About the programme

Experience the vibrant, student friendly city of Leeds and explore the rich history, culture and natural beauty of the area. The summer school combines world-class tuition with academic field trips. Leeds International Summer School also includes social activities and cultural excursions. 

Our next summer school will run 4 July to 1 August 2020. 

If you are unable to attend for the full summer school you have the opportunity to join the wider group for two weeks of the programme:

Block one will run 4 - 18 July 2020 or block two will run 19 July - 1 August 2020.

To get an idea of what the programme includes you can view the draft schedule and read about previous students' experiences

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What’s included

Academic modules

You will choose one or two modules from a diverse range of subject areas, and earn up to 20 University of Leeds credits (equivalent to six US credits or 10 ECTS).

Field trips

Through experiential learning and field trips, you will spend lots of time outside of the classroom. You will enjoy hands-on learning that will give you insights into British culture, history and society. Each module includes at least one field trip to support what you have learned in the classroom. Destinations include Castle Howard in York, the BBC at MediaCity UK, the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth and the cities of Manchester and Liverpool. Download our excursions, trips and socials guide.

Cultural excursions and social events

The summer school has a busy social programme to help you make the most of your time in Leeds as well as further afield. All of the activities listed below are included in the programme fee:

  • orientation activities and socials
  • one full-day excursion per week
  • a half-day excursion to Harewood House
  • a farewell social

If you attend the full four-week programme, the excursions will include York, Newcastle, the Yorkshire Dales and Whitby. If you attend the two-week programme (either block one or block two), the excursions will include York and Whitby. 

There are social assistants who will live in the accommodation with you during the summer school. The social assistants will organise low-cost or free evening and weekend social activities. They will also provide support, knowledge of the local area and a friendly face throughout the programme.


As a summer school student, you will usually live in University accommodation such as Charles Morris (Dobree and Whetton Houses), Lyddon Hall, Ellerslie or Henry Price. These halls of residence are conveniently located on the University campus. You will have the privacy of your own room and share bathroom, kitchen and dining facilities with other summer school students. 

Breakfast and lunch is included from Monday to Friday. The kitchens have cooking facilities, but if you don’t feel like cooking for yourself there are lots of catering outlets on campus. There are also cafes and restaurants near to the University and in the city centre, so there’s plenty of choice.

If you will attend the full 4-week programme or block one only, you are expected to arrive at your allocated accommodation on Saturday 4 July and classes start on Monday 6 July.

If you will attend block two only, you are expected to arrive at your allocated accommodation on Sunday 19 July and classes start on Monday 20 July. 

Sport and wellbeing

Premium membership of our sports and fitness facilities is included in the LISS programme. Whatever your level of fitness, the University provides excellent opportunities to keep healthy and get active. The Edge is our flagship indoor facility providing excellent fitness, sport and wellbeing opportunities, all located on campus. Facilities include:

  • 250-station state-of-the-art fitness suite – complete with the latest Technogym equipment and Sky TV
  • 25m, eight-lane swimming pool 
  • sauna and steam room
  • squash courts
  • three studios offering over 70 classes per week – covering everything from yoga and Pilates to circuits and group cycle
  • climbing wall