Many academic schools or departments have specific requirements for incoming study abroad and exchange (ISA) students who want to enrol on their modules. Before researching the module catalogue please look through the list below to make sure you are eligible to take modules in those schools.

If you have any questions about modules in your academic subject please contact the representative for the University school.

Biological Sciences (BIOL, BIOC, BLGY, BMSC, FOBS, MICR, SPSC)

Availability: Incoming Study Abroad students are usually able to take the modules they apply for; or alternative choices are available.

Additional costs: Some modules may include optional or compulsory fieldwork that you may need to pay for (in addition to your tuition fee, if applicable). The teaching school will tell you about these costs in advance.

You cannot take certain modules if they overlap in their content or assessment. Please use the table below to guide you. You cannot take any modules that are in the same row together:

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4

BIOC3111

BIOL3112

MICR3120

BIOC3221

BIOL3210

MICR3211

BIOC3231

BIOC3232

BIOL3211

MICR3212

BIOL3215

BIOL3211

MICR3212

BMSC1110

SPSC1220

BMSC1210

SPSC1222

BMSC2118

BMSC2123

BMSC3143

BMSC3144

BMSC3145

BMSC3146

BMSC3233

BMSC3234

BMSC3235

BMSC3236

FOBS1135

BIOL1112

BLGY1115

FOBS1201

BIOL1214

FOBS1201

MICR1220

MICR1120

MICR1125

SPSC2302

BMSC2216

SPSC2304

SPSC2213

SPSC2309

SPSC2131

Business Faculty (LUBS)

Availability: Modules are in high demand.

Language requirement: You must have attained the higher entry requirement by the time you apply to Leeds or have completed a relevant pre-sessional language course.

If you study Business or a related subject as your degree major, your place on a LUBS module will be prioritised.

Chemistry (CHEM)

Availability: Incoming Study Abroad students are usually able to take the modules they apply for; or alternative choices are available.

If you are applying for a laboratory work module, you must apply for one that is specifically designed for exchange students. These are modules CHEM24X5 or CHEM34X5.

Civil Engineering and Architecture Engineering (CIVE)

Availability: Modules are in high demand.

Additional costs: Modules may involve field work or the purchase of safety equipment that you may need to pay for (in addition to your tuition fee if applicable). The teaching school will tell you about these costs in advance.

In order to take architectural engineering modules, you must be studying Architectural Engineering as a degree, or a comparable degree, and be able to evidence a strong mathematical background.

Any questions about these modules should be made to the School Study Abroad Coordinator.

Dentistry (DSUR)

These modules are only available for students on specific Dentistry exchange programmes.

School of Design (DESN)

Availability: Modules are in high demand.

Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing modules are taught across the full year so not suitable if you are coming to Leeds for a single semester.

Please read carefully the School of Design Module Selection Guides for Incoming Study Abroad Students to find out more about the types of modules available. You must submit a portfolio when applying for a core Design module.

There are two types of module: discovery (identified as ‘d’ in the module catalogue) and core modules.

To study core Design modules, you will need at least one year’s experience of studying Design in your home university and your degree or degree major should correspond to one of our programmes from the following list:

  • Art and Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Fashion Technology
  • Graphic and Communication Design
  • Textile Design

You must submit a portfolio when applying for a code Design module.

How to submit your portfolio for Core Design modules

Before you can apply for a core module you must submit an electronic portfolio.

  • This should be a maximum of 15 images of your work in either one PDF or on a single website.
  • The images should show us a range of your work. This helps us to decide if you have the right experience and which of our disciplines would be most suitable for you. 
  • Please email your portfolio or link to your portfolio directly to the Design Study Abroad Coordinator.  
  • If we approve your portfolio, we will email to tell you which core discipline we recommend you to study, as well as discovery modules which may support your studies. You will need this information to complete the study abroad application. 
  • If we do not approve your portfolio, please understand that this is not a judgement on the quality of your work. Our decisions are based on whether your practice is suitable for our particular programme of study.

English Literature and Language (ENGL)

Availability: Modules are in high demand.

Language requirement: You must have attained the higher entry requirement by the time you apply to Leeds or have completed a relevant pre-sessional language course. 

If you study English Literature or English Language as your degree major, your place on an English module will be prioritised. You must include either a level 1 or core module in your application.

You can check if a module is level 1 or core in the module catalogue.

Core modules at level two or three are:

  • Power of Language ENGL2023 
  • Language in Society ENGL2024 
  • Medieval Literature ENGL2025 
  • 18th Century Literature ENGL2027 
  • Literature of the Romantic Period ENGL2028 
  • Renaissance Literature ENGL2029 
  • Modern Literature ENGL3024 
  • Postcolonial Literature ENGL3025 
  • Contemporary Literature ENGL3026 
  • Shakespeare ENGL3027 
  • Victorian Literature ENGL3289 
  • American Words, American Worlds ENGL3290

English Language Modules (ELU)

Availability: Incoming Study Abroad students are usually able to take the modules they apply for; or alternative choices are available.

Our Language Centre English language modules are open to all incoming study abroad students with English as a second language:

  • English for Communication - ELU1002 and ELU1003 (Semester 1, Semester 2)
  • English or Academic Study - ELU 2002 and ELU 2003 (Semester 1, Semester 2)
  • Using Writing - ELU1004 (Semester 1 only)
  • Language through Literature and Place: Reading Yorkshire - ELU2006 (Semester 1 only)
  • English through Interpersonal Communication - ELU2004 (Semester 1, Semester 2)

You can find more information on the Language Centre website.

Fine art, history of art and cultural studies (artf and cult)

Availability: Incoming Study Abroad students are usually able to take the modules they apply for; or alternative choices are available.

