Leeds, the third largest city in the United Kingdom, is situated on the banks of the River Aire in northern England, within easy reach of the natural beauties of the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors, and the Pennines. Leeds is the historic hub for the country's manufacturing industry and textile trade as well as the cultural, sporting and shopping center for much of the Airedale region. The central location of the city in West Yorkshire provides easy access to the rest of Great Britain; London is only 2 ½ hours away and Edinburgh 3 hours by train. Leeds is noted for its extensive parks and open spaces. The city center is a mix of modern and traditional architecture with contemporary commercial and shopping precincts standing next to Victorian and Tudor buildings.
The University of Leeds was named UK University of the Year 2017 by The Times and The Sunday Times' Good University Guide. About 28,000 students attend Leeds, making it one of the largest universities in the United Kingdom. The University of Leeds is also one of the oldest institutions in England, having its origins in the Yorkshire College of Science and Leeds Medical School of 1874. The active Leeds University Student Union oversees more than 50 sport clubs and over 150 social, cultural, departmental and international organizations which exchange students are welcome to join. Possible fields of study range from arts and social sciences to the physical sciences, textiles and engineering. Find out more and review the Leeds Fact Sheet for a better glimpse into all Leeds offers.
Accommodations on campus include student apartment buildings with shared kitchen facilities, or in some instances, residence halls with a 'catered' meal option. Students also have the option to live off-campus in private or University-owned student lodging. To get a sense of what you can expect from your accommodations, check out this page.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Fall semester applicants only: The normal final examination period at Leeds occurs in mid-January. Fall only applicants must make special arrangements in order to take their Leeds examinations overseas. Alternatively, students may be able to choose modules (courses) that are coursework only, and therefore do not have January exams. Most examinations can be taken overseas, though the Overseas Exams team cannot organize group presentations, oral presentations, or lab work to be taken overseas. There may be a small cost associated with arranging overseas examination, which students are responsible for arranging with the assistance of the Leeds Overseas Exams team.
Leeds is a large, comprehensive university which offers a wealth of academic courses. Students should begin by reading the Leeds guide to researching "modules" (courses). Be sure to note the "School-Specific Guidance," as not all subject areas are available to exchange students. Access the Leeds Module Catalogue to find course descriptions and be sure to check the "incoming study abroad" box to filter by courses available to visiting students. A full-time semester course load is 60 Leeds credits. To see how this transfers to NC State credit refer to the credit equivalency guidelines for NC State and Leeds.
The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved for NC State students at University of Leeds. Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department. This list is not inclusive. Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad. Please refer to the academic information on the host university website for all courses available to study abroad students.
Summer School at Leeds
The University of Leeds offers a summer school during the month of July. You have the opportunity to earn academic transfer credit, while experiencing British University life and culture. The program fee includes tuition, on-campus accommodation, social activities, field trips, and full gym membership. There is a program fee reduction for early application submission. Additional program details, including available modules and scholarship information is located on the Leeds International Summer School (LISS) webpage. Check out their video, and if you have questions email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Before completing the LISS program application, you must complete the Non-NC State: NC State Student Application for Summer & Short-Term Programs.
Students who enter the UK with a U.S. Passport will study under one of two visa categories. Students studying for a maximum of six months, and who WILL NOT be performing any kind of paid or unpaid work, work placement, or work experience during their studies will enter with the short-term student visa (most students fall into this category). Students who will study more than six months, or students who study less than six months but will work or intern in the UK are required to have a tier 4 visa. Your host institution will provide you with further visa instructions and procedures only after you have received their letter of official acceptance. Review the link below for further student visa information.
Applying for a UK Student Visa
The estimated cost of attendance is shown in the budget sheets link at the top of this page. Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of study abroad. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship, and check out other ideas for funding study abroad. Additionally, Leeds has provided a cost of living guide to help you prepare and budget for your time abroad.
Additional scholarships for study in the UK are available through the UK-BUTEX organization.
University of Leeds Academic Calendar
Approximate start date | mid-September
Approximate end date | mid-January
**Under specific circumstances, students may be eligible to study at Leeds during the fall semester only. See Academics section above for further details and requirements.
Approximate start date | late January
Approximate end date | early June
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details.