Undergraduate International Students at the University of Leeds | Faculty of Biological Sciences

Undergraduate International Students at the University of Leeds | Faculty of Biological Sciences

September 14, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


[MUSIC PLAYING] Coming to a university,
whether you’re a UK student or an international
student, it’s a big decision. From our perspective,
within the faculty and within the
university, it’s not just about getting students to
come to the university, but it’s also looking at
and caring for the students while they’re here. Because of the quality
of education in the UK, I decided to come. And I chose Leeds obviously
because it’s a nice place. Being thousands
of miles away, you can’t even attend Open Days. You have to rely on
other people’s input. So students actually communicate
with the students that are coming to the university. Hearing their own
experiences of how they’ve developed, how they’ve
met good people, that actually motivated
me to come to Leeds. We’ll have webinars as well. So an academic will go online. You can ask that individual
a number of questions about the programme itself, the
type of modules that you’ll be studying, the
practical elements. But we’ll also tell you a
little bit about the university and give you a real
opportunity to get a flavour for the university even
though you’re not here. International students typically
come a week before freshers week. There are a range of activities. Most of them are social. And it’s really to get you
to familiarise yourself with the community in which
you’re going to be part of. So there are a lot
of good events. You get to socialise a lot. You get to hang out. You get to make friends
from all over the world. Look at the student union,
look at the societies that are there. There are sporting,
but there’s faith and cultural and charity-based
opportunities as well. Some really good societies,
like the Pakistani society, the Bangladeshi society,
the LGBT society. I just used to go to
every society event just to see what it was like. The university is
actually doing a great job in terms of supporting
international students. When you get into Leeds,
through the train station, there’s international
student support right there to meet you. They’ll direct you
up to the campus. They’ll help you if you’re
stuck for a whole host of different things. You’ll be assigned a
personal tutor, just like everybody else. They don’t just focus
on your academics. They focus on other things. So your accommodation,
if you have problems, they’re there to help you. You can actually
book extra meetings if you have things to tell them. And my personal tutor
was really amazing. It’s great to have so
much support around you. We actually have our
own induction system for international students which
runs in the first semester. And you’ll meet with me and
other international students. The idea is to put
you at ease but to get you to communicate in English
in a scientific fashion. I basically learned
things that are actually essential for academic writing. It was trying to
get used to Leeds, trying to get used to
the way of reading, trying to get used to
the lectures, the people. I’ve improved generally,
not just academically. But I’ve been able
to plan my time. And I’ve been able to learn
how to coordinate better. It’s safe to say that
you’re in safe hands. There’s no doubt in our
minds that happy students make successful students. Being in a research-intensive
university like Leeds, you get to appreciate
the little things. They spend a lot of
money on research, state-of-the-art
facilities and machines. It is an exciting experience. The lecturers here
are very thorough. It’s the type of place
that you can thrive. The community– generally, Leeds
is a nice place to live in. It’s calm. It’s quiet. Everything you want is here. I hope they leave here
with a whole bagful of academic and professional
skills, gain good employment, and do well, and remember
their time fondly at Leeds. It was a very tough
decision, tough journey. But I’m really glad that
I landed myself in Leeds. I would say definitely
go for Leeds. So, yeah. [MUSIC PLAYING]