Pradita Puti Arstianti
Please tell us a bit about yourself, where you are from, your background etc?
I am from Indonesia and completed my undergraduate study at Padjadjaran University where I majored in Economic Law. I have worked as a legal officer in a shipping company in Indonesia before deciding to pursue a career as a lawyer in one of the law firms in Indonesia. After passing the test for the Indonesian Bar Exam, I realised that is necessary for me to obtain a deeper knowledge of business law at an international level. Driven by that motivation and support from Indonesian Government through a scholarship, I decided to begin my master degree at Leeds.
What made you want to apply to your course and to Leeds?
The main reason I applied for International Business Law at the University of Leeds is because of the modules which are intriguing yet challenging.
The reason I chose the United Kingdom is because I want to know about business from the common law perspective. Moreover, the University of Leeds has been ranked as a top 100 world university and a member of Russell Group, so the level of research and education quality is unquestionable.
What do you think of your course so far – what aspects of the course have you enjoyed the most or are looking forward to the most?
I love the fact that I not only learn about the law as a traditional concept. There are areas of law that need to be discussed further which I learn from this course. For instance, I learn about the international trade and electronic commerce. I also have a great opportunity to learn a different perspective of foreign investment and how to balance the protection of host-country and investor. I find this area absorbing since I came from a country which has a large portion of foreign investment.
What would you say about the learning facilities in the School and at the University in general?
The learning facilities at the University and School of Law, in particular, are excellent. They provide students with accessible academic support through an exquisite system. There are various workshops and seminars related to fascinating topics. If I have any difficulties at all, the lecturer and staff are always helpful.
I love the library, not only because it has all of the literature that you need for your studies, but it also has magnificent architecture.
What other activities are available for students to take part in outside of their studies, and which ones have you tried out yourself? (e.g. Clubs & Societies/activities in the School).
There are many activities availble for a range of interests. For international students, many events aim to introduce students to British culture, other countries’ cultures or simply to make new friends. The School of Law, in particular, also conducts a trip to Parliament House, Supreme Court and Fountain Abbey.
What do you think about Leeds as a city?
I think city selection is crucial because the city's ambience can have an impact. Before I came here, one of my friends told me that anyone who has a chance to live in Leeds will consider it to be their second home. Indeed, Leeds is a beautiful and vibrant city. Not only because Leeds is one of commercial and financial centres in the UK but it also has a large student population. Thus, it makes the city multicultural and full of friendly people.
What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to your course?
Continuing study is a great opportunity but also can be a tough journey. The hardest part of doing the master degree for me is maintaining the motivation. But always remember that this is your degree and only you can determine the outcome. Also, do not forget to do some research before every class, it is essential to gain more understanding and develop your critical thinking.
What do you plan to do once you’ve finished your course? What are you career aspirations?
I will return to Indonesia and continue my career there. My time in Leeds is having a huge impact on my life; it has opened my eyes to opportunities that are available, and it has helped me to build my confidence in advising people on the law in English, a skill which is very useful to my future career.