About the programme

Our next summer school will run online in July 2021 (block one: 516 July, block two: 1930 July).

Study at a world top 100 university and earn academic credit. Leeds International Summer School also includes a virtual social and cultural programme. 

Academic modules

You'll choose one or two modules from a diverse range of subject areas, and earn up to 20 University of Leeds credits (equivalent to six US credits or 10 ECTS). 

You'll be taught in online classes by University of Leeds teaching staff, and you'll work individually and with others. Classes will be a combination of synchronous (live) teaching and asynchronous learning. Independent study is an important element of this course, allowing you to practise your skills and deepen your knowledge. 

This is a full-time course. Live online teaching will normally take place between 8.30–10am or 5–6.30pm British Summer Time (BST) from Monday to Thursday. You can choose a module, or modules, with live teaching which suits your time zone.

Cultural and social events

The summer school has a busy cultural and social programme to help you make the most of your time this summer. Activities include:

  • Welcome talk
  • Social and networking activities
  • Employability skills workshop
  • Wellbeing activities
  • Cultural insight events

These activities will give you the opportunity to gain insights into British culture and studying in the UK. You'll also connect with students all over the world and get to know your fellow summer school participants. Find out more about what activities are included on the draft schedule.


As a summer school student, you'll have online access to all software and University systems you'll need for your studies. You should also make sure you have suitable computer equipment to study online. Find out more about our online learning support.

Software you'll use includes Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Zoom and the University's virtual learning environment, Minerva. You'll have an introduction to these platforms before your course starts. You'll also need to be able to view PDF documents.

You'll need access to a desktop computer, laptop or tablet. Your device must have a webcam, and you need to be able to play and record both sound and video. You may find that headphones help you listen if you're sharing your space with others. 

We recommend a high-speed broadband internet connection with a minimum speed of 1.5 Megabits per second (Mbps). If possible, your device should access the internet through an ethernet cable (not wireless). This will make your connection more stable – try to get this before your course starts.

Preparing to Learn Online at University is a free course we've developed for you to prepare for studying online.