Study Abroad



University of Cape Town

Founded in 1829, the University of Cape Town has a proud tradition of academic excellence and effecting social change and development through its pioneering scholarship, faculty and students. The University prides itself on its diverse student population, which stands at approximately 26,000 students and reflects the vibrant, multicultural atmosphere for which the city of Cape Town is well-known. The University is also renowned for its striking beauty, with its campus located at the foot of Table Mountain’s Devil’s Peak and panoramic views of much of Cape Town.

Rhodes University, South Africa

Rhodes University
Rhodes University celebrated its centenary in 2004 and is one of the oldest South African universities. With just over 6,000 students, it is also the smallest university in South Africa. The University is set in a beautiful and safe campus and offers comfortable accommodation and modern facilities. Rhodes University has six faculties - Commerce, Education, Humanities, Law, Pharmacy, and Science. Rhodes has developed an international reputation for many of its undergraduate courses such as Journalism, Psychology, Drama and Economics, with graduates of those disciplines excelling in their fields. Recent honorary doctorates include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela and economics Nobel laureate, Amartya Sen.

Monash University, South Africa Campus

Monash South Africa
Leeds students are now able to choose to study at Monash University’s South Africa Campus, in Ruimsig near Johannesburg, if selected for an exchange to Monash University.  With their main campus based in Melbourne, Australia, Monash University is a member of Australia’s prestigious ‘Group of Eight’ universities.  They set up Monash South Africa in 2001.  Students attending this campus will benefit from a wide range of opportunities to get involved in local community volunteering projects.

This is a new opportunity for 2014/15.


South Korea: Seoul National University

Seoul National University was founded in 1946 and is currently Korea’s top university, ranked 4th in Asia.  SNU is committed to preparing students to work and live in an increasingly competitive global environment, something which is written in to its mission statement.  The main campus is the largest in Seoul, and is located around 30 minutes from the centre of the city.

South Korea: Korea University

Korea University

Korea University is widely acknowledged as one of the oldest, largest and top-ranked universities in Korea. KU is located in Seoul, about 20 minutes northeast of the city centre by tube. KU campus is known to be one of the most beautiful campuses in Korea. It covers over 182 acres and is home to more than 35,000 students. KU prides itself not only in being a progressive and globally conscious institution but one that plays a role in preserving and developing Korea’s unique culture.

South Korea: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, or KAIST, was established in 1971 as a graduate school and began offering undergraduate programmes in 1986.  In 2013 it was ranked 3rd in the world in the Times’ Top 100 universities under 50 years old.  KAIST currently has just over 10,000 students, based over three campuses, the principle of which is in Daejeon and has excellent facilities, including shops, food outlets, libraries, Language Centre, and sports facilities including a swimming pool.

This is a new opportunity for 2014/15.

Suitable for students of Mathematics, Science and Engineering.

South Korea: Hanyang University

Hanyang University was founded in 1939 and has two campuses. The central campus is based in Seoul. Another campus is at Ansan, where the newly built and sophisticated ERICA (Education Research Industry Cluster) is located. There are fantastic on campus amenities in the Hanyang Plaza, including cafes, restaurants and a convenience store, as well as a University Museum where you can explore a range of artefacts celebrating the history of science. The campus offers a rich array of sporting (including a Gym), cultural, and educational events and excellent facilities.

This is a new opportunity for 2014/15.

Singapore: National University of Singapore

National University of Singapore

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has its roots in Singapore’s first centre of higher education. NUS is a multi-campus university that spans three locations – its principal 150-hectare Kent Ridge campus, Bukit Timah campus (Faculty of Law) and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore at Outram. Courses are available in the faculties of Arts & Social Sciences, Computing, Design & Environment, Engineering, Science and Music. Students may apply for the DUO-Singapore Exchange Fellowship Award, which is worth up to €4000 to cover airfares, accommodation and living expenses. Applications for this scholarship must be approved by the Leeds Study Abroad Office, and the outcome is not guaranteed..

Particularly recommended for students of Biological Science, Civil Engineering, Geography, Mechanical Engineering and Product Design.

Singapore: Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University was established in 1991 and is now the second largest public university in Singapore. It is a research-intensive university, leading in science and technology.  The campus has an astonishing scenic backdrop created by the beautiful Yunan Gardens and a rich history, with its own Art and Heritage Museum.  The university teaches a comprehensive range of subjects but there are some notable exclusions, so please research course offerings carefully.

This is a new opportunity for 2014/15.

Seoul National University

Seoul National University was founded in 1946 and is currently Korea’s top university, ranked 4th in Asia.  SNU is committed to preparing students to work and live in an increasingly competitive global environment, something which is written in to its mission statement.  The main campus is the largest in Seoul, and is located around 30 minutes from the centre of the city.

