Pakistan - Usman

Usman OmarUsman travelled from Pakistan to the UK to study BSc Communications, Media and Society at Leicester.

How did you discover the University of Leicester?

I came across the University of Leicester while looking for courses in media and communications and was looking for something that provides a balance between theory and practical skills that enable me to get some hands on experience.

Also, the Department of Media and Communications was the first of its kind to start studying media as an academic subject, which played a small, yet noteworthy part in me selecting the University of Leicester as my first choice.

How easy was the application process?

The application process was similar to any other university in the United Kingdom. My high school in Pakistan helped me to research universities before applying and reminded me of application deadlines.

The application included a written personal statement that demonstrated my abilities and explained what I could gain from studying at the University of Leicester. This personal statement has to be an honest representation of the individual you are and be truthful to yourself.

Once I had received an offer from the University of Leicester, I was contacted by an International Officer from the University who provided me with the insight into university life I was hoping to receive. It can be hard for international students to understand what a university is like in another country, but talking to an International Officer made me confident that the University of Leicester was the one for me.

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

My first week at Leicester was pretty exhilarating. There are a host of events to attend making it easy to adjust to life away from home. The University offers an International Welcome Week specifically for international students, which provides information on security, banking, visas, and local points of interest.

My first week was spent mostly at John Foster halls of residence and the University campus, making friends with people from all over the world, going to house gatherings and getting used to my surroundings in the Oadby student village.

It can be intimidating if you have never lived away from home before, but once you realise that everyone is in the same situation, it becomes much easier more fun. Looking back to it now, the first week sets the tone of your first year at University. But by surrounding yourself with like-minded people, it is definitely a worthwhile experience.

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

The best thing about Leicester is the diversity of the University and the city, which gives this place its vibrance and colour. The city is really affordable and the small but well-connected city centre provides everything you could possibly need as a student.

There is a vast range of societies and groups to join at the University meaning you’re sure to find something that relates to you. Society work compliments your studies and allows you to gain valuable skills that most certainly are relevant after university.

I really appreciated the support I received from my department and academics. They are more than willing to impart their knowledge about subjects they are passionate about and take you that extra step in realising your dreams.

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

The time you spend at university will be the most memorable and formative years of your life, and in my opinion, there is nowhere better to spend those years than at the University of Leicester.


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

Alternatively, explore our other international student profiles.

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