About the programme

Our next summer school will run in 2021. The tentative dates are 3 - 31 July (block one: 3 - 17 July, block two: 18 - 31 July). Please contact us to be added to our mailing list.

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. 

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

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 usually includes at least one field trip to support what you have learned in the classroom. Previous 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 
  • a farewell social

Previous excursions include visits to York, Newcastle, the Yorkshire Dales, Whitby and Harewood House

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.

Please note, the details of the cultural excursions and social events are still to be confirmed for summer 2021. Further information will be available when applications open later this year. All activities will take place in line with health and safety requirements.  


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 3 July and classes start on Monday 5 July.

If you will attend block two only, you are expected to arrive at your allocated accommodation on Sunday 18 July and classes start on Monday 19 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