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 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 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: about 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


The university offers scholarships to which all international students can apply. Contact your advisor for more information. If you do not yet have a personal student advisor, please get in touch with an Across the Pond Advisor or use the form on this page to request one.


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