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Why Falmouth?
Not many places offer something as specific as Performance Sportswear Design. I spoke to two alumni who share the same passion as me in football kits. They have great things to say about the course. I also exchanged emails with Patrick Gottelier and it was great to see that he was personally interested in my story. The International Team were very helpful in answering all my questions and made it a much easier decision.

The most difficult thing about being an International Student?
The cost of the course as well as the living cost. I wish there were more scholarships and bursaries available for international students.

How have you found the course?
I love it. They are doing a great job in convincing us to be brave and to try new things in our 90 weeks here. I like the fact that in first year, we are working with Fashion Design students as we can learn a lot from each other.

The Academic School...
Everyone is so friendly here. Both campuses are great. Falmouth/Woodlane is very charming. I only wished it was opened till later like Tremough/Penryn. Tremough/Penryn has very modern facilities. The library and IT suite are pretty good too!

Involved with any clubs and societies?
I play on two FXU teams, badminton and tennis. I am also an avid participant at many of the International Society Events.

What social activities do you enjoy?
I enjoy conversations over dinner or quiet drinks. Playing sports is a big deal for me too. On top of the FXU societies, I also play volleyball for the Cornish Saracens in a local league.

What's the best thing about living in Falmouth?
Falmouth is a great little town. Even though I don’t do any water sports, I enjoy being close to the water. I think being far away from a big city allows students to really focus on learning.

What will you miss most about Falmouth when you leave?
I will miss the daily uphill walks everywhere. I am not joking!

Has the University been supportive during your time here?
I haven’t really needed the support from any of the support groups available. Though the tutors/staff have been extremely supportive, same goes for the staff in the academic office and the International office.

What advice would you give to students planning on coming to Falmouth?
I’d tell them to come! But if they are in doubt, join one of the Facebook groups of the courses they want to get into and speak to students who are currently doing the course. Reach out to alumni via various forms of social media. And if it’s possible, come visit the campus. I didn’t see the school before I came, but via the website and other channels, I was already able to make my decision to come down here. Also I’d advise students to find out which campus they will be studying at.

The future?
I want to design football kits and all types of sportswear. I would like to work in the UK or Europe. I am confident my Falmouth education and experience will take me places!

Christer  Leung

Falmouth University