Shun-liang Chao is a PhD student of Comparative Literature (English and French) from Taiwan.
Shun-Liang writes "I was offered a full PhD scholarship by a private research university in the US, but I decided to come to UCL because UCL has excellent programmes in arts and humanities, and because UCL is located in Bloomsbury, the intellectual and cultural centre of London . My experience of UCL so far has met most of my expectations. First, my supervisors have been very helpful; most of the academic staff members I have met are more or less supportive and friendly. Moreover, UCL's location is not merely unrivalled but perfect: the British Library and the British Museum are within 10-minute walk; there are also London University's central library and the libraries of other London University institutions in Bloomsbury; there are (humanities-related) conferences or seminars or talks going on every week in Bloomsbury. I have visited major universities in global cities such as Paris, Berlin , and New York and have not yet found any of them whose location is more intellectually exuberant than UCL's. Last but not least, UCL is truly international: I have met students from all over the world and some of them became my good friends."