Chloe - University of Leeds

B Business Management / B Science
Semester 2, 2016

Academic experience

The courses I studied at the University of Leeds were ecology, how plants work, innovation and creativity in business, gender and entrepreneurship and traditional alcoholic beverages. I loved that the university had so many interesting courses to choose from and I was able to branch out and learn some new things that I wouldn't have otherwise been able to learn. I was challenged by the English marking system as not a lot of guidance is given when writing assignments, however; I think this is because markers want to see creativity in your work and for you to decide what angle to take. Although this method was harder, I believe I extended myself and learnt more about my subjects. 

Personal experience

Exchange gave me a lot more independence as I was previously living at home in Brisbane with my family. I had to shop for myself, cook some of my own meals and had freedom to choose my own travel plans and budget my own money. This was a lot of fun and I learnt a lot about my strengths and weaknesses. I made so many close friends in college from Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, England and Ireland! I was able to travel with these friends on weekends and discover Leeds with them during the week. 

Accommodation

I lived off campus but in college - Devonshire Hall. I loved the old feel of the Hall and the fact I could have meals with my friends every night. A tip I learnt was to buy old furnishings like lamps and pen holders from leaving students to save money. I lived without my own ensuite and I thought I really wouldn't like that, but it turned out to be really clean and only shared between 4 people. 

Budget Leeds

Over the whole exchange, I spent about $12,000 in total including accommodation, food, transport and travel. It was quite a lot of money but it is really worth travelling during the weekends and holidays to make the most of the experience. 

Professional development & employability 

I feel that I have become a more confident and well-rounded person from my exchange experience. I now feel comfortable talking to all types of people and I believe this will help me in my professional career in business. I also have learnt to rely on myself and feel responsible with important tasks (e.g. catching flights and trains on time). 

Highlights

The highlight of my experience was definitely all of the amazing memories made with my friends in college, travelling, partying and completing uni together. I have so many fond memories to look back on and want to do it all again!

Top tips 

If you are on the fence about doing exchange because you think it will be scary or too long away from family I would really encourage you to do it! You can always travel later but the actual experience of living with friends and doing really interesting courses overseas is an opportunity not to be missed. 

Chloe - University of Leeds