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Students who choose to study abroad in Leeds with API at the University of Leeds will choose from a wide range of undergraduate classes open to British and international students.
API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Leeds programs. All excursions are subject to change.
Durham is a picturesque university city where the River Wear loops around the Romanesque Cathedral and Norman Castle which together make up a UNESCO World heritage site. Students will go even further back in history and explore Hadrian’s Wall, which was the Roman border with Scotland, built to keep out the Picts in 128 AD.
Whitby is a charming and traditional seaside town, with a busy fishing harbor, an inviting beach sweeping along a dramatic coastline of cliffs, narrow medieval shopping streets culminating in an 18th-century marketplace. The imposing cliff-top ruins of Whitby Abbey date from the 11th century and overlook the city that was the point of arrival in England of “Dracula”, in Bram Stoker’s book of the same name. After enjoying the fresh sea air, exploring the winding the streets, taking in the abbey, you will have the opportunity to sample a meal of fabulously fresh traditional fish and chips.
London is the largest city in Western Europe, home of the Kings and Queens of England since time immemorial. The Tower of London, with its Beefeaters and grisly past, is a prominent landmark and is the place where the Tudor King Henry VIII had two of his queens beheaded! It is situated next to the famous Tower Bridge, which spans the River Thames. Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the houses of Parliament and Big Ben are all equally famous historical buildings, of which there is no shortage in London. They are presided over by Buckingham Palace, where the current Queen lives, and overlooked by the London Eye. London is a magical city with plenty to offer any visitor.
York is a charming city that retains the feel of a medieval English town with its winding cobbled streets spreading out within the original medieval city walls. From almost everywhere in York one can see York Minster, the oldest Gothic cathedral in Britain, erected between 1220 and 1470.
Harewood House is a stately home. It was designed by John Carr in 1759 with interiors by Robert Adam and is home to the Queen’s cousin, the Earl of Harewood and his wife, the Countess of Harewood. The House has beautiful original furnishings, splendid state rooms, and outstanding art collections.
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester
FALL COURSE OPTIONS
The fall semester at the University of Leeds runs through January. If the academic calendar at a student’s home institution requires them to begin their spring term in early January, they may have the option of taking classes allowing a December return (like most U.S. fall quarters/semesters). Students may also have the opportunity to complete fall exams upon their return home.
The University of Leeds issues all official transcripts at the end of the academic year in July only. Exam results from the fall term will remain provisional until external exam board meetings in June/July. Students completing the fall term only in Leeds will also receive a provisional transcript from the University of Leeds approximately 2-3 months after the end of the program.
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!
Carolyn Lutes will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!
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Or visit the Leeds Module Catalogue to select your courses.
***Be sure to check the box for ‘search by incoming study abroad’ so that courses that are not open to study abroad students do NOT appear. Please note that modules available to study abroad students are always identified within the module catalog by ‘isa’.
STUDY ABROAD GUIDANCE
It is VERY important to follow the University of Leeds Study Abroad Guidance Page when choosing courses.
The complete guide can be found at the link above, but the following is a short synopsis:
Make sure you have covered the content of any pre-requisite modules listed in the module catalog.
For students wishing to step outside their main area of study to develop new skills and knowledge, Discovery Modules are a great way to dive into personal interests in the classroom, and enhance employability!
When the module is taught
The module selection may vary, and no module is guaranteed.
Please note that it is important to pay close attention to class times in order to avoid scheduling conflicts. We typically suggest that students get as many courses as possible approved so that later in the course registration process if there are clashes, closures, or cancellations, students have alternates in mind.
The University of Leeds system may or may not indicate timetable clashes, so it is each student’s responsibility to monitor their schedule choices. You may also click on the timetable option when you are in a course description to see the times of classes.
How many modules to select
A full-time workload at Leeds is generally around 60 British credits per semester, (or approximately 30 ECTS, or 15 U.S. credits). As modules (courses) at the University of Leeds can equate to varying amounts of U.S. credit hours, all students should verify that they will complete the required amount of credit for their home university upon their arrival.
It is advised that students choose at least one alternate for every module selected for pre-approval from their home university, to ensure that they have a full course load should there be any cancellations, time conflicts, etc. Students usually complete 3-4 modules per term, each valued at 10 – 20 British credits.
Subject area of the module and restrictions
Please read carefully through the school-specific module guidance while choosing modules, which can be found HERE.
Some modules may require additional fees for labs, equipment, etc. These fees are not included in the program cost.
If you have any questions while looking at the course schedule or filling out your application, please call the API office at (800) 844-4124.
FALL SEMESTER COURSES
Please note that the fall semester at the University of Leeds typically runs through January, however API students have the option of taking their Leeds final exams in the U.S. if the fall exam schedule conflicts with the start of spring classes at their home university! Contact your Program Manager for further details on this option.
Students can also take classes which allow a December return with no final exam. In this case, students should look for ‘Semester 1’ courses, and then scroll down for each course of interest to the section on the syllabus marked ‘Method of Assessment.’ If the Method of Assessment does not indicate an exam, the student should be able to finish coursework in December and return home as per a regular U.S. fall semester term.
University of Leeds Class Catalog
API semester students in Leeds live in University of Leeds student accommodation at Lupton Residences in Headingley. Each API student is placed in a single room, typically within a co-ed flat or on a co-ed floor, with approximately five other students. This housing, in particular, provides a quintessentially British experience, as students are placed with British flatmates! Apartments usually include a common eat-in kitchen, as well as a shared bathroom. Housing in the period between fall and spring terms is included for academic year students. Bedding packs are included, however, towels and crockery/cutlery will not be provided. Students also have access to the gym facilities on campus, which are included in the program fee.
Headingly is located at about a 20-minute bus ride and about a 35 to 45-minute walk from campus, depending on pace. It is a popular student district, offering a variety of cafes, shops, and restaurants.