Erasmus Exchange – Sonja Linkoneva

My experience on BA Design Management and Cultures at LCC in London

Sonja Linkoneva

It was like my dream come true when I heard I was accepted to be an exchange student in LCC in spring 2017. It had been my dream since I got to study cultural management in Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. London has always fascinated me as well as living abroad. My English skills were quite bad, so I saw that this would be my opportunity to improve my English skills.

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Processed with VSCO with a6 preset- London College of Communication.

I was very nervous when the spring term started. New city, new neighbourhood and new school with new people around. Luckily I was warmly welcomed and immediately I felt that this is going to be alright.

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Processed with VSCO with a6 preset- LCC Campus

Studying in LCC is quite similar as in Finland. Here I liked the teachers a lot. They seemed to be “in time” and were professional and inspirational. Here good thing is that I feel like everybody is willing to help. If I had any problems it was easy to go and ask for help. For example, when I printed and cut my portfolio, I didn’t need to struggle with it myself.

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Processed with VSCO with a6 preset- LCC Campus

The best thing in LCC are in my opinion all the workshops and opportunities to create and express myself. I did darkroom workshop and Adobe Muse workshop on my free time. I really liked that we had workshops in Projects and Practices. They gave me a lot because I think that producer must know something about everything. In the best situation everything about everything. I really liked the bookbinding workshop and all the Adobe software workshops. I would have done all the workshops that are just possible, but I run out of time.


I’m not that social person that I could make friends easily. I didn’t make any friends I’d hang out on free time, but I didn’t feel lonely because I had my partner with me in London. Anyway, the other students were so friendly and nice and I did have a good time with them at school. It’s always hard to come to new school when all the class mates have their own things going on. You can easily feel a little outsider. Luckily that didn’t bother me so much.

I could have made more of my time here, but in the end, I’m really happy about how things went. I came here to learn English and learn how to work in other country and with people from other cultures. These six months have given me more than I ever wished for and when I’m moving back to Finland, I’m moving as a different person from who moved here in December 2016. I hope I will come back here in the future to work and time here has given me so many tools for that.

Written by: Sonja Linkoneva



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