Japan - Kyoko

Kyoko WatanabeKyoko travelled from Japan to the UK to study MSc Bioinformatics at Leicester.

How did you discover the University of Leicester?

I discovered Leicester through my previous university which has strong links with the University of Leicester. I actually applied to three UK master programs and received three offers, but I chose the University of Leicester because of the contents of its master program. Additionally the quality of support offered to international students is very high and the city is safe, quiet and a good place for studying.

How easy was the application process?

I had no difficulty applying to the University. Everything was submitted online, and by following the instructions it was very easy to complete. When I did have questions, the Admissions Office staff were quick to respond to my emails.

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

Coming to Leicester was the first time I had left my home country, so I was scared of everything. Fortunately I was introduced to a Japanese student who was already living in Leicester and he guided me around the city centre on my first day. Even without this help, it’s not difficult to find shops selling everything you need.

I took a pre-sessional English course before I started my master’s programme, so I met lots of international students at the University’s English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU). Living in university accommodation enables you to meet a lot of international students too. Most of my housemates were international students, and I also joined the Leicester Japan Club which is a society outside of the University, so I think it’s easy to find opportunities to meet other international students.

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

Leicester is a small city but it’s a nice environment for students. I can find many different kinds of food here, even Japanese. The University library has lots of resources and is a comfortable place to study.

When I have time, I enjoy going to pubs with my classmates or shopping in the city centre. During breaks, I like to travel outside the city, which is easy thanks to the nearby train station and local airport.

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

Leicester is a really friendly university for students, so it was the best choice for me. But the most important thing is your education. You should carefully check and compare the contents of your degree. If a programme at Leicester offers what you’re looking for, it will definitely be the best place to study and enjoy your life.


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

Alternatively, explore our other international student profiles.

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