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Leeds, the fastest growing (and 3rd largest) city in England, attracts students, travelers, and businesses with its culture, commerce and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Leeds has an international reputation as one of the most desirable cities in England. It is centrally located, allowing for easy travel to London and other British destinations (as well as for exploration of the verdant Yorkshire countryside). Historians have found traces of Leeds’ history as early as 627 A.D. Leeds is known as the “Commercial Capital of the North,” as well as, “Environmental City of the U.K.” (Its economy is among the most diverse in the U.K., and it is one of the “greenest” cities in Europe, with a greenbelt covering over 2/3 of its entire area. Leeds is also famed for its live music venues. Landmark sites that define Leeds are Millenium Square, Leeds City Art Gallery and Leeds City Museum, Leeds Waterfront, and Turk’s Head Yard. The city center and Victoria Quarter offer a wide array of shops and restaurants.
The University of Leeds is located 10 minutes from the city center. With more than 32,000 full-time students (of which over 25,000 are undergraduates), the university is one of the largest and most popular for U.K. students. In addition to English students, the University of Leeds hosts more than 7,000 international students! One of the attractions is the range of courses taught at the university, offering students from almost every field of study an array of stimulating classes. API students at the University of Leeds are surrounded by students who also want to be part of a vibrant, cosmopolitan campus life, in the heart of a city that reflects that spirit. Students are able to participate in sports clubs, social activities, attend music events and nationally-renowned theater performances at one of the biggest and best student unions in the U.K. Study abroad in Leeds with API!
“The program in Leeds is underrated and I hope that more students in the future are able to find this program and share my amazing experience. My study abroad experience was not what I expected - it was so much more amazing than I could have ever imagined. I loved it so much that I decided to extend to the full year after just one month! I would highly recommend the Leeds program for a full year so you have plenty of time to adjust to the British culture and begin to feel a part of it yourself."
Explore the rolling Yorkshire Dales (the inspiration for The Shire in the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings!)
Visit Roundhay Park
Shop Leeds Kirkgate Market, Leeds Corn Exchange, and the Victoria, Thornton, and Country Arcades (Victorian covered shopping streets)
Leeds Town Hall and Industrial Museum
Toad in the Hole
Fish and chips
Bangers and Mash
Leeds students are given many of these recipes on site by their Resident Director!
Otley Carnival (June)
Leeds West Indian Carnival (August)
Leeds Festival (August)
Light Night (October)
Leeds Pride (August)
Leeds International Festival (May)
The University of Leeds was named the university of the Year - 2017 (The Times and The Sunday Times) and is ranked #32 in Europe and #92 in the world according to the 2016-17 QS World University Rankings, and is a Russel Group member (the U.K.'s "Ivy League").
Its business programs carry the prestigious triple-crown of accreditation - AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS, and the university was awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (the highest possible).
Students may also enjoy the Leeds "Buddy System," which connects U. Leeds students with API students.
Carolyn Lutes will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!
Email: [email protected]
Rachel will be your Resident Director in Leeds and will be a resource for you while you are in England!
Anna McCole will be your Student Services Coordinator in England and a resource for you while you are abroad with us!