International Orientation

Our international orientation programme will help you make the best possible start in Leeds. You’ll be able to join talks, tours and social events to help you feel at home and meet new people. 

International Orientation

This page was last updated on Tuesday 7 May. 

What is International Orientation? 

International Orientation is the perfect way to find out more about the University of Leeds and about living in the UK. Whenever you arrive, we’ll help you:  

  • Find essential information and learn about opportunities to make the most of your international experience in Leeds. 
  • Discover our campus and the city. 
  • Meet other students, make connections and start settling in. 

Read more about how International Orientation can make you feel at home in Leeds!

If you’re arriving in the summer to attend Leeds International Summer School (LISS), contact their team directly on

If you're a postgraduate researcher arriving before September, head to our Postgraduate research international orientation webpage for resources and information on how to settle into campus life. 

If you’re arriving from September, then read on to find out more. 

When is International Orientation?

International Orientation week takes place from Monday 16 September – Sunday 22 September. Some virtual sessions will be available the week before and the week after. 

The full orientation programme for September 2024 will be updated here in June 2024. 

What can I expect from the programme?

Your international programme will include:

In-person, interactive International Orientation sessions to formally welcome you to Leeds.  

Virtual orientation sessions you can attend online before or after you arrive: 

  • Banking  
  • Healthcare 
  • Safety 
  • Study Skills 
  • Working during and after study 
  • Disability support 

Campus, city and faith-based tours 

Social events including Global Cafe 

Culture change workshops and Culture Shock Comedy Drama performance 

Asking for help

As part of your International Orientation, you will have the support of our friendly Student Information Service, who are here to help you with processes you need to complete when you arrive, and any questions you have as you are settling in.

You can contact the team with any questions you have throughout your time in Leeds. They will be able to answer your questions or put you in touch with the right team on campus that can help you. You can call them, email them, or visit them at one of the Student Information Points on campus.  

If you don’t know who to ask, ask the Student Information Service.