Yongqing is a Chinese student taking modules in English Literature and Linguistics on the exchange programme between the University of Sheffield and Nanjing University. She loves Sheffield's international community and how supportive the University has been to her as an international student.
Why did you choose to study in Sheffield?
I learned about the exchange programme to the University of Sheffield from senior students in my home institution. I was deeply impressed by their colourful and beneficial lives in Sheffield. I also knew that the university ranked very high worldwide.
What made the University of Sheffield stand out for you?
The staff here are unimaginably kind. From volunteers who assisted the registration process to the lecturers and seminar tutors who generously share their knowledge, working together with such group of people is pure pleasure. The facilities in the university are highly modernised and are comfortable to live or study in.
What do you particularly enjoy about your course?
I enjoy all the three modules I take here. Honestly speaking, I was not that interested in literature in my previous years of learning. But my study here in Sheffield changed me to some extent.
I gradually learned to appreciate the beauty hidden beneath the biblical/classical texts, different kinds of films and various types of theatre works. If I have to choose my favourite, then it's LIT181 Introduction to Cinema. This module is particularly interesting and beneficial.
What do you like about studying at the School of English?
I get to explore the cultural context via studying different materials. It's such a pleasure to discover something beautiful and to gradually form my own opinion of them.
My language skill is also improved a lot. As a non-native speaker, I met a lot of difficulties in the beginning such as getting used to other students' accents and writing academic essays properly. I'm much better in these things now.
I only knew Sheffield as the "Steel-City" before I came here. Now I consider it as my dynamic and friendly oversea 'hometown.'
Yongqing Zhu, studying English Literature and Linguistics
How did the School of English help support you through the whole process from application to settling in?
Staff from the School of English frequently contacted me via emails and gave me detailed and considerate instructions and suggestions during the application process.
My personal tutors helped me fit in the new environment quickly and efficiently assisted me to solve some problems with my registration. My seminar tutors were very inspiring and gave me a lot of helpful tips for my study.
What are your top tips for any international students thinking about studying English at Sheffield?
First I would focus on improving my reading and listening ability. Studying English here requires a considerable amount of reading and full participation in both lectures and seminars. Second, try to appreciate the beauty and profoundness of English both as a language and a culture.
Last but not least, just enjoy the University of Sheffield! Contact members of staff if you have any questions and enrich your university life by discovering amazing activities from the Students' Union or Residence Life!
Tell us about being a student in the department.
I get to explore the cultural context by studying different materials. It's such a pleasure to discover something beautiful and to gradually form my own opinion of them.
My language skill has also improved a lot. As a non-native speaker, I met a lot of difficulties at the beginning such as getting used to other students' accents and writing an academic essay properly. I'm much better in these things now.
Do you take part in any University activities as well as your studies?
Yes, I do. I really enjoy sports activities held by Residence Life. The choices range from boxing and HITT to Zumba Dance. I get to do my favourite sports regularly as well as trying out new things. And the best thing about these activities is that they are all FREE!
What do you plan to do when you finish?
Pursue a higher degree. Maybe in Sheffield!
What do you like most about Sheffield?
The studying and living environment is extraordinary! I live at Stephenson in Endcliffe and it's like living in a park! The road to the main campus is a little bit hilly, but with squirrels and birds' company, I never get bored.
The Western Bank Library is my favourite on the main campus. Sitting in front of the huge window, bathing in the sunshine and relaxing now and then by looking into the Weston Park is truly an unforgettable experience.