Malaysia: Monash University Sunway Campus

If selected for an exchange at Monash University, Leeds students are now able to choose to study at Monash’s Sunway Campus.  The campus is located in Bandar Sunway, 18km from Kuala Lumpur.  With their main campus based in Melbourne, Australia, Monash University is a member of Australia’s prestigious ‘Group of Eight’ universities.  They were invited to set up their Sunway campus in 1998 by the Malaysian government, which now has a student population of 5000, 30% of whom are international students from around Asia and the world.

This is a new opportunity for 2014/15.

Japan: Waseda University

Waseda University, Japan

Waseda University is one of the top private universities in Japan.  Waseda’s School of International Liberal Studies teaches in English as well as providing compulsory intensive Japanese classes for all students to take alongside their academic studies.  This is a chance to experience life in the Japanese capital with its fascinating contrast of old and new whilst learning about Japanese culture and society and learning the language.

Applicants to Waseda are not expected to have more than a very basic level of Japanese on arrival in Japan.  However, in order to be accepted to the University applicants are expected to demonstrate having followed classes in Japanese at an academic institution for one academic year.

If you are considering Waseda as one of your destination choices, please come and discuss this with Study Abroad Office staff as early as possible.

Not suitable for Engineering students.  Course selection in Sciences may be very limited.


Japan: Osaka University

Osaka University was founded in 1931 and currently has over 15000 undergraduate students, with almost 2000 international students.  It is one of the top universities in Japan, particularly in science and technology subject areas, and alumni include Hideki Yukawa, physicist and first Japanese Nobel Laureate.  The eleven faculties are split over three campuses, and there are over 100 student societies themed around sports and culture. 

Please note:
The English language programme (called ‘OUSSEP’) at Osaka is still small, and so requires careful research and discussion with your Leeds school coordinator to ensure you can find enough classes in your area.  Research project options may be available in science-related areas.

Japan: Nagoya University

Nagoya University is based in the heart of Japan, with the city of Nagoya, Japan’s 4th largest city, located 300km west of Tokyo.  It is a member of the ‘Global30’ group of research-intensive universities that have come together to promote and encourage international education, and so is committed to offering a wide variety of internationally focused programmes.

Israel: The Interdisciplinary Centre at Herzliya

IDC Herzliya is a private university founded in 1994, located in the city of Herzliya, six miles north of Tel Aviv.  The institution was founded on the principle that scholarship should go hand in hand with social responsibility, and there are many volunteering and extra curricular opportunities available for students to get involved in.  IDC offers courses in English in Business, Communication, Government, Computer Science and Psychology.

This is a new exchange opportunity for 2014/15.

Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Founded in 1963, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a leading comprehensive research university.  The eight Faculties — Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science and Social Science, with the Graduate School, offer over 330 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.  Currently, it has approximately 20,000 students undertaking undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes, including 10,000 undergraduates and the same number of postgraduates.  Please note that while there is a wide range of courses taught in English, some are taught in Chinese so you should research your subject carefully.

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) admitted its first students in October 1991 and now has approximately 10,000 students. The University campus occupies a 150-acre site of sweeping natural beauty. It is housed on a hillside waterfront complex overlooking Port Shelter on the Clear Water Bay peninsula, less than 30 minutes’ drive from central Hong Kong. HKUST ranks 40th in the QS world rankings (2nd in Asia).

Suitable for Business, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics and Science Subjects.

Hong Kong Baptist University

Hong Kong Baptist University

Hong Kong Baptist University has three closely knitted campuses: the Ho Sin Hang Campus on Waterloo Road, the Shaw Campus on adjacent Renfrew Road and the Baptist University Road Campus. Located in the heart of Kowloon, these three campuses are only a few minutes’ walk from Kowloon-Canton Railway and two Mass Transit Railway stations, and are well serviced by public buses from virtually every point in Hong Kong. Together they provide an attractive, student-focused, urban university environment. HKBU has approximately 7,000 students and the average class size is 35. For study at HKBU, students have the chance to obtain funding through the ‘Scholarships for Excellence’ scheme (see the website for more information).


New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) is located in the centre of New Zealand’s capital city and has a student population of around 20,000. International students make up about 15% of the student community and come from over 80 different countries. Three strategically located sites and a number of unique relationships within the government, business and arts communities, ensure that Victoria University is an integral part of the city. The main university campuses, university accommodation and the city are all within easy walking distance of each other.

Particularly recommended for Earth Sciences and Criminology students.

New Zealand: University of Auckland

University of Auckland
The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university, and is also the country’s largest with over 40,000 students.  It has a comprehensive range of courses with teaching and research conducted over eight faculties and two large-scale research institutes.  The city campus covers 16 hectares and houses the majority of faculties. 

Australia: University of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong is a leading public research university based in New South Wales. UOW has a large and dynamic student body with over 30,000 students, 11,000 of which are international students, making the campus and learning experience lively and interesting. Wollongong is situated along the southern coast of New South Wales (in the Illawarra region) and is around a two hour drive south of Sydney. New South Wales is home to many great national parks, with mountains, sand dunes, islands and fantastic pacific coastline.

