International Students

Join a community of students from over 140 different countries


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International students bring global perspectives

Reflecting the nature of business and economies today #WeAreInternational

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Global Connections

Connect with over 30,000 alumni in more than 145 different countries #WeAreInternational

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Althea Mok, BSc International Business and Marketing student, on studying in the UK.

Over 2,900 international students are currently studying at Leeds University Business School. The University of Leeds has over 7,000 international students, including exchange students.

This truly diverse campus means that we are are very experienced in welcoming international students and providing the specialist support, advice and orientation required both at the point of application and when you arrive.

The International Student Office is here to provide support and enhance the experience of University of Leeds International students. They provide specialist advice and welcome and orientation support specific to your needs.

Meet us at an international event or office
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We regularly attend international education fairs all over the world so that we can meet potential students and answer queries face-to-face.

This is a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have, big or small, about studying with us. This can range from questions about your course, development and extra-curricular opportunities to what the weather is like in Leeds! This is to ensure that Leeds University Business School is the right option for your international studies. You can also bring your parents along so that they can find out more too. 

Find out if we are visiting a location near you.

University of Leeds international offices

Our International Office and many representatives from the Business School regularly travel overseas to meet with prospective students. We also have country offices around the world who can help you with your application to Leeds. These are based in:

  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Nigeria 

We also have a number of official representatives across the globe who have been thoroughly assessed and approved to support student applications.

International schools

Representatives from the Business School often visit international schools to give presentations to students and college counsellors about the University. They will also offer hints and tips on what students need to think about when choosing a subject/university and advice on the UCAS application procedure.

If you are a college counsellor or help students with UCAS applications and would like for a representative to visit your school, please email Rachael Hartley who will be able to advise on the next time we are visiting your country and will be able to arrange a visit. School visits to the University can also be accommodated.

Link to Leeds
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If you’re thinking of applying to or are an offer holder for Leeds University Business School and would like to hear about other students’ experiences or have questions about being a student at the School and the University of Leeds you can connect with the Link to Leeds Ambassadors. 

You can chat online with students from Leeds University Business School or with students from your own country from a different faculty. You can also join a live online event on the practicalities of being a student covering topics like accommodation, student life, what's available on campus and the city of Leeds.  

How to apply

Like British students, international students are required to apply through UCAS. We have compiled some helpful hints and tips on how to apply to the Business School. The deadline for international students is 30 June each year, however we advise that you do your research about studying at the Business School and apply early.

The majority of our international students have studied the curriculum of their home country. This often means that students haven’t yet met the formal qualifications that we require for entry into level 1 study. We have collated a useful guide to show what equivalences we accept. It is advisable to check this before you submit your application. If your country isn’t listed you can also contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office who can advise on what qualification we require from your country. 

Many of our students are required to study a foundation year before being accepted onto a programme at the Business School. There are three main foundation programmes affiliated to the Business School, details of which can be found below.

Foundation years and direct entry

International Foundation Year

A foundation year is intended for academically able international students who wish to study at a British university but do not yet have the qualifications they need to start an undergraduate degree programme.

There are three main foundation year programmes from which you can progress to the Business School (subject to grades).

Direct entry (2+2)

Direct entry is when students join the Business School in the second year from an institution where we have an articulation agreement.

Find out more.

Join our global community

The Business School has over 30,000 alumni in more than 145 countries around the world. We have a large number of profiles of alumni who have given us an insight into the opportunities that arose for them after studying at the Business School.

Our alumni are also very welcoming and we have a number of International Groups world-wide who would be happy to answer any questions that you may have about studying at the Business School. Once you have graduated you will join this global network and be able to take advantage of the alumni benefits we offer.

The four years exceeded my expectations and certainly boosted my confidence and technical capabilities that will contribute to my long-term goal.

Damien Lee, Singapore
BSc Accounting and Finance
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What I am enjoying the most is the possibilities we have at the university to take modules from other departments, so we kind of create our ‘own degree’.

Paula Lopez, Spain
BA Management with Marketing
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I love the social side of Leeds Business School. Business School leaders work very hard to make our life in university even more exciting with different events and trips.

Olga Tretyak, Ukraine
BA Management with Marketing
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Olga Tretyak,  BA Management with Marketing 2018