International student profiles
Julian De Valliere
BA English and Drama
I lived in Sri Lanka for most of my life and studied at Lyceum International School. After completing my O-levels I then moved to and lived in Hyderabad, India, for the next two years, where I went to Oakridge International School. While there, I started and ran a drama club as well as a student magazine, as well as taking part in many plays outside of school for charity and various theatre festivals.
I chose Loughborough University because it is so well recognized for not only being a top university, but also one that provides a great experience for all its students. The strong sense of community both on and off campus was another reason – you want to feel at home when you’re away from family for the first time.
My first few weeks in Loughborough were a lot easier than I expected them to be. Everyone was friendly and willing to help – whether it was to help me find a lecture hall or tell me where I could go get a decent dinner. Lectures and seminars were also a lot more interactive than I had thought they would be, and that again was a very pleasant surprise. It was just so remarkably easy to connect with everyone here – both the tutors and fellow students. When I think about it, 3 or so months is a very short time to get as comfortable with people as I was.
I would definitely recommend Loughborough University. I think what’s most important is that you’re able to enjoy and appreciate where you are. If you aren’t happy, you aren’t going to be able to make the most of any of the opportunities that may come your way. With Loughborough, you’re almost guaranteed to settle right in and be able to make the most of what you’ve got, and of course, with all of the University’s facilities and achievements, that’s quite a lot.