This is a new opportunity for 2014/15.

Australia: University of Western Australia

University of Western Australia
The University of Western Australia (UWA) is the oldest university in the state of Western Australia and the only university in the state to be a member of the prestigious Group of Eight as well as a ‘Sandstone university’. The 65-hectare Crawley campus is adjacent to the beautiful Swan River in the heart of Perth’s leafy inner-city. The campus borders lively and appealing neighbourhoods as well as Kings Park Botanic Garden.  Perth is cosmopolitan, friendly and laid-back with a Mediterranean climate. It has a modern, well-designed city centre and a culturally diverse population. Perth prides itself on having neither the pretensions nor the pace of the eastern Australian cities. Over 80 kilometres of white sandy beaches make Perth’s coast ideal for swimming and surfing.

Australia: University of Technology, Sydney

The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) is based right in the heart of Sydney’s Central Business District.  It is known for its practice-based approach to learning and places a strong focus on employability and experience.  Many of the professors and lecturers are active in professional practice, which means you’ll be exposed to the most relevant and up-to-date knowledge and skills in your field.

Australia: University of Sydney

University of Sydney
The University of Sydney, founded in 1850, is Australia’s first university and has an international reputation for outstanding teaching, as a centre of research excellence and as an active and engaged community leader. Many student organisations, such as the debating club and drama society, have long traditions of enriching student life and providing a springboard for future careers. High profile Australians such as Prime Minister John Howard, Justice Michael Kirby and radio presenter Adam Spencer have been University of Sydney debaters. There are approximately 45,000 students at the University of Sydney, including 8,000 international students. The University is well known as the home of historic sandstone buildings, complete with Australia’s only Kangaroo gargoyle, cloisters, lawns and courtyards. It also has lecture theatres with state-of-the-art audiovisual facilities and labs with all the latest technology. There are seven different teaching campuses spread throughout the Sydney area.

Australia: University of Queensland

University of Queensland
The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s premier learning and research institutions. It is the largest and oldest university in Queensland and has produced generations of graduates who have gone on to become leaders in all areas of society and industry. The University is a founding member of the national Group of Eight, an alliance of research-strong “sandstone” universities committed to ensuring that Australia has higher education institutions that are genuinely world class. The University has more than 38,000 students, including over 6,000 international students. The University combines world-class teaching with the vitality of a modern campus.


Australia: University of Newcastle

University of Newcastle
High academic standards, superb recreational facilities, natural surroundings, award-winning buildings and readily available access to the latest technology are just some of the reasons why students choose to study at the University of Newcastle.  The University has an international reputation for expertise in innovative approaches to teaching and learning. The University has a student population of around 27,000, including some 6,000 international students from more than 80 countries studying both on and off-shore in Business, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Science, Teaching and Technology. 

Newcastle was also voted number 9 in Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities for 2011!

Australia: University of New South Wales

University of New South Wales
The University of New South Wales is one of Australia’s leading research universities and is home to a number of internationally recognised research developments in the fields of quantum computing, photovoltaics, HIV/Aids research, interactive cinema and polymer chemistry. UNSW’s expertise is regularly sought after by business and government for the wide range of consultancy and training services offered. UNSW has the number one rated Business School in Australia. Located in Sydney, UNSW is situated near the business hub of Australia’s largest city, providing easy access to a wide range of academic, cultural and social activities, and is close to some of the most famous beaches in the world. UNSW has a total enrolment of over 40,000 students and 6,000 staff. The main campus is located on 38 hectares at Kensington, an inner south-eastern suburb of Sydney about 20 minutes’ drive from both the central business district and the airport.

Australia: University of Adelaide

University of Adelaide
With 16,000 students, including more than 2,000 students from 70 different countries, the University of Adelaide has produced two Nobel Prize-winning graduates and many Rhodes Scholars. The University is small enough to provide personal interaction with teaching staff, yet large enough to offer a broad range of courses and outstanding opportunities for research. Its research is at the leading edge of knowledge and the University of Adelaide consistently ranks highly among the top universities in the Asia-Pacific region in winning research funds.  An innovative and forward-looking university, Adelaide has major strengths in wine and food, biological sciences, physical sciences, information technology and telecommunications, environmental sciences and social sciences.

Australia: Queensland University of Technology

Queensland University of Technology
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is one of Australia’s largest universities with 40,000 students including 6,000 from overseas. QUT’s graduate employment rate is well above the national average for Australian universities. QUT offers a very practical and hands-on range of courses and allows entry to many of the subject areas that are restricted at some other partner universities, such as Communications, Creative Writing, Dance, Design, Fine Art, Product Design and Theatre. QUT is particularly recommended for Business students, boasting one of the largest business faculties in Australia.

