Case study

Research Masters student — Toby Jones

Toby is studying Middle Eastern Studies - British and American at Leiden University, Netherlands. Find out how the course has benefited him

Why did you choose Leiden University?

The university came highly recommended by my professors at the University of St Andrews. It was also very affordable and meant experiencing a different country and culture.

I've met people from around the world, and it has been fascinating to experience such different cultures

Tell us about the course…

I've taken some very interesting classes, broadening my perspective. The last year and a half have honed my research skills in preparation for my Masters thesis, which I will write this semester. My focus is on the Mongol Empire and its global effects.

What are the benefits of postgraduate study?

To me, the benefits lie in the ability to really latch on to something I both enjoy and have been successful in. I decided to do a postgrad after working for a few years and not feeling passionate about it. I returned to something that challenges me and stretches me to my full intellectual capacity.

I've met people from around the world, and it has been fascinating to experience such different cultures.

What advice would you give to others considering postgraduate study abroad?

Don't limit yourself to a country or continent, there are so many options that can really give you something amazing. The experience of Leiden was something I never expected, and has given me so much. If you're passionate about something, don't let distance or a new culture stop you from changing your life for the better.

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