University of Leeds
Leeds, England, UNITED KINGDOM
University Info | Faculty of Engineering Info | Exchange Student Info
- The University of Leeds is The Times and The Sunday Times University of the Year 2017!
- A wide variety of modules are available in 8 faculties, and dedicated Study Abroad Coordinators provide advice in each School.
- We have a city centre campus and one of the best student unions in the UK.
- Leeds is a vibrant and multi-cultural city with a wide variety of shops, restaurants, nightlife and tourist attractions.
- Leeds is surrounded by stunning countryside and is just 2 hours by train from London / 3 hours by train from Edinburgh.
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.
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 32,000 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.
Terms of Exchange
- Undergraduate students: Accepted
- Graduate students: NOT Accepted
- Computer Science majors: Accepted
- Students must have the equivalent of a 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale.
- Students must have completed at least 1 academic year (2 semesters) of study by the time they start their exchange at Leeds.
English Proficiency Requirements
If the student is a non-native speaker of English, the minimum overall score of 6.0 overall in IELTS and 5.5 in each component is the standard entry requirement.
Please see our website for information regarding schools which have a higher language requirement, other tests that we can accept and pre-sessional English courses.
Standard Language Requirement:
- IELTS: 6.0 Overall (5.5 minimum in all bands)
- TOEFL (iBT): 87 Overall (20 in Listening and Reading, 21 in Writing, 22 in Speaking)
Fall, Spring, or 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.
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
- Fall: mid-September to mid-January
- Spring: mid-January to mid-June
If you are a Semester 1 (fall) only student and the examinations in January will clash with teaching at your home institution, you can apply to take your University of Leeds exams at your home institution. More information on the process and fee can be found on the personalised exam arrangements website (See the section titled "Exchange Students Studying in Semester 1 Only").
- Civil Engineering
- Computing Engineering
- Electronic and Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering (including Biomedical Engineering)
- Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering
Restricted Disciplines and Courses
- Students must come to Leeds for the full year (Semester 1 & 2) to study these subjects: Chemical and Process Engineering Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering.
- Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Architecture are not open to study for incoming study abroad students.
Course Descriptions: Module Catalogue | Schedule of Classes
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.
- Students must take at least 50% of their courses in the College of Engineering.
- If you are applying through a subject specific agreement then you are expected to take around 50% of your credits in that subject area. If you are applying through a non-subject specific agreement then you can apply for any module that is marked as being suitable for incoming study abroad students (‘isa’ in the module catalogue), so long as your home university also approves this.
- Please see website full guidance concerning enrolment.
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.
Additional Application Materials
Students nominate by IIE to Leeds 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.
Recommendation letter from a professor or academic staff:
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 packet, 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.
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
Estimated Cost of Living
Budget and Costs
Local transportation – Depending on where the chosen accommodation is located, students could walk/cycle to the University or to the city.
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Study Abroad Office | firstname.lastname@example.org
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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