harewood house

University of Leeds

Experience Victorian era architecture as you wander the streets of Abbey House Museum. Discover the art, culture and heritage of marvelous Harewood House and Gardens, one of England’s treasured houses.

Located in the heart of England, Leeds offers great travel opportunities and infrastructure, and is known as one of England’s most accessible cities. Established in 1904 with origins going back to the Leeds Medicine School in 1831 and to the Yorkshire College in 1874, the University of Leeds today ranks among the top 100 universities in the world.

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Leeds, UK




Fall, Winter, Academic year

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2024-2025 applications

Fall 2024 and Winter 2025
First come, first considered 

University-specific additional requirements

No university-specific requirements. See the Eligibility section below for more information.

2025-2026 applications

Open November 1, 2024 

Student experience

Check out the blogs our students have written about their exchange to Leeds!

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Program details

Areas of Study:

Leeds offers a wide variety of programs, including art history, biology, business, chemistry, communications, computer science, dance, development studies, English, earth science, east Asian studies, economics, engineering (chemical, civil, electrical, materials, mechanical), environmental science, fine art, geography, geology, Greek & Roman studies (classics), history, international relations, linguistics, math, music, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, social work, sociology, sports science, visual arts and more.

Languages: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese.

Closed Programs: Students should consult the module availability guidance notes prior to selecting their courses. Almost all law modules at Leeds are full year courses.

Course Information:

Courses at Leeds are called "modules". Students at Leeds typically take 50-60 credits per semester. one UCalgary half course equivalent = 12 Leeds credits. Course information can be found in their module catalogue.

The academic year is divided into two semesters. Semester 1 runs from late September to late January. Semester 2 runs from mid January to early June. The summer school runs from early July to early August.

There is also a summer program available at Leeds.

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.

    Living costs are about £134-£217+/week. Details can be found on the Leeds' website.

    Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your University of Calgary funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree seeking student at the UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information. 

Exchange students are guaranteed university accommodation if they apply by the deadline. Students can choose from both catered and self-catered options.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the University of Calgary, who have completed at least one full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0(B).

Students apply to UCalgary first, then we nominate accepted students who have met the minimum requirements to our partners. Once you have been nominated to Leeds, you will then apply directly to their exchange program. For more details on Leeds' application click here.

Students traveling on passports from countries that don't have English as a first language must prove their English proficiency. For more information about Leeds' requirements click here.

Disability support: Leeds has a disability team that supports domestic and international students with disability, mental health issues or learning difficulties.

The University of Leeds has an Equality and Inclusion Framework in place and an LGBT Society

Watch this video about Student Experience at Leeds. 

Students choosing the virtual exchange at Leeds will work with the academic departments for guidance and permission to take the courses online. So you can use the same course search as in the academic section, but please have extra backups in case individual courses are not suitable for remote learning.

Students can choose a course load that ranges from 20-60 UK credits

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment. In these videos, you will learn much of the basics about Global Learning, which may answer your initial questions.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how this program might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions, please reach out to our office! We offer drop-in advising for general inquiries, and if you have questions about this specific program or any others, you can book an appointment with the responsible advisor.

Please use the link below to find the most up-to-date information about our current advising options.

View the Global Learning Advising page

The advisor for the program is: Saniya Korhalkar

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.