Erza Killian


I am Erza, a PhD student at the School of Politics and International Studies, (POLIS). I completed my Master degree in Australia and bachelor degree in Indonesia before deciding to join Leeds University for my doctorate. I choose University of Leeds due to its international reputation, high-quality research projects and its global research network. The university is also a member of the Russell Group, a group of leading research-intensive UK universities, and White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (WRDTC), which provides high-quality training for doctoral students in the field of social science.

During my 2nd year, I was accepted as an exchange student in Ghent University in Belgium where I did part of my data collection under the Erasmus Programme. I was also supported by my school to attend a research conference in Portugal this year and I had organised several workshops and research seminars fully supported by the university. So far, my experience in Leeds has been fun, challenging and educational at the same time. I enjoyed an excellent study-life balance and managed to develop useful network for my future career as well. The best thing about the University of Leeds is its highly supportive environment, both for studying and enjoying life.

Currently, I am a member of the Indonesian Society and used to be an Intercultural Ambassador. As an international student, I find the multicultural environment in Leeds University very enjoyable. During my first 6 months, I have met people from around 30 countries and tried (and cooked!) food from various countries which is really fun! In my spare time, I love travelling around Leeds and UK since Leeds is really well-located in the country. On weekends, I can easily head to Scotland to enjoy the highlands or travel to London via a 2-hour train ride from Leeds. But when I don’t feel like travelling far, I usually just visit places around Leeds such as Ilkley, Harrogate or York. So far, my favourite place in Leeds is Roundhay Park, a vast green area where you can do picnic alongside the lake and feed the ducks. It is one of the largest city parks in Europe and can be reached by a 30-minute bus ride from my accommodation. I currently live in a couple’s accommodation managed by the university’s accommodation team, located around 2-minutes’ walk from the uni which makes it very convenient since I practically live in the university!

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