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University of Leeds
Leeds, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year,
Universities in the Global E³ program do not accept applications directly.

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Program Sponsor: Global E³ 
Fact Sheet:
Disciplines Available (engineering or related field):
Biomedical, Civil, Computing, Electrical, Electronic, Environmental, Materials, Mechanical, Process
Courses Available in English?:
Program Description:

University of Leeds
Leeds, England, UNITED KINGDOM

University Info   |   Faculty of Engineering Info


Leeds is among the top ten universities for research in the UK and is internationally acknowledged as a centre of excellence in a wide range of academic and professional disciplines.

We have an ambitious vision to join the top 50 universities in the world by 2015 through our distinctive ability to integrate world-class research, scholarship and education.

Integrating research and learning and teaching is at the heart of our strategy. Our courses are taught by staff who are engaged in world-class research and cutting-edge professional practice.

We invest our own resources in helping organisations turn university research into world-class products and services. From the invention of the Ultracane which helps blind and visually impaired people, to a spin-out company which provides expert services and new technologies for the biopharmaceutical, defense and healthcare sectors, we are at the forefront of innovation.

Our size and international reputation enables us to offer one of the widest ranges of academic courses in the UK. During the current academic year there are over 33,223 students from 145 countries attached to 700 undergraduate and 474 postgraduate degree programmes. We have been awarded 16 National Teaching Fellowships -  more than any other English university - reflecting the excellence of our teaching.


Study Level

  • Undergraduate Students : Accepted
  • Graduate Students : NOT Accepted
  • Computer Science Majors : Accepted


One semester or one academic year. 

Students are encouraged to spend the full academic year at University of Leeds as modules in some majors, such as Mechanical Engineering, are taught over the entire academic year, and students staying for only one semester may not register for them.

Students should consider the availability of modules when determining their length of study. See "Course Contents" below for the module catalogue.

Available to Global E3 students as a fee-paying program, and not administered by IIE as part of the Global E3 program. Please see the website below, and contact the university directly for more information.


English Proficiency Test:

If the student is a non-native speaker of English, the minimum overall score of 6.0 in IELTS is required if entering in the September or January semesters. The TOEFL test is not accepted.

Students will also be required to meet the minimum scores in each language component tested.

Please be aware that some schools have their own English language requirement which are higher than our standard entry requirements.

Disciplines Available:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Computing Engineering
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering (including Biomedical Engineering)
  • Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering

Additional application materials?

In addition to the Global E³ Application, in-coming students are required to complete an application with University of Leeds.

University of Leeds' Application deadline:

  • September start: March 31st
  • January start: October 31st
Students must upload their supporting documents as part of the online application form, in one single PDF file.  Students do not need to print off the summary of their University of Leeds application form, as GE3 will have already notified the Study Abroad Office of their selected students.
When will students receive their acceptance package?

Providing the information you send is correct and complete, we aim to send you an acceptance email within four weeks of submitting your online application form. This will be followed by an acceptance pack, sent to you by airmail. The acceptance packet includes contact details for individual schools/departments, a Pre-Arrival Guide, Accommodation Guide and, Programme Dates for the academic year.


Semester Dates

  • Fall: mid-September to mid-January
  • Spring: mid-January to mid-June

Academic Calendar 

Course Contents

Course descriptions/Module catalog   |   Timetables 

Please click here for information to help incoming Study Abroad/ Exchange students choose suitable modules to study at Leeds. Note that some modules are taught over the entire academic year, and students staying for only one term may not register for them.

Workload per semester

Students must study 60 credits of modules per semester (120 in total if they are staying for the whole academic year). The number of credits each module is worth is stated within each module description.

Students may take 50 credits per semester and still be considered to be a full-time student, but must have this agreed with their home university, and be sure that this does not affect their visa status.

A 10 credit module is expected to require 100 hours of student effort to complete satisfactorily. It should be noted, however, that the module credits do not equate to the number of lecture hours per week, as is the case at some universities. This will vary between each module and your 100 hours of effort may also include attendance at tutorials, laboratory or other practical work, group work and your own private study.

Grading System

These grade conversion scales are guidelines, and are to be used at the discretion of the awarding institution.  They are by way of recommendation only and do not represent official grading scales of the University of Leeds.

Mark Recommended US Grade
70-100 A
68-69 A-
63-67 B+
58-62 B
53-57 B-
50-52 C+
45-49 C
40-44 C-
0-39 Fail

Academic Transcripts

Transcripts will be produced by the Study Abroad Office in July for students who have studied with us in the previous year. As official results are not available until July, students who have spent the first semester only with us will have to wait until the summer to receive their official transcript. Provisional transcripts will be emailed to Semester 1 only students in February and full year students will be sent instructions on how to view their provisional grades via the Student Portal.

