The University of Leeds was established in 1904 and is one of the biggest higher education institutions in the UK. We are also one of the UK’s top ten research institutions and are well known throughout the world for our quality of teaching and research. Student facilities on campus are second to none, with an award-winning Students’ Union, one of the largest libraries in the UK and Olympic-standard sports facilities.
The University’s convenient single-site campus is just 10 minutes’ walk from Leeds city center. It’s a vibrant and popular city, famous for its fabulous shopping, nightlife and live music scene, with great transport links.
Whether you like the city or country life, Leeds can offer the best of both worlds. The city is surrounded by areas of outstanding natural beauty, with the famous national parks of the Yorkshire Dales, the Peak District and the Lake District easily accessible from Leeds. Cities of historic and cultural interest lie on its doorstep too, including York, Manchester and Whitby. It’s also a great place from which to travel around the UK, with London only 2 hours and Edinburgh only 3 hours away by train, and an international airport a short distance outside of the city.
If you’d like to find out more about the city of Leeds and the county of Yorkshire, visit Welcome to Yorkshire
Exchange students at Leeds are fully integrated into the academic and social life of the University. U.S. students may take classes across the curriculum from four different departments, and all classes are modularized. The normal load is 120 Leeds credits per year, or 60 per semester. Most modules earn either 10 or 20 credits. All exchange students are assigned a personal tutor, usually from the department in which they have selected the majority of modules, who will be able to advise on academic and other matters.
Students who wish to study at Leeds in the Fall semester only should note that the Fall exam period is the second and third week in January and you must stay at (or return to) Leeds to take the exams.
The University of Leeds has an impressive range of accommodation to cater for different tastes and budgets, from modern, purpose built apartments to converted mansion houses. Many residences offer en-suite rooms, and utility bills and internet connections are included in the rent. Students choose between self-catering accommodation and catered halls of residence. Leeds has an extensive Student Support Network to help with all aspects of campus life.