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Erza Killian

Country: Indonesia
Studying: PhD in East Asian Studies

Erza Killian


I am Erza, a first-year PhD student at the Department of East Asian Studies in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies (LCS). Before coming to Leeds, I did a Master degree at University of Queensland (Australia) and a bachelor degree at Universitas Padjadjaran (Indonesia). I choose University of Leeds due to its international reputation and global research network. University of Leeds is a member of the Russell Group, a group of leading UK universities, and White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (WRDTC), a university partnership which provides high-quality training for doctoral students in the field of social sciences.

So far, my experience in Leeds has been fun, challenging and educational at the same time. I have enjoyed an excellent study-life balance and have managed to develop useful networks for my future career as well. The best thing about University of Leeds is its highly supportive environment, both for studying and enjoying life. All the staff are really friendly, helpful and willing to go the extra mile to provide support and our Student Union is perhaps one of the best (if not the best!) in the country. I am currently a member of the Indonesian Society and an Intercultural Ambassador. As an Intercultural Ambassador, me and my teammates are involved in Students into Schools projects, where we deliver intercultural project to an elementary school in Leeds. This project is a wonderful opportunity for me to understand UK’s culture better. As an international student, I also find the multicultural environment in Leeds University very enjoyable. During my first 5 months, I have met people from around 30 nationalities and tried 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 2.5-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 just sit alongside the lake and feed the ducks. My second favourite place in Leeds is my room in university accommodation. It is a self-catered, university-owned accommodation exclusive for postgraduate students. It is really close to the university and has all the facilities you need, including a private gym to keep you fit.