Full information is on our website:

Additional transcript copies can be ordered (at a cost) from the Student Services Centre, using the University’s online store.


Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?

University residences are guaranteed to all Study Abroad and Exchange students who apply for accommodation online before the following deadlines:

  • September Arrival: July 1st
  • January Arrival: December 1st

Students can choose from dormitories and flats, catered or non-catered.  You will be able to apply for accommodation online after you have received your Student Identification Number. This will be sent to you in your acceptance email and by regular mail once your acceptance letter has been generated.

If you have any questions regarding accommodation, such as the best halls for your budget or needs, then the Accommodation Office will be able to offer you the best advice.

There are also many off-campus opportunities, as Leeds has no shortage of private student accommodation. Unipol is one of the safest places to start looking, due to its affiliations with the University

When can exchange students move in to the Hall of Residence?

Approximately a month before your arrival you will receive an email notification with details of your allocation. This email will also give you the exact start date of your contract. It is very important that you accept your offer of a room immediately as per the instructions in the email.

Students who wish to arrive early early can arrange temporary university accommodation through the accommodation website.


Entry Visa

Please read the following webpage for information on your visa options.

IMPORTANT: Full-year students will be issued with a "Certificate of Acceptance for Studies" (CAS) in order to apply to the UK Border Agency for a Tier 4 Visa.  Single semester students will not be issued automatically with a CAS, but can be issued with one on request. Further information will be included in your acceptance email.

If you would like more information, Please see the UK Government Visas and Immigration website.

Health Insurance & Immunizations

Leeds has no compulsory health insurance policy. Private insurance is, however, recommended - particularly if students will be studying for less than 6 months.

The NHS is publicly funded and includes services provided by family doctors (general practitioners); specialists; hospitals; dentists; the ambulance service and opticians. Some NHS services are free to everyone, some are subsidised and there are some services for which you will have to pay the full cost.

Please read the following webpage for up-to-date information on access to healthcare in the UK.


When should I arrive?

Travel, arrival, and orientation information

Is airport reception available?

Leeds provides a ‘Meet & Greet’ service from Leeds/Bradford airport, Leeds train station and Leeds Coach and Bus Statio.

Is there any bank on campus?

If you can show that you will be in the UK as a student for one year, you should be able to open a student bank account. If you will be in the UK for less than one year, you might not be able to open a student bank account, but you may be able to open an ordinary cash account at certain banks.

There are three banks near campus – HSBC, Barclays and NatWest (all opposite the Parkinson Building) and one bank on campus, Satander (in the Students' Union building). There are some differences in the type of services and the opening requirements for different accounts.


For information on managing your finances and estimated living expenses, please read the information on our information webpage.

Costs to take into account:



Local transportation

Depending on where the chosen accommodation is located, students could walk/cycle to the University or to the city.

Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery)

Personal expenses

There are no additional administration fees for students to pay on arrival.


Office responsible for incoming exchange students

Study Abroad Office



With its cosmopolitan shopping arcades, theatres, museums and café-bars, Leeds attracts visitors worldwide. By day, the city is a thriving hub for finance, law, commerce and business. By night, top clubs and restaurants pull in the crowds.

Leeds is also a city of culture in a multicultural society. Once you have admired the elegant architecture of the shopping arcades, find out what's showing in the city's theatres, museums and cinemas. ‘Opera North’, the ‘Northern Ballet Theatre’ and the ‘West Yorkshire Playhouse’ ensure a stunning line-up of entertainment each year (with affordable student tickets available for most performances.)

World cuisine is well represented in Leeds. From traditional English pub fare to funky noodle bars and stylish Indian restaurants, there’s something for every budget and palate. And with sophisticated clubs and bars, alongside annual jazz, pop and film festivals, you won’t be in bed early! The nightlife in Leeds calls out to students everywhere. Live bands and DJs play most weekends in the city and the club scene is one of the best in the UK. Even the University Union has its own club and concert halls to attract top UK groups.

Leave the city of Leeds and within a short distance you will find the beauty of the Yorkshire Moors and the spectacular scenery of the Pennine Hills – both perfect places to explore on a day trip. If you are feeling more adventurous, Leeds is ideally located in the heart of the UK for trips to both London (2.5 hours by train) and Edinburgh (3 hours). Finally, bargain prices to several European destinations from the Leeds/Bradford airport mean that students have the real possibility of exploring further afield during the holidays.

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