USA - Amy

USA - AmyAmy travelled from the USA to the UK to study MSc Human Resources Management and Training at Leicester.


How did you discover the University of Leicester?

I applied through an American agency called ‘Across the Pond’. They suggested several UK universities but Leicester was the best value and best location.

How easy was the application process?

The application process was very easy. The Leicester International Office emailed me as soon as I accepted the offer. They explained the visa application process to me and were very helpful with the US Loans application.

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

My first week at Leicester was interesting - it felt surreal to be studying in England for a Master’s degree.  I had visited England before, but living here is very different from visiting. We speak the same language, but English and American cultures are very different.

My professors (or lecturers, as they are named over here) helped a lot. It was good to be around people who really cared and were passionate about their work and their students’ success.  I also became a course representative which allowed me to become more involved in the department and get to know my course mates better.

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

I’ve personally grown to love both the University and the city of Leicester. My lecturers have been absolutely amazing. They are helpful and they really care about my success and my work - I appreciate that so much. That was one thing that made my transition a bit easier.

The city has a lot more to offer than on the surface. When not studying I work downtown as a waitress. I also enjoy spending time with friends, going out for lunch or having ice cream in Victoria Park. I really like that England is very much a walking country - in America people seem to prefer to drive everywhere (although things are much further apart) - but I do love a nice walk over here.

After you have graduated from Leicester, what are your plans for the future?

I was accepted on to the University of Leicester’s PhD programme in the School of Business, so that will be my focus for the next four years. I am doing a project that focuses on the new junior doctors’ contract in the National Health Service (NHS). After that, who knows!

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

The University of Leicester is lovely. The library is absolutely wonderful and the staff (that I have come across) are all very helpful and welcoming. They really care.

My main advice would be to use your time here wisely. Try to get involved, become a course representative, join a club or volunteer. That is the best way to make the most out of your time here. You have to put yourself out there. It’s okay to be wrong, or nervous. But you have to go beyond that and focus on the positive.

When it's sunny, go outside! See the swans in the canal (swans are not as common back home so I am fascinated by them). Go to a petting farm. Have lots of cream teas. See England with your own eyes, not through a phone camera. Try new things, even if you don’t think you’ll like it, try it!!

You’re in a different country, so embrace it, you never know what you’ll learn or who you’ll meet. Share your stories with others, teach them about your culture as you learn about theirs. So try it, it’s worth it.


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

Alternatively, explore our other international student profiles.

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