Australia: Monash University

Monash University
Monash University is Australia’s largest university with more than 53,000 students from over 100 countries. As one of Australia’s leading Group of Eight universities, Monash is recognised for its excellence in research, scholarship and teaching. Monash is known amongst its students and graduates for providing a good mix of study and social life and a vibrant place of learning, which is enriched by a dynamic and diverse group of students. Monash Abroad offers a comprehensive support network to assist with integration issues, enabling students to settle-in and focus on academic and social opportunities.

Australia: Griffith University

Griffith University
Griffith University has five campuses that span three cities across Australia’s fastest growing corridor from Brisbane to the Gold Coast. Southbank campus is located in the Brisbane central business district and is home to the College of Art and the Conservatorium of Music. Nathan campus is about ten minutes out of the city and has a comprehensive range of programs. Mt Gravatt campus is “across the road” from Nathan (there are intercampus buses), 10 kilometres south of central Brisbane in the scenic bushland setting of Toohey Forest. It offers Education, Leisure Studies, Psychology, Criminology & Criminal Justice and Vocational Training. Logan is a semi-rural campus about 30 minutes from Brisbane and also from the Gold Coast, offering IT, Business, Human Services (Social Work & Rehabilitation). Gold Coast campus (one hour south of Brisbane, on the border with New South Wales) has a comprehensive range of programs and is very close to the world famous Surfers Paradise beach. The University has over 37,000 students from more than 122 countries.

Particularly recommended for Criminology and Criminal Justice students.

Australia: Deakin University

Deakin University was established in 1974 and was named after the Australian Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin. It has a strong international outlook and a large community of international students, representing 8000 of the 42000 studying there.  It has four individual campuses in Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool, with the Melbourne-based Burwood campus being the largest.  Deakin has strong links with industry, and innovative facilities, including the ‘Motion.Lab’, the only motion capture lab at an Australian university.

This is a new opportunity for 2014/15.

Australia: Australian National University

Australian National University
The Australian National University (ANU) commands a magnificent position between lake and mountain in the centre of the nation’s capital, Canberra. ANU is one of the world’s foremost research universities and attracts leading academics and outstanding students from Australia and across the world. It has 13,500 students who benefit from a high ratio of academic staff to pupils. The University campus has over 200 buildings and occupies 145 hectares adjacent to the city centre of Canberra.


York University

York University has a worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching and research and is considered to be a boundary-pushing, cutting-edge institution. York is a big, urban university based an hour from Toronto, with two separate and distinct campuses - Keele and Glendon. Keele is the main campus and is located in the north west area of Toronto. It offers extensive modern facilities including 40 restaurants and cafeterias, a shopping mall, banks, a medical/dental clinic, five libraries, art galleries, theatres and a wide variety of festivals and cultural activities.

Not open to Business students.

Western University

University of Western Ontario
Western University, formerly known as the University of Western Ontario, was founded in 1878 and is one of Canada’s oldest and best universities. Research is an integral part of its mission and external support for research projects totals nearly $140 million CAD per year. The University supports approximately 30,000 students and its campus is located on 155 hectares of land along the banks of the Thames River in London, Ontario. Western is particularly strong in Social Sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Engineering.

University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo
The University of Waterloo is situated in the heart of the town of Waterloo, Ontario. UW has long been recognized as the most innovative University in Canada. They are the national leader in the transfer of ideas and technology to the private sector. More Canadian high-tech and knowledge-based spin-off companies trace their roots to the University of Waterloo than to any other school.

Recommended for Engineering, Maths & Geography students.

University of Victoria

University of Victoria
The University of Victoria is situated in the town of Victoria on beautiful Vancouver Island just off the west coast of Canada and would particularly suit students who enjoy an outdoor lifestyle as there are many parks, trails, ski resorts and water sport activities close by. The University of Victoria ranks consitently among the top comprehensive universities in Canada. It provides innovative programmes and real-life learning experience in a diverse and welcoming West Coat environment. The University is widely recognised for its innovative and responsive approach and interdisciplinary and international initiatives.

University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is one of Canada’s most respected and well-ranked institutions with an excellent choice of courses and a high academic standard. Students considering Toronto should be independent-minded. Along with the diversity of a world-class university, Toronto also offers the intimate scale of small college life. The University is composed of 10 colleges, each with a distinctive feel and sense of community. The St George campus sits nestled in a park-like setting in downtown Toronto, and the two other main campuses of Mississauga and Scarborough are located about 30km west and east of downtown, respectively.  Students who apply for a place to study abroad at Toronto should be prepared to be placed at the most appropriate campus for their academic subject, which is likely not be St George as this is usually oversubscribed.

Not suitable for Fine Art, Performance or Law.

University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual university in the world, teaching in both English and French, and is among Canada’s top ten research institutions. Located in the heart of Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, the University of Ottawa supports just over 40,000 students in a wide range of degree programmes. Students at uOttawa have the unique opportunity to choose whether to study in English or in French, or a combination of the two.

