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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.

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation


Resident Director


Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Transit Pass


Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Program of study statement
  • Official transcript
  • Copy of passport
  • Entry Requirements: Valid passport with supporting documentation for stays under 6 months or valid passport with student visa for stays over 6 months
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan 19, 2021 - Jun 5, 2021 $17,980 Oct 15, 2020 Nov 1, 2020

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.

  • York

    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.

  • Peaks, Plague, and Puddings

    Escaping the hustle and bustle of London, students will head north to the rolling hills of Derbyshire. Nottingham, with its links to the legend of Robin Hood, is one of the largest cities in the East Midlands. You can enjoy the National Justice Museum, the Robin Hood Experience, or enjoy all the boutiques and cafes Nottingham has to offer. A journey to Derbyshire is not complete without a stop in Bakewell and a chance to sample one of the UK’s most popular puddings (dessert), the Bakewell Tart. Students will stay in Eyam, also known as the plague village. In 1665, when plague broke out, the villagers chose to isolate themselves, preventing infection from spreading. These days Eyam is a great base for outdoor activities, taking in the beautiful landscape of the national park. Before heading back to London, students will have a chance to explore a stately home that was once home to the rich and famous of English history
  • Harewood House

    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.

  • London

    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.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester

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.


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.

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    Rachel Wellborn

    Rachel will be your Resident Director in Leeds and will be a resource for you while you are in England!

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    Anna McCole

    Anna McCole will be your Student Services Coordinator in England and a resource for you while you are abroad with us!

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    Carolyn Lutes

    Carolyn Lutes will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!

    Email: carolyn.lutes@apiabroad.com


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’.


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:

  • Module Level

    • 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.


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 Courses

Please visit the university site for more detailed individual class descriptions.

University of Leeds Class Catalog

  • Classes taught in English
    • Triple business school accreditation: AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS
      • Russsell Group member (the U.K.'s "Ivy League")
        • Wide course selection
          • Leeds “Buddy” system – connects local students with API students

    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.

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