International Programs and Global Engagement

England - Leeds Beckett University

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Located in Leeds, England, Leeds Beckett University has origins that go back over one hundred years. The name recently was changed to Leeds Beckett from Leeds Metropolitan University. Today, the university is a modern university with over 28,000 students. Leeds Beckett is split between two main campuses: the City Campus, located in the heart of Leeds, and the Headingley Campus, located in Beckett Park a little under three miles from the City Campus.

The Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history that goes back to Roman times. For centuries it was a family owned estate, which played host to visitors such as Oscar Wilde and Winston Churchill. It includes the magnificent James Graham building, which houses both the library and the beautiful Gandhi Hall, and the Carnegie Sports Centre, home to world-class sport facilities.

The City Campus, in contrast, has a much more recent history with many iconic buildings helping to define the skyline of one of the most dynamic cities in the country. The City Campus is home to award-winning learning environments such as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010, and the Rose Bowl (home to the Business School), which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Across the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building, housing one of Leeds Beckett's impressive libraries on five floors.

Leeds is one of the most popular student cities in the U.K. with a population of about 780,000 and with over 200,000 students. The city offers a vibrant nightlife and cultural attractions. The cost of living is lower than in many parts of the U.K. The city center is just a ten-minute walk from the City Campus, and the Headingley Campus is a short bus ride away on a frequent bus route. Leeds is rated as one of the top three shopping locations in the U.K. with over 1,000 shops in the city center. The Corn Exchange and Granary Wharf Market are favorites with students, and the Victoria Quarter and The Light House, some of the most fashionable shops in Leeds. There are many pubs and restaurants in Leeds, which offer a wide variety of international cuisine. Leeds is a friendly, cosmopolitan city.

Arts and culture flourish in Leeds. The Leeds City Art Gallery stages major exhibitions and the Henry Moore Institute concentrates on bringing sculpture exhibitions to the city. There are regular performances by the Northern Ballet, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and Opera North at a variety of venues such as the Grand Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, and the Civic Theatre. Attractions such as the Kirkstall Abbey, Harewood House, Temple Newsam, and Lotherton Hall are all easily accessible. Film enthusiasts can choose from a selection of commercial and independent cinemas, and each year the city hosts an international film festival.

Leeds is one of the greenest cities in Europe and is less than an hour away from the spectacular Yorkshire Dales National Park. The city is at the center of an excellent network of roads and trains. The trains provide fast direct service to many cities, including London (2 hours), Manchester (1 hour), Newcastle (1 hours), and Edinburgh (3 hours). Leeds / Bradford International Airport is only eight miles from the city center.

Leeds is the U.K.'s largest center for financial and professional services outside London, with more than 30 national and international banks located in the city. It is one of the U.K.'s principal manufacturing centers and has grown to be the U.K.'s second largest printing and publishing center. It is also the second largest center outside London for media and communications. Leading companies in the fields of e-commerce, marketing, graphic design, television, radio, advertising, and news agencies are all based in Leeds.


Students who would like to study in England for one semester or an academic year while still remaining enrolled at this university have an excellent opportunity through this study abroad program. Our students at Leeds Beckett share the British education experience by enrolling in regular university classes alongside the British students. The British education system uses the term, "module," instead of our word, "course." Students usually take four modules per semester (considered a full-time program) and select modules in related subjects.

Please note that postgraduate courses at Leeds Beckett are not available to our students through this program. Graduate level students, however, are allowed to take undergraduate courses and can discuss this option with the graduate coordinator in their academic department. The academic department at this university may or may not give graduate level credit for a third-year undergraduate course at Leeds Beckett.

Students may consult the Leeds Beckett course search at: for fields of study offered. Select subject area, "Modules & Learning", and "Module Specification" to obtain course descriptions. To provide a cohesive program, participants are encouraged to select modules across no more than two of Leeds' Faculties.

