Since moving to Edinburgh from China in autumn 2015, Huanran (Patrick) Sun has been documenting his experiences of the city in photographs and talking to other new international students about their move to Scotland.

Here we meet painter, Rosa Santibañez, who tells us why she moved to Edinburgh from her native Chile to study the Contemporary Art Practice - MFA at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA)…

“I did my first degree at the Universidad de Chile, graduating with a BA, specialising in oil painting.

I decided to pursue my studies in Edinburgh due to the University’s position in the World University Rankings - it’s listed as one of the Top 50 universities in the world and one of the best in the UK - and the benefits offered by the Contemporary Art Practice programme, including its range of workshops and facilities, and opportunities to exhibit.

Having always lived in small cities in Chile, I had found moving into the capital (Santiago) to do my first degree a real challenge. So, one of the things that drew me to Edinburgh as a place to live was the pace of life of the city, its population and medieval architecture.

Living and studying in Edinburgh has been a great experience for me, both personally and professionally.

I think one of the most important things for me is that there are so many international students on my programme, which makes it fascinating. You can learn so much about other cultures and the ways people develop their art practice from different perspectives, enriching your artistic practice through the exchange of ideas with your class mates”.

What's your favourite place in Edinburgh and why?

The Meadows, because it’s a nice park in which to walk, relax and spend time with friends. When it’s (unusually!) sunny in winter, or even snowy, I like to go there before going to my studio to take pictures and walk around.

What do you like best about studying at ECA?

I’m really grateful of the support of the tutors during the process of developing work, and the collaborations between students.  

Where do you live?

I live with a Chilean friend in a flat in Tollcross, close to The Meadows.

What do you like to do at weekends?

I like to go out with my friends. Sometimes I go to the cinema, or I just stay at home and rest.

Our Contemporary Art Practice - MFA is aimed at professional artists who want to develop a more ambitious artistic practice by extending their practical, theoretical, organisational and economic knowledge. Find out more.