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Osama Al-Shahari

Country: Yemen
Studying: BEng Petroleum Engineering

Osama Al-Shahari


I am Osama and my journey in Leeds started when I took my International Foundation Year in 2013. The IFY helped me a lot to get used to both of the educational system and the culture of the UK before starting my degree. I am currently studying Petroleum Engineering in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering. Being one of the top 5 in the UK with 89% overall student satisfaction, the school of Chemical and Process engineering was my first choice to get my degree in the UK. Leeds graduates are highly sought after due to the high standard courses and lecturers. Most of my lecturers and professors are affiliated with the industrial field which equips students with the right skills to assume graduate positions.

The facilities in the university are exceptional and very helpful to the students. I spend most of my studying time in the newly built Laidlaw Library or one of the computer clusters which some of them are 24 hours opened. The university union, where most of the university’s events are held, is the headquarter of all societies and activities. It also contains the refectory which I stop most of the time to eat at. My best place in the campus is the sport centre, The Edge. With a fully equipped modern fitness suite, swimming pool, indoors and outdoors sport halls, the edge is my best place to get the stress out of my shoulders after a long busy day.

The campus of the university is one of the biggest in the UK, and it is just a walking distance to the centre of Leeds. The campus is very big, but very safe at same time with 24 hours security patrols and all around fitted CCTVs. Leeds is a vibrant and multicultural city which mostly populated by students who come from all over the world to study in the university of Leeds or other universities and colleges in the city. It has a really convenient location in the centre between England and Scotland and it is relatively close to other big cities such as Manchester, Birmingham, London and Edinburgh. Some of which I have visited, while planning to visit the rest when I have the time.

I am currently living in a privately rented house. However, I have a wide experience with all types of accommodations at the University of Leeds. In the past three years, I have experienced living in both catered and self-catered university accommodations in Lyddon Hall and Central Village, and also living in a summer accommodation at Henry Price.