University of Leeds

United Kingdom

Language of instruction


The University of Leeds is a world top 100 university and is renowned globally for the quality of its teaching and research. Founded in 1904, the university's history dates back well over a century and its campus buildings are a mix of gothic revival, art deco, brutalist and postmodern architecture.

Leeds is a large, affordable and multicultural city, surrounded by easily accessible countryside and just two hours by train from London. The city centre has over 300 bars and restaurants, 16 galleries and museums and four major theatres.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Semester 2 (Spring) January–June
Semester 2 Semester 1 (Autumn) September–January

Students wishing to study for a full-year must commence their exchange in UQ Semester 2.

For students on exchange from September to January, Leeds cannot produce your official transcipt until July in the following year (even if you finish your studies at Leeds in January). Provisional exam results will be emailed to UQ in late February in the following year and official transcripts will be posted to UQ in August for credit transfer proceesses. It should be noted that if you go on exchange to Leeds in your final year, it will delay your UQ graduation.

View the University of Leeds' academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Leeds has online resources to help get the most out of your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

60 credits at the University of Leeds is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5 to study at Leeds.

Find courses

Search the Leeds course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Ensure you search for the correct level of courses - see "Additional Academic Information" below for more detail.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Aerospace engineering
Animal studies
Art history
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil and structural engineering
Classical languages
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer engineering
Computer science
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Electrical engineering
English literature
Environmental engineering
Environmental studies
Exercise science
Film, TV and media
Food science
History and ancient history
Information technology
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International business
International relations
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Mechatronic engineering
Nutrition science
Peace and conflict studies
Political science
Public policy
Social work
Software engineering

Course restrictions

The following programs are in high demand and fill up very quickly:

  • Business
  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • History
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Sociology and Social Policy

The majority of Law courses are taught full-year and places are very limited for exchange students. However, there are single-semester Law courses specically made available for Incoming Study Abroad (ISA) students. As you will not be able to enrol in a full-time load of Law courses at Leeds, you should also select courses from other study areas

The following programs' courses are also generally taught full-year, making them not suitable for single-semester exchange students. It is not recommended to have these courses as your full study load:

  • Electronic and electrical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Modern language and cultures

Psychology students who plan to enrol less than 50% of their credits in Pyschology courses will be limited to elective courses only. Electives are called "Discovery modules" at Leeds, identified by "d" in the course catalogue. 

The univeristy provides a full list of course restrictions and considerations.

Additional academic information

Leeds has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Course code numbering:

The first number in the module code refers to the level at Leeds 1, 2 or 3. Degrees only last three years in England, so even if you will be in your third year of study while you are at Leeds, this does not mean you will automatically be accepted for level 3 modules. Level 5 refers to postgraduate level modules.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


Students who have accepted their offer from Leeds and wish to be allocated a place in university housing must apply directly to the Leeds accommodation office by the relevant deadline. Students who comply with requirements will be guaranteed university accommodation. 

Cost of living

Leeds University Union provides guidance about the typical cost of living for students in Leeds, including information on the cost of private rented accommodation and utility bills.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Students studying at Leeds can apply for a scholarship through BUTEX. BUTEX offers a number of £500 scholarships to students studying on exchange at member institutions.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Students studying for less than 6 months should refer to Leeds' Health advice for international students. Students studying in the UK for longer than 6 months are entitled to benefit from the National Health Service. 

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Leeds provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the British High Commission for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

You must register your travel plans on the International SOS so that you can be contacted and supported in an emergency.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.