Eligibility

First you need to be sure you qualify to study abroad. The questions on this page will help you decide.

Can you study abroad on your degree programme?

Most undergraduate degrees offered at Leeds support study abroad opportunities organised by the Study Abroad office. However, it’s not possible for some courses, eg in the Schools of Medicine or Healthcare. If you’re unsure, check with your School Study Abroad Coordinator or the Study Abroad office.

If study abroad is already a compulsory part of your degree course, different eligibility criteria may apply. Speak to your School Study Abroad Coordinator to find out more.

Have you achieved a 2:1 in your first year?

You usually need to have achieved an average of 60 in your first year examinations. If you have a slightly lower average (usually 57-59) you may still be considered for certain universities if places are available and your school supports your application.

Note: achieving an average mark of 60 means you're eligible to apply to study abroad, but it doesn't guarantee you'll be selected to study abroad at one of your preferred destinations.

Do you have the support of your school?

Each school has a Study Abroad Coordinator. You must discuss your application with this person before submitting your application. Your application to study abroad cannot be considered unless you have the support of your parent school.

Do you have the necessary language skills?

Studying abroad can be a great chance to develop your language skills even if you don’t study a foreign language as part of your degree.

If your chosen destination teaches in a foreign language you need to be able to show that you have considered this fully and are able to study in another language. More information about required levels and ways to improve your language skills in Languages.

A growing number of Leeds’ partner institutions teach in English, however, even where it is not the main spoken language in the country, so you don’t necessarily need to speak another language to study abroad in Europe or Asia. Check Destinations or the printed destination lists available in the Study Abroad office for more details. Some of these institutions offer great optional language learning opportunities - read Languages.

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria

If you are not eligible to study abroad as part of your degree, consider applying for a short programme, such as a summer school. Read Short programmes.