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University of Leeds

As a member of the elite Russell Group (like the Ivy League in the US), The University of Leeds is well known for the quality of its research, learning and teaching. It was awarded Gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), is a World Top 100 University (QS World Rankings, 2019) and are a top 40 most international university (Times Higher Education 2019).

With over 500 undergraduate and 300 graduate degrees (including more than 100 joint-honours combinations), Leeds has one of the widest ranges of courses in the UKThe University is based on a single campus, 10 minutes’ walk from the city center with one of the liveliest Students’ Unions in the UK - home to over 300 clubs and societies. It is a truly international campusand welcomes over 38,000 students from more than 150 different countries. 

Leeds is the UK’s third largest cityjust two hours by train from London.  Leeds/Bradford Airport connects the city to many destinations throughout Europe and the larger Manchester Airport is just 90 minutes away by train. Leeds is the UK's largest center for financial and business services outside London, and is also recognized as the UK's most important legal center outside the capital, with over 180 law firms. Well located in the centre of the country, Leeds is within each reach of five national parks including the world famous Lake District.

The University combines outstanding teaching and world-class research in an affordable city location, offering an excellent student experience.  

Support for international students

With a history of welcoming international students for over 100 years, our support is far reaching and all encompassing. We offer many pre-arrival services including immigration advice, the chance to meet us at events in-country as well as offering free advice through our representatives. The Link to Leeds Ambassador Scheme gives prospective students the opportunity to talk to current University of Leeds students about their experiences and to ask questions about what it’s like to live in Leeds. Ambassadors can be contacted by email, instant messaging, Skype, Facebook or Twitter. There are also regular live chats. The support we provide continues once you’re in Leeds and throughout your time studying with us. We host an international week with a host of induction activities and social events to help you settle in.

The Careers Center supports students to help them decide, plan and compete in a global graduate job market. This is done through a range of activities. They offer drop-in sessions, guidance appointments, mock interviews, and online guidance to support students in making decisions and developing the skills to make successful applications to work or for further study. They also have a resources room with up to date information to support students in making decisions, planning their future and competing with other graduates in the labour market. There is also a specific service for international students which helps them explore information about occupations, industry sectors, and employers, both in the UK and their country of origin.


There is an impressive range of student housing, from modern, purpose-built apartments to converted period properties both on and off campus. We guarantee University accommodation to all international fee payers who apply before the deadline of 1 July.

If you are interested in applying to the University of Leeds, please get in touch with our Across the Pond Advisors for free support and guidance.

Student population: over 38,000

Number of international students: 9,000 from over 150 countries

City population: 850,000

Location: North of England – two hours by train from London

Closest airports: Leeds/Bradford and Manchester

Date of establishment: 1904

Areas of expertise:

  • Business School – triple accredited and one of the top European schools with a global alumni of 21,000 from 136 countries
  • Politics/International Relations – one of the UK’s largest schools where you can study up to date topics of global relevance
  • Law - The School of Law is top 10 in the UK (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2019) and is 4thfor research impact (REF 2014)
  • Psychology - Many of our academics have strong links with the British Psychological Society and many collaborate with institutions world-wide in conducting cutting-edge research.
  • History - The School of History is one of the largest in the UK and a leading center for ground-breaking historical research and innovative teaching covering an exceptional chronological, geographic and thematic range; from the earliest medieval times to the present day
  • Biological, Biomedical and Sport Science – The Faculty of Biological Sciences is one of the leading life sciences faculties in the UK, offering an array of broad and specialist courses. A £17m investment has given us some of the best research facilities available and you’ll be taught by world leaders in their fields.

Cost of tuition per year: ask your Across the Pond advisor for details about tuition fees

Accommodation cost: from £88-197 per week

Notable alumni:

  • Media: Richard Quest from CNN
  • Sport: Olympic Triathlon Gold Medallist Alistair Brownlee
  • Arts: Singer Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Actor Chris Pine whilst playing Captain Kirk in the recent Star Trek movies
  • Astronaut Piers Sellers, a member of the 2002 Space Shuttle Atlantis crew

Leeds Students are Sought by Top Employers

The University of Leeds has recently been named one of the top ten universities targeted by top employers, such as Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, and the NHS.  

New Rail and Transport Courses at the University of Leeds

The University of Leeds is now offering some exciting new course for 2019 entry:

  • MSc Railway Operations, Management and Policy
  • MSc Railway Engineering with Project Management
  • MSc Transport Infrastructure: Design and Construction

Additionally, a new course in government: 

Across the Pond Partners Shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Awards 2018

Across the Pond is excited to celebrate the achievements of several of our partners who have been shortlisted in the 2018 Higher Education Awards by the Times in the below categories. We're rooting for all of them!

Leeds – Lonely Planet’s 5th Best City in Europe

We at Across The Pond knew that the city of Leeds is one of the best student cities in the UK, but we are pleased to see that Lonely Planet agrees and in fact considers Leeds one of the top 5 best cities in Europe. 

Boasting coffee shops, festivals, a carnival, trendy restaurants, boutiques and a buzzing art scene, students in the north of England have no shortage of entertainment options when they need a break from their studies.

Generous Scholarships at Leeds

The University of Leeds’ highly-regarded Institute for Transport Studies is offering very generous scholarships for a number of their Master’s courses.  These scholarships are worth up to 50% of tuition and international students are eligible to receive this funding.

Leeds Academics among the Best of the Best

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NFTS) is an award given to academics in higher education for their achievement in both learning and teaching.  It celebrates and awards professors who excel in these two areas. To date, twenty-four academics at the University of Leeds have received this nomination, which represents one of the highest tallies of this award at any one university.

New Language Learning Opportunities at Leeds

Understanding that today’s students may want to learn a language in addition to their studies, the University of Leeds has recently launched two new schemes which expand the language learning opportunities available to students at the university. 

Considering an Offer from Leeds?

If you have or are hoping to receive an offer from the University of Leeds, you might be interested in their Ambassador Scheme. This program provides international offer holders with an opportunity to talk to current University of Leeds students about their experiences and to ask questions about what it's like to study in Leeds.

University of Leeds updates their Graduate Design Programs

The University of Leeds announces revised and expanded course options for its design programs at the graduate level. Specialisms include Branding Design, Digital and Interactive Design, Graphic Design, Information Design, Instructional Design, Service Design, and Typographic Design.

Students interested in textiles and/or fashion should consider Leeds's Master's programs in Fashion Enterprise and Society; Textile Innovation and Branding; or Textiles (with a design technology pathway).

New awards to University of Leeds

If you’re entrepreneurial and looking for a university to develop those skills, look no further than the University of Leeds. This university was just awarded two prestigious prizes in November 2015: the National Award for University Entrepreneurship (The Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship) and 'Entrepreneurial University of the Year' (Times Higher Education Awards 2015).

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