United Arab Emirates - Maheem

Maheem - UAEMaheem studied in the United Arab Emirates before travelling to the UK to study International Relations at Leicester.

How did you discover the University of Leicester?

I discovered the University through my research, and through the rankings of my chosen course. When I clicked the website, I was instantly in love as the university had so much to offer, especially for international students. The university is very centrally located and not far from major cities like London. All my queries and questions were answered by the very helpful team and also at such a quick pace. The university expressed its passion for its students with something available for every students’ needs.

How easy was the application process?

I applied through UCAS, so it was very straightforward. The information about my course was readily available as well as the modules that could be studied. It also provided everything like entry requirements, not just for UK systems. Because I studied the International Baccalaureate curriculum, they also provided details for that. After I applied, I received personal support from staff who were in constant contact with me regarding any queries or worries I had about university life abroad including finances and visa applications.

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

My first week was probably the most fun week I had in the University. I was obviously very nervous, especially since it is a new country and new atmosphere for me. However, everyone from students to staff were so helpful in getting me settled and making sure that I had everything I needed, from books, to getting me settled in rooms and even making friends. As soon as I moved into my flat, I met my amazing flat mates who I honestly think make my university experience ten times better.

There were many events happening not just at the university but in the accommodation area too. Fresher’s week at Leicester is two weeks long with events happening at night and fairs happening during the day. I was able to sign up to societies of my choice including the Pakistan Society and Politics Society. I was also allocated a peer mentor to help me with my subject and a personal tutor in case I had any problems that needed to be addressed.

During International Welcome Week there are also many events and trips that are organised especially for international students, where you are able to meet other people and learn about their culture. The trips involve going all around the UK visiting places of interest such as Stonehenge or London.

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

The University is rich in culture and so diverse that you will never feel like you don’t belong. There are people from everywhere and each and every one are helpful and nice. I love the fact that I can just stop and talk to anyone without feeling out of place. Also, Leicester is quite a small city but has everything to offer. The town is such a beautiful place to go and shop, eat and relax with your friends. Leicester also has an amazing nightlife, which I personally enjoy a lot especially with my friends. It is a nice way to destress from all that work.

I also like to sit in a place where I can just study and peacefully finish my work. The 24 hour library is the best for that because it has three floors of books and seating catered to everyone. There are computer rooms, group study rooms as well as silent study rooms. Leicester has let me create a perfect balance between recreational activities and studies.

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

I love going into town with my friends and just going to restaurants and eating. Heavenly Desserts is personally my favourite place as I love dessert and it is so close to the University!

Leicester is a city that has everything to offer, from shops, to groceries, to eating. Asda is a supermarket close to my accommodation and is open 24 hours a day. My friends and I love going there late at night to get some good bargains.

What I love most about Leicester is that it’s not too expensive especially for students. Leicester has some amazing nightclubs that will give you a night to remember, and the entrance fee and price of drinks is good.

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

Everyone is in the same boat when coming to university, so there is no need to be afraid or anxious. There will be help 24 hours, no matter what.


More information for students from the United Arab Emirates can be found on our United Arab Emirates page.

Alternatively, explore our other international student profiles.

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