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University of Leeds

Location: Leeds, England, UK
WebsiteUniversity of Leeds / Incoming study abroad blog
Language of instruction: English
Terms: Semester 1: September - January
Semester 2: January - June
An early exit option (September - December) is available on a course-by-course basis. Students can inquire about this once they have applied to the partner university

Important: UVic students studying at Leeds are expected to be enrolled in a full-time course load. Part-time exchanges are not an option.


  • The University of Leeds is one of the top 10 research universities in the UK focusing on integrating research, learning and teaching in an innovative and progressive academic environment.
  • Leeds, the fastest growing city in the UK, was named University of the Year 2017 by the Times and Sunday Times. It has also been named 2017’s 5th Best City in Europe by Lonely Planet.
  • Leeds offers top class nightlife, live music, sporting and cultural events, in the county of Yorkshire, home of the Yorkshire Dales and known for its historical attractions, amazing scenery and outdoor activities.

Area of study

  • Arts
  • Biological Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Environment
  • Mathematics and Physical Sciences
  • Performance, Visual Arts* and Communications

*Note for UVic Fine Arts students:

  • Students with a major in Art or Design who wish to take studio Fine Art or core Design modules will be asked to submit a portfolio for approval prior to submitting their online application. Please refer to the academic subject guidance on the Leeds website.   
  • The deadline for students to submit their portfolio to the School of Design and the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies for Semester 1 is 15th March.  
  • The deadline for students to submit their portfolio to the School of Design for Semester 2 is 14th October.  
  • Music performance modules are only open to incoming study abroad students who are studying music as their degree major in their home country and are taking the majority of their credits in Music at Leeds. If you wish to apply for a performance module, you need to submit a portfolio of your work.

  • You should send a recording or share one via an online platform such as YouTube. Email recordings to the Music Study Abroad Coordinator via before you apply to Leeds.

  • If you wish to study another practical discipline at level 2 or above, in Music Technology or Composition you will need to submit a portfolio or examples of your work. Again, this should include two or three pieces or examples with a different stylistic focus.

Exchange credit history

See the exchange credit history listing of courses that have been previously evaluated from the University of Leeds. Note that this is a guide only, and not a guarantee that your courses would be evaluated in the same way.


  • On-campus housing: Available and guaranteed for exchange students if you apply by the deadline. See the university's Accommodation website for details.
  • Off-campus housing: Available. See the university's Accommodation website for details.

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