Colombia - Guillermo

Guillermo Rangel PinerosGuillermo travelled from Colombia to the UK to study PhD Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at Leicester.

How did you discover the University of Leicester?

I met my PhD advisor while attending a bacteriophage conference in America. She told me about the research she conducts here at Leicester and I found it very interesting. At that time I was doing a Masters degree back in my home country and after discussing my background and the work I had done, she asked me if I would like to do a PhD degree and work as part of her lab team at Leicester.

How easy was the application process?

The online application process was very easy. Each page included clear guidance which explained what needed to be done in order to complete the application form correctly.

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

Because I was a PhD student, I arrived in Leicester in May, so the country welcomed me with rather nice weather. I had visited the UK before and that was definitely helpful because I had previous experience of how things work in this country in general. People in Leicester are very friendly and always willing to help you out. I found Leicester to be a convenient place for being a student, as it is a relatively small city but still offers everything you need to live comfortably and to hang out with your friends.

The University of Leicester student community is very international, so every time you gather with other students you will meet people from different countries. The lab where I work on my PhD thesis has students that come from very different places, so every day I am in contact with people from different backgrounds. In addition, there are regular events where students from different labs and departments meet and sharing experiences, learning about other research themes of interest inside the university and making new friends.

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

The best thing about living and studying at Leicester is having the chance to meet so many people from different places and to be part of a community that has such a long and fruitful research tradition.

I enjoy eating out, and Leicester offers a good selection of restaurants. I also enjoy hanging out with my friends, going to the cinema and doing outdoor activities, especially during the summer.

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

The University of Leicester offers everything a high-quality academic institution should offer, in addition to being located in a relatively affordable city. So I would advise you to come to Leicester if you want to be a highly competitive professional and save some money on the way.


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

Alternatively, explore our other international student profiles.

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