Lucia Franchi

I am Uruguayan/Italian and I was studying in Argentina when I became an exchange student in Leeds in 2010.

I was looking to study in a country with a good reputation in business, my area of expertise, so the UK was an obvious choice. When it came to choose between the best cities to live as a student I found very good feedback for the University of Leeds and finally decided to go there.

My favourite module at Leeds was Innovation and Creativity in Business. It was an eye-opening module that later affected my career and professional choices. This module and Understanding Social Enterprises were very new to me and my home university did not offer them.

While I was part of the Leeds Exchange programme I had the opportunity to join a team called SIFE that helped people in need through the positive power of business. It was an excellent experience!

When I arrived in Leeds I was staying in St Mark's Residence with lots of other exchange students. After a week there I already had a group of friends and we organised trips to Manchester, London, Bath, Scotland and France. We also used to do to the Otley Run together and meet at the Eldon every week. I met a lot of different people from different countries.

After Leeds I knew that once I finished studying I wanted to gain experience working in my home country and then I wanted to keep on studying abroad.

I have been working in Finance in Mergers and Acquisitions, until last year in Argentina. Now I am studying an Executive MBA in Barcelona where I am experiencing another international education milestone.

Since Leeds happened in my life I knew for sure that I would want to develop my career focusing on international markets and this is the path I am following until today.

My advice to anyone thinking about studying abroad is, enjoy it! It happens once in your life and going to Leeds will give you so many life lessons that are a worthwhile experience!

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