The atmosphere and environment of Sheffield really stood out to me - I really enjoy studying here!

Picture of History Student and Ambassador Alyssa Sze
Alyssa Sze
Second year undergraduate student
BA History
Alyssa shares how getting involved with societies and events is a great way to meet a range of people and settle into Sheffield and University life.
Picture of History Student and Ambassador Alyssa Sze

Experiencing new culture is interesting, and I have had the opportunity to do so through the different friends I've made here.

Alyssa Sze

BA History

Why did you choose to study at Sheffield?

There are two main reasons. Firstly, the university provides a wide module selection, I was able to choose very specific modules I was interested in. Secondly, the atmosphere and environment of Sheffield really stood out to me - I really enjoy studying here!

Has your experience so far been what you expected?

Not really, seminars are a bit more stressful than I have anticipated. You have to be outspoken and assertive when expressing your opinions. However, I like the challenge and learnt a lot from it.

What do you particularly enjoy about your degree programme?

The seminars are really engaging, I enjoy open discussions and hearing my course mates' opinions. Most of my history lectures provide a Q&A session, it makes the lecture more interactive and interesting.

What do you like about the University/living in Sheffield?

Sheffield is a friendly and welcoming city. I enjoy the vibe that Sheffield emanates as the biggest village and smallest city. Even though it is by no means a huge city, there's still a wide selection of cafes, restaurants and entertainment - I can find everything I need in this delightful city! Western bank library is my favourite place to study, I can enjoy the view of Weston Park while I take a break between study sessions. Sometimes, for a change of pace I would buy a drink and study at Coffee Revolution, located in the Students Union.

Would you recommend studying at Sheffield to a friend?

Definitely. Sheffield is a really lovely place to study and live!

How have you found studying on the History BA programme and in Sheffield more generally as a non-UK student?

The education system in the UK is different from what I am accustomed to. I found the transition quite challenging when I first started the History BA programme. However, I found that throughout the course I gradually became more interested in world history, and this inspired me. Experiencing new culture is interesting, and I have had the opportunity to do so through the different friends I've made here. I can learn new things each day because of the mix of culture and diversity here.

What advice would you give international students considering history study at the University of Sheffield?

First of all, never consider yourself as an outsider, you will learn so much more by talking to people, doing so made me more vocal and outgoing. I became much more comfortable and simultaneously improved my speaking skills. Besides that, it is important to step out of your comfort zone. By joining different societies and events held by the department and Students Union, you can meet a different range of people and build genuine friendships with people who share the same interest.

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