University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Country of origin: The Netherlands
Study course: Bachelor in Lifestyle Informatics
Why did you decide to study abroad?
In my second year of Bachelors I wanted to experience more of the student lifestyle. The people around me were already getting too familiar to me and so did my university. It was time for me to explore some different student life, in a different culture! This curiosity of mine made me look at my options abroad. During this search it became clear that I wanted to be familiar with the activities of my field in different countries. A second reason was to force myself to be independent in a new environment, away from my family and friends. I thought it would be a good experience to learn from, helping me later on in my career.
What made you decide on this university?
My considerations in deciding which university to go to in my abroad period were in the following order: (1) quality of education, (2) prices, (3) ability to interact with the local student community, and (4) international activities. For the quality of education, I read some reviews and checked the World University Rankings. I decided to stay within the EU as it would save me a lot of money. I wanted to be able to socialise with the local students because that way I could really learn something from their culture. So a country where I knew the language was a must for me. I decided to study in the UK, as I thought the culture would really suit me. I checked out all the universities there and the University of Leeds was best rated for international activities; and moreover, it is situated in a relatively big city with the best nightlife scenes!
How is your experience of studying abroad?
My experience of studying abroad has been one of my best times in my life. I had the best roommates, lived next to the university, became a member of the rowing club, and made many local and international friends. I would have loved to stay there longer. I filled my weekends with trips to different cities/villages or landscapes. In the rowing club I experienced what it’s like to exercise very intensively. With the people I met there, I often went to social drinks/clubs. I still see them when I visit them or they visit me.
Why do you think others should not miss out on studying at your university
You have to do a bit of effort in the beginning, but once some days have passed, Leeds and the people will make you feel comfortable, and you are really able to enjoy it. The people in Leeds are among the kindest on earth and are always ready to help you in any situation. The professors and the education are very inspiring as well. Leeds has a very big student community so this makes it a lot of fun.