Draft schedule

This is the draft summer school schedule for Leeds International Summer School (LISS) 2022.  

Classes, practicals, workshops and field trips are compulsory. Excursions are included in your programme fee. Socials and activities are free or low cost. 

Breakfast and lunch are included Monday to Friday. For days when you’re on an excursion or field trip, we’ll provide you with a packed lunch. 

Please note, the details of field trips, cultural excursions and social events are still to be confirmed for summer 2022. All activities will take place in line with health and safety requirements.   

Week 1 (Saturday 2 – Friday 8 July)

Saturday 2 July

  • 2 –6pm, check in at accommodation. Our friendly social assistants will meet you at your accommodation to give you your welcome pack and direct you to your room
  • 3.30–4.30pm, groceries trip. The social assistants will show you the best places to buy groceries so you can stock up on all the essentials
  • 5–6.30pm, campus tour. Our campus combines the traditional 'red brick' styles of the Russell Group universities with modern architecture and state of the art facilities, in a beautiful green space at the heart of the city
  • 7pm, ice breaker social. Get to know the social assistants and your fellow LISS students during this informal social event

Sunday 3 July

  • 10.30am–12pm, campus tour. Our campus combines the traditional 'red brick' styles of the Russell Group universities with modern architecture and state of the art facilities, in a beautiful green space at the heart of the city
  • 11am–12pm, groceries trip. The social assistants will show you the best places to buy groceries so you can stock up on all the essentials
  • 1.30–4pm, city chase. The city chase is a treasure hunt activity where you’ll explore the city centre and find useful and fun locations as part of a team. There’s a small prize for the winning team

Monday 4 July

  • 7.30–9am, breakfast in the Refectory
  • 9am–12.30pm, first day of block 1 teaching
  • 12.30–1.45pm, lunch in the Refectory
  • 4–5.15pm, welcome talk. In this session you’ll find out how to make the most of your summer school experience and get other essential information for your time in Leeds
  • 5.30–6.30pm, welcome reception. We’ll celebrate your arrival at the University of Leeds and serve a buffet meal

Tuesday 5 July

  • 7.30–9am, breakfast
  • 9.30am–12.30pm, class
  • 12.30–1.45pm, lunch
  • Afternoon, tours of the Laidlaw library and the Edge

The Laidlaw library offers state of the art facilities, undergraduate core texts and a high-demand section. It has a wide variety of study spaces, from individual desks to bookable group pods and classrooms. It also has a Caffe Nero. The library is a sustainable building with low carbon footprint – there is low energy lighting, solar panels on the roof and a green rooftop garden complete with beehives. 

The Edge is our flagship indoor leisure facility providing excellent fitness, sport and wellbeing opportunities, all located on campus. Facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness suite, 25m, eight-lane swimming pool, sauna and steam room, squash courts, three studios offering over 70 classes per week and a climbing wall. 

Wednesday 6 July

  • 7.30–9am, breakfast
  • 9.30am–12.30pm, class (or field trip day, depending which academic module you’re enrolled on)
  • 12.30–1.45pm, lunch (you’ll pick up a packed lunch at breakfast if you’re on a field trip)
  • 7.45pm, traditional British pub quiz social. You’ll team up with your fellow LISS students to take on our pub quiz, a British tradition! Prizes are available for the winning team

Thursday 7 July

  • 7.30–9am, breakfast
  • 9.30am–12.30pm, class (or field trip day)
  • 12.30–1.45pm, lunch (you’ll pick up a packed lunch at breakfast if you’re on a field trip)
  • 7.30pm, summer campus welcome party. Join your fellow LISS students and other students from across the University to get the summer on campus off to a great start!

Friday 8 July

  • 7.30–9am, breakfast
  • 9.30am–12.30pm, class (or field trip day)
  • 12.30–1.45pm, lunch (you’ll pick up a packed lunch at breakfast if you’re on a field trip)

Week 2 (Saturday 9 - Saturday 16 July)

Saturday 9 July

  • 10.30am–3pm, Kirkstall Festival. Join the social assistants for a day of festivities in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey, one of the best preserved Cistercian monasteries in the country, founded over 800 years ago. There’ll be music, rides, performers and street food

Sunday 10 July

  • Full day excursion to York or the Yorkshire Dales

York is one of the most beautiful cities and is renowned for its Roman, Viking, and Medieval heritage. You’ll have free time to visit attractions like the iconic York Minster cathedral and JORVIK Viking Centre, and explore the city’s exquisite architecture and tangle of quaint cobbled streets. 

The Yorkshire Dales is an area of great natural beauty, and a perfect example of beautiful English countryside. Our first stop is Bolton Abbey, a village in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The 12th century ruined Bolton Priory in the village of Bolton Abbey overlooks the River Wharfe which you can cross either by bridge or, for the more adventurous, using the stepping stones! Next we’ll stop in the town of Ilkley where you can continue to explore the countryside by hiking up to the famous Cow and Calf rocks and Ilkley Moor. Or you can take a more relaxed approach and go for traditional afternoon tea at Betty’s Tea Rooms!

