends describe yourself? Supportive but really bad at returning phone calls
What's your favourite place in London? The Borough Market so far
What’s the best thing about studying at Goldsmiths? The sense of engagement that both the faculty, staff and students project. Being in such a welcoming, interdisciplinary and enthusiastic community is not only intellectually invigorating but also inspiring. The incredible material resources, such as the Women’s Art Library and access to Senate House, are also fantastic.
Who would you most like to get stuck in a lift with? A mechanical engineer and John Waters
What's your guilty pleasure? Typhoo QT 'the instant black tea with whitener', although I have been told my love for Steely Dan should remain unspoken
Study Abroad student
"I was immersed in the British system. 'Shakespeare in London' was one of the best classes of my academic life – it was worth the trip over on its own!"
Living in London had always been a desire I kept locked away for 'some day', but someday came this year, and in the past 5 and a half months, my expectations were met and surpassed beyond belief.
Studying 'Writing Intensive English and International Affairs' back home, it was hard to find a study abroad course that allowed me to progress in both my majors. Goldsmiths offered every course I needed and seemed like it would be a completely different atmosphere to my university back home. It's wonderfully diverse, and studying has been such an interesting experience. I was immersed in the British system and got to see education from a different perspective. Taking 'Fiction' here was so valuable because I was surrounded by creative people who are actually writing novels – the class made writing much more tangible. And 'Shakespeare in London' was one of the best classes of my academic life – it was worth the trip over on its own.
Studying abroad you're allowed to swim in a sea of time, and you see who you really are as you construct an entirely new world for yourself. I met incredible people from all over the world and sunk my roots into the city. I travelled to five countries and saw a world viewed only before in books and pictures, but it was always London I wanted to come home to.
PhD in Cultural Studies
"At Goldsmiths I found myself engaged in a critical, insightful and wonderfully active academic environment."
Throughout my PhD I am researching the role of critical theory in Visual and Performance Art Education. I began my practice and theory research project in September 2003. My previous academic experience includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1996, and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1998. I decided to leave New York for the United Kingdom in order to work with a truly interdisciplinary curriculum structure. Goldsmiths, University of London, is a place whose strong reputation for training in the visual arts prevails.
I moved to London during a heat wave in August 2003, splitting time between establishing a residence in South London, and exploring the city itself. Once the autumn term had begun, I found myself engaged in a critical, insightful, and wonderfully active academic environment. Seminars, lectures, visiting artist talks, social evenings in the pub; it was all constant, informational, and very exciting. I began work on my research as soon as possible, with the help of a strong network of student colleagues.
In the subsequent months at Goldsmiths I have been involved in a number of volunteer and paid work opportunities. With a team of students from Cultural Studies, we produced a conference on art and theory that combined digital artists, designers, curators, theorists, and lecturers. The conference was supported by a number of departments at the college, and attended by students, faculty, staff, and the public. This experience has proven unique and extremely challenging and probably my most memorable time at the College.
When giving advice to prospective students and researchers considering working on their degrees abroad I would have to say look carefully at the personnel and personalities of the institution you are considering. I am finding my time at Goldsmiths unique and rewarding and I wish other students luck and foresight in their decision to study in the United Kingdom.
MSc Music, Mind and Brain
"The course provided the hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge I need to pursue my PhD."
MSc in Music, Mind and Brain is the only programme of its kind in the world. I knew I wanted to do neuroscience of music and a scientific Masters which of this nature provided me with research experience and a great deal of background information. Before I came to Goldsmiths I studied neuroscience and music. This MSc provides the hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge I need to pursue a PhD in neuroimaging and music. It also increases my ability to think analytically and how to approach scientific problems, which can carry over to other careers. The course has been a great pleasure, and I have gained new understanding from my field.
PhD in Cultural Studies
"I would recommend Goldsmiths to anyone who is a different thinker and is truly committed to change in academic thinking and applying what is taught in the classroom to the real world."
