International reach

Lots of flags of different colours against a bright blue sky

We enhance the global impact of the Business School through the development of international partnerships with world-class universities, alumni, companies, institutions and policy makers.


Our aim is to produce world-class research, which is international in nature, scope and impact. We are proud to collaborate with the best academics and institutions globally. We work across disciplines to find solutions to real world problems. Equally, we support our academic collaboration by hosting major international conferences, workshops and networks. 

Student experience

Equally, we strive to provide students with global insight through curriculum that is global in focus, based on international research, and supported by international, cross cultural activities.


The School holds the international accreditations: European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), the Association of MBAs (AMBA), and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).  

As part of the University of Leeds, one of the world’s leading research intensive universities, Leeds University Business School offers staff, students and partners access to tremendous breadth and diversity of international experiences, opportunities and interdisciplinary, internationally recognised research. The University is part of elite Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities and the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).

Strategic partners

The School has established international projects and collaborations with strategic partners across the globe. Not only do these partnerships engage with research, student education and opportunity and our staff, but they also help to build our reputation internationally. Current strategic partnerships include:

University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), China     

Leeds University Business School is partnered with University of International Business and Economics to offer a business-focused Confucius Institute.

HELP University Malaysia 

A collaborative programme in which students spend two years at HELP University Malaysia and two years at Leeds University Business School.

Zhejiang University School of Management, China

Leeds University Business School and the Zhejiang School of Management collaborated on a Joint Research Centre.


Study abroad partners

The Study Abroad programme is one of the most important international student opportunities offered by Leeds University Business School. At present there are 27 institutions around Asia, Europe and North America specifically partnered with Leeds University Business School to give our students valuable international experience. 

Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg Canada
University of British Colombia, Vancouver Canada
Brock University, Goodman School of Business, St Catharines Canada
Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Toronto Canada
ESSCA School of Management, Shanghai China
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou China
Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen Denmark
ESSEC Business School, Cergy-Pontoise France
ESSCA School of Management, Paris, Angers and Budapest France/Hungary
Toulouse Business School, Toulouse and Barcelona France/Spain
Bayreuth University, Bayreuth Germany
Berlin School of Economics and Law, Berlin Germany
European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel Germany
Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Frankfurt Germany
University of Mannheim, Mannheim Germany
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Hong Kong
LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome Italy
Bocconi University, Milan Italy
Singapore Management University, Singapore Singapore
IE University, Segovia and Madrid Spain
Stockholm University Business School Sweden
Lund University, Lund Sweden
Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Zurich Switzerland
National Taiwan University, Taipei Taiwan
Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota USA
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY USA
Drexel University, Philadelphia USA


International student community

We aim to produce graduates who have global and cultural insight through an international, diverse student body, internationally relevant curricula and student engagement opportunities.

With over 5000 students from around 100 countries represented throughout the entire university, the School is establishing initiatives to connect students from different cultures and backgrounds. These include: 

  • The Internationalisation at Home project which encourages students to participate in intercultural activities.
  • The Study Abroad Programme in which 77 students are currently studying at our partner universities.
  • International fairs in which academic staff and recruitment officers travel overseas to meet students interested in studying in the UK.

International staff community

With over 200 academic staff from around the globe, we celebrate the multicultural mix and international experience of our academic staff.


We have over 30,000 alumni in more than 145 countries across the globe. Find out more about our alumni community.