Visiting and exchange students

The following information is for visiting or exchange students (e.g. Erasmus) coming to Leeds for one or two semesters. If you are looking for courses to improve your English language skills please visit the Language Centre here.

How to apply

Before applying for a place at Leeds as visiting or exchange student, we recommend that you read through the module information below to make sure you understand what modules you can study with us. It's a good idea to apply as early as possible, as we allocate places on each module on a first come, first served basis. If you apply and some modules are already at maximum capacity you may not be able to study them. You can find information about how to apply, whether you are eligible, and this year's deadlines here.

Available modules

If you meet the requirements and there are spaces, you'll be able to study most of our modules, but there are a small number that are only available to Leeds students. This will be specified in the University's Module and Programme Catalogue: modules available to visiting and exchange students are marked 'isa'.

The requirements for each module are based on your experience of studying English at your own university. If you don't have much experience, level 1 modules will be most suitable for you. If you have more experience, level 2 and 3 modules will be more appropriate. We usually ask that you have passed 1-3 literature classes for level 2 modules, and 4 or more for level 3 modules. To make sure you get the most out of your time with us, you might find you're not accepted onto modules that are too high or low for your experience level.

Credit requirements

As a visiting or exchange student, the University normally expects you to study 60 credits each semester. If we are your parent School, then most of these should be English modules, and one should be a compulsory or 'core' English module. If we are not your parent School, then one of these should be a compulsory English module and the rest can be from other subject areas.

Since every module you study counts towards your credits and our modules are popular, if you sign up for them you must take part fully. This means you must attend all lecture and seminars and submit any work required in order to pass.


Lecture times are fixed, so be careful not to take modules that have lectures timetabled at the same time. Most modules have more than one seminar group, so if your seminars are timetabled at the same time as another of your seminars or lectures you might be able to change to another group.


For general enquiries about studying as a visiting or exchange student at Leeds, contact the Study Abroad Office here.

For enquiries about studying as a visiting or exchange student in the School of English contact Mr Burkhard Hauder here.