Leeds is a fantastic city, it's a very welcoming place. I'm from Bangladesh, and I was able to bring my family with me to the UK. Before I arrived here, I had a very informative online chat with one of the student ambassadors about life in Leeds.
When I arrived, everything was really well organised. The International Student Office helped me bring my family with me. I was so happy with all the help the University of Leeds gave me that I became a student ambassador, and I started giving advice to new international students using my own positive experience.
I received a welcome talk which was very interesting. I feel it was great to speak to a fellow student and ask questions. There were so many activities going on across campus, I was head over heels to take things in.
I did a lot of courses and workshops, attended and presented papers in seminars and conferences as a Doctoral student, and I worked as an International Intern at the Leeds Doctoral College for six months. I won a Leeds Partnership Award for Postgraduate Academic Representative of the Year. I felt like I'd made an impact, that I'd been able to provide support.
On successfully completing my MA TESOL at Leeds, I really didn't want to go anywhere else. My supervisor was very supportive of my PhD ideas. He let me work on it until it was a fully-formed, proper PhD proposal. My kids were already here, and the University helped make it a very smooth transition for me.
I always feel at home at Leeds, people are extremely helpful. Even passers-by help you out if you ask them questions. You feel welcomed, and my children did too.