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Education Abroad Office

University of Leeds

Area: Global Exchange
Location: Leeds
Country: England
Term: Spring, Fall, Academic Year

USC's exchange program in England is designed to help American students gain first hand knowledge of British culture. This program is located in Leeds, England, two hours north west of London by rail. Leeds, a vibrant and successful city prospering in areas of finance, business and media, is also a culturally rich city whose citizens represent 75 different nationalities.

Students will attend the University of Leeds, renowned world-wide for its quality teaching and research and as a center of excellence in academic and professional disciplines. The program at the University of Leeds offers a full range of courses. Students take classes with British and other international students.

Cost: USC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: 3.0 GPA

Students on an exchange program will pay tuition directly to USC. Housing, books, meals, and personal expenses will be paid in Leeds. The UK is an expensive place to study abroad due to the weak exchange rate between the Great British Pound and the US Dollar. Students can expect to pay between £823-£1,190 (approx. $1025-1500) per month on living expenses

The University of Leeds offers a full curriculum* for international students. Students typically earn 15 credits hours per semester. Students can take courses in all fields of study, so long as they are marked as "ISA" in the course cataloge. Students must note that some courses may be marked as "semester 1 and 2", this means that it runs for the full year. Only students who attend Leeds for the full year are eligible for these courses. 

*Students looking to take courses in the area of Psychology and/or Media and Communication studies must be prepared to take most, if not all of their courses outside of those areas of study as the class capacity is very limited for study abroad students.

To see courses USC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

Students also have the opportunity for individual travel. Thanks to its central location in the UK, Leeds is equipped with punctual train and bus links, making it an excellent base from which to explore the rest of the UK as well as Europe. Moreover, due to its growing popularity, Leeds offers much to do within the city including plenty of local restaurants and shops, national sports teams, parks, live music venues, museums and galleries, and theaters. The University of Leeds also offers sport facilities and organizations for students use. 

Per university policy, all USC students will be charged for  emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance of  for their time abroad. Students will be enrolled in this insurance by the education abroad office prior to their departure. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details. 

 University accommodation is guaranteed at Leeds for all exchange students who apply before the deadlines (1st July for September start; 1st December for January start). Students can choose to live in catered or self-catering University residences located either on or off campus. Housing costs, which may or may not include board depending on the housing option chosen, are paid to the University of Leeds. 

Classes at the University of Leeds run on a different schedule to that of USC. Students studying at Leeds the fall will arrive in late September to start courses in early October and depart in mid Janurary*.  Spring courses begin in mid-January and end in May or early June. Academic year students will arrive in late September to start classes in October and stay until June. 


*students seeking to study abroad for only the fall term only are welcome to take their examinations at USC in Janurary with a proctor from the USC education abroad office, however students must gain approval from Leeds in order to do this. Please contact the education abroad office to gain more information. 

 Leeds offers a welcome week full of activities for incoming international students. Information on the local area, the university, and other important details will be provided during these sessions.

U.S. citizens who attend the University of Leeds for one semester (less than 6 months) do not need to apply for a visa in advance. You will receive a Student Visitor visa at the airport. Students studying for the full academic year will need to apply for the PBS Tier Four General Student visa. Please contact the Education Abroad Office if you have questions. 



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