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University of Leeds
Spend a semester, year, or summer studying at the University of Leeds, located in Yorkshire.
Location: 
Leeds, England
Language of Instruction: 
English
Term: 
Academic Year
Fall
Spring
Summer
Academic Disciplines: 
Architectural Engineering
Art
Astronomy
Biology
Business
Business Administration
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Classics
Communication Studies
Computer Science
Dance
Design
Economics
Engineering
English
Environmental Studies
European Studies
French
Geography
Geology
Germanic Languages & Literatures
Global & International Studies
Health
History
History of Art
Information Technology
Journalism
Linguistics
Math
Modern Languages
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religious Studies
Sociology
Strategic Communication
Theatre
Visual Art
Community Health
Exercise Science
Design--Visual Communication Design
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
Summer Non-Faculty Led
Highlights: 
  • The University of Leeds has been named the UK's University of the Year for 2017 by the Times and Sunday Times newspapers
  • Leeds, a city of 700,000 people, is a vibrant city full of shopping, entertainment, and culture
  • Leeds has an international summer school that lasts four weeks long
  • The University of Leeds is ranked in the top ten universities for research in Britain
Program Summary: 

The KU Great Britain Direct Exchange Program (GBDX) is designed to stimulate and enrich the intellectual development of KU students through a direct experience in the British academic and cultural environment, promoting friendship with Great Britain and broadening international horizons. To realize this mission, KU has signed direct exchange agreements with ten universities in Great Britain, which allow KU students to study for a semester or year abroad at greatly reduced costs. In exchange, British students from these same universities will study for a semester or year at KU.

The University of Leeds is ranked in the top ten universities for research in Britain. Serving 30,500 students from 130 countries, the University is also Britain's second largest university.

 

Location: 

Leeds is a city of 700,000 people located in the county of Yorkshire, in between the Yorkshire Dales and Peak District national parks, and less than 50 miles from Manchester, Sheffield and York. London is just over two hours away by train, while Edinburgh is three hours away in the opposite direction. The busy train station in Leeds has trains heading in all directions throughout the day, making your travel plans a snap. The Leeds/Bradford airport makes your international travel quick and easy too. It has recently been named the top city to visit in Britain both by Condé Nast Traveler magazine and the Good Britain Guide.

 

Academic Information: 

Academic Program

--Semester/Year

Students may earn up to 30 hours of KU credit for the year, or 15 credits each semester.Most disciplines are offered in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Business, Education and Health Fields. Students are encouraged to visit the University of Leeds website to determine if Leeds offers the selection of courses that willmeet their graduation requirements.

Leeds courses and grades will be posted as KU equivalents on your KU transcript and grades will figure into your KU GPA. The relevant KU academic department will make the final decision regarding posting of credit and grades, and their application toward graduation.

Steps to select courses at Leeds

Leeds Course Catalog

Leeds Course Equivalencies

--Summer

The Leeds International Summer School (LISS) is a four week program open to University of Kansas students. Students take a total of two classes, worth three KU credits each during the program. Students choose one class for the first two weeks, and a second class during the last two weeks. Several field trips and excursions are included in the program. Some of these trips will be connected to particular classes, while others will be for the entire LISS group outside of classes. The 2018 Leeds International Summer School will run from Saturday, June 30 to Sunday, July 29.

Classes offered for the 2018 LISS include:

First Two Weeks:
Building Britain, 1700-1840: Industrial ‘Revolution’ or ‘Evolution’?
British Literature and the Brontës
Exploring the Performing Arts: Comedy in Britain
Introduction to Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Management in Organisations: Theories, Techniques and Decision Making
Wealth and Poverty: The Making of the Modern World [KU's HIST 250]
Introduction to Special Effects in Filmmaking
Business and Cultural Awareness: Bridging the Gap [KU's IBUS 300]
The English Country House: A Social History [KU's HIST 250]
Music in Film [KU's MUSC 310]

Second Two Weeks:
Heretics, Witches & Conspirators: A History of Fear, 1500-1700
Exploring the Law: Crime, Contracts and Legal Skills
Conflict Analysis in International Politics: Causes, Negotiation and Resolution
Renewable Energy Systems: The Big Debate [KU's GEOG 556]
Introduction to Psychology: Perception, Cognition and Emotion
Business Simulation Game: Global and Ethical Awareness in Business
Introduction to Digital Photography
Sport in the UK: Health and Performance Issues
Entrepreneurship and Society: Ideas, Opportunities and Value Creation [KU's BUS 300]

More details on theses courses can be found here.

Housing: 

Students live in university residence halls or student apartments scattered throughout the northern half of Leeds. In most cases students will have a single room and will share a common kitchen and bath. Students will have meals provided, prepare their own meals, or purchase meals at reduced cost in the university cafeteria, depending on their choice of residence.

