International Students Testimonies

Connecting with international students at Coventry University

HMKW student Kristin Hessel (second from the right) with fellow students

Kristin Hessel (B.Sc. Media and Business Psychology at HMKW Cologne) was looking for a new challenge: She spent the last winter semester at Coventry University, an Erasmus partner university of HMKW. Here she tells us about exciting experiences, encounters with international students and how her semester abroad helped her in both personal and professional terms.

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Photojournalism with focus on social issues

Satoru Niwa: Photojournalist and recent graduate of the M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology.

Satoru Niwa has worked as a photojournalist before as well as alongside his master's degree in Visual and Media Anthropology. With his work, he wants to draw attention to urgent social issues. In his thesis, for example, he investigated socio-spatial exclusion and homelessness in his hometown Tokyo. What he gained from his studies and what he plans to do after his master's degree, he told us here.

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Design alumna founds own streetwear label

Nida Temaj, graduate of B.A. Graphic Design and Visual Communication, founded a streetwear label in 2021.

From studying design to starting a fashion label: HMKW alumna Nida Temaj has taken a bold step into the future. Together with a friend, she founded FRANK BERLIN - a fashion brand that focuses on mental health issues. We talked with Nida about this exciting project and the highlights of her studies.

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From an internship in Lyon to a permanent position

Everything fell into place perfectly for journalism student (and now graduate) Joël Pütz (M.A. Convergent Journalism, now: Digital Journalism): After his internship abroad at the online magazine Parlons Basket in Lyon, he was offered a job there and is now happy to have a permanent position as an editor. We asked him, among other things, what he particularly liked about his internship and what advice he would give other students for their own stay abroad.

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