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 postgraduate degrees (including more than 100 joint-honours combinations), Leeds has one of the widest ranges of courses in the UK. The 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 campus and welcomes over 38,000 students from more than 150 different countries.
Leeds is the UK’s third-largest city just 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 recognised as the UK's most important legal centre 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. 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 Centre 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.