University of Leeds
The University of Leeds, a member of the elite Russell Group, is one of the UK's top universities and is world-famous for its teaching and research. Leeds is first choice for more than 33,000 students from over 140 different countries and its exciting choice of over 700 undergraduate and 470 postgraduate courses enables each individual to tailor their studies towards a chosen career path.
Academic strengths In the latest national university research review (RAE 2008), Leeds were ranked 8th in the UK in terms of research quality and volume and more than half of its schools were ranked in the top ten in the UK.
The University is also acclaimed worldwide for the quality of its teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Leeds staffs have won prestigious national awards for quality and innovation and the University has over 15 National Teaching Fellows. Strong academic areas include the arts, business, biological sciences, engineering, earth and the environment, health including medicine and dentistry, mathematics and physical sciences, performing arts and the social sciences.
The University’s International Foundation Year has seen students from over 65 countries successfully progress on to 106 different undergraduate degree programmes.
Life at Leeds Leeds is a vibrant and multicultural city. It offers students a cosmopolitan centre filled with café-bars, restaurants, shops, museums, theatres and nightclubs. Frequently voted the UK’s most popular city to visit, Leeds is also one of Europe’s fastest growing commercial and financial hubs. Situated in Yorkshire in the North of England, Leeds is surrounded by beautiful countryside, including the spectacular Yorkshire Dales and Moors.
The university campus is situated just a 10 minute walk from the city centre. Leeds is a relatively low cost city compared to many areas of the UK.
The University has an annual research income in excess of £100m and a policy of continued investment in world-class facilities and support services. For you, as a student this means state-of-the-art research and language laboratories; modern libraries, with over 2.7 million items; well-equipped lecture theatres; 24-hour access computer clusters scattered across the University; daily IT support across campus; informed advice from the Careers Centre; an active International Centre for the international student community; one of the biggest Students’ Unions in the country. 'The Edge' is a state-of-the-art swimming pool and fitness complex which opened in 2010.
The University of Leeds guarantees a place in university accommodation to all international students during their first year of studies (provided reservation and payment deadlines are met.) For undergraduate and Foundation Year students this guarantee extends for the duration of their studies.
Student life When you join the University of Leeds you join a vibrant student community. At its heart is Leeds University Union (LUU), voted the number one students union in the UK (NUS Student Awards 2009). With over 300 student societies dedicated to social, sporting, cultural, religious and international interests – from skydiving to student radio – it’s a great way to develop your interests, meet like-minded people and try out something new.