China - Wei

Wei - ChinaWei travelled from China to the UK and is studying for her Media and Communication PhD at Leicester.

How did you discover the University of Leicester?

After I completed my master degree at the University of Sheffield, I decided to continue my studies and apply for a PhD degree.

The Media and Communication department at the University of Leicester has a good reputation for research, and is one of the largest academic communities for the study of media and communication.

I contacted Dr Athina Karatzogianni at Leicester, who is my first supervisor now. She accepted my application and then I became a PhD student of Media and Communication at Leicester.

How easy was the application process?

The application process was not very difficult for me. I applied through the online application system, and I received a telephone interview from my supervisor. I think the most important thing was the research proposal, which took me about one month to prepare.

I think my offer was given based on my academic background. I had a qualified performance and got a Bachelor’s degree at Nanjing University in China, and also a Master’s degree both from the University of Sydney in Australia and the University of Sheffield in the UK. I also received a lot help from my supervisor Athina.

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

When I was new in Leicester, I felt a little confused because I was not sure when and how to start my course. But the department of Media and Communication provided an induction for all PhD students, so we can meet staff and colleagues in the department, and be provided with key information. The first week at the University is always busy, and it was great that I made a lot of friends from all over the world.

The Students’ Union offers a lot of groups and societies. I got involved with several of them according to my interests. It is a great way to meet like-minded people. Also I have done some volunteering work and intern jobs during my spare time.

In 2016, the Media and Communication department hosted the annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) at Leicester. Over 1,200 delegates from all over the world came to this event and as a PhD host for the conference, it was a great opportunity for me to meet international scholars.

What are the best things about living and studying at Leicester?

Leicester is a small and peaceful city and very convenient. The people in Leicester are always friendly and happy to offer help. As an international university, the University of Leicester have provided a lot opportunities for us to get involved in a variety of academic activities both in the UK and abroad. It has really broadened my experience.

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

During my spare time, I like to cook Chinese food and invite my friends to my house to have a small party. I also go to the gym on campus three or four times every week to keep healthy.

After you have graduated from Leicester, what are your plans for the future?

I hope I can continue my research and get a job from a university either in the UK or China, because I am still interest in teaching, studying and doing research.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about studying at Leicester?

Leicester is wonderful place for your study. It will provide everything to help you if you are active and passionate.


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

Alternatively, explore our other international student profiles.

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