International Student Office

The International Student Office provides specialist immigration advice along with welcome and orientation support specific to the needs of international students.

Our team of immigration experts can assist you with the process of applying for entry clearance and extending your visa, while our Welcome Team provides a comprehensive service to help you have the best possible start to life in Leeds. We also help you make the most of being part of our Global Community.

Services available

Immigration services: We provide free advice on immigration law and requirements to current and prospective international students. We run drop-in sessions and appointments with Immigration Advisers, process visa extension applications, deliver talks on working during and after studies, and offer advice and appeals on visa refusals.

Travel and arrival: We are here to provide you with information and services to help you prepare your travel, and to make sure your journey and arrival are easy and stress-free. We provide a free Meet and Greet service for international students arriving in September, and can help you if you encounter any problems such as lost luggage.

Orientation: We offer year round welcome and orientation sessions to help you settle in quickly. We can help you get started, complete registration, and contact family and friends.

Life in Leeds: We can provide support to ease the transition to life in the UK and help you make the most out of your time in Leeds. This includes help opening a UK bank account, registering with a doctor and supporting you to adapt to life in a new culture and feel at home in Leeds.

Global Community opportunities: We help UK and international students feel part of one global community and develop cultural awareness and other skills valued by employers. We connect students from different cultural backgrounds through activities such as Global Café, the Intercultural Ambassadors Programme and in partnership with Ellerslie Global Residence.

Open: 9am - 4.45pm (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) 10am - 4.45pm (Wednesday)
Immigration and visa drop-in: 10.30am Monday to Friday. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) situation the campus is closed and there are currently no drop in sessions or appointments taking place.  Please email if you require any further assistance.

Entrances: main entrances on Cavendish Road and Beech Grove Terrace. The International Student Office is located on level 11.
Disabled access: access from the western (Beech Grove Terrace) entrance is via a wheelchair-accessible lift.

Contact us

International Student Office
Level 11, Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building
University of Leeds

Tel: 0113 343 3930

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