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Student Voices

Parveen Akhtar

BA (Hons) Arabic and Islamic Studies (2014)

Mature student Parveen chose her course because of her 'love of the Arabic language' and her desire to 'understand important Islamic texts'. She is now looking forward to starting an MA in translation

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Silvia Bertacchini

MA Conference Interpreting and Translation Studies

Silvia talks about why she chose Leeds, and what she enjoyed most about studying MA Conference Interpreting and Translation Studies.

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Elliot Bevan

BA English and Spanish

Elliot reflects on his time here including realising his passion for translation studies, spending a year working in Spain and making full use of the facilities the University and city have to offer.

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Olja Bojanić

BA Russian A

First year student Olja talks about her time at Leeds so far.

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Jessica Marie Bull

BA Linguistics and Phonetics

Jessica Marie reflects on her time at Leeds including making use of the societies in the students' union and taking modules outside of her course including German and Sociology.

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Mary Burrows

BA French and Japanese

Mary spent her year abroad at Nanzan University and tells us about her time in Japan.

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Sebastien Cador

BA French

Sebastien enjoys the wide range of modules on offer and talks about how the French department has something to offer all of its students!

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Claire Cashmore

BA Linguistics and Phonetics

Claire tells us about studying linguistics and life in Leeds, and shares her top tips for new students.

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Fran Chitoriski

BA Linguistics and Phonetics

Fran tells us why she chose Leeds, and how the module programme on her course allowed her to follow her interests and take her own specialisms.

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Nikita Clark

BA Linguistics and Phonetics

Nikita joined the University after initially considering studying English. However she found the Linguistics and Phonetics course to be a more natural progression of English Language A Level.

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Natalie Conde

BA Classical Civilisation

Second year student Natalie is preparing for her study abroad year in Canada and talks about her time at Leeds so far.

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Christiaan Cumine

BA Classical Civilisation

Second year student Christiaan talks about his time at Leeds so far including taking modules in Japanese and competing in the University Athletics team.

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Joe Czajka

BA Linguistics and Phonetics

Joe tells us about his experiences as a Linguistics and Phonetics student at Leeds and gives a true insight into the course.

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Alison Durham

BA Linguistics and Phonetics

Linguistics and Phonetics graduate Alison reflects on her time at Leeds and how the flexibility of the course allowed her to tailor it to her interests.

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Bethany Evans

BA English and Portuguese

Bethany joined the University to study English Language and Literature, but after taking a Discovery Module in Portuguese she decided to change her degree to Joint Honours BA English and Portuguese.

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David Farrell

BA Russian and Spanish

Fourth year student David reflects on his time at Leeds including his role as a co-presenter on Leeds Student Radio and his year abroad in Moscow.

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Joanna Finn

BA Economics and Spanish

Joanna is studying a joint honours degree and is currently preparing for her year abroad in Buenos Aires.

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Rachel Flannery

BA French and Italian

As a Joint Honours student Rachel studied in France for her term abroad and spent a further year working as a language assistant.

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Peter Freeth

BA German

Peter talks about all the extra activities he has taken part in whilst studying for his degree at Leeds.

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Alice Goacher

BA French and German

Recent graduate Alice tells us about studying abroad in both France and Germany, and about her dissertation research.

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Victoria Granville

BA Russian Advanced

Victoria spent her childhood in Moscow as her father was a diplomat in Russia at the time. This is where her passion for everything Russian stems from. Victoria was also SlavSoc president.

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Madeline Hale

BA French and Music (2013)

Joint Honours graduate Madeline reflects on her time at Leeds and how she found it rewarding to study two subjects. Madeline developed a passion for teaching on her year abroad and is taking up a PGCE

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Grace Harland

BA French and Italian

Grace studies both French and Italian at Leeds. She spent a term in France and a year studying in Verona, read here story here.

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Alice Hawkins

BA French and Italian

Alice is a Joint Honours student at Leeds, studying French and Italian. She spent a year teaching in Italy and a term studying in France.

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Natalie Haythornthwaite

BA Linguistics and Phonetics

I am a third year student with the ambition to one day become a speech and language therapist. As well as my academics I am a Netball athlete, competing for England and Yorkshire Jets.

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Hannah Jacobsen

BA Italian (B)

Second year student Hannah talks about forming the Italian society and how she is rapidly noticing improvements in her language ability in time for her year abroad.

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Yasmin Lambert

BA German and Spanish (2015)

Languages graduate Yasmin returned to Leeds for an alumni careers event and shared her experiences with current students.

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Georgina Males

BA French

Georgina studied French at the University and also took the opportunity to learn Portuguese, Spanish and Catalan as part of her studies too.

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Laurence Newbery-Payton

BA French and Japanese

Laurence spent a year studying in Japan and a term in France. Read his story here.

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Mike Pink

BA Economics and Spanish

Mike studied Economics and Spanish and spent his year abroad as a British Council Language Assistant. He now works for Ernst and Young.

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Declan Pleydell-Pearce

BA Linguistics and Phonetics

Declan came to Leeds after spending a number of years travelling and working. He always wanted to study something language-based and the course allows him follow his interest in syntactic theory.

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Michael Potts

BA Chinese and Russian

Michael spent two years abroad with his joint honours programme, he shares his unmatched experience here.

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Thomas Price

BA Chinese

Recent graduate Thomas was the President of the East Asian Cinema Society whilst studying Chinese at Leeds. Read on to find out where he spent his year abroad and why he enjoyed his time at Leeds.

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Kirsty Riley

BA (Hons) French and Linguistics

Kirsty reflects on her time at Leeds, including taking Discovery modules from the School of Education to complement her experience of teaching in France, ultimately leading to her applying for a PGCE.

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Grace Robinson

Alumni - BA Thai and South East Asian Studies

Grace describes how the skills and knowledge gained from her degree has helped with her career in the media, travel, international relations and communications industries!

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Marie Seng

BA International Development and Spanish (2013)

Joint Honours student Marie spent her year abroad in Chile.

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Chloe Smith

BA Spanish and Management (2013)

Chloe studied Spanish and Management as a joint honours degree. She qualified for the Robert Ogden Scholarship which she describes as a life saver for getting her through University.

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Annita Taylor

BA French and German

Annita graduated with a Joint Honours degree in French and German. As a joint honours student she spent time in both France and German. Read her story to find out more.

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Anna Thorncroft

BA Chinese and International Relations (2012)

Anna tells us why she chose Leeds to study Chinese and International Relations.

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Katarina Valachova

BA Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies (2014)

Slovak student Katarina joined the University in 2010 and describes her year abroad in Egypt as an amazing experience.

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Justine Wightman

BA French and Linguistics (2014)

Recent graduate Justine reflects on her time at Leeds including becoming a member of the Mind Matters Society, joining a local choir and teaching English in Brittany for seven months.

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