A native Californian, I found out about Goldsmiths almost by accident. I have been working in the music business for the past 18 years, doing stints at key tastemakers such as Facebook, Interscope Geffen A & M and blip.fm. After finishing my Master of Arts in Humanities, I felt passionate about pursuing academics. However, it had to be at a university that would appreciate and nurture my eclectic past. I found the Centre for Cultural Studies through speaking to a friend who had worked with a fellow Goldsmithian, artist Damon Albarn. He suggested that I check out the Blur frontman's alumna mater, and see if it would be a fit for me.
I began corresponding with the Academic Director for the Centre for Cultural Studies, John Hutnyk, about a year before I actually came to Goldsmiths. Dr Hutnyk single-handedly convinced me that Goldsmiths was the place for me. Through our correspondence, I became excited about the possibility of studying at an institution were staff would be so passionate about their students. I came to London having not seen Goldsmiths, and having only conversed with Dr Hutnyk via e-mail. However, he made me feel so supported and excited about taking on this new chapter in my life, I did not have any doubts about selling all of my material possessions that I had amassed over the course of my carer, uprooting my security and life to come and study under his tutelage.
Through the Centre for Cultural Studies, I have had the opportunity to connect with academics from around the world. I am at the end of my second year, and have already attended over 10 conferences around the UK and the EU. Under Dr Hutnyk's supervision, I have been published in two academic journals, with chapters in three books in the works. Currently, I am a lecturer at the University of East London and SAE Institute. I have had the chance to fulfil my dreams of working with a supervisor who understands and inspires me while allowing me to discover the best path for my work. I strongly believe that this would not have happened at any other institution besides Goldsmiths. I would recommend it to any one who may be a different thinker, who truly is committed to change in academic thinking, applying what is taught in the classroom to the 'real world'.
Study Abroad student
"As an international student, Goldsmiths provided me with a great opportunity to experience an education that was in many ways similar to what I've known previously, but also different enough that I was challenged by new things. Adapting to this new educational system helped me learn a lot about myself as a student and the insight gained at Goldsmiths improved my studies when I returned to America. The opportunity to choose an interdisciplinary class load, to study what I was interested in within those courses, and to see a unique side of London all made Goldsmiths an irreplaceable experience."
"I had a great group of classmates, it's been a wonderful experience and I'd recommend it to anyone."
My younger brother had just recently completed his graduate degree at the University of Rochester, and found himself in Seoul six months after graduation. I was working a part-time job, and decided that I needed to get my grad degree in journalism. While I lived about 90 minutes away from the best journalism school in the area, the allure of going overseas was too strong. A friend was a graduate of Goldsmiths, and suggested it. The cost was also comparable, I figured I would get more out of the course if I was in London instead of New York State.
Now, eight months in, I don't regret it one bit. It has been challenging, but I certainly didn't expect it to be easy. I can't wait to take this year of experience into the wider world, either in London or back home in the States. I thought the toughest part of the course would be the classes, but the adjustment to British culture was hard at first. Luckily, I had a great group of classmates who accepted me quickly and who were committed to showing me how to live in London. All in all, it's been a wonderful experience and I'd recommend it to anyone.
Study Abroad student
"I chose to come to Goldsmiths because it was the only university in London that offered Study Abroad students the opportunity to study a combination of psychology, biological anthropology and English classes at the same time."
My name is Jeremy Crawford. I'm 20 years old, and I took three psychology courses (Biological Bases of Behavior; Social Psychology; Paranormal Psychology) at Goldsmiths, as well as a London Theatre class.
Back in the US I'm an undergraduate student at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Before I came to Goldsmiths I was a double major in Social Psychology and English. I chose to come to Goldsmiths because it was the only university actually in London I could find that offered international visiting students the opportunity to study a combination of psychology, biological anthropology, and English classes at the same time.
The courses at Goldsmiths were interesting. I enjoyed experiencing the different perspectives the professors offered in the subjects discussed. I also enjoyed getting to take classes that aren't offered at my home university, like Paranormal Psychology. London Theatre was my favourite class, because each week we got a free theatre ticket to a different show in London. It was an amazing experience.
Now I'm back at Duke, and I've since changed my course of study. I'm double majoring now in Biological Anthropology/Anatomy and Social Psychology, and I'm minoring in English. I've a very interdisciplinary person, and I was glad to get to experience an interdisciplinary education while at Goldsmiths.
