Welcoming students from around the globe
Leeds is an international and multicultural campus. Students come from all over the world to make use of our outstanding facilities, including our extensive research library, laboratories and computing facilities. They come to a university with an international reputation for its excellent teaching and research, situated in the heart of a vibrant and affordable multicultural city. With students from many countries studying here it means the University has a very culturally rich environment and students benefit from the experience of working with different cultures and nationalities.
We have many years experience welcoming overseas students to our Faculty. We teach around 2,000 undergraduate students across our Undergraduate School and 350 postgraduate students in our Graduate School from diverse backgrounds and over 30 countries.
The University of Leeds provides extensive support services to help make international student life in Leeds enjoyable and successful. In this section we have included information we hope will be of use to prospective biological sciences students from overseas, including sections on fees and scholarships, student support, accommodation and real students' experiences.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you still have any further queries.
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Leeds was a founder member of Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) which includes research-led institutions in North America, South East Asia, Europe and Australia.
We share our research with partners and broaden our own knowledge by working with others. Our research draws on collaborations with prestigious academic institutions while adding value to companies around the globe. Our academics are in high demand around the world.
If you are thinking about coming to Leeds download our International Guide (Pdf) to find out more. Read about life at Leeds and the reasons why over 4,000 international students are studying here this year.
Leeds International Summer School
The Leeds International Summer School (LISS) is an opportunity for international students to get a taste of education and culture in the UK. The programme is 4 weeks long and gives students the chance to study two modules on topics as diverse as literature, music, sport and history, as well as including a range of field trips and social activities. Find out more.
We have many international students and we make offers to students with most recognised national and international qualifications on the basis of the information contained in your UCAS form. For this reason it is important that you complete all sections of the UCAS application form.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you must have evidence of an English qualification or other proficiency in English, equivalent to GCSE grade C or above to gain entry to the University of Leeds. The two most commonly used qualifications are are IELTS and TOEFL.
Minimum English Language requirements for all undergraduate degrees (BSc) in the Faculty of Biological Sciences are:
- TOEFL (internet-based) - a total score of 87, with no less than: 20 in listening, 20 in reading, 22 in speaking, and 21 in writing
- IELTS - score of 6.0 overall (with not less than 5.5 in any component)
Our Biological Sciences international admissions team are able to advise whether your qualifications are suitable for entry to our courses:
Ms Carolyn Giles
International Undergraduate Admissions Officer
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2829
Fax: +44 (0)113 343 3091
Further advice and help
Fees and Funding - International Fees
What do undergraduate (BSc) courses cost?
All BSc undergraduate degrees in the Faculty of Biological Sciences are charged at a standard rate of £16,500 for new international students 2014/15. You will get details of your fees with your offer letter.The academic fee covers tuition and exam costs as well as membership of the students' union. The majority of our students are self-funded, or funded by their employer or national government
Faculty of Biological Sciences Scholarships
The Faculty of Biological Sciences offers scholarships of £2,000 (awarded on academic merit) to excellent students from around the world.
Other scholarships may be available for international undergraduate students. Contact the University's International Centre for advice.
Payment of fees
If you are an international undergraduate or international postgraduate research student you will pay the same fixed fee for each year of your programme allowing you to plan your finances for the duration of your studies. Find out when and how to pay.
If you are supported by your government, employer, or other sponsor, you should provide a letter from them addressed to the University, confirming that the fees will be paid directly.
The information provided is for general guidance purposes only. The University believes the information provided is accurate at the time of publication. The University cannot accept liability for any inaccuracies.
The Faculty of Biological Sciences offers scholarships of £2,000 to excellent students from around the world.
A new scholarship for 2014 has been introduced. The Science and Engineering Scholarship is available to international students who join the university in 2014 onto an undergraduate degree programme.
International Student Support Services
Many years experience has taught us that international students have particular needs and the University's International Office offers a full range of services to help you before you arrive and once you are here. Visit the International Centre website for useful information including pre-arrival information, our meet and greet service and events and activities.
Preparing for Leeds
International pre-arrival guide 2012-13 (download PDF)
Make sure you are prepared before you start your course. This guide is full of information about what to do before you arrive, and much of it can be done in your own country. With details on immigration, finance and what to do when you get here, you can start to get ready for life at Leeds.
International student handbook 2011-12 (download PDF)
Information about the country, the city and the University. This comprehensive guide for all new international students gives you a step-by-step guide to help you in your first few weeks and beyond. We are situated in the heart of a vibrant and multicultural city, so read this guide and you will feel at home right away.
Take a look at our International Office website for more information and advice on how to get the most out of your student experience.
Once you are here
You will have access to the same Faculty personal tutor system, to careers advice and skills training, to a range of personal development opportunities, including our distinctive Leeds for Life scheme, and to opportunities to develop industrial and professional links.
Undergraduate students benefit from the support the University Careers Centre.
Visit the International Centre website for useful information and events and activities.
Graduation isn't the end of the story by any means. We are in regular contact with more than 165,000 alumni in over 168 countries.
Join our online alumni community after graduation and enjoy strong friendships and supportive networking opportunities long after you have left us.
New international undergraduates paying fees at the full international rate have a guaranteed place in University accommodation during their first year, subject to certain conditions. More information is available on the University Accommodation website.
A university isn't just a place to learn - it's also a place to live. That's why you should make sure that the university you choose offers a quality environment as well as first-rate learning opportunities - at Leeds we provide a complete package. And there's lots to choose from! Catered and self-catering, residences large and small, in contemporary or traditional buildings, on campus, close to the city centre or further afield. Different residences have different facilities e.g. internet access, launderettes, parking spaces, squash courts, pool tables, common rooms, shops, music practice rooms and bars.
All residents (excluding family and summer contracts) in University accommodation receive membership to The Edge, the University’s flagship fitness, sport and wellbeing facility included in the rent.
Student Services Centre
University of Leeds
0113 343 7777
University of Leeds Overseas
The University has a network of representatives across the globe who can provide information on all matters relating to life in Leeds. The University also has overseas offices in New Delhi, Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur.
Visits to your region/country in 2011
The International Office at the University of Leeds regularly travels overseas to meet with prospective students and advise them about life as an international student in Leeds. Overseas visit schedule.
Biological sciences students from China
The Faculty of Biological Sciences has its own Leeds-based China Liaison Officer who can help with queries:
We have welcomed international students from over 30 countries onto our courses. Students from over 30 countries have joined us to deveop their scientific understanding and further their careers
Recent international students share their experiences below...
Grace Goh (Malaysia): BSc Microbiology
Jacob Heintze (Germany): BSc Biochemistry
Mahwish Noor (Pakistan):Medical Microbiology