Not suitable for Management or Education students.

University of Calgary

University of Calgary
Founded in 1966, the University of Calgary prides itself as one of the top research-intensive universities in Canada. It has 30,000 students including over 1,900 international students. The University has a beautifully landscaped 213-hectare campus in northwest Calgary. Aside from academic study, the University strongly values the recreational aspects of university life, encouraging students to get involved wherever possible. Sport is a large part of campus life, whether students participate or just support the University’s own Dino’s sports teams.

University of Alberta

University of Alberta
The University of Alberta is well known for its commitment to innovation and research which have given it a good reputation in the fields of engineering and technology. With 35,000 students the University is of comparative size to Leeds, with a campus life that is friendly and inclusive and a range of social activities to encourage student interaction. Students enjoy an exceptional quality of life on a friendly campus in the midst of a city that values research and technology as well as its beautiful river-valley parkland.

Université de Québec à Montréal

Université de Québec à Montréal
The Université du Québec à Montréal is the largest member of the ‘Université du Québec’ system, which has 78,000 students spread across 10 separate campuses.  The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) is a French speaking university with an international feel, due to its location in downtown Montréal. The quality of its programmes, its research centred around social and cultural changes, and its creative innovations have contributed to its good standing.

French Language is required

Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University
Simon Fraser University opened in 1965 and in less than 40 years has gained an international reputation for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as for its innovative interdisciplinary and professional programs. It has been rated as Canada’s best comprehensive university five times. The University is a half hour drive from downtown Vancouver and its scenic campus is nestled in the foothills of the Rockies.

Not suitable for Fine Art, English, Business, PCI.

Queen’s University

Queen's University
Queen’s University was founded in 1841 and is one of Canada’s oldest universities. It is a lively institution with high academic standards and an attractive campus. Queen’s has around 16,500 students and is one of the best state schools in Canada. It is a friendly and compact university. Queen’s is known for its high quality and incomparable 24-hour learning environment.

McMaster University

McMaster University
McMaster University was founded in 1887. The University has six faculties: Engineering, Business, Science, Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. The University is based in Hamilton in the province of Ontario, about 322 miles from Canada’s capital, Ottawa. The campus is situated in the west end of the city on approximately 300 acres of natural parkland. The campus atmosphere is friendly, casual and cosmopolitan, with many support facilities and groups assisting students with their day-to-day needs and concerns. The University is home to students from over 70 different countries.

McGill University

McGill University
McGill University’s central campus is based in the heart of downtown Montreal, nestled at the foot of Mount Royal Park, and consists of 70 buildings spread across 32 hectares of land. McGill is one of the best Universities in Canada, and is currently ranked 3rd in Canada according to the Times 2012/13 rankings. It is an exciting place to study, with a rich history and a wealth of diversity. It is a popular choice for exchange students worldwide due to its first class reputation.

Dalhousie University

Founded in 1818, Dalhousie University is one of Canada’s oldest universities, attracting more than 18,500 students from around the world. Located on Canada’s East Coast, the university blends world-class academic programs with leading-edge research. Dalhousie’s three Halifax campuses are situated in residential areas, within easy walking distance of downtown Halifax and a five minute walk from the ocean. Historic, ivy-covered buildings and well-kept grounds provide a beautiful and inspiring learning environment.

Not suitable for Engineering students.

Concordia University

Concordia University is based in the bilingual city of Montreal but teaches in English.  Founded in 1976 through a merger of Loyola College and George Williams University, it now has over 40,000 students enrolled in total, with over 23,000 full-time undergraduates.  The name of the university comes from the motto of the City of Montreal, “Concordia Salus,” which means “well-being through harmony.”  Some subjects, such as visual arts, business, engineering, and many arts and science subjects are taught at the central Sir George Williams campus in downtown Montreal, while performing arts, communications, journalism and some science subjects are taught at the Loyola campus, 7km west of downtown in a leafy suburban area.

Carleton University

Carleton University
Traditional areas of strength for Carleton University include Business, Geography, History, Journalism and Media, Political Science and International Affairs and Sociology. Carleton’s pleasant campus covers 62 hectares and is bordered by the Rideau River and Canal on two sides. It is a ten minute bus journey from the city centre and the airport, and about five minutes away from the Greyhound bus station. The residences are on campus. All the campus buildings, including the sports hall, library, nightclub and bar are joined by tunnels, keeping everyone warm despite the freezing winter temperatures.


Netherlands: University College Utrecht

University College Utrecht is a liberal arts institution which offers a wide range of subjects, based in the suburbs of the pretty dutch town of Utrecht.  It is affiliated to the University of Utrecht but is independent, with its own campus based community.  All courses at UCU are taught in English, and there is a large proportion of international students, both on exchange and studying for their degree.  The college itself is small, with around 600 students.  This allows students to make the most of more contact with professors, and to enjoy a very different academic experience to what they have so far found at Leeds.