Monday 11 July

  • 7.30–9am, breakfast
  • 9.30am–12.30pm, class (or field trip day)
  • 12.30–1.45pm, lunch (you’ll pick up a packed lunch at breakfast if you’re on a field trip)
  • Evening social led by the social assistants. The social assistants are current Leeds students who’ll show you the best parts of student life on campus and in the city

Tuesday 12 July

  • 7.30–9am, breakfast
  • 9.30am–12.30pm, class (or field trip day)
  • 12.30–1.45pm, lunch (you’ll pick up a packed lunch at breakfast if you’re on a field trip)
  • Evening social led by the social assistants. The social assistants are current Leeds students who’ll show you the best parts of student life on campus and in the city

Wednesday 13 July

  • 7.30–9am, breakfast
  • 9.30am–12.00pm, class
  • 12.30–1.45pm, lunch (you’ll pick up a packed lunch at breakfast if you’re on the Harewood excursion)
  • 12.15–5.30pm, excursion to Harewood House

Harewood House is a traditional English Country House, built between 1759 and 1771 for Edwin Lascelles. You’ll take a guided tour of the house and have free time to explore the extensive grounds. There are two cafes at Harewood if you’d like to experience traditional afternoon tea. You’ll either visit Harewood on this excursion or visit it in block 2.

Thursday 14 July

  • 7.30–9am, breakfast
  • 9.30am–12.30pm, class (or field trip day)
  • 12.30–1.45pm, lunch (you’ll pick up a packed lunch at breakfast if you’re on a field trip)
  • Evening karaoke social and farewell event for block 1 students. Team up with your friends or go solo to show off your singing talents during this karaoke social event. We also say goodbye to the students who are leaving after block 1 of the summer school. 

Friday 15 July

  • 7.30–9am, breakfast
  • Full day excursion to Whitby or Chester

Whitby is situated on the Yorkshire Coast and is well-known for the 199 steps that lead up to the parish church of St. Mary, whose churchyard on Whitby's East Cliff gave Bram Stoker the inspiration to write his world famous book, Dracula. Whitby's skyline is dominated by the ruins of St. Hilda's Abbey, high on Whitby's East Cliff. You can also visit various museums, head to the beach, take a photo under the whalebone arch and enjoy some fish and chips!

Chester is a beautiful cathedral city in Northwest England, close to the border with Wales. The city is home to the most complete city walls in Britain, dating from the Roman occupation 2,000 years ago. The city is also home to the Roman Amphitheatre and the 1,000 year old Chester Cathedral where you can climb the tower for a fantastic view over the city. And if retail therapy is your favourite hobby, the unique 700 year old Rows (traditional shopping galleries) are home to both independent and high street names.  

Saturday 16 July

  • 10am, check out time for block 1 students
  • 10.30am–4pm, Harrogate visit

Join the social assistants and take the train to Harrogate, a spa town in North Yorkshire. Attractions include the Royal Pump Museum, art galleries, Betty’s Tea Rooms, shopping and the Turkish Baths

Or use this weekend for independent travel. Look out for our guides to visiting London and Edinburgh which we’ll email in advance of the summer school so you can start planning!

Week 3 (Sunday 17 – Saturday 23 July)

Sunday 17 July

  • 2–6pm, check in at accommodation for block 2 students. Our friendly social assistants will meet you at your accommodation to give you your welcome pack and direct you to your room
  • 3.30–4.30pm, groceries trip. The social assistants will show you the best places to buy groceries so you can stock up on all the essentials
  • 5–6.30pm, campus tour. Our campus combines the traditional 'red brick' styles of the Russell Group universities with modern architecture and state of the art facilities, in a beautiful green space at the heart of the city

Monday 18 July

  • 7.30– 9am, breakfast in the Refectory
  • 9am–12.30pm, first day of block 2 teaching
  • 12.30–1.45pm, lunch in the Refectory
  • 1.30–2.30pm, tours of the Laidlaw library and the Edge for block 2 students

The Laidlaw library offers state of the art facilities, undergraduate core texts and a high-demand section. It has a wide variety of study spaces, from individual desks to bookable group pods and classrooms. It also has a Caffe Nero. The library is a sustainable building with low carbon footprint – there is low energy lighting, solar panels on the roof and a green rooftop garden complete with beehives. 

The Edge is our flagship indoor leisure facility providing excellent fitness, sport and wellbeing opportunities, all located on campus. Facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness suite, 25m, eight-lane swimming pool, sauna and steam room, squash courts, three studios offering over 70 classes per week and a climbing wall. 

