Choosing to study abroad in Leeds with API was the best decision I could have made. I studied in Leeds for the first semester of the 2019-2020 academic year. API is absolutely wonderful with making you feel comfortable while being abroad. My program director ended up becoming a second mom to me and was always available to answer any questions I had. I took two sociology classes and one history class at the University of Leeds. I thought that the professors were very engaging and I enjoyed attending my lectures everyday. There were approximately 150-200 people in each of my lectures.
For a housing accommodation, I stayed in an off campus residence hall with four other flatmates. In our flat, there were five individual rooms, with a shared bathroom and kitchen. We frequently had flat dinners together, which was really nice and helped all of us bond. Three of my flatmates were from England and one was from France. I loved that I lived with English students because I was able to learn a lot about the English culture from them. I ended up becoming really close with one of my flatmates. I still FaceTime her regularly and she is planning on coming to the US to visit this summer.
The residence hall is a beautiful and easy 30-40 minute walk to campus and about a 15 minute bus ride. The bus is very easy and convenient to use, especially when it is raining. The University of Leeds campus and the city center has so much to offer and is absolutely beautiful. I ended up exploring a different part of Leeds every day that I was there. Everyone in Yorkshire is incredibly friendly and I always felt welcomed no matter where I was.
The API excursions definitely made my experience truly memorable. Some of my favorite memories are from the excursions we went on. If you are someone who wants to explore England but might not do so on your own, the excursions are a wonderful addition to this program. Studying at the University of Leeds allows you to completely immerse yourself in the life of a UK University Student. I highly recommend studying in Leeds. If I had had the opportunity, I would have studied there for an entire academic year, or maybe even longer.