Netherlands: Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam is located ten minutes from the centre of Rotterdam, a young and vibrant city with a global outlook in the west of the Netherlands.  The University has existed in its present form since 1973, but has its roots in the Netherlands School of Commerce, founded in 1913.  It is named after the 15th century philosopher and scholar, Desiderus Erasmus, who also gave his name to the EU’s flagship student exchange programme!

The exchange is with EUR’s Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC).  This makes the exchange particularly suitable for students of these subject areas, but students from similar areas may also find suitable courses are available.  A wide variety of classes are taught in English, and students must take a minimum of 70% of classes with the ESHCC department.

France: Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3

The Université Jean Moulin, based in Lyon, in the Rhone Valley, is a long standing partner of the University of Leeds which has recently agreed to accept students from a wider variety of subject areas.  Lyon is mid-way between Paris and the mediterranean and is reputed to be a centre for gastronomy. 

The university runs a one-semester English language programme that students may choose to follow during the first semester while they build up their confidence in the French language, and classes are taken in French in semester two.  Despite the English language option, a good level of French is still required.  This exchange is particularly recommended for students based in the Faculty of Arts, the Business School or the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law.

Not suitable for Sciences, Engineering or Mathematics.

Denmark: University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479, and is the oldest and largest higher education institute in Denmark: for almost four centuries it was the country’s only university.  Today the university is working towards becoming Europe’s most eco-friendly university campus.  Almost 40,000 students are enrolled in more than 200 programmes, and there are a wide variety of classes taught in English in many subject areas (although the number of classes available will vary across the departments, and some may be taught at masters level).

Not suitable for Business and Law.

Latin America

Mexico: University of Guadalajara

University of Guadalajara
The University of Guadalajara was founded in 1972 and is the second largest university in Mexico. The modern university has six separate campuses in the Guadalajara area, each specialising in a different area of study – Social Sciences & Humanities, Art, Architecture and Design, Economics-Management Sciences, Biological & Agricultural Sciences, Exact Sciences & Engineering and Health Sciences. In all, it caters to the needs of around 185,000 students.

Spanish language required

Mexico: Universidad de las Américas Puebla

Universidad de las Américas Puebla
The Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLA) enjoys a prestigious international reputation in different areas of knowledge such as the sciences, engineering, the performing and visual arts, the humanities, business and economics. Its campus has 38 buildings on over 70 hectares. On a clear day it is possible to make out four of the highest volcanoes in Mexico on the horizon. UDLA tends to look towards the states in many respects and the University’s culture reflects this.

Spanish language required

Chile: Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile

Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile
The Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC Chile) was founded in 1888. It is one of Chile’s oldest universities and one of the most prestigious institutions in Latin America. It has 18 schools on four different campuses in Santiago and one regional campus located in Southern Chile (Sede Villarrica). At present, PUC has 20,000 enrolled students in its campuses. The University’s leadership in research and graduate programmes has had considerable influence on the country’s cultural and scientific development.

Spanish language required

Brazil: Universidade Estadual de Campinas

The Universidade Estadual de Campinas, or Unicamp as it is more commonly known, is based on the edge of the city of Campinas, around 100Km north of the city of Sao Paulo.  Sao Paulo is around an hour away from Campinas by bus, and some of the best beaches in Brazil can be reached in just two hours: not too long a trip when you’re in the fifth largest country in the world!  Unicamp offers 70 undergraduate programmes taught over 22 different schools and institutes, and has around 18,000 undergraduate students.  It was founded in 1966, and is currently the second ranked university in Brazil.  This exchange is particularly recommended for students of Business, Biological Sciences, Earth & Environment and Portuguese Language.  Research project modules supervised in English may be available for Economics students.

Portuguese Language Required.

Argentina: Universidad Católica Argentina

Universidad Católica Argentina
Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) is one of the largest private universities in Argentina, with branches in several cities. Its main campus is in Buenos Aires, and there are also faculties in Paraná, Rosario and Mendoza. Since its foundation in 1958, UCA has been a pioneer in many fields and has attracted leading scholars in each academic discipline to its faculty. UCA also created the country’s first business administration department. The University offers courses and degrees in: Economics, Business, Political Science, International Relations, Law, Engineering, Computer Science, Philosophy, History, Music, Education and Theology. The central campus is accessible by bus and metro. It is a short walk from the city’s historical and financial districts, yet offers quiet surroundings.

