An Interview with Marina Abramian, International Journalism Graduate, University of Sussex


Why did you decide to study in the UK?

I felt that I had quite a narrow world view and I wanted to expand this. I was looking to study in Spain as I had been learning Spanish too, but when I passed my IELTS with a score of 7.5 I knew that I wanted to come to study in the UK. My father encouraged me by saying that if I got the place to study in the UK then he would sponsor my studies.

And why at University of Sussex?

I knew that I wanted to study journalism/media but I wasn’t sure about exactly which course I wanted to take. I had a long-list of around 15 Universities that was interested in including Royal Holloway, Lancaster University, University of Surrey and University of Sussex. I decided that I didn’t want to live in London so narrowed it down to Surrey or Sussex but chose Sussex because of the course, the reputation of the university internationally with its high ranking and my liking of Brighton as a place. It’s a great city to live in with lots of nice communities to be a part of and also having the benefits of being a resort town.

There are lots of international students from all over the world in Brighton and at Sussex University, so you don’t feel like an outsider at all. In the end I chose to do my MA in International Journalism, but it was quite flexible and allowed me to explore other avenues in my studies without being restricted to a fixed course programme.

Marina Univeristy of Sussex Graduation certificate

Graduation Day - January 2016


How has your work experience supported your studies?

In the Sussex Innovation Centre on the University of Sussex Campus, I met a guy who was just launching his start-up product, a water saving device called Coflo, and I volunteered to help him with his social media, PR and content for his website. The role involved sourcing relevant content for his blog, writing pitches and press releases and attending meetings with potential investors. It was a great experience giving me some real-life practice of my writing skills which I think really helped me in my studies.

Being a Student Ambassador at University of Sussex