Emma Murray- Jones

BA Chinese and Spanish

Summary: Emma shares her experience of her year abroad in Beijing and her top tips for new students.

Why did you decide to study here?

Leeds is renowned for its Modern Language department and East Asian Studies department so I knew the course would be great here. However, the deciding factor for me was the warmth and friendliness that I felt from all the students on the open day. This helped to alleviate many fears about coming to university and reassured me that Leeds was the right choice for me.

What are your top-tips for new students?

My top-tip for new students is to get stuck in! Go out, join societies, make friends and get involved. This way, within no time, you will meet lots of different people and enjoy University life.

Where did you spend your year abroad?

In Beijing, China

What did you enjoy most about the year abroad?

Being in China was an unbelievable experience and probably one of the best in my life. What I loved most was the ability to experience first hand the diverse and rich Chinese culture, something that until then I had only seen a glimpse of. The food and customs provided eye-opening experiences that gave me an insight into their culture.

What's the best thing about University

The best thing about Leeds University for me is the amount of opportunities available through the Union; you will never be bored! There are so many societies and events for you to attend, that you will never want for more! All your interests and hobbies can be nurtured, whilst you have a great time, enhance your CV, learn many important life skills and make good friends.

What's the best thing about your course?

The best thing about my course was the year abroad and I am extremely excited about my term abroad too. On another note, the lecturers are great. I don’t hesitate when approaching them and they are always willing to help and answer questions.

What university clubs and societies are you a member of? (if applicable)

I am a member of EARS and SLAPSOC society

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

In Leeds one of my favourite things to do is meet friends either in town or the Union for lunch or coffee. There are loads of places to eat and drink in the union including the Hidden Café, Terrace and the Old Bar. Leeds city centre is only 10 minutes away if I want to head out.