Melisa Guler

BA French and Italian Beginners

Summary: Melisa describes the best things about Leeds University and shares her memories of spending a study year abroad.

Why did you decide to study here?

Leeds is one of the top universities for languages so I knew my course, French and Italian, would be of a high quality. Leeds is a great student city and I have some family nearby to call on if I need to.

What are your top-tips for new students?

Make the most of everything available. Join societies through the Union, join the gym and get involved with events that you wouldn’t normally take part in. Think about extra-curricular activities you could do, like volunteering or fundraising that would be useful for your CV to prove you are an all-rounder. Try new bars, restaurants and look out for new places to visit. Also, put effort in early on; you never know how useful it could be during your tough final year!

Where did you spend your year abroad? 

I spent three months in Bordeaux, France and ten months in Siena, Italy. 

What did you enjoy most about the year abroad?

I enjoyed getting to grips with the language and using it every day to improve my skills. The other great aspect was the opportunity to travel and discover new places.

What's the best thing about Leeds University?

The variety of activities and events that are available is the best thing about Leeds. There is something to suit all tastes including the choice of music venues and the range of clubs and societies.

What's the best thing about your course?

The fact that I got to do a term abroad as well as a year abroad-the more time spent away from Britain the better!

What university clubs and societies are you a member of?

RAG society – I recently completed a charity bike ride from Leeds to Berlin with them. In my second year I was a member of the Ballroom & Latin society and we all attended national competitions. The French society is also another good one due to the range of events that they organise.

Give an example of one of your favourite things to do in Leeds.

I love visiting the wide range of independent restaurants and cafes in and around Leeds. I really appreciate them because these are very scarce in my home town!