We are fully aware of the impact that the current situation could have on your plans to study at Leeds as an exchange or visiting Study Abroad student.
- We want to reassure you that the University is taking all the necessary steps to ensure that we can be as flexible as possible with our application deadlines and the submission of your supporting documents.
- We will accept applications for January 2021 start from mid-July. The link to the application form will be available on this page week commencing 13th July 2020.
- Please be aware the Study Abroad team are currently working remotely and there may be delays to our usual application processing times and your acceptance at Leeds.
- If you have any other questions about your plans to study at Leeds please read our Coronavirus - information for applicants and offer holders page.
Before you apply
You should discuss your application fully with advisers at your home university before you apply. They will help you ensure you meet our requirements and will provide advice about your module selection and credit transfer.
We have produced an application guide (PDF) to assist you through the application form. We strongly suggest you have the guide open while filling in the form.
If you are a final year student or you are planning to graduate soon after studying abroad at Leeds, it is vital that you consider the date you will receive your transcript from Leeds. Please read our Exams and transcripts page before submitting an application.
Are you eligible?
To enrol on the study abroad programme you must have completed at least one year of study and be in good academic standing at your home university, with a grade of Upper Second Class (UK system), GPA of 3.0 (US system), 5.5 (Australian system) or equivalent. You must also meet our English language requirements
The study abroad programme welcomes applications from students who:
- are nominated by one of our European partner universities to study through the Erasmus+ programme
- are nominated by one of our Worldwide partner universities for a place on the exchange programme
- will pay the University of Leeds tuition fee themselves, applying either independently or through an agent
Please check with staff at your home university if you are unsure whether your university has an exchange or Erasmus+ agreement with the University of Leeds.
Semester 1 (September) start: Worldwide Exchange and fee paying students must apply by 31 March. If you are an Erasmus+ student, apply by 30 April.
Semester 2 (January) start: all students must apply by 31 October.
If you want to do a pre-sessional language programme before your study abroad semester:
- for a 20 week language course, starting April: apply by 15 January
- for a 10 week language course, starting July, or a six week language course, starting August: apply by 31 March
- for a 10 week language course, starting in October: apply by 31 July
If you are not applying as an exchange student, you may also decide to use the services of our approved overseas representatives to help you with your application. They are Butler Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA Butler), Academic Programs International (API) and BEO Japan.
How to apply
You can apply through our online application form which will be available from the week commencing the 13th July 2020.
The Study Abroad Office will process your application within six weeks of the date we receive your complete application form and all necessary supporting documents. If there is nothing missing, and you meet our requirements, we will accept you on to the Study Abroad programme and you will receive an acceptance email. This initial acceptance means that you are successfully accepted to the University, but it does not guarantee your acceptance onto the modules you have chosen.If you feel you may be eligible for disability support during your time at Leeds, please complete the Disability Services Sign Up Form after you have received your Leeds Student ID number.
If you are studying for a single semester and wish to apply for a Tier 4 visa, you will need to request a CAS number from the Study Abroad Office.
Please see our Preparation and arrival page for further information.