Colombia - Claudia

Claudia Perdomo PelaezClaudia travelled from Colombia to the UK to study LLM Commercial Law at Leicester.

How did you discover the University of Leicester?

I decided that I wanted to study my Legum Magister (LLM) abroad and in a foreign language. I attended several international education fairs in Bogota where I collected information and spoke to advisors. I also searched the QS University rankings.

Leicester appealed to me because it offered a programme with an emphasis on commercial international law, and also gives you the chance to tailor your programme further with specific modules. The University also offers scholarships for some international students which I successfully applied for.

How easy was the application process?

As with any process, the key to success is preparation. Have your endorsement letters ready, undergraduate marks translated and sit your English language exam in advance. It takes time and dedication but the end result of being offered a place to study at the University is worth it.

The support I received during the application process was excellent. I used an agency in Colombia who helped me with my endorsement letters, essays and English language requirements. The University of Leicester International Office answered my questions about the University itself, the programme and connected me with other offices such as the Law School and Registry.

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

The first week was a bit hectic, and it takes time to adjust to changes, but as an international student you need to be open minded, resilient and have the ability to adapt to different environments.

The easy part was that the University has a welcome week for international students, where they explain the different departments of the University and how they can help us. This programme is structured with informative sessions throughout the first week and also includes social activities in the afternoon and evenings where you can make friends with other international students.
The difficult part is learning how to get around the University and the city, and (for me at least) cope with the cold weather, however with time it gets easier.

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

Leicester is a small city compared to Bogota, so it’s easy to walk anywhere, the people are nice and the city is very safe. It’s possible to be out until late at night without worries.

The city offers a couple of museums, lots of pubs, bars and restaurants and a good shopping mall so I tend to do something different each weekend depending of my budget.

I also like that Leicester is located in the centre of the UK, making it easy to visit London by train in an hour or cities such as Nottingham or Birmingham in 30 minutes.

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

If you are thinking of studying abroad you should be open minded, easily adaptable to change and keen to challenge yourself. Prepare before you arrive, by researching as much as you can about the university, the programme, city, culture and weather.

Be prepared for a demanding study programme. The British university system is very different to the Colombian system because it requires a lot of self-discipline, time management and critical thinking. You are responsible for your learning, so you will only get out as much as you put it

And my final piece of advice would be to enjoy the experience, try to meet locals, make the most of the time living and studying abroad, because it will definitely change your life and the way you see the world.

 

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

Alternatively, explore our other international student profiles.

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