  • 4–5.15pm, welcome talk for block 2 students. In this session you’ll find out how to make the most of your summer school experience and get other essential information for your time in Leeds
  • 5.30–6.30pm, welcome reception and ice breaker social for block 2 students (all LISS students welcome). We’ll celebrate your arrival at the University of Leeds and serve a buffet meal. Get to know the social assistants and your fellow LISS students during this informal social event

Tuesday 19 July

  • 7.30–9am, breakfast
  • 9.30am–12.30pm, class
  • 12.30–1.45pm, lunch
  • 1.45–3pm, opportunities at Leeds event. Visit academic departments, learn about Postgraduate (Masters and PhD) opportunities and tour our world-class facilities

Wednesday 20 July

  • 7.30–9am, breakfast
  • 9.30am–12.30pm, class (or field trip day)
  • 12.30–1.45pm, lunch (you’ll pick up a packed lunch at breakfast if you’re on a field trip)
  • Evening social led by the social assistants. The social assistants are current Leeds students who’ll show you the best parts of student life on campus and in the city

Thursday 21 July

  • 7.30–9am, breakfast
  • 9.30am–12.30pm, class (or field trip day)
  • 12.30–1.45pm, lunch (you’ll pick up a packed lunch at breakfast if you’re on a field trip)
  • Evening social led by the social assistants. The social assistants are current Leeds students who’ll show you the best parts of student life on campus and in the city

Friday 22 July

  • 7.30–9am, breakfast
  • 9.30am–12.30pm, class (or field trip day)
  • 12.30–1.45pm, lunch (you’ll pick up a packed lunch at breakfast if you’re on a field trip)

Saturday 23 July

  • Full day excursion to York or the Yorkshire Dales

York is one of the most beautiful cities and is renowned for its Roman, Viking, and Medieval heritage. You’ll have free time to visit attractions like the iconic York Minster cathedral and JORVIK Viking Centre, and explore the city’s exquisite architecture and tangle of quaint cobbled streets. 

The Yorkshire Dales is an area of great natural beauty, and a perfect example of beautiful English countryside. Our first stop is Bolton Abbey, a village in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The 12th century ruined Bolton Priory in the village of Bolton Abbey overlooks the River Wharfe which you can cross either by bridge or, for the more adventurous, using the stepping stones! Next we’ll stop in the town of Ilkley where you can continue to explore the countryside by hiking up to the famous Cow and Calf rocks and Ilkley Moor. Or you can take a more relaxed approach and go for traditional afternoon tea at Betty’s Tea Rooms!

Week 4 (Sunday 24 - Saturday 30 July)

Sunday 24 July

  • 10am–4pm, Knaresborough visit

Join the social assistants and take the train to Knaresborough, a historic market town in North Yorkshire. Behind the main High Street lies a charming market square and a warren of cobbled streets and stone staircases which weave their way up and down the hill. Built in the gorge of the River Nidd, the picturesque town spills down the riverbank while towering above are the ruins of Knaresborough Castle and the iconic viaduct. You can hire a boat or take a walk by the river while enjoying an ice cream. 

Monday 25 July

  • 7.30–9am, breakfast
  • 9.30am–12pm, class 
  • 12.30–1.45pm, lunch (you’ll pick up a packed lunch at breakfast if you’re on the Harewood excursion)
  • 12.15–5.30pm, excursion to Harewood House

Harewood House is a traditional English Country House, built between 1759 and 1771 for Edwin Lascelles. You’ll take a guided tour of the house and have free time to explore the extensive grounds. There are two cafes at Harewood if you’d like to experience traditional afternoon tea. You’ll either visit Harewood on this excursion or visit it in block 1.

  • Evening social led by the social assistants. The social assistants are current Leeds students who’ll show you the best parts of student life on campus and in the city

Tuesday 26 July

  • 7.30–9am, breakfast
  • 9.30am–12.30pm, class (or field trip day)
  • 12.30–1.45pm, lunch (you’ll pick up a packed lunch at breakfast if you’re on a field trip)
  • Evening social led by the social assistants. The social assistants are current Leeds students who’ll show you the best parts of student life on campus and in the city

Wednesday 27 July

  • 7.30–9am, breakfast
  • 9.30am–12.30pm, class 
  • 12.30–1.45pm, lunch
  • 1.30–2.45pm, Life after LISS workshop. Join this employability workshop and explore how you can reflect on and articulate your study abroad experience – something that will help you with your skills development as well as future job applications and interviews

Thursday 28 July

  • 7.30–9am, breakfast
  • 9.30am–12.30pm, class 
  • 12.30–1.45pm, lunch
  • 5.45–9pm, farewell party. Say a fond farewell to your fellow LISS students and the social assistants and celebrate your time at Leeds. The party will take place at a city centre venue and a buffet meal will be served

Friday 29 July

  • 7.30–9am, breakfast
  • Full day excursion to Whitby or Chester

Whitby is situated on the Yorkshire Coast and is well-known for the 199 steps that lead up to the parish church of St. Mary, whose churchyard on Whitby's East Cliff gave Bram Stoker the inspiration to write his world famous book, Dracula. Whitby's skyline is dominated by the ruins of St. Hilda's Abbey, high on Whitby's East Cliff. You can also visit various museums, head to the beach, take a photo under the whalebone arch and enjoy some fish and chips!

Chester is a beautiful cathedral city in Northwest England, close to the border with Wales. The city is home to the most complete city walls in Britain dating from the Roman occupation 2,000 years ago. The city is also home to the Roman Amphitheatre and the 1,000 year old Chester Cathedral where you can climb the tower for a fantastic view over the city. And if retail therapy is your favourite hobby, the unique 700 year old Rows (traditional shopping galleries) are home to both independent and high street names.  

Saturday 30 July

  • 10am, check out time

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