Study Abroad student
"I'm so glad I chose Goldsmiths as the place to study. It has been incredible and I have met many wonderful people who I will miss a lot!"
My name is Kerri. I am 20 years old and from Avon, New York. At home I go to Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I decided this semester to study abroad at Goldsmiths and take some courses in Drama. I chose to come to Goldsmiths because it fit in very well with the Theatre department at my college back home. I am a Theatre and English double major and decided that there would be no place better to study these two subjects than London. London is a fascinating city and I knew there would be lots to do at all times.
Goldsmiths was very appealing to me for many reasons besides the program as well. I had heard that the accommodation was great, which was proved to me when I came here. I live in a flat with seven other students, a mix of full-time and international students. I have my own room and my own bathroom, which I greatly enjoy. We all share a kitchen. Also, Goldsmiths is a very nice campus and things are easy to get to. You don't spend all day getting to class. It takes about ten minutes maximum to get to any of your classes. I also enjoy the social events that go on at Goldsmiths. Every Wednesday there is Club Sandwich, put on by the Students' Union, which is a ton of fun!
I really enjoy all the courses I am taking and I feel that I have learned so much while being here. My favorite class has been my Shakespeare's London class. I have such a greater appreciation for Shakespeare now than I had before coming to London. When I return home, I will be spending some time with my family and friends at home before heading back to Muhlenberg for the second semester of my junior year. After I graduate from Muhlenberg I plan on furthering my education to become a secondary school teacher of English and Drama. I feel that my experiences here have given me such knowledge to take into my career field. I am very excited to use these experiences when I am teaching. I'm so glad I chose Goldsmiths as the place to study. It has been incredible and I have met many wonderful people who I will miss a lot! All in all, my semester abroad was a success!
Study Abroad student
"Goldsmiths is very student oriented, which gives students a great opportunity to get involved in what is important to them."
My name is Brittany and I am 19 years old. The courses that I took at Goldsmiths this fall were The Crusades; Health, Healing and Illness in Africa; Politics, Culture and Society; and The Psychology of a Person. I lived in Chesterman House, where I shared a kitchen with 7 other people. I came to London through a program called Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA). I am currently a sophomore at my home university in America, where I am a History and Secondary Education major. Before I came to London and Goldsmiths, I was attending Northern Illinois University for one year, my freshman year. After my freshman year, I spent the summer working at a restaurant, babysitting, and working for a school district.
First of all, I chose to come to London because it is a city that I have always wanted to visit, and I also wanted to get in as much British life as I could. It is a city that offers so much, and so much history, that it was hard to even look at any other city to study in. Not to mention, English is spoken in London, so I didn't have to deal with a language barrier. Secondly, I chose Goldsmiths because of the size and the courses that it offered. I also liked that the residence halls in which I would be living were within walking distance of the campus. Many of the other colleges in London didn't have their residence halls within walking distance, meaning that I'd have to commute to class. I chose Goldsmiths because of the atmosphere and reputation that I'd heard about it. Although Goldsmiths is not located in central London and was not one of the most picturesque locations to live, it is in a very diverse and creative community. As well as this it has many clubs and societies to join, from sports to environment.
Overall, the atmosphere of the College was very diverse. I was able to see a whole new culture that gave the opportunity for new ideas and inspiration. Goldsmiths is also very student oriented, which gives students a great opportunity to get involved in what is important to them.
I began studying for an MA at goldsmiths three years ago (Sept 2010-2013). As an Art Teacher who was looking to rekindle her artist self, I wanted a more personalised program so I enrolled in Artist Teachers and Contemporary Practice. The course explores the relationship between artist and teacher and this, along with the opportunity to communicate with colleagues, and the personalised approach (which the brilliant instructors work hard to create) kept me interested. The course opened my eyes to valuable discussion, theory and practices that I might otherwise never come across. I felt challenged in that I was encouraged to question my current practice as an artist, teacher, researcher and person. I knew I needed to rise to the occasion and what I ended up with was a renewed sense of purpose and direction in my everyday teaching and life. I can't say that it was easy to juggle a part time MA and a full time teaching schedule, nor was it easy to question my practice both as a teacher and an artist, but I can honestly say it was very much worth it.
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