"Sheffield is a truly culturally diverse university, with lots of events and activities specifically held for international students"

Xiangyi Li putting her hood up, smiling
Xiangyi Li
Undergraduate student
Financial Mathematics BSc
Xiangyi came from China to study on our Financial Mathematics course, and got lots of support from our staff to help her settle in and achieve her potential.

I came to the University of Sheffield to study Financial mathematics. Sheffield attracted me a lot because of the environment for both studying and living. It's a truly culturally diverse university, with lots of events and activities specifically held for international students.

There are two 24/7 libraries – the Diamond and the Information Commons - both with cosy and comfortable study spaces and tasty sandwiches on the ground floor. The Students' Union is number one in the UK, and the events and activities hosted there are colourful and interesting – for example, volunteering opportunities, 'Give It A Go' sessions and the 'Taste of Work' scheme.

I am a member of three societies (the belly dancing, Japanese and walking societies) and by attending the meetings, events and balls they held, I had the chance to meet new friends, learn something new and have a fulfilling university life outside of studying.

The School of Mathematics and Statistics helped me settle into Sheffield quickly - I got placed in the nearest student accommodation in Allen Court, since I requested online for accommodation close to campus. I was so happy and thankful, since the short distance from the School to my accommodation helped me to get involved in university life quickly.


My tutor and other lecturers helped me a lot with the personal statement is wrote to apply for a masters course in the UK.

Xiangyi Li

Financial Mathematics BSc


My tutor and lecturers are always willing to help students with all kinds of things, their expertise helped me to understand the course materials. Additionally, the School is always trying to improve their teaching by sending out questionnaires once the module is finished.

My tutor and other lecturers helped me a lot with the personal statement is wrote to apply for a masters course in the UK. The University's Career Connect system is also a helpful and friendly centre for both domestic and international students to get help with studying, employment and apply for further studies.

The times I enjoyed most during my studies were tutorials. There, teachers there could deepen my understanding of definitions and theorems. We got a chance to ask questions freely and discuss questions with classmates, which allowed us to communicate more with both teachers and students.

I am now applying for masters courses so I can continue to study in UK. I am proud to say that my strong quantitative skills gave me a greater choice of courses from different schools and programs than other students. I really appreciate the study and life experiences I've had at the University of Sheffield.


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