Juan Fonseca

My name is Juan, I am a mechanical engineer graduated from the National University of Colombia. I first heard about the University of Leeds when I was volunteering in the UK in 2014, and I had the opportunity to attend the postgraduate open day. Choosing the University of Leeds was not difficult, as the Institute of Transport Studies (ITS) is one of the most recognised transportation research centres in the UK and the world. I have been here for more than four months and my experience has exceeded my expectations; the relevance of the modules, the high quality of the lecturers and the many facilities at the university are to be highlighted. I am doing the MSc Transport Planning and the Environment course, and I am interested in the impacts of transport pollution. ITS is a great platform, as some very important employers come every year to present their companies and interview some students that want to enroll a company after graduating.

For me, one of the best things about being a student at the University of Leeds is being involved in a highly diverse and welcoming environment for international students. There are plenty of activities to join that are run by the student societies at the Leeds University Union every week. Leeds is a relatively small city when compared to the city where I come from (Bogota); however, it does not mean that it is boring, there is always something going on in Leeds and the city centre has many cafes, pubs, restaurants, landmarks and venues to visit. I really enjoy outdoor activities, I have found many different routes for hiking that are easily reached from Leeds by bus or train, either with my friends or joining the events of the Get Out Get Active (GOGA) programme. So far, my favourite places are Ilkley Moor, Malham Cove and the coastal walk between Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay.

I am currently live in Royal Park Flats, which is part of the university accommodations. It is just 15 minutes away from the campus by foot, which makes a big difference. It is also a nice place to meet students from different parts of the world.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

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