Spanish language required


Western New England University

Founded in 1919, Western New England University is located on a beautifully maintained 215 acre campus in suburban Springfield, Massachusetts. This private liberal arts university has a small, community feel with a student population of approximately 5,000 and most undergraduates living in one of its ten on-campus residences. It offers a diverse range of disciplines with a particular strength in Business. Despite its small size, WNE is home to over 60 student interest groups and societies as well as a number of formal and intramural sports teams. The state of Massachusetts is located in the New England region and is home to quaint historic towns such as Salem, famed American beach communities along Cape Cod,  and the city of Boston, one of the country’s most famous urban centres.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Madison
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a major research university and is nationally and internationally renowned for its academic excellence and resources. UW-Madison was founded in 1848 and has over 29,000 undergraduate students. The main campus includes four National Historic Landmarks and spans 933 acres along the shore of Lake Mendota.

University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina
The University of South Carolina (USC) has 40,000 students and more than 350 degree programs. Chartered in 1801 as South Carolina College, the University still remains on its original site in Columbia, the state capital. The campus has grown from its origins of one building on the historic Horseshoe to 156 facilities on 351 acres. USC Columbia offers more than 350 undergraduate and graduate courses of study. Programmes range from Liberal Arts and Sciences to Business, Law, Medicine, and other professional studies, many of which have been widely recognised for their academic excellence. The University is particularly strong in Business and International Business Management, Journalism and Engineering.

University of New Mexico

University of New Mexico
The University of New Mexico is the largest institution for higher education in the state of New Mexico which borders Arizona and Texas. Albuquerque has a unique blend of styles, people, pursuits and panoramas and is recognised as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country as well as a centre for arts and culture. It is one of the most visited cities in the USA due to its natural beauty and culture.
The University offers 93 bachelor’s degree programs in a broad range of departments.  Strengths include art and design
The campus encompasses over 600 acres along Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque, a city of more than 700,000 people that enjoy over 300 days of sunshine a year. It is bordered by the majestic 10,000-foot high Sandia Mountains and magnificent mesas. UNM is in turn a culturally diverse institution and has over 26,000 students.

University of Mississippi

University of Mississippi
The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is located in Oxford in North Mississippi. With just 20,000 inhabitants, Oxford itself is only slightly larger than the University campus. Though small and mostly rural, Oxford and the surrounding towns offer a cosmopolitan blend of music, literature and the arts with a relaxed lifestyle. Oxford has safe and scenic surroundings and mild climate. Those interested in the work of William Faulkner are able to visit his historic home.

The nearest city is Memphis, Tennessee, which is just over an hour’s drive from the University campus. UM’s Study Abroad Office organises excursions to Memphis, Nashville and Atlanta. Ole Miss offers an abundance of sporting opportunities and has a famous football team which energises campus life.

Ole Miss has a Centre for the Study of Southern Culture which offers modules which should be of interest to students in Humanities and Social Sciences.

University of Massachusetts at Amherst

University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Founded in 1863, UMass Amherst is the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts and sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. It is a national research university recognised for superb faculty, outstanding teaching and top-notch students who come from across the state and around the world.

University of Kansas

University of Kansas
The University of Kansas, often known as KU, was founded in 1865. The University has over 30,000 students across three campuses. Considered one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation, KU’s main campus occupies 1,000 acres on and around Mount Oread in Lawrence, among the forested hills of eastern Kansas. Architectural engineering dates back to 1913 at KU, and the undergraduate programme has been ABET accredited since accreditation began.

Not suitable for Art and Design students.

University of Illinois

University of Illinois
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious campus in the University of Illinois system. As a result, it is constantly present in the Top 10 public universities in the USA, with notable recognition in Engineering, Sports Science and Environmental Sciences. Furthermore, UIUC offers over 150 programmes of study. There are over 42,000 students at UIUC, of which approximately 12.5% are international students. The UIUC campus has 272 major buildings on nearly 1,500 acres.

Not suitable for Business.

University of California

University of California at Irvine  University of California at Santa Cruz  University of California at Berkeley  University of California at Santa Barbara
The University of California‘s eight campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz) offer a full range of Arts, Social Science and Physical Science, but the focus differs across the campuses. Los Angeles is the largest campus with 35,000 students and Riverside the smallest with only 9,000.  Competition for places is high and interested students should therefore express California as their first choice and realistically have at least a mid 2:1 average to be considered for a place.

Students are initially accepted for the University of California system by the University of Leeds, with a second application process determining which campus students study at. This process is managed by the University of California and the University of Leeds has no input into selecting which campus students attend.

State University of New York: The College at Brockport

The College at Brockport is part of the State University of New York and was founded in 1835. The campus is 464 acres and is in an open green setting in the Victorian village of Brockport, New York State. The college currently has around 9,000 students in total. Brockport has many historical buildings and a canal boardwalk. The village itself is home to just over 8,000 residents, thus offers an experience of small town American living. The nearest cities are Buffalo and Rochester, and it is a short drive from the Canadian border. 

This is a new opportunity for 2014/15.