 

Life Abroad: 

The fall semester at the University of Leeds will generally start at the end of September, with final exams finishing in mid-January. In some years the final exam period will finish just in time for the start of the KU spring semester, but some years the exams will extend through the first week of KU spring classes, making it impossible to study at Leeds for the fall semester in those years. January 2018 DOES have this date clash. 

The spring semester at the University of Leeds begins in late January with final exams concluding around the end of the first week of June.

Eligibility: 

Open to KU students who have achieved junior status by the beginning of the program and who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8. Exceptions may be made for sophomores with high academic qualifications who meet the course prerequisites. Some of the academic departments at Leeds may have additional requirements, including pre-requisites, GPA,  and number of credit hours completed.

 

Add Course: 
Structural and Stress Analysis
CIVE 2121
The CE department has determined there is no equivalent KU course.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Status: 
No Equivalency
Civil Engineering Materials II
CIVE 2301
May not be available for semester study due to January exams; okay for AY participants
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2019
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
CIVE 2405
Water Engineering II
Appears to be offered every other year (CIVE 1410)
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2019
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Structural and Stress Analysis
CIVE 3122
The CE department has determined there is no equivalent KU course
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Status: 
No Equivalency
Water Engineering III
CIVE 3401
The CE department has determined there is no equivalent KU course
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Status: 
No Equivalency
Construction Economics
CIVE 3921
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2019
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
The History of Communication
COMM1210
This course counts as both COMS 104 (3) AND COMS 499 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Comminucation Skills
COMM2560
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency
Politics, Performance and Rhetoric
COMM3165
This course counts as both COMS 335 (3) AND COMS 499 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
International Communication
COMM3180
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Elements of Human Nutrition
FOOD 1015
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Introduction to Biomechanics
SPSC1218
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Cardio-respiratory Physiology and Exercise
SPSC1221
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Mechanics of Sport and Performance
SPSC3316
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Exercise Prescription for Health and Disease
SPSC3326
Students advised to complete this at KU (capstone course).
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Neuroscience for Exercise Science
SPSC1222
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Physical Activity Across the Lifespan
SPSC1225
The Department of Exercise Science has determined there is no HSES equivalent.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2021
Status: 
No Equivalency
Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
SPSC1216
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Exercise Biochemistry
BIOC2201
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Sport Medicine, Health and Nutrition
SPSC3328
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Motor and Psychological Aspects of Rehabilitation
SPSC3329
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Poetry: Reading and Interpretation
ENGL 1261
This course counts as both ENGL 479 (3) AND one other ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Drama: Reading and Interpretation
ENGL 1282
This course counts as both ENGL 302 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Eighteenth Century Literature
ENGL 2027
This course counts as both ENGL 590 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Literature of the Romantic Period
ENGL 2028
This course counts as both ENGL 650 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Contemporary Literature
ENGL 3026
This course counts as both ENGL 560 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Alerican Words, American Worlds 1900-Present
ENGL 3290
This course counts as both ENGL 322 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Alerican Words, American Worlds 1900-Present
ENGL 3290
This course counts as both ENGL 570 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Byron and the Shelleys
ENGL 32105
This course counts as both ENGL 334 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Gender, Culture, Politics: Readings of Jane Austen
ENGL 3211
This course counts as both ENGL 334 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Against the Great American Novel: Panoramic US Narratives, 1900-present
ENGL 3377
This course counts as both ENGL 322 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Fictions of Fallen Women, 1850-1922
ENGL 3286
This course counts as both ENGL 572 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Litertature of the 1890s
ENGL 3999
This course counts as both ENGL 314 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5

Announcements

Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (PDF)

 

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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Longest-running exchange program in Western Hemisphere (begun in 1958) between KU and University of Costa Rica
17th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad — Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
1,357 KU students participated in international study, internship, and research programs in 2011-12
Nearly 25 percent of KU undergraduate students participate in a study abroad program prior to graduation
KU students who study abroad graduate in four years at twice the rate of students who do not study abroad
More than 130 study abroad programs in 75 countries, with instruction in all disciplines and 20+ languages
Students can study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, spring break, or winter break
Programs include international study, internships, service, and research opportunities
Students participating in semester, academic year, and select summer programs fulfill Goal 4.2 of the KU Core curriculum
Students can fulfill major, minor, certificate, elective, and KU Core curriculum requirements abroad
Programs are available for students in every major at KU
Financial aid is applicable to study abroad programs, and most KU scholarships and grants can be applied to study abroad
The Office of Study Abroad and many academic departments offer scholarships to qualified KU students
By studying abroad, students gain a global perspective on the world and strengthen their career opportunities
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