Mei Zhang studies BA (Hons) Fashion: Fashion Print at Central Saint Martins, one of UAL's six Colleges. Originally from Sydney, Australia, she got involved with UAL’s Study Abroad scheme as a way of experiencing life as a UAL student.
“I started off by applying for the UAL Study Abroad scheme because I wanted to experience being a student at one of the top fashion schools in the world. I was keen to leave my bubble in Sydney and gain an understanding of my discipline on a global scale, which I knew would happen at UAL.
I found out about the Fashion course through the UAL website, and decided I really wanted to spend my time at the University exploring this particular field. Studying on the Fashion Print pathway as my specialism taught me so much about the process and possibilities of print in a very short amount of time.
The best thing about UAL is the personalities. Walking through the building on my first day felt like I was caught up in the middle of a fashion show! In terms of facilities, the library is incredible. It's a whole collection dedicated specifically to art and design, so all the resources are highly relevant.
“One of the great things about being a student in London is having access to the best art galleries and museums, such as Tate Modern, the V&A Museum and the Saatchi Gallery.”
My advice to international students is to try and find accommodation close to where all the University activities and other students are. London can make you feel small when you first move there, but it’s so fun when you can share the experience with friends. Try to get to know your flatmates and other students - you'll learn so much from them and make amazing memories.”