University of Leeds


The University of Leeds, established in 1904, is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK. They are renowned globally for the quality of their teaching and research.

Quick Facts

Partner Program Type – Exchange

Minimum GPA – 3.0

Eligibility – Good academic and disciplinary standing, Min Age: 18, Open to All Majors, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior class standing by the time of departure

Term Options

Fall Semester – late September to late January

  • the semester ends in December, and exams take place in January. Students can pay a fee and apply to take final exams from their home university in order to return to UCSC by the start of winter quarter.

Spring Semester – late January to early June

  • students must miss both winter and spring quarters at UCSC to participate in this session

Academic Year – late September to early June

Partner Program deadline dates


City & University
Leeds is one of the UK’s largest and fastest-growing cities and has a leading reputation in business, culture, and sports. The campus is just a 10-minute walk from the vibrant city centre, which offers a wide range of places to visit, eat and shop, but is also compact and easy to get around with regular public transport services.

New international students are guaranteed University accommodation if they apply by the deadline. Find out more about the accommodations at the University of Leeds.

You are responsible for applying for, securing, and paying for accommodations directly to the housing provider. Visit the host university website for actual costs.

Student Support

The Study Abroad Office at the University of Leeds welcomes incoming exchange students. The team supports international students and offers resources and opportunities for you to integrate successfully into the culture and society.

Country Information Resources

Students with Disabilities

If you need support services abroad, notify your UCSC Disability Resource Center (DRC) Coordinator

Learn more about disability accommodations at Leeds.

Identities Abroad and Away

UC Santa Cruz Global Learning is committed to inclusion and equity in our various program options as well as striving to make everyone’s experiences abroad enriching, positive, and safe.

Learn more on our Identities Abroad and Away webpage.


Host University Courses

As a University of Leeds exchange student, you will enroll full-time in courses alongside other local and international students for a semester or full academic year. 

Course Search
Visit the Leeds Module Catalogue to find specific courses called “modules.”

  • Be sure to select the box for “Search by incoming Study Abroad” to narrow down courses open to exchange students.

Satisfying Requirements
It may be possible to satisfy major, minor, GE, and/or electives on this program.

Learn more about:

Course Load Requirements

You are required to enroll in a full-time course load while abroad as defined by your host institution:

  • A full time workload is 50 – 60 Leeds credits per semester or 100 – 120 credits for the academic year

As a UCSC student, you must also continue to meet UCSC Satisfactory Academic Progress, which requires students to enroll in a minimum of 12 UCSC quarter credits per quarter. At Leeds, you are required to ensure you meet this requirement by enrolling in the equivalent of at least 12 UCSC quarter credits in the fall semester and at least 24 UCSC quarter credits in the spring semester after conversion (see below).

Credit Conversion

UK credits will be converted to UCSC quarter credits when added to your UC transcript.

  • 10 UK credits = 4 quarter credits at UCSC
  • 15 UK credits = 6 quarter credits at UCSC
  • 20 UK credits = 8 quarter credits at UCSC
  • 30 UK credits = 12 quarter credits at UCSC

Academic Restrictions

Students with a major in Art, Design or Performance Music who wish to take studio or performance modules will be asked to submit a portfolio to Leeds for approval. Please refer to the academic subject guidance. Some courses abroad may have enrollment limitations and/or restrictions, such as prerequisites. Review course information provided by the university partner to understand any course limitations and/or restrictions prior to official course enrollment abroad.

If you are unsure about your eligibility to enroll, please contact UCSC Global Learning at before applying to this program.

Academic Differences

Please note that the academic system, such as assignments, exams, course structure, grading system, etc., at your host institution may be different from what you are used to at UCSC. We highly recommend researching the academic system at your host university in advance to best prepare for your experience abroad.

Academic Calendar

We recommend comparing the host university academic calendar to the UCSC academic calendar to see how the academic calendars, holidays and breaks differ.

Last modified: Feb 27, 2024