Study abroad

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Make friends, develop your skills and experience another culture. Choose from locations including the USA, Canada, Australia, China and countries in Europe. All of our students have the opportunity to take a year abroad, so make sure you take yours.

Why study abroad?

  • The opportunity to experience another culture, expand your network and see new places
  • The chance to show potential employers that you are adaptable, independent and that you can rise to a challenge
  • Improved confidence and communication skills
  • Academic enhancement - broaden your knowledge and gain a different perspective on your subject area by studying at one of our high-quality partner institutions, which include some of the leading universities and business schools in the world
  • A year of adventure you might never get another chance to experience. As a student you have access to visas that might not be available at other times in your life.

Which locations can I study in?

The University has partnerships with more than 300 universities worldwide, visit the University of Leeds study abroad website to find out more about possible destinations. 

Studying abroad is popular so placement opportunities in some countries might be limited. Destinations may change each year; when you’re ready to apply our Study Abroad team is on hand to help you to research which placement is best suited to you. Further information on the impact of Brexit can be found here.

Ashley Clewes one of our study abroad students in Australia

Ashely Clewes studied in New South Wales 

Josie Waterman on her study abroad year in the US

Josie Waterman studied in Wisconsin

How do I apply to study abroad? 

  • Currently, you decide whether you want to study abroad at the start of your second year. If you successfully gain a place to study abroad, your year abroad will be your third year and you will transfer to a four year version of your degree programme.
  • Please note: international students can apply for a study year abroad however may be required to extend their Student Visa. Our Brexit information for students page gives further information about the impact of Brexit on study abroad opportunities.
  • You must meet the application criteria as set out by the Study Abroad Office at the start of the relevant academic year. This usually includes achieving an average mark of 60 or higher during your first year.
  • If you successfully gain a place to study abroad, you will be enrolled on the Study Abroad module LUBS9001 throughout the year, which will enable you to reflect on and articulate the skills gained on a year abroad. As well as this, you will be registered as a full time student at a partner institution, and will be studying modules overseas that enhance your knowledge of business, and develop a deeper understanding of the culture you are living in.
  • Upon successful completion of the LUBS9001 module, the word ‘International’ will be appended to your degree title.
  • Your marks abroad won’t affect your degree classification, only the title of your degree.

What will it cost?

  • Study abroad students pay reduced tuition fees to the University of Leeds, but do not pay any fees to the partner institution. For the latest information on fees please visit the University of Leeds Study Abroad website.
  • The Study Abroad office has up-to-date lists of all the partner institutions, and information on the cost of living in participating countries.
  • You will be eligible to continue to receive any student loan to which you are normally entitled. For more information and to find out about further funding, please visit the University of Leeds Study Abroad website.

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Summer schools

You can also apply to take part in a short-course summer school at one of our overseas partner institutions. A summer school is a great way to gain academic experience in another country and it can allow you to deepen your business knowledge or study a different subject.

A summer school can be taken as part of a three year degree, or in addition to a study year abroad or year in industry.

We also have a wide range of other international summer opportunities available to our students, including working, volunteering and conducting research abroad.

Lolade Mosaku BSc Accounting and Finance (Int)

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During my Study Year Abroad in Montreal, my horizons were expanded by the experience of living and studying abroad. I met people from all around the world, and increased my independence by living in a different continent. University education in Canada is very different, so I had the opportunity to take specialised international Accounting and Finance modules which aren’t available at Undergraduate level in the UK.
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Tom Simpson BSc Economics (Int)

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One of the biggest reasons I chose Leeds University Business School was for the extra opportunities on offer, and I applied here already knowing I wanted to study abroad in the USA in my third year, so I was delighted to be accepted to study at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. It made my time at university so unique and memorable, I was able to broaden my academic horizons by taking specialist modules such as Economics and Law and Entrepreneurial Management, as well as cultural modules like Hip Hop and Contemporary American Society!
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