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.

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

Some modules may have an optional or compulsory fieldwork element that may incur costs outside of the tuition fee. These costs will be given to you in advance. Certain modules may not be taken together due to an overlap in their content or assessment. If you choose to take a module from the below table you will not be able to take any of the other modules that are in the same row as it:

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

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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 pre requisites for 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 and the School of Design based discovery modules.

No portfolio is required for School of Design discovery modules, identified as ‘d’ within the module catalogue.

Students wishing to study core Design modules

We ask that you have at least one year’s experience of studying Design in your home university and your degree or major should correspond to one of the University of Leeds School of Design programmes.

We understand that “Design” degrees around the world differ. Within your degree you may have studied various different disciplines.  University of Leeds students in the School of Design study one programme, the different programmes being:

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

    Please read the undergraduate programme descriptions on the School of Design website to help give you an understanding of what University of Leeds students study on each of the above programmes.

    Portfolio submission for Core Design modules

    Before applying for any School of Design core module we ask that you submit an electronic portfolio of recent work, containing a maximum of 15 images in one PDF.

    This portfolio needs to show us a range of your pieces which will allow our academics to decide if you have the experience to study within the School of Design and if so, which of our disciplines you would be the best fit for you. Your portfolio will be reviewed and our academics will make a decision within 2-3 weeks.

    Please email your portfolio or link to your portfolio directly to the Design Study Abroad Coordinator.

    If your portfolio is approved, we will email you with our recommendation of which core discipline you are best suited to, as well as discovery modules which may complement your studies. With this information you will be able to complete the study abroad application.

    If we feel your portfolio does not relate to the disciplines studied within the School of Design at University of Leeds please understand that this is not a reflection of the quality of your work. Rather, we judge that your practice and experience would not be suitable for our programmes of study.

    English (ENGL)

    The School of English has specific information for study abroad students who want to study its modules. Please note that if you are attending through an agreement that is not specifically with the School of English, you may be limited to one or two ENGL modules due to capacity restrictions; this includes students attending through Modern Languages. Students are also not generally permitted to take a combination of level 1 and level 3 modules. 

    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:

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

    Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies (ARTF and CULT)

    No portfolio is required for Art History or Cultural Studies modules.  

    Information for students wishing to study studio modules (ARTF2040 and ARTF2001)

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

    It is likely that the term ‘Art’ is used differently at your home university to how it used at University of Leeds. This section will give you an understanding of what studying Fine Art at the University of Leeds means.

    The Fine Art programme at Leeds is distinct from general and applied arts programmes. It is focused on the production, display and analysis of contemporary art practice and related social issues. The programme is especially suited to those wishing to develop their art practice in a contemporary and experimental direction with a rigorous critical underpinning. Students 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 elements. Our studio modules are not medium-specific and students work in a wide range of modes including 2D, 3D, moving image, performance and digital media. If we feel unable to accept an application from you it is not a reflection on the quality of your work. Rather, we judge the suitability of your practice to our particular programme of study.

    Because of space constraints we are not able to offer dedicated studio spaces for painting or sculpture and therefore will favour applicants working with film, video, photography, print performance and digital media. 

    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.

    Portfolio approval instructions

    Before you can apply for a Fine Art Studio module (ARTF2040 and ARTF2001) you are required to submit an electronic portfolio of recent work, containing a maximum of 15 images in one PDF or on a single website. These examples of your art work need to show a range of your technical and conceptual achievements as an aspiring artist. Importantly, they should indicate the direction in which you would like to take your art practice and research if you come to Leeds. We do not necessarily want to see the work that has been awarded the highest grades – we want to see the work you are committed to.

    Please email your portfolio or link to your portfolio directly to:

    The School of Fine Art will make a decision within 2-3 weeks of receipt of your portfolio between October and June. If you have not heard from them after three weeks then please send the Fine Art Study Abroad Coordinator a reminder. 

    If you are approved then you can apply via the Study Abroad application form.

    Geography (GEOG)

    Some modules may have an optional or compulsory fieldwork element that may incur costs outside of the tuition fee. These costs will be given to you in advance. For modules involving overseas fieldwork you may be required to pay before enrolment.

    Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied (IDEA)

    Rather than being taught across the full semester, IDEA modules are taught in more intense teaching sessions over fewer weeks. Sessions are run weekly on a set day, either morning or afternoon. For this reason, it will be very important for you to check that they fit in with the rest of your module timetable. Please note, IDEA module marks will not be released until November. Therefore any IDEA module marks will not be included in the transcript issued in July. They will instead be issued in late November/ early December.

    Language Centre English language modules (ELU)

    Our Language Centre offers English language modules to international students studying at the University:

    • 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)

    University of Leeds students studying languages in the School of Languages Cultures and Societies are studying the language at degree level. If you wish to be accepted onto any ARAB, EAST, FREN, GERM, ITAL, SLAV or SPPO language module that is not beginner’s level, you must complete the European language questionnaire or the non Roman script questionnaire for Japanese, Korean or Mandarin. This questionnaire must be sent to the Study Abroad Office with your other supporting documents.

    Languages for all (FLTU language modules)

    Languages for All gives you the chance to improve your practical language skills and develop your cultural awareness. It may be that you want to study a language that is completely new to you or continue a language that you've studied before - Languages for All offers up to five language levels from complete beginners to advanced - that allow you to challenge yourself and broaden your intellectual, creative and cultural horizons. To enrol on a Languages for All module, you need to first read the framework guide and complete the European module questionnaire or the non Roman script questionnaire for Japanese, Korean or Mandarin languages. The questionnaire should be uploaded to your online application with your other supporting documents.

    Leeds Skills Elective (LEED)

    LEED modules are all discovery modules that give you an opportunity to learn new skills and get involved in outdoor and group activities.

    Lifelong Learning Centre (LLLC)

    The Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC) promotes programmes, pathways and support for adult, part-time and foundation level students especially those from disadvantaged and under-represented groups. We focus on keeping our class sizes relatively small so that students have plenty of formal and informal opportunities to gain information, advice and guidance from our staff. The LLC is a multi-disciplinary school running a range of undergraduate programmes and therefore teaching patterns may vary. For example, modules from the part-time Business Management degree are delivered during the evening over fourteen weeks, whereas modules on our Child and Family Studies programme include an aspect of online learning. For further information please see the module catalogue.

    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

    If you have requested to study a level 1 COMM module, this request will be considered in mid-August for Semester 1 students and December for Semester 2 students. The School of Media and Communication will contact you to confirm if you have been successfully enrolled on the module before the start of the semester.

    Music (MUSS)

    You are not required to submit a portfolio for theoretical School of Music modules. Performance modules are restricted to students who are taking the majority of their credits in Music at Leeds.

    Performance modules

    If you wish to study Performance in Music, you should send a recording or make one available on an online platform such as YouTube. It should be a minimum of 10 minutes, preferably 15 in length, comprising  at least 2-3 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, 2 or 3 pieces or examples with a different stylistic focus.   

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