Portrait of Cameron Tallant

Cameron Tallant

What made you want to apply to your course and to Leeds?

I knew that studying languages would open so many doors for me. The ability to communicate with different people in other languages and beautiful countries, to experience other lifestyles and communities was not an opportunity I was prepared to let pass me by. Leeds is also such a vibrant and lively city, I knew the first time I came to an open day that this was the only place I wanted to spend my student years.

What is it that makes you passionate about your area of study?

In a world that is becoming more connected and interdependent every day, I believe that cross-cultural understanding and appreciation is really important and enriching for every society.

What aspects of the course did you enjoy the most?  

My favourite part of the course was my residence abroad. I spent three months living and studying in the beautiful Spanish city of Granada and then went on to travel the peninsular during the summer. The following September, I moved to Ferrara in Italy to spend a year studying at the University. I have come back to do my final year in Leeds and feel that I have learned so much about two cultures, countries and languages that have always been so fascinating to me.

What would you say about Leeds as a city?

There is something for everyone. It is diverse, interesting, and one-of-kind. I found that Leeds offered me the whole spectrum of events, music, art, activities and experience that students could want. 

What has been the most surprising thing about coming to Leeds?

I was surprised that the teaching was so focused on research being done now. My lecturers were offering modules on their own research, so we were being taught by the experts in the field. Everything that I learned was very current and relevant in the area of study.

What would you say about the learning facilities in your School and at the University in general?

The teaching staff are so willing to help you with any questions or difficulties we may have. The breadth of resources available at the school of languages is inexhaustible. Not to mention that Leeds is one of the very few UK cities that has an Instituto Cervantes and the only one with LivItaly, so that was particularly useful for me as an Italian and Spanish student to get involved in cultural event organised in collaboration between the university and these institutes.

What do you plan to do now you’ve finished your course, and how do you think the skills and knowledge you’ve developed at Leeds will help with these plans?

After studying languages at Leeds, I have so many options after graduation. I am currently trying to decide which path it is I want to follow. I am considering applying for careers in publishing and art curation. I am also looking into master’s courses here at the University of Leeds. Regardless of what I choose to do the main thing that I will take from my time here is the self-confidence Leeds has given me. The University really encouraged me to tailor my degree to my interests, the city taught me to try new things, and the friends I have made are all so supportive of each other.