Welcome to the University of Leeds Language Centre. As a potential student you may have questions about what it is like to study here.
This page offers you the chance to hear from our students and alumni from our English Language programmes talking about their experience, and to find out more about the programme directors and staff who teach here at Leeds. You'll also find links to information about what Leeds and Yorkshire has to offer you!
In this video, four international students talk about their experiences on pre-sessional courses in 2015 and their transition to further study at the University of Leeds:
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Evelio Robles Alejo: Language for Science and Engineering (6 weeks)
"I believe the intercultural exchange was one of the most exciting things of the course, letting me live a unique experience with students from all around the world. [...] Now, I feel so confident about my presentation and writing skills and I believe Ill do a better job."
What did you enjoy about the course?
I believe the intercultural exchange was one of the most exciting things of the course, letting me live a unique experience with students from all around the world. A good combination of individual and group tasks helped me develop the required skills for my Masters. Because of our different cultures and previous background, I could also enrich my understanding of English!
How did the course help you to prepare for your future studies or career?
This course provided me with useful tools and resources to face the immediate challenges within my postgraduate studies - referencing style, research databases, appropriate vocabulary and structures, among others. Now, I feel so confident about my presentation and writing skills and I believe Ill do a better job. Definitely, I strongly recommend this course for everyone who would like to achieve the best results for their Masters!
Dan Liu: Academic English for Business and Management
Home country: ChinaI think the tutors are very nice, friendly to us, just like friends! I learnt a lot of skills for the Masters course from the language course
Why did you choose to study this course at the Language Centre?
I think it's very useful to help me improve my English ability, and it's helpful to prepare and meet the requirements for my future Masters course.
Which aspects of the course have you enjoyed so far?
I like the English Language course very much, and it's useful, especially listening and writing. For example when I came to Leeds, at first I couldn't understand the local people and tutors. I didn't hear English-speaking people in China that's why I came here to study with people speaking English.
After the class, in my accommodation, I communicated with others in English. For my writing ability, even though I worked for several years, I didn't know how to write an essay in English. Now I have been studying on the language course, I know how to organise the structure of my essay, how to answer the questions and give my ideas about issues.
Did the course help you settle into life in the UK?
Yes definitely. I think the tutors are very nice, friendly to us, just like friends! I didn't expect that as it's different to the situation in China. Here we can discuss something with the tutors, ask them questions, disagree with them - it's quite interesting. I like the teaching environment here. Also in my accommodation - all of my roommates except for me are British people. Last week the music festival in Hyde Park [in Leeds] was one of the activities we went to. I quite enjoy the life in the UK now.
Did the course help you to feel better prepared for your studies and career?
Yes, the MBA course may be a little different from other Masters courses. It needs you to communicate with others a lot, do some group presentations and teamwork, so English is really important for MBA students. I really learnt a lot of skills for the Masters course from the language course.
Do you have any advice for other students?
I think from my personal intuition, I would suggest to other international students to make friends with people from different countries, not only from your own country, and to speak English after class as much as you can. If after class we just speak Chinese, I feel that I lose my English after a weekend. I think 'Oh, where's my English?!' So I suggest others make friends with people from different backgrounds and communicate with them, and live in accommodation with students from different countries. Don't be shy!
Sebastian Elias Mansur: Academic English for Undergraduate Studies
Home country: Brazil
It was really interesting to exchange ideas, different points of view. We had really good professors, and they understood where we come from and our different thoughts it was a really nice experience.
Why did you choose to study this course at the University of Leeds Language Centre?
I did an IELTS exam in Brazil and I got 6.0 but for the course we needed 6.5. I chose to study on the Science without Borders programme and come to the UK because of the cultural experience: travelling around Europe and meeting new people, and because of the English language; its the most important language in the world.
Which aspects of the course have you enjoyed?
I enjoyed it because we didnt only learn grammar rules and theoretical stuff, we talked about very important political issues in the UK and international issues as well. These are very important topics to discuss with other guys like nuclear power and globalisation. It was really interesting to exchange ideas, different points of view. We had really good professors, who are open minded about a lot of things, and they understood where we come from and our different thoughts it was a really nice experience. Not only learning basic stuff but trying to improve our critical thinking; I think thats really important for everything in life, not only education.
Did the course help you to settle into life in the UK?
Yes, it helped a lot. I think its important to understand how the society works. I think some people come here and dont try to understand how people live and the British atmosphere. The experience with the professors and the other students was really supportive to understanding this. At the beginning I thought it [living in the UK] would be harder, but it wasnt that difficult to me, because British people are really polite, really helpful and thats important. They make everything easier for you and thats really nice.
Did the course help you to feel better prepared for your future studies or career?
Of course - I think I improved my reading skills a lot and my listening skills as well. During the course it was very well-balanced between reading, writing, speaking and listening, and easy to see how the improvements going to happen. I think during the Mechanical Engineering course, all of these skills helped me a lot. Different from Brazil, in the UK we read a lot thats not so common in Brazil for engineering its more about calculations and maths. Here, in most of the modules I took the professors asked us to read many articles, different kinds of levels, so on this point the Language Centre supported me a lot because some of the texts were really hard, even for British people!
Do you have any advice for other students?
I think we have to not only go to class, but bring questions along, things youve heard of, seen on websites or on TV. Ask the professors the most you can, and try to improve your knowledge during the course. Because some people come and just think Im gonna learn more English but its not only that theres critical thinking improvement, understanding how the society works and what is happening in the world nowadays. So thats my advice: come not only for grammar and English rules; come to be someone better!
Javier Malagòn: General English
Home country: Spain
In Spanish: Recomendaré este curso a todo el que pueda porque de verdad que es una experiencia muy satisfactoria.
Las 3 semanas que estuve en Leeds fueron fabulosas. Toda la organización fue excelente, desde los profesores en el curso al equipo de "social assistant" que tantas actividades organizaron por las tardes o fines de semana. Y también al personal de administración. He quedado muy contento con todo.