From the first day I arrived I could understand why Sheffield is often called the friendliest city in the UK.

Kyubin Do, Korean student
Kyubin Do, South Korea
Undergraduate student
BSc Information Technology Management for Business With a Year In Industry
Kyubin is a Korean undergraduate student taking BSc Information Technology Management for Business With a Year In Industry at Sheffield.

Meeting a Sheffield representative during a visit to the IEN NCUK centre in South Korea sparked my interest in the university and the city.

    Sheffield has both city and small town-like vibes. Being one of the UK’s large cities, it has all necessary infrastructure and is well developed. It also feels ‘small town-like’ and ‘green’  thanks to lots of parks mingled in with the city and the huge national park, the Peak District,  situated nearby. I personally like Sheffield because I dreamed of living in a peaceful and green environment whilst still being able to enjoy modern city infrastructure.

    When it comes to the University itself I was mesmerised by the facilities on offer. I absolutely love the engineering building - The Diamond - and the modern equipment it has like its cutting-edge laboratories and study spaces. I appreciated seeing Firth Court and its very traditional British architecture when I came to Sheffield. 

    From the first day I arrived I could understand why Sheffield is often called the friendliest city in the UK. I've built positive relationships with locals from volunteering and in the community. Moreover,the University has great support systems in place, especially for international students. I have had personal support and advice from the Students' Union and from the Engineering Employability Centre. My Department's employability team guided me through the job application process when I applied for a placement year programme at the end of my second year. What I am trying to say is that all these friendly and kind people made me feel Sheffield as my second home.

    I am a member of the Korea Society and have been on its committee. It is for anyone interested in Korean culture and I have helped to organise events like traditional attire (Hanbok) trial, K-Drama street food tasting and more. On top of raising people’s awareness of Korea and the culture, the society encourages a positive environment where people can accept different cultures and become more of an unified, global community.

    The University of Sheffield is an indeed very well established institution offering a fantastic range of academic support and extra-curricular opportunities. I would advise students coming to Sheffield to be proactive and jump into practical activities such as taking part in a placement year programme on top of their studies.

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