England - Leeds
The University of Leeds found its start as one of the first Schools of Medicine (1831) in Northern England.
It became a full-fledged university in 1904 and today ranks as one of the most prestigious
institutions of teaching and research in the UK.
With a student population of over 32,000 students coming from 147 different countries,
the University of Leeds truly embodies its cornerstones of professionalism, inclusiveness,
integrity and community. The city of Leeds is a true bustling univesity town which
has undergone much urban development in recent years following the addition of the
Leeds Arena in 2013. Considered the "Knightsbridge of the North" named after the
London district home to shopping icon, Harrod's, Leeds is well-known for its wide
range of cutting edge shopping, vibrant pubs and fresh music scene. Students will
enjoy the big city feel within easy reach of more traditional English village towns
such as York, a short train ride away.
Leeds is one of the largest cities in Northern England and is currently enjoying a
season of urban renewal with posh new apartments popping up along the riverside and
with them, exciting new music and art venues. Visitors will enjoy the happy mix of
Leeds' historic Victorian charm and new modernism. Stunning examples of Victorian
architecture abound, today housing museums, galleries, and chic shops, all a reminder
of the wealth and power of the textile industries ruling the North in the previous
century. The city enjoys easy, cheap public transportation, including a local train
station and small regional airport. Just a five minute walk from campus brings you
to the city center and all the amenities a student could need.
Courses available in any major!
- Fall Semester: Mid-September to early December (some exams may extend until mid-January)
- Spring Semester: Early January to late March (some exams may extend until early June)
Academic year is not possible at this time due to impaction.
Please see the 2021-22 Academic Calendar for specific dates. Please note that Fall students will not receive academic transcripts
until the following July due to academic review board of exams.
- Exchange students can enroll in any class, provided they meet the prerequisites. Certain
fields, such as Photography, may be restricted to local students only. If a student
has an performing research during his/her studies, this may be a possibility.
- Generally study aboad students select level 1 (introductory/lower-division) and 2
(upper-division) classes. Level 3 classes are considered Honours and assume a depth
of knowledge in the field, and as such, are advised for seniors or serious students
- Teaching will typically be in lecture format, with less formal discussion sections
led by tutors. A knowledge of library research methods and writing is highly advisable,
as is a willingness to read beyond the scope of the course.
- Final grades are usually based upon a comprehensive exam. For this, keeping up with
assigned and supplemental reading becomes critically important.
- All work transfers back to San Marcos and can be used to fulfill all graduation requirements.
Language of Instruction
English, in the truest sense
- Class Level: Upper-division status (completion of 60 units)
- GPA of 3.0 or above and good academic standing to departure.
- Prerequisites: Level 3 classes generally require significant experience in the field
and may sometimes be restricted. If, based upon transcript review, you do not have
the necessary prerequisites, you will be asked to consider an alternative course.
- Special Note to Business Majors: In order to receive credit for upper-division courses
abroad, you must have already completed your Pre-Core course work at CSUSM.
15 semester units. Typically this equates to 3 classes/semester. Module (Class)
units at Leeds are usually 20 credits each, equating to 5 CSU units each course, though
sometimes there are 15 credit classes (4 CSU units) as well as 10 credit classes (3
CSU units). Pay attention to this as you register.
There is a separate on-campus housing application with its own deadlines, currently July 1 for Fall study and December 1 for Spring
study. As on-campus housing is first come, first served, it is encouraged that students
make an early application. Bathrooms are usually shared amongst flatmates, but on
occasion, exchange students are invited to stay in ensuite dorms (each room has a
private bath). Please review the international student housing guide for additional helpful information, options, and relevant costs. There is also extensive
information on seeking out private off-campus accommodation in the city.
- Students pay their normal State University Fee to CSU San Marcos, currently $3,858/semester.
No tuition or fees due at University of Leeds.
- On-campus residence: Currently ~$1,029/month, partially catered with a 12 meal/week
plan. Non-catered (no meal plan) options are also available, as is a large variety
of private sector housing. All housing is first come, first served and should follow the timelines indicated
on their website for best availablity.
- Cost of meals and personal expenses will vary, but average $500/month.
- Short term students will hand carry Short Term Study Visa documents with them through
Customs (no cost but no work allowance); may apply for the UK General Tier 4 Student Visa (allows students to work up to 20
hours/wk) which is currently 348 pounds, roughly $481 plus shipping
- Students on approved study abroad programs are entitled to apply Title IV federal
financial aid to their program costs.
- Sample 2021-22 Budget
- Visit the helpful student budget guide from the Leeds Student Union for additional information.
- For Fall Semester/Year Study: March 15
- For Spring Semester Study: October 1
How to Apply
- Visit the University of Leeds website at www.leeds.ac.uk to learn about the university and life in Leeds. Use a good tourist site such as
www.visitleeds.co.uk to learn more about life in this city and region of England.
- Meet with the CSUSM Study Abroad Advisor in ELB 588 to determine if you are eligible for this program.
- Follow the instructions from the International Office on available courses from the
Module Catalogue to determine recent offerings. For practical planning, read over the Leeds Arrival Guide full of important information from the International Office.
- Consult with a faculty advisor in your major department to determine if Leeds courses
will count toward your major. If so, complete a Study Abroad Credit Approval Form.
- Order an official transcript from CSUSM and any other college from which you have taken a semester or more in
classes (even if you have already transferred credit to CSUSM). Please send the transcript(s)
directly to Global Education, c/o Tiffany Gabbard, ELB 588, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley
Rd. San Marcos, CA 92096-0001 or pick in person and drop off at Global Education
- Read about accommodation options and follow the process stated online. All housing is first come, first served and
housing operates separately from admission to the university, on its own timeline.
- Begin an online application after you have full read the application guide accompanying the application. Keep
in mind that exchange at Leeds is highly competitive, so do everything possible to
ensure your application is complete, clear and accurate.
- Submit additional application details to Global Education here: CSUSM General Study Abroad Application
- Submit your flight details to Global Education here: Flight Information Form
- Attend the pre-departure orientation and consult with the Study Abroad Advisor as
necessary regarding the Student Visa process after Leeds acceptance.
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