Key dates

We have two semesters that are taught over three terms. For September, orientation will begin two weeks before the start of teaching. For January, orientation will begin the week before teaching starts. Please see below for further information regarding orientation. Please see the academic calendar for examination dates and the exams and transcripts page for further information about when you will receive your transcript.


You must apply for accommodation directly with the accommodation office and meet their application deadlines:

  • September arrival: apply by 1 July  
  • January arrival: apply by 1 December

If you will be studying at Leeds for Semester 1 only, you will be offered an accommodation contract that finishes during the middle of the January exam period. When the exam timetable has been published, you can contact the accommodation office to apply to extend your contract if you need to include any additional time up until the end of the semester.

If you will be studying at Leeds for Semester 2 only, you will be arriving during our semester one examination period. This means that you may not be able to move into your room straight away. If this is the case, you will be offered temporary accommodation when you first arrive while your room is prepared.

Immigration and visa advice

It is important that you think about immigration before you make any travel plans. Please read our Visas for study abroad, exchange and summer school webpage for full information.

Preparing to study with us

We recommend you look at the Prepare for Success website to help familiarise yourself with the UK education system, which may be different from what you are used to at your home university.

Our skills@library workshops and resources can help you develop academic skills while you are studying with us.


You should register online before you arrive in Leeds. This is a separate process to module enrolment. We will send you details of how to register about a month before you arrive in Leeds. Registration is a two step process:

  1. Complete the online registration steps
  2. Have your identity checked once you arrive in Leeds. 

Once you have completed both of these steps, you can collect your student ID card. View general information about registration


When you arrive you will need to attend a 'Study Abroad, Exchange and Erasmus+ Orientation Meeting' and a 'Parent School Welcome Meeting'. We will email you before you arrive with further information about specific dates and times of the orientation activities.

For students starting in January 2020, we recommend that you arrive on 23 January. 

View key dates and the orientation programme

Find out more about arriving in Leeds and view our general welcome information for international students. You can also contact a current University of Leeds student to find out about life in Leeds.