University of Leeds Partnership
One of Britain’s largest universities and a member of the prestigious Russell Group, Leeds boasts a vast selection of courses and an international reputation for teaching excellence. Academic highlights include a new food science program and strong STEM, particularly engineering. Your home is a city that bustles with energy—just like the university’s centrally located, self-contained campus.
Details at a Glance
Apartment/Flat, Residence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option
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To view available courses at the University of Leeds, visit the University of Leeds online course catalog and check the “search by incoming study abroad” box.
A full course load at Leeds is 60 credits for the semester (equivalent to 15 U.S. semester credit hours) and 120 credits for the year (equivalent to 30 U.S. semester credit hours).
4 University of Leeds credits = 1 U.S. semester credit hour
Most final assessments for fall semester classes are conducted online during the month of January. If you are a fall-only student and your final assessment for one or more of your classes is not available in an online format, visit Leeds Taking Assessments Abroad to find out what you need to do to take your exams back on your home campus.
Lab & Field Trip Fees
Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.
If you are applying through a subject specific agreement, then you are expected to take 50 percent of your credits in that subject area.
Many modules are taught across the full academic year. Consider your application carefully if you are applying for a single semester and are required to take modules in these subject areas: Chemical and Process Engineering, Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Languages (Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese), Law, and Mechanical Engineering. Fine Art studio modules are only taught in the fall or across the full academic year.
Leeds School of Design (DESN) requires a year of design study and generally only admits majors in art, design, or fashion. Students wishing to study core design modules must secure pre-approval by submitting a portfolio.
Fourth-year courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Master’s or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
- You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
- You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
- You must have completed at least one (1) full-time year of study at your home institution before the start of the program.
Your application to this program will require one (1) academic letter of recommendation.
Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects classes taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.
Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.
Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.
- London Pandemics–Past and Present: This event will engage you with both an historic overview and a contemporary look at concepts of community health and global health, with a particular focus on London and the pandemic. You will attend a guest lecture at the IFSA London Flagship, followed by the John Snow Cholera Tour. This tour will take you to the nearby streets of Soho to visit important sites in the story of Dr. Snow and the cholera outbreak in 1854.
- London Statue Walk: This walking tour includes stops at some of London’s most iconic statues as well as some of its most obscure, weaving in historical, cultural, literary, and political threads as it seeks to put the past into dialogue with the present.
- Homelessness in London–A Dialogue: This event will explore the realities of homelessness in London from three perspectives. First, you will participate in a dialogue with guest speakers followed by a tour of Central London developed, curated, and delivered by vulnerably housed individuals through Unseen Tours.
- City of Bath Tour: Enjoy a walking tour of historic Bath, including a visit to the Roman Baths and an afternoon tea experience at Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House.
- Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral Visits: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stonehenge is a celebrated and iconic prehistoric monument of standing stones and burial mounds in Wiltshire. Afterward, travel along to Salisbury Cathedral to view one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta.
- Dover Castle Tour: Sitting proudly atop the white cliffs of Dover and looking out over the English Channel, Dover Castle has served as a costal stronghold for more than 900 years. The site showcases its utility throughout different historical eras, from Henry II’s medieval tower and intricate network of tunnels winding behind the white cliffs, to its use as a seat of government, military planning, and wartime hospital during World War II.
- Seaside Brighton Trip: A site of significance to the 1960’s rivalries between the mods and rockers, and widely recognized as the “gay capital” of the UK, Brighton features the Palace Pier, Brighton Royal Pavilion, historic streets, and bohemian shops. End the day with fish and chips by the seaside.
- Harry Potter Studio Tour: Explore The Making of Harry Potter permanent exhibit which offers an authentic behind-the-scenes look into the making of the films along with an enchanting guest lecture.
Housing and Meals
HousingApartment/Flat, Residence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option
Leeds students have a variety of potential housing placements, ranging from on-campus residence halls to off-campus residences to off-campus shared flats (apartments) provided by university housing partners. Most feature single bedrooms, shared bathrooms, and kitchen access. Off-campus housing is typically a short walk from campus, though some locations call for a walk or bus trip of up to 20 minutes.
Several housing options feature modern spaces and extra amenities such as private bathrooms that warrant higher rent. Keep in mind that if you’re placed in more expensive housing, you will incur additional charges to cover these costs.
Only a couple of residence halls offer meal plans. Most students prepare their own meals in shared kitchens or purchase them at nearby markets, cafes, and restaurants.
Take a look at Lupton Residences, one Leeds housing option, to see what your UK home might be like:
- Location: Headingley, a suburb just 10 minutes from campus by bus and popular with many students.
- A student village of furnished flats: Five students share each flat, which have private, single bedrooms and a shared bathroom. Bedrooms have a bed, desk and chair, wardrobe, and storage. Bedding and sheets are not provided.
- Meals: No meal plan. Students prepare meals in shared kitchens or purchase food nearby. Many tell us cooking and sharing meals is a fun, social part of the day.
- Additional details: Laundry on site. Common room for socializing. Outdoor barbecue area.
- Nearby: Supermarket and bus stop around the corner. Many shops and restaurants. Headingly Stadium (home of local cricket and rugby teams). Twenty minutes by bus to Leeds city center, home of Kirkgate Market, Leeds Art Gallery, Briggate Street, and much more.