Leeds International Summer School (LISS) offers you the opportunity to study at the University of Leeds and immerse yourself in British culture as part of an exciting four-week programme. Taking advantage of the vibrant, student friendly city of Leeds, and the rich history, culture and natural beauty of the area, the summer school combines world-class tuition with local knowledge, academic-related field trips, and a wide variety of social activities.
Our next summer school will run from Saturday 2 July to Sunday 31 July 2016.
You will choose two modules from a diverse range of subject areas, and earn up to 20 University of Leeds credits (equivalent to six US credits or 10 ECTS). Find out more
Through experiential learning and field trips, you will spend lots of time outside of the classroom, enjoying hands-on learning that will give you insights into British culture, history and society. Each module includes at least one field trip to support what you have learned in the classroom; destinations include Castle Howard in York, the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth and the cities of Manchester and Liverpool. Download our excursions, trips and socials guide
Cultural excursions and social events
The summer school has a busy social programme to help you make the most of your time in Leeds as well as further afield. All of the social activities listed below are included in the programme fee:
- orientation activities
- a pub quiz
- sports socials
- three full-day excursions, to York, Whitby and the Yorkshire Dales
- a half-day excursion to Harewood House
- a farewell dinner
- a final two-night weekend trip to London (please note: the programme ends in London)
In addition to this, the summer school student social assistants organise various low-cost or free evening and weekend social activities in Leeds throughout the summer school. Two social assistants will live in the accommodation with you to provide support, knowledge of the local area and a friendly face.
As a summer school student, you will live in Henry Price, a hall of residence conveniently located on the University campus. You will have the privacy of your own room, but with a shared kitchen, bathroom and dining facilities you can socialise with other summer school students and make lifelong friends from around the world.
Cooking for yourself is a good way to keep costs down too. The kitchens have cooking facilities, but if you don’t feel like cooking for yourself there are lots of catering outlets on campus, so there’s plenty of choice.
You are expected to arