China - Kaidong

KaidongKaidong was awarded the President’s Postgraduate Scholarship and travelled from China to the UK to study Contemporary Sociology MA at Leicester.

How did you discover the University of Leicester?

I was studying as an exchange student in Taiwan, when I met Dr. Yi-Tung Chang who was a member of the Figurational Research Network. He lit up my passion for the Eliasian theories and clarified my research interest.

Norbert Elias, a German sociologist, joined the department of Sociology at Leicester in 1954, and left his academic mark in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Now, the department of Sociology at Leicester has two professors who are engaging in the sociology of Norbert Elias.  Thus, driven by a desire to explore Eliasian theories, I chose to study here.

How easy was the application process?

The application process was not difficult. I only applied to the University of Leicester, because I wanted to study under the instruction of tutors who have the same interest in the sociology of Norbert Elias.

For me, it was easy to prepare the application documents which can be submitted online. The Admissions Office staff are also accommodating, responding to emails very quickly.

Did you find it easy to adjust to living in Leicester?

The first week at Leicester was very busy. Several things need to be done in the first week, including registration, opening a bank account and registering with the police. It can be a challenge to adjust to a new environment as it was my first time studying abroad. Fortunately, the International Office arranged a range of activities to help freshers adjust to their new life here.

There are a range of social events for international students. I participated in the Globe Cafe, which is held every week during academic term, having enjoyable conversations with other international students as well as playing games together.

The Students’ Union offers societies for students to join based on a variety of interests. Those societies hold different social events every term. It is a great opportunity for international students to meet each other and get involved.

When you're not studying, what do you enjoy doing in your free time at Leicester?

I really enjoy taking photos in my free time. Leicester has four distinct seasons so it is interesting to experience and record seasonal changes by taking photos here. And those photos will definitely become a part of precious memory in my life, reminding me of the unforgettable time living and studying at Leicester.


More information for students from China can be found on our China page.

Alternatively, explore our other international student profiles.

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