Nazimul Islam

Hi,

I am Nazimul from India and I am pursuing my Master’s Degree at the School of Geography. My Journey from Cooch Behar (hometown) to Leeds (second home) via Kolkata and New Delhi was really amazing. Before coming to Leeds, I lived three years in Kolkata and three years in New Delhi for my undergraduate and postgraduate studies. I chose the University of Leeds because of its world class education facilities and global reputation of our school. During my academic days in India, I was looking for a Master’s Degree with the specialisation in Rivers and Flood Management in the UK and the University of Leeds was my first choice. I am really glad to study in one of the UK’s most popular Russell Group Universities.

My experience of the University and the UK has been great so far. The university has a big campus surrounded by beautiful scenery. The University of Leeds is truly International where students from more than 150 nations come to study. We have different cultures, traditional and religious believe but all together, we are all the members of the same University of Leeds family. We have lots of different things to do besides our main academic studies which help us to shape our professional, as well as leadership, skills. I am the Course Representative of our MSc course and also a member of various organisations and societies, e.g. the British Hydrological Society, Royal Geographical Society and so on. The University has given me the exposure to interact with industries and expand networks at various events.

The facilities which our university provides to every student are exceptional and helpful for career development. I try to access as many facilities as I can from libraries, to the career centre but my best place in the campus is our GIS lab which is opened 24 hours and I spend most of my time there. University libraries and IT Clusters are also the popular places to study throughout the day and night. I enjoy my time at Garstang Building (School of Geography) and the biggest thing about the department is it ranks in the top 24 Geography Departments in the World. We have the world’s largest water related research group i.e. water@leeds and our course is accredited by the CIWEM. I got the opportunity to work with JBA Consulting as a Project Assistant as part of my Professional Development Module.

During my spare time, I often go out to see the natural beauty of the Yorkshire dales and I do cycling. The Union Building of the University is the hub of all cultural activities and is my favourite place to be refreshed and remove stress after every hectic academic schedule.

Leeds City centre is a great place if you’re looking for shopping or entertainment. The city is well connected to other parts of the UK through railways and roads and is located very close to other big cities like Manchester, Sheffield, London and Birmingham.

I live in private accommodation which is 10 minutes walking distance from the University and 15 minutes away from the city centre. I cook by my own and never miss any of the Indian foods. There are many Indian and Asian restaurants, shops to buy food stuffs such as Rice, Fish and Rasogolla (Bengali Sweet). I am privileged to be a Link to Leeds International Student Ambassador.