Apply as soon as possible as enrolment is limited and allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Applying early also means you are more likely to secure a place on your first choice of modules as popular subjects are likely to fill up quickly.

How to apply

Applications for Leeds International Summer School (LISS) 2020 will open in early November. If you would like to be added to our mailing list for when applications open please contact us.


To be eligible to apply for our summer school you should:

  • have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or equivalent
  • be enrolled at a university, or be a recent graduate
  • meet our English language requirements. We accept the following qualifications and these are the minimum requirements for non-native English speakers of non EU/EEA nationality:
    • IELTS 5.5 (5.5 overall with no component lower than 5.0)
    • TOEFL (iBT) 80 (80 overall, listening and reading: 18, speaking and writing: 19)
    • TOEIC (all four components are required) listening: 400, reading: 385, speaking: 160, writing: 150

Other equivalent language test scores may also be considered, and students with extensive English language experience may be exempt - please contact us for more details. Please note we do not accept CET-4 or CET-6.

Non-native English speakers of EU/EEA nationality are expected to meet Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

If you are not sure whether you meet our entry requirements, or what the equivalencies are for your qualifications please contact us.


If you require a visa to enter the UK you will need to apply for a Short-term Study Visa to attend the summer school — a standard visa will not be accepted. Please note, however, that you should always check the immigration requirements for your country and your passport before departing for the UK. Read our visa guidance for more details.

Please ensure that you enter the UK through passport control. Please do not use the electronic ePassport gates as you will not receive the correct immigration permission stamp if you enter the UK via this method.

English language courses

If you don’t meet the above English language requirement for the International Summer School, you may be eligible to study the undergraduate pre-sessional English course taught by the Language Centre.

This course will help to:

  • prepare you with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully study with us
  • improve your academic English language skills 
  • develop your understanding of the UK University system, services and facilities

If you do meet the English language requirement for the International Summer School, you can still apply for the undergraduate pre-sessional English course. Or, you could apply for either of the following courses taught by the Language Centre:

If you apply for one of these English language courses, please tell us on your International Summer School application.