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This is the program brochure page.
University of Leicester
Leicester, United Kingdom (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Website: Click to visit
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Restrictions: ASU applicants only
Cost Sheets Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Areas of Study:
Business, Engineering, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Humanities, Journalism, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences
Program Type:
Language of Instruction:
Minimum Class Standing:
02 - Sophomore
Graduate Courses Available:
GPA Requirement:
International Coordinator:
Maggie Flynn
Available to Non-ASU Students:
  Program Details


Video courtesy of University of Leicester

Quick Facts

  • The University of Leicester has been consistently ranked highly for overall student satisfaction and outstanding support services by the National Student Survey.

  • For two years running a survey by HSBC has found that Leicester was the cheapest place for students to live in the UK.

  • QS World University Rankings of 2010 placed Leicester in the top 2% of universities in the world.

  • Home to the UK's first Museum Studies Program and is now a leader in the field.

  • For Management/Business classes, application must be submitted a month early for consideration.

  • Biological Science, Engineering, Geology and Maths students (one semester and full year) are required to stay for the exams in January and June.

    To receive priority consideration for this program, submit complete fall applications by February 1st and spring applications by August 1st. Applying by the priority deadline does not guarantee a spot on the program and space may still be limited. This program may fill to capacity based on priority applications. If space allows, additional applications will be considered after the final deadline. 

  • Leicester is an excellent choice for ASU majors of Biological Sciences and Criminology/Criminal Justice.


city of Leicester

Location Details

Located in the East Midlands region of England, the city of Leicester is approximately 100 miles north-west of London or 70-minute train ride.

Leicester is a vibrant and diverse city and the tenth largest in Britain. It has all the attractions of a major city with a friendly and safe atmosphere.

The city center is just a short walk from campus so students are never far from the action.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens may require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy. The UK Visa and Immigration site is a good resource to reference. 

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

The University of Leicester is a traditional British university, founded in 1921, that provides innovative teaching and outstanding student support to its 23,000 students.

Access a list of courses available to exchange students using the Course Module Database. Be sure to select UG for undergraduate courses.

You will choose 60 Leicester credits (30 ECTS) per semester. 

It is not recommended to mix modules from too many different departments or year levels as you are likely to encounter timetabling clashes.

Please note that level 300 courses are final year courses at Leicester. To register for a 300 course you must have a substantial background in the subject area.


The following departments have restricted enrollment for study abroad students.
  • Biological Sciences: Students are only to select modules in the same year code (ex. 100, 200) to avoid scheduling conflicts. Many of these courses require students to sit for exams in January and/or June.
  • Politics and International Relations: Study Abroad students will not be accepted for third year (senior level) modules.
  • Media and Communications: Modules only available to students majoring in this subject.
  • Engineering:  The majority of these modules are year-long classes and include mandatory exams in January and/or June. If you wish to take Engineering classes it's recommended that you attend for the full academic year.
  • Management: Places are limited and cannot be guaranteed.

Academic Culture 

British universities tend to place a greater emphasis on independent student learning. Students may be expected to conduct guided readings or practice assignments outside of the structured coursework. This program is ideal then for self-motivated learners who are ready for this challenge.

Rather than receive a final grade based on multiple assignments, exams, and/or projects, it is common to only be graded on a midterm and or/final exam or paper. While the course content may not be more difficult, the standards and expectations in place may take some getting used to.

Glossary of Terms

  • Semester One = US Fall Semester
  • Semester Two = US Spring Semester
  • Module = US class
  • Course = US major
  • Faculty = US school or college (e.g. Faculty of Engineering is the School of Engineering)

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

Credit and Grade Conversion Scale

Click here to view how credits and grades at University of Leicester will convert to ASU credits and grades.

Leicester aerial view
Leicester lounger inside the Library
Leicester The Guildhall
Leicester small science lecture
Photos courtesy of University of Leicester


Video courtesy of University of Leicester

Program Housing

The Oadby Student Village, which is a number of halls situated in the leafy area of Oadby. It is set in beautiful grounds and close to a large supermarket and plenty of pubs and restaurants. There is a regular bus service into the city which is complemented by the Students' Union minibus service at night. Accommodation with meal plans or self-catered options are available.  For more information about accommodation as an exchange student, see Leicester's website here.


Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.



Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following non-refundable fees:

  • $50 Application Fee
  • $400 Administrative Fee
  • Mandatory Medical Insurance Fee*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the Medical Insurance Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration. 


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017
Rolling Admission 01/17/2018 06/22/2018
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by August 1, 2017. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted through September 15, 2017.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2018 03/15/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by February 1, 2018. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted through March 1, 2018.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/15/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by February 1, 2018. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted through March 1, 2018.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
This program is currently not accepting applications.