Clio international student

Cliodhna O'Flaherty

Clio is an international student from Ireland/Japan studying BSc Zoology

Why did you choose the University of Leeds?

I chose the University of Leeds because of the course structure for the BSc Zoology program. I was very impressed by the numerous field course opportunities available to students to gain valuable hands-on experience in designing and initiating field experiments.

What do you enjoy about your course?

I enjoy the practical field course experiences, but also the flexibility to choose optional and discovery modules. Therefore, I have had the opportunity to broaden my learning to include topics on current environmental issues and policies (offered by the Faculty of Environment).

What has been the best aspect of studying at the University of Leeds so far and why?

I don’t think I can narrow down just one “best aspect”. Not only does the University have excellent lecturers and facilities, there is a lot of support available to help you customise your university experience and pursue your interests alongside discovering new hobbies. 

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed so far...

My favourite project to date was we went to Dale Fort for the Marine Zoology Field Course. My project group got to go on a boat to sample plankton in the  surrounding waters of Dale, then analyse the collected plankton. I loved the excitement of venturing out on open water to collect samples.

As an international student, can you tell us about how staff support has helped you throughout your time at university?

Settling into a new country brought its challenges but there was always someone that I could email if I had difficulty with any aspect of my course. Also, having a personal tutor helped when I had issues regarding academics.

How do you feel that the Global/International Community has helped you settle in to Leeds?

The “Bring a Dish and Quiz” event held at the start of the year was a great introduction to the international community at the Faculty because I immediately felt at home talking with other international students who were having the same struggles fitting in.

What key aspects of your experience of Leeds would you highlight to students thinking about coming to study the same course?

I would stress that it is fulfilling to study alongside people who are as passionate about animals and conservation as you are. Moreover, the support offered to students from the very first day is incredibly helpful, especially for international students.

What have been the highlights of your time studying at the University and living in Leeds so far?

Experiencing both the convenience of the urban city centre and the great outdoors of the Yorkshire Dales without having to travel a huge distance. I have also enjoyed broadening my horizons from meeting people in the Global Community in Leeds.

Are there any activities you have enjoyed in Leeds that you would recommend to other students?

I really enjoy hiking in the Yorkshire Dales, which allows you to take your mind off your studies and explore the great outdoors. 

Are there any areas of Leeds that you like to visit?

Anywhere outdoors with a hiking trail, but also Hyde Park Picture House.