Petra Desatova

Petra Desatova

BA International Relations and Thai and South East Asian Studies

Summary: Petra explains why the Joint Honours programmes at Leeds attracted her to study her and how the support available at Leeds is useful as an international student.

Why did you decide to study here?

I was attracted by the wide range of Joint Honours programmes available at Leeds. I also received a number of brochures and leaflets about my course, International Relations and Thai and South East Asian Studies, life at university, student accommodation, and the city. I found these materials very helpful and they gave me a taste of what studying and living in Leeds would be like. Communication with the university was always very easy and pleasant which was also an important factor that influenced my decision to come to Leeds. Looking back, I am very happy that I chose to study at Leeds since I could not have chosen a better university.

What are your top-tips for new students?

Make the most of your time at Leeds and take advantage of everything on offer. Join clubs and societies which are available through the Student Union. Use the Skills@Library resources and the Careers Centre for support with your future careers. Spend at least one year in student halls, it is the best way to experience life as a student.

Where did you spend your year abroad?

In Chiang Mai, Thailand.

What did you enjoy most about the year abroad?

The experience of living in a completely different culture, especially one that was very different to my own. Being surrounded by it all everyday and interacting with the locals meant I learnt the language and understood their cultural practices very well.

What's the best thing about Leeds University?

The quality of the teaching stands out here as all the tutors are enthusiastic about the subjects. The support that is available is great and this includes support with studies and with any personal problems. As an international student, knowing that this support is available makes adapting to a new city and way of life a lot easier.

What's the best thing about your course?

I really enjoyed the combination of modules I studied especially my Thai language classes and the International Relations modules.

What university clubs and societies are you a member of?

Last year, I was a member of the East Asian Research Society. In my first year I went to a couple of events organised by the International Society and made friends with people from all over the world.

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

Going to the cinema. I either go to the cinema in Hyde Park or head into Leeds.