Shannon compares Leeds with Vrije University Amsterdam

What subjects did you study at Leeds?shannon plaul

I was studying management modules in Leeds.

What made you choose the University of Leeds as your study abroad destination?

The University of Leeds was very welcoming to international students and the community of international students was very large as well. Another reason was that the University of Leeds offers so many opportunities to get involved in nice activities. The union, for example, offers so many different societies in which you can develop yourself and have fun at the same time!

How would you compare the academic style at the University of Leeds with Vrije University Amsterdam?

At the University of Leeds, you have shorter lectures, but you need to read a lot more. The emphasis is more on writing essays and exploring a certain topic by yourself. I had to get used to this, since in the Netherlands the lectures are long and you do not need to search for information by yourself most often. I thought it was really good to experience this different academic style, since it changes your mindset during lectures! You do not just learn lectures to pass an exam, but you actually want to understand it and be able to write it down in your own words.

How would you compare the campuses?

The campuses differ very much from each other. The campus of the University of Leeds is more like a small city, because you can find everything there. From nice places to drink coffee to lecture buildings, you can find it at the campus of the University of Leeds. The campus of the VU consists mostly of lecture buildings and I would say that it feels a little bit bigger.

Did you join any societies at Leeds?

I joined the kickboxing and krav maga society, but there were so many people during a training (around 100 students) that I did not quite like it in the end.

How would you compare the city of Leeds with the local area of Vrije University Amsterdam?

The city of Leeds is lovely for students, you can find everything you need there and more. However, I missed the small places to have a nice dinner in the city-center of Leeds which we do have in Amsterdam. The city-center does have restaurants, but you need to make reservations most of the time.

What was your favourite memory of studying at the University of Leeds?          

I do not have only one favourite memory of studying at the University of Leeds, but the whole experience is a favourite memory of mine. The people are so welcoming and friendly, there is always a place to go to if you need anything.

Would you recommend Leeds to other students at the Vrije University Amsterdam?

I would absolutely recommend Leeds to other students, since I think that Leeds has everything you could wish for as an international student!!

by Shannon Plaul – Amsterdam Vrije University – Netherlands

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