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Leeds, University of

The University of Leeds is one of the largest and most successful universities in the UK.  As a member of the elite Russell Group (like the Ivy League in the US), it is well known for the quality of its research, learning and teaching.  With over 500 undergraduate and 300 graduate degrees, Leeds has one of the widest ranges of courses in the UK and welcomes over 31,000 students from more than 135 different countries.

Their academic strength extends across its nine faculties. The Business, Engineering, Law and Environment disciplines are particularly world renowned, but many of its Schools also have unique selling points.  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 which is home to over 300 clubs and societies. 

The UK’s third biggest city is located in the heart of the country, 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 recognized as the UK's most important legal center outside the capital, with over 180 law firms.  The city center is vibrant and lively and home to over 1,000 shops, including the first Harvey Nichols store to open outside of London. Over 35% of the UK's internet traffic is hosted in Leeds.  The 13,000 seater Leeds Arena is the UK’s newest ‘super theater’ hosting the world’s top music and entertainment acts. The outstanding beauty of five national parks including the world famous Lake District is within easy reach. 

In terms of student satisfaction, the university has held its position as 1st in the Russell Group and 13th in the UK (from 54 UK universities) for Learning ‘overall average’ satisfaction. It was also ranked 1st in the Russell Group for several individual measures in this category including ‘virtual learning facilities’ (also 2nd in the UK and 6th in the World), ‘learning spaces’, ‘course organization’ and ‘quality lectures’.


The university’s £12.5m sports and fitness facility, The Edge, was opened in 2010, and was used by both the Chinese Olympic and Canadian Paralympic teams ahead of the London 2012 games.  The eyes of the sporting world were on Leeds once again in 2014 when the Grand Départ of the world’s most famous cycle race, the Tour de France, rolled into town.  Leeds is a sporting hub with professional soccer, rugby and cricket teams all based in the city, and there are opportunities for amateur participation across a huge range of pastimes.

The University has four libraries on campus. Our flagship library - the Brotherton Library - is one of the major academic research libraries of the UK, attracting students and scholars from around the world to its rich and extensive print, online and manuscript collections gathered during its 100-year history. The Laidlaw library is purpose build for our undergraduate students, has a variety of individual and group study spaces to suit the way you work. 

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.

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.

There is an impressive range of accommodation from modern, purpose-built apartments to converted mansions both on and off campus and guarantee university accommodation to all international students 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 34,000

Number of international students: 7,000 from 150 countries

City population: 770,000

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 one of the leading law schools in the country (ranked 8th for research) and has been providing instruction since 1899
  • 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: from £18,500 per year (2019/20) 

Accommodation cost: from £141 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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Name: Stacey Bryant - Course: MA in Global Development and Education

I am really enjoying the course as well as the city of Leeds.

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I am really enjoying the course as well as the city of Leeds....

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