Indigo Ryan

University of Newcastle

I’d heard really great things about the University of Leeds from friends that I met on my first exchange to Canada, and that combined with the opportunity to study British history in-situ made Leeds International Summer School an irresistible opportunity. I studied Industrial Revolution, and Heretics, Witches and Conspirators.

While studying the Industrial Revolution we visited mills, mines, docks and country houses. For the witchcraft course we got to visit Pendle Hill, the site of witch trials in the 17th century. The excursions and enthusiasm of the professors have made these modules extra engaging. The study and field trips have been balanced out by social activities organised by the great LISS team – my favourite was to York where I followed a list of great tips from my professor to visit interesting hidden pockets of the city.

Leeds itself is a great place to study, and I wish I could stay longer! Campus is only a quick walk from the city centre which has a vibrant feel and lots of things to do. I love the mix of old and new architecture here, there’s always something new to see. I felt welcomed as soon as I arrived, both by the university and the other international students.

One of my favourite things about living here with so many international students and our British Social Assistants is comparing our different cultural habits and sayings, which is always eye-opening.