Language requirement: You must have attained the higher entry requirement by the time you apply to Leeds or have completed a relevant pre-sessional language course. 

There are two types of module: theoretical Art History or Cultural Studies and Studio modules.

You do not need to submit a portfolio for theoretical Art History or Cultural Studies modules. You must submit a portfolio for Studio modules (ARTF2040 and ARTF2001). You can find out how to do this below.

Studio modules

ARTF2040 is a full-year studio module, ARTF2001 is taught in Semester 1.

There are no studio modules available for Semester 2 only.

This section will give you an understanding of what and how you will study with us. This is important because the term ‘art’ may be used differently in your home country.

Fine Art at Leeds does not include design or applied art. The Fine Art programme at Leeds is focused on the production, display and analysis of contemporary art and related social issues. The programme is especially suitable if you wish to develop your art practice in a contemporary and experimental direction.

You will be introduced to the complex nature of contemporary art practice, in a variety of media, and develop critical and analytical skills. You will be able to work in a range of methods on our studio modules including film, video, photography, print performance and digital media. Because of space constraints we cannot offer dedicated studio spaces for painting or sculpture.

For further information about the study of Fine Art at University of Leeds please read the Fine Art Module Descriptions in the Module Catalogue and the School of Fine Art website.

How to submit your portfolio

Before you can apply for a Fine Art Studio module (ARTF2040 or ARTF2001) you must submit an electronic portfolio.

  • This should be a maximum of 15 images of your work in either one PDF or on a single website.
  • The images need to show a range of your technical and conceptual abilities. It should show us which direction you would like to take your art practice and research into if you come to Leeds.
  • We want to see the work you are most committed to, not necessarily the work that received the highest grades.
  • Please email your portfolio or link to your portfolio directly to: portfolio@leeds.ac.uk
  • Once you have sent us your electronic portfolio we will make a decision within 2-3 weeks. If you have not heard from us after three weeks please get in touch with us.
  • If you are approved then you can apply via the Study Abroad application form.
  • If we do not approve your portfolio, please understand that this is not a judgement on the quality of your work. Our decisions are based on whether your practice is suitable for our particular programme of study.

Geography (GEOG)

Availability:  Incoming Study Abroad students are usually able to take the modules they apply for; or alternative choices are available.

Additional costs: Some modules may include optional or compulsory fieldwork that you may need to pay for (in addition to your tuition fee if applicable). The teaching school will tell you about these costs in advance.

You may need to pay for modules involving overseas fieldwork before enrolment.

Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied (IDEA)

IDEA modules are not taught across the full semester like other modules. They are taught in more intense teaching sessions over fewer weeks. Sessions are run weekly on a specific day, either morning or afternoon.

For this reason, we will need to check that they fit with the rest of your module timetable.

Please note, we do not release IDEA module marks until November.

This means we cannot include them in the transcript we give you in July (the official document which lists your modules taken and grades achieved). 

Languages Cultures and Societies (ARAB, EAST, FREN, GERM, ITAL, MODL, SLAV, SPPO)

Our modules in modern languages (MODL) are open to all incoming study abroad students.

All our other modules are only open to incoming study abroad students studying languages in their home country.

If you wish to be accepted onto any module that is not beginner’s level, you must complete a questionnaire:

You must send your completed questionnaire to the Study Abroad Office with your other supporting documents.

Languages for all (FLTU language modules)

Taking a Languages for All module gives you the chance to improve your practical language skills and develop your cultural awareness. We offer up to five language levels from complete beginners to advanced.

To enrol on a Languages for All module, you need to first read the Common European Framework guide then complete a questionnaire:

You must upload your completed questionnaire to your online application with your other supporting documents.

Law

Availability: Modules are in high demand.

Language requirement: You must have attained the higher entry requirement by the time you apply to Leeds or have completed a relevant pre-sessional language course. 

The majority of Law modules are taught across the full year, if you want to study for a single semester, please check there are enough modules running in the semester you want to apply for. You can use the module catalogue to check.

If you study Law as your degree major, your place on a Law module will be prioritised.

Linguistics and Phonetics (LING)

Availability: Incoming Study Abroad students are usually able to take the modules they apply for; or alternative choices are available.

Language requirement: You must have attained the higher entry requirement by the time you apply to Leeds or have completed a relevant pre-sessional language course. 

Media and Communication (COMM)

Availability: modules are in high demand.

If you study Media and Communications as your degree major, your place on a Media and Communications module will be prioritised.

If your degree major is in any other subject and you wish to study a Media and Communications module, your request will be considered in September (for semester one) or January (for semester two), after students who major in Media and Communications choices have been allocated module places.

Level 1 modules

We look at level 1 module enrolment requests for semester 1 students in mid-August, and for semester 2 students in December.

We will get in touch with you to confirm if you have been successful shortly before the start of the semester.

Music (MUSS)

Our performance modules are only open to incoming study abroad students who are studying music as their degree major in their home country and are taking the majority of their credits in Music at Leeds. 

If you wish to apply for a performance module, you need to submit a portfolio of your work.

How to submit your portfolio 

  • You should send a recording or share one via an online platform such as YouTube. This should be shared with the Music Study Abroad Coordinator before you apply or alongside your application to Leeds. 
  • It should be a minimum of 10 minutes, preferably 15 in length, comprising at least two or three pieces in different styles or periods.

If you wish to study another practical discipline at level 2 or above, in Music Technology or Composition you will need to submit a portfolio or examples of your work, again, two or three pieces or examples with a different stylistic focus.

You do not need to submit a portfolio for academic School of Music modules.

Please contact the Music Study Abroad Coordinator if you need further guidance.