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British Council

My name is Rizanesia Citrasari, and I studied Corporate and Commercial Law at the University of Sheffield. First of all, I know it does feel like a big change to come and study in a new country.  But there are lots of advantages for you. Coming to the UK to complete my education was an obvious choice. For my career plans, I needed to know about the Common Law system, so I was focusing on England for an LLM programme.

My scholarship foundation issued a list of world top universities and Sheffield was one of those. I was impressed by the student satisfaction ranking and that gave me some reassurance.  I liked the way the postgraduate admissions team treated me as an individual.  The University sent me a lot of very helpful information.

Commercial subjects are perfect for a successful law career. Sheffield’s LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law stood out. I checked the modules online on the University’s law school website. The Corporate and Commercial modules really fit the bill of what I was hoping to study.

I have wonderful memories of being in the UK.  It has a fresh and cool climate so you can really breathe.  Sheffield is a large city by UK standards.  There’s a bustling city centre, but there are green spaces and parks.  The city is hilly and is framed by lovely green countryside.

I liked my accommodation which was really good. The University is an international community.  I met some great students.  All the academics were approachable and willing to discuss subjects outside the classroom. This helped me to gain my LLM and it made the whole academic experience valuable.

Having finished my LLM at Sheffield, I have returned to Indonesia and am now working as a Trainee Associate at a leading corporate and finance law firm.  So you can see that my LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of Sheffield has definitely helped me to get where I want to be.

When I came to Sheffield I was impressed with the local people.  This isn’t an enclosed campus university, so you do get to integrate with the local community. Sheffield people call you “love”, “darling” and “duck”!  It’s really sweet!  What I would like to emphasise is, even though I’d come across the world to get here, it was really easy to feel at home because of the friendliness of the people.

I liked the fact that there are a lot of green open spaces.  Public transport is great with regular buses and trams, so it’s not congested with traffic all the time. You feel you have time and space.  The University has some great places such as the Students’ Union for entertainment, music and societies, or the Information Commons – that’s the main library and you can work there whenever you like – it doesn’t close.

Sheffield is a beautiful and unique city.  The city centre has cinemas, theatres, shops and restaurants.  Surprisingly, the countryside is very close, which you can easily get to by local transport.  Sheffield is very hilly – you can always see the next hill or valley. It’s in the middle of the UK, so you can easily visit other cities or the coast.  Europe is not far away and you can get there by rail.

I gained the depth of knowledge in my commercial legal subjects that I was hoping for. But the big differences were in the way students learn in the UK. I was expected to research my topic and to contribute a lot in class. I had never experienced that before, but it turned out to be a very good thing – it has helped my personal confidence and has developed my skills, especially in building a legal argument. Students all talking together with the tutor in class is a major part of a British university education and definitely a major part of my student experience here. It’s been great because I’ve seen my communication skills and my academic confidence really take off. Basically, the law school tutors help you and will build your confidence as you go through the course. They really helped me a lot.