State University of New York: Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University, established in 1957, makes up part of the State University of New York and has an extensive wooded main campus that stretches along Long Island’s North Coast, complete with its own nature preserve. In total the university has 24,000 students and is ranked as one of the top 25 public universities in the USA.  On Long Island, the main university campus is located 60 miles east of New York City and 3 miles from West Meadow Beach in the village of Stony Brook. Stony Brook itself is a quaint residential area, with shops, restaurants and a harbour.

This is a new opportunity for 2014/15.

Old Dominion University

Old Dominion University
Old Dominion University is situated in Norfolk, Virginia, and has almost 25,000 students.  It derives its name from one of Virginia’s state nicknames, “The Old Dominion,” given to the state by King Charles II of England for remaining loyal to the crown during the English Civil War.  ODU has around 250 student organisations, and offers a very wide range of degree programmes.

Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University is located in Flagstaff, a small city just south of the San Francisco Peaks, the highest mountain range in Arizona.  Average temperatures are slightly lower than the rest of the state due to its elevation at 7000 feet, with average temperatures for July at 27 degrees celsius.  Founded as Arizona State College in 1899, and granted university status in 1966, NAU has continued to grow and serves a large community of over 25,000 students studying on over 100 different degree programmes.

This is a new opportunity for 2014/15.

North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University
With more than 31,000 students and nearly 8,000 faculty and staff, North Carolina State University is a comprehensive university known for its leadership in education and research, and globally recognised for its science, technology, engineering and mathematics leadership. This well-equipped, campus-based university is located about ten minutes from the centre of Raleigh. Thirty-three percent of all students live on campus in one of twenty different residence halls. Most residence halls provide academic and social events as well as host programs that help exchange students get used to the college experience. Each residence hall has an elected council to provide for local event programming and an outlet for student concerns.

Juniata College

Juniata College
Juniata College is home to only 1,400 students and is ranked inside the USA’s top 100 colleges. It is situated on a 110 acre campus in the town of Huntingdon, and has an excellent reputation for giving students a highly personalised education due to the close relationship between students and faculty. Juniata is popular with Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences and Environment Studies as it boasts excellent laboratories as well as an environmental research field station that covers a 365 acre reserve of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Uniquely, exchange students attending this institution have the opportunity to ‘graduate’ from Juniata with a US degree following their year there as well as gaining a degree from Leeds. This would be particularly valuable for students wanting to apply for a Master degree in the US after finishing their studies in Leeds.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is best known for its programs in Engineering, Computing and the Sciences. It is one of the leading research universities in the United States and has approximately 17,000 students. The campus occupies 450 acres in the heart of Atlanta.
Suitable for Science and Engineering students only.

George Washington University

George Washington University
The George Washington University (GW) community is composed of students, faculty, researchers, and staff from every U.S. state and over 130 countries. The University is relatively small and is set in a fantastic location, just four blocks from the White House in Washington D.C. It has a student population of 19,000 of which about 2,000 are international students. This exchange has been set up with the school of Media at Public Affairs at GWU, which offers a focused set of Political and Journalistic courses. It is particularly suitable for students interested in Political Communications.
Not available for 2015/16 applicants due to an exchange imbalance.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Located in the famed beach resort town of Daytona Beach, Florida, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a specialist institution offering degree courses in Engineering, Aviation (and related subjects), and Business to a relatively small student population of 4500. Embry-Riddle is home to a variety of high-tech labs, simulators, modern classrooms, and specialized software for research and support of student studies. Outside of the classroom, Embry-Riddle has a full range of extracurricular activities, including intramural and varsity sports, social and professional fraternities and sororities, clubs, student government, a campus newspaper, and campus radio station. Embry-Riddle’s 185-acre eastern campus is located in Daytona Beach, Florida, home to NASCAR’s Daytona 500 and “The World’s Most Famous Beach.”

Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines
Colorado School of Mines is a research university devoted to engineering and applied science, and it has the highest admissions standards of any university in Colorado. The School operates one of the country’s most prestigious geology museums. The museum displays rock and mineral specimens collected from Colorado’s numerous mining districts and around the world. CSM is one of very few institutions in the world that has a broad expertise in resource exploration, extraction, production and utilisation. As such, CSM occupies a unique position among the world’s institutions of higher education.

California State University at Monterey Bay

California State University at Monterey Bay is a young university, founded in 1994 to serve the local community.  It is a small university with around 5,600 students and prides itself on small class sizes and a more personal experience for students.  CSUMB currently offers 23 undergraduate programmes, and the biggest subject areas are Biology, Business and Psychology. 

This is a new opportunity for 2014/15.

Arizona State University

Arizona State University (ASU) was founded in 1885. With 58,000 students, it is the fourth largest university in the U.S. and also one of the top-ranked public research universities in the U.S. Most exchange students take courses on the Tempe campus, but there are also three additional campuses around Phoenix. ASU is well known for strong programs in Business, Journalism, Engineering, Architecture, Biology, and more than a hundred other subject areas, from African American studies to Studio Art.