When thinking of studying abroad the University of York was my first choice, and I never regretted making this decision. My supervisor always provides valuable concepts and experiences through the discussion on my research project, which makes my thesis go smoothly. The processes of discussion on theory and the opinions exchanged in seminars are also very beneficial and enjoyable.
Furthermore, there are many academic as well as administrative members of staff at the department; they all invest a lot of time answering my questions and advising on research skills, which benefits me greatly. The most important thing is the friendly staff, they provide many useful experiences of living and opinions of studies for oversea students, this advice lets me feel more confident about studying abroad.
I chose to pursue PhD study in the sociology department at the University of York for its reputation in sociological theory, technology studies and methodology. These are issues at the heart of contemporary sociology and will likely define the discipline in the coming decades. As an international student from the United States, I have been able to gain fresh insight into ongoing sociological problems. Encountering differing points of view and being forced aware of misconceptions is at the heart of the international student experience.
My experience in the sociology department at the University of York has enabled me to benefit from the expertise available within the department while at the same time acquiring insight only gained from an outsider perspective.