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Ziying Gong

Country: China
Studying: BSc International Business

Ziying Gong


I’m Ziying and I’m now in the second year of BSc International Business course.  My foundation year and first year’s studies were completed in an NCUK partner School in Shanghai. Leeds University attracted me most for its highly professional standard of knowledge resource base. We can always get access to unique learning resources. In the lecture of cross-cultural management, which is one of my compulsory modules, we got the chance to discuss with the leading pioneer in this field - Geert Hofstede. This is quite a rare chance for students who study business management across borders, and we got a lot of inspiration from the professor. 

Through several months of study, I would say the life here is far beyond my imagination. I never thought my life could be so colourful and every day is different. Our students’ union provides over 250 clubs & societies and you will always find one you like. I joined the East Asian Research Society and the Teddy Bear Hospital, which is a volunteering club. I highly recommend these societies because they are the great places to meet new friends who share the same interest with you. Apart from societies, the University also provides the opportunity to study cross-major modules which fit your interest. I chose one module from Design School as my discovery module. It gave me a chance to study the modules which are not included in my course and I am able to experience a different teaching style from a different school.

Leeds University provides the study abroad opportunity and summer schools for students who want to experience life in different countries. I got the chance to study in Universität Bayreuth in Germany this summer. Meanwhile, our University provides an extra subsidy for travel and accommodation, which is so considerate.

In my spare time, I like doing sports in the gym and hanging out with friends. Leeds is a good place for nightlife. There are various bars and clubs around the city centre. Also, there are incalculable shops and restaurants, where you can spend good times with friends. People in Leeds are quite kind, they are always warm-hearted about those who need help. It is a city that can give you safety and security.

I am now living in a private student accommodation, which is close to a supermarket and the city centre. The location is good for shopping but it takes me about 20 minutes to go to business school. If you want to live closer to campus I would recommend on-campus accommodation such as Central Village and City Side as these are close to the city centre and a short walk to the Laidlaw library. The on-campus accommodation may give you a good chance to meet friends in the same university. And sometimes you may find they are even on the same course as you.