Many academic schools or departments have specific requirements for incoming study abroad and exchange 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)

  • Some modules may include optional or compulsory fieldwork that you may need to pay for (in addition to your tuition fee). We 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











































Civil Engineering - Architecture (CIVE)

BA or BSc architecture students will not be accepted onto architectural engineering modules within the School of Civil Engineering. In order to take architectural engineering modules, applicants should be studying Architectural Engineering as a degree, or be studying 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)

Please read carefully the School of Design Module Selection Guides for Incoming Study Abroad Students. These guides explain the core modules available to incoming study abroad students.

A portfolio is required unless it is as a discovery module: identified as ‘d’ within the module catalogue.

Students wishing 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 major should correspond to one of our programmes. We understand that Design degrees can be different around the world and you may have studied various different disciplines.

If you study with us, you will need to choose one discipline or programme from the following list: Art and Design Fashion Design Fashion Marketing Fashion Technology Graphic and Communication Design Textile Design Please read the undergraduate programme descriptions on our website for more information about what you can study on each of the above programmes.

Portfolio submission for Core Design modules

Before applying for any core module you must submit an electronic portfolio of recent work, containing a maximum of 15 images in one PDF. Your portfolio 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. We will make a decision within 2-3 weeks.

Please email your portfolio or a link to your portfolio 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 (ENGL)

Please note that if you are attending through a study abroad agreement that covers a different school to the School of English, for example through Modern Languages, you may only be able to take two modules maximum at the School of English.

You are also generally only able to take level 1 or level 3 modules – not a combination of both. Students will need to select either a level 1 module (eg Poetry, Prose or Drama) or at least one of the following core modules before being able to take other modules in the School of English:

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

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

We have two Fine Art studio modules . You must submit a portfolio for these (detailed below). No portfolio is required for any of our other modules which are either Art History or Cultural Studies. 

Studio modules

ARTF2040 is a full year studio module. ARTF2001 is a Semester 1 studio module. There are no studio modules available for Semester 2 only.

This section will give you an understanding of what studying Fine Art at the University of Leeds means. This is important because the term ‘art’ may be used differently in your home country.

The Fine Art programme at Leeds is different to general and applied arts programmes. It 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.

Fine Art at Leeds does not include design or applied art.

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:
  • 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)

Some modules may include optional or compulsory fieldwork that you may need to pay for (in addition to your tuition fee). We 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). 

Language Centre English language modules (ELU)

Our Language Centre English language modules are open to all international 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.

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

Our modules in modern languages (MODL) are open to all international students.

All our other modules are only open to international 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.

Media and Communication (COMM)

Restrictions and Priority

The School of Media and Communication modules are very popular with incoming Study Abroad students, and places are restricted.

If you study Media and Communications as your 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)

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

Our performance module is only open to international students studying music in their home country.

Performance modules

If you wish to study Performance in Music, you should send a recording or share one via an online platform such as YouTube.

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.

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