Study Abroad in Leeds, England




The University of Leeds was founded in 1904, but it originated in 1831 with the founding of the Leeds School of Medicine and 1874 with the Yorkshire College of Science. It was one of the first colleges in Yorkshire for students of all faiths and backgrounds.

Study one-on-one with leading scholars at the University of Leeds, one of the largest higher education institutions in the United Kingdom. The University of Leeds has been awarded 22 National Teaching Fellowships—more than any other institution in England, Northern Ireland, and Wales. Students come from all over the UK and from over 140 different countries around the world, making Leeds a vibrant, multicultural city.

Globally renowned for the quality of both teaching and research, the University of Leeds presents students with unique opportunities to learn in the classroom and in the city. All of these opportunities are made available by working directly with a designated advisor selected for the Sarah Lawrence program at Leeds.

Located close to the city center, the University of Leeds has a strong commitment to service in the community. Over 2,000 students and staff work as local volunteers in the community. Over 350 students help in local schools. Please refer to the video below for more information about the city.


Students who are admitted into the University of Leeds program have access to a variety of disciplines and academic strengths. Sarah Lawrence students will join students from the UK and 146 countries. The academic year runs from September through the end of May and is made up of two semesters. Students will take a combination of lectures, seminars, and tutorials, with additional time for private study, labs (sciences) and fieldwork. Students will meet with a Sarah Lawrence program advisor in determining their course of study each semester.

Areas of Study

The University of Leeds is known for its wide range of courses, called modules, which offer students subjects from almost every possible field of study. Popular modules include English, Politics, History, Law, Sociology & Social Policy, and the Performing & Visual Arts. You will be walked through the process of selecting courses upon your arrival at Leeds.

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Academic Credits

All students will be full-time students and enroll in 60 Leeds University credits (which equals 15 Sarah Lawrence credits) each semester. All students enroll in modules (courses) that carry different credit values.  Your total module credits must equal 60 credits a semester. If you enroll in less than 60 credits, you will not be able to earn 15 Sarah Lawrence credits. All courses must also be completed successfully with a minimum passing grade equivalent to a (C).

Academic Facilities

Leeds offers impressive facilities to support you in your areas of study. This includes brand new laboratories and lecture theatres to one of the largest research libraries in the country.

Leeds also offers a unique learning opportunity: a Virtual Learning Environment. This interactive forum has a range of learning resources and information including reading lists, past exams, assessment guidelines, lecture notes, podcasts, surveys, and discussion boards. The system also allows students to access video and audio recordings of lectures so that everyone can learn and study at their own pace.

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Living in Leeds

Campus & Surrounding Areas

The university has an expansive campus in the beautiful countryside, while being surrounded by a vibrant city. Leeds is the fastest growing city in England, as well as the third largest. It exists within the historic Yorkshire County in Northern England, the largest county in the United Kingdom.

Students at the University of Leeds get the security of program-sponsored housing, but also have a chance to experience the independence of city life, including theatre and cinema; museums and galleries; live music; an abundance of restaurants, bars, and clubs; shops; professional sports; walking, climbing, and cycling routes; and Yorkshire county’s unique collection of historic architecture. Parish churches, abbeys, Cathedrals, castles, and 18th-century houses show examples of Medieval architecture, both religious and secular.

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"40 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Leeds"

University Housing

There are two kinds of housing at the University of Leeds—catered and self-catered accommodations. Both housing options can be as diverse as modern multi-story apartments, smaller traditional buildings, and converted Victorian town houses. The catered option features single rooms and includes the traditional university dining hall, while the self-catered option features single rooms and allows students to share a kitchen with several residents.

Most bedrooms contain a single person bed, a desk and chair, a wardrobe, a bookshelf, and a waste paper bin. If you are in an en suite room, you also have a shower cubicle, sink and toilet. Bedding is not provided but you can buy a Bedding Pack from the University, which consists of a duvet, duvet cover, pillow, pillow case and fitted sheet.

If you are not in an en suite room but in a standard room, you will share shower and toilet facilities with other residents. Some of our standard rooms also have a washbasin in the room.

Kitchens are equipped with a fridge and freezer, cupboards, a cooker (4 hot plates, a grill, and an oven), a microwave, and a sink. You will need to provide your own crockery, cutlery, cooking pans, and utensils but you can buy a Kitchen Essentials Pack from the University.


Exchange students are fully integrated into the Leeds social life. Leeds University Union (LUU) is one of the largest student unions in the United Kingdom. The Union is home to over 300 activities, clubs, and societies and runs a program of “give-it-a-go” sessions throughout the term. Clubs cover a wide array of interests including, football, wine tasting, and even Quidditch (for you Harry Potter fans).


The Sarah Lawrence in Leeds program is open to juniors and seniors in good standing. Students must demonstrate consistent work at a high level, with particular strength in writing. Please contact the Office of International Programs for further information.  

Applications & Deadlines

Students may apply for the full year or spring semester. The completed application for the full year is due February 1. The completed application for the spring semester is due October 1.

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Tuition & Fees

Students are charged the cost of Sarah Lawrence tuition each semester. Additional semester costs include:

Room and board Price varies according to housing choice.
Study abroad medical insurance*

$216 (fall)

$324 (spring)

*Students still need to have their own coverage or coverage through the Sarah Lawrence plan to ensure they are adequately covered before they leave the US and upon their return.

Estimated Expenses

Meals and expenses Price varies according to housing choice.
Roundtrip airfare $1,500*
Books £100 per semester**

*Travel expenses before or after the term, and any trips taken during the mid-term break, are not included in this estimate.

**Since students have complete access to all libraries, most students choose not to purchase books each semester.

Financial Aid

Sarah Lawrence College students who normally receive financial aid will be able to apply all their financial aid towards the cost of their education at Leeds.