International Reach

Our international aims

Our aim is to produce world-class research, which is international in nature, scope and impact.

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.

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.


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

Leeds University Business 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)

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

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. Current Study Abroad partners are:

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

LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, Italy

Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

Singapore Management University, Singapore

IE University, Segovia and Madrid, Spain

Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Stockholm University Business School, 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 community

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 150 nationalities 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 are proud of our international diversity.

International alumni community

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

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