Fields of study by Faculty at the undergraduate level include:

Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology:
Art, Architecture, and Design ( architecture, fashion, fine art, graphic arts and design, interior architecture, landscape architecture and design, product design)

Built Environment and Engineering (civil engineering and construction management, surveying and planning)

Computing, Creative Technologies, and Engineering (broadcast media technologies, business information technology, computer animation and visual effects, computer forensics and security, computer science, creative media technology, electronic and electrical engineering, food engineering, games design, photographic journalism)

Cultural Studies and Humanities (English literature, history and media)

Film, Music and Performing Arts (animation, audio engineering, dance, filmmaking, music production, music technology)

Faculty of Business and Law: accounting and finance; human resources management and organizational behaviour; law; marketing, public relations, and communications; strategy and economics

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences: biomedical sciences; clinical language sciences (speech and language therapy); criminology; criminology and psychology; criminology and sociology; health promotion; healthy communities; international relations and global development; international relations and peace studies; nutrition and dietetics; playwork; politics; psychology; psychology and society; public health (environmental health and nutrition); safety health and environmental management; social work; sociology; sports and exercise therapy; youth and community; youth work and community development

Carnegie Faculty: childhood studies; education studies; entertainment management; events and sports event management; hospitality and retailing; international tourism management; leisure, sport and entertainment; physical activity, sport and exercise science; physical education and sports coaching; sports management


All participants are required to be full-time while studying in England and, thus, take the equivalent of 15 units during each semester for undergraduates and 12 units per semester for graduates.

Applicants should have upper division standing with a declared major at this university by the end of the semester prior to departure or have classified graduate standing at the time of the application deadline, good academic records, and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better at the time of application. In most cases, the lower division course requirements of the appropriate field of study must have been completed by the end of the semester prior to departure. All applicants should check to ensure that they are on track for meeting the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). The applicant also should be prepared to accept the challenge of study in a country with an educational system different from our own.

Please note that students applying to take art and design courses will have to submit a portfolio in addition to the other requirements for application.


Courses are offered on a semester basis at Leeds Beckett. Semester 1 begins around the third week in September and ends after final exams around the end of January. Semester 2 begins around the first week in February and ends after final exams around the end of May. Students should plan on being in Leeds in time to attend international students induction week, which usually takes place one or two weeks before the start of the semester.


Students accepted to the program will pay the usual California State University, Sacramento fees, remain eligible for financial aid (except work/study), if otherwise qualified, and receive resident credit just as if they were attending classes at this university. (Please note that equivalency of courses falls under the jurisdiction of the academic department.) Leeds Beckett has agreed to waive non-resident tuition, approximately 9,500 pounds (over $14,575) per year, making this a particularly attractive opportunity for participants. Students will pay for their travel to and from Leeds, room and board, books, and incidentals. In addition, each student must have the required insurance during his or her stay in England.

Expenses for a semester in Leeds are estimated at the following: usual undergraduate fees - $3,324 (graduates would pay the graduate fee), - airfare - $1,295, insurance - $225, room and board (19 weeks) - $5,700, incidentals (including books, local transportation, clothing, entertainment) - $2,100. Total $12,644. The estimated expenses for an academic year are about $23,993. This estimate is given for planning purposes only and is subject to changes from currency fluctuation, inflation, and fee changes. Keep in mind that students are responsible for obtaining their own passports and student visas. The costs to obtain these are not included in this estimate.


Campus financial aid, with the exception of federal work study, is applicable abroad. Whether or not you have ever received financial aid, you should investigate this possibility by contacting Joy Fisher (study abroad contact) at the Student Service Counter located on the first floor of Lassen Hall. Students also are encouraged to investigate and apply for scholarships for their study or research abroad. A listing of specific scholarships and scholarship resource information, with websites, is available on the International Programs and Global Engagement website at


The city of Leeds has for many years housed a large student community and is fully geared to meeting student needs. There is a wide choice of accommodation within walking distance or a short bus ride away from the university's campuses and the city center. The Accommodation Office at Leeds Beckett assists students in finding housing. More information can be found on their website at:

Leeds offers a range of accommodations, including over 4,000 places in university owned or allocated accommodation, self-catering shared student houses in the private rented sector, and private lodgings (homestay). Unipol Student Homes is a charitable trust established to help students find rented accommodation in the private sector and is supported in part by Leeds Beckett. The Unipol Student Homes office is located near the university's City Campus. You can find details of vacancies available in the private sector at


Applications will be accepted for one semester or one academic year. The application deadline for participation is March 1. Applications can be obtained from the Office of International Programs and Global Engagement in Lassen 2304, tel. (916) 278-6686.

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