Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Xuan Zhu

MA International Relations | 2015-2016

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Please tell us a bit about yourself, your background etc?

I am an exchange student from East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL).

What made you want to apply to your course and to Leeds?

It is the first time my university has held this joint programme with University of Leeds, I thought it would be a great opportunity, and I like British culture very much.

What is it that makes you passionate about your area of study?

Learning Politics from a different perspective can give me a new outlook.  All my classmates are from different countries, so when we have discussions in the seminars it is just like a small UN meeting.

What do you think of your course so far – what aspects of the course have you enjoyed the most or are looking forward to the most?

Unlike in China, lecturers in the UK do not talk too much during the class, they prefer to let students contribute and share opinions. I really like the open atmosphere during class.

What would you say about the learning facilities in the School and at the University in general?

The facilities here are very modern and convenient. I like the group booth in the library, which we don’t have in Chinese universities. Besides, students in the same group can share their work via OneDrive in the portal, which is very helpful, and can save lots of time.

What would you say about Leeds as a city?

Leeds is a brilliant city. It is much quieter and not as stressful as Shanghai. It also has a vibrant nightlife, with many bars and clubs -you won’t feel lonely here.

What do you like to do outside of studying?

I spent most of my extracurricular time travelling. I love British culture; I became a big fan of Harry Potter in middle school, most of the literary classics I read were written by British authors, and I enjoy watching Downtown Abby in my spare time.

What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to your course?

Don’t hesitate. Make your decision as soon as possible, and spend more time polishing your English.

What do you plan to do once you’ve finished your course?

First thing is to go back to ECUPL and finish my final academic year there. Hopefully I can get double master degree successfully, and then get a job related to politics in Shanghai.

 

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