LSI London Central student, Vinícius Andrade de Jesus talks about his reasons for leaving Brazil to come and study at LSI . He reveals his thoughts about the whole experience and opportunities for cultural exchange.
“I first came to the UK six years ago, but it was only for a quick sightseeing trip around London. Anyway it was enough time to get me impressed by this fascinating city. It has an incredible cultural richness, a cosmopolitan spirit and I love that it seems so vast and diverse.
So that’s why this time I decided I was going to come and stay a bit longer. Honestly it was one of the best ideas I’ve ever had. It was great studying at LSI, having classes with a very nice teacher while being in central London, close to so many amazing places in the capital city of the world. The other great aspect was of course being able to speak English all the time, which surely helped me improve my speaking and listening skills and gave me confidence to talk to people anywhere.
I met people from every corner of the globe and made so many friends. I particularly connected with a guy from Saudi Arabia, but also made friends with people from Turkey, Switzerland, Poland, Japan, Spain, Palestine, France, Chile, and of course Brazil. This was easily one of the best parts of this experience. The possibility to spend time with people from various cultural backgrounds and learn so many things with them.
Add to this the wonderful trips we went on together around Britain. Places such as Cambridge, Bath, Brighton, Liverpool,…) and please believe me when I say that it’s hard to out into words just how exciting and unforgettable experience this is.
Now I really wish I could go back in time and live it all again. But since that’s not possible, I’ll probably just book another course at LSI next year. Perhaps I’ll see if I can persuade my girlfriend to come with me. I’m sure she’ll love it, as will anyone who decides to take the plunge. It truly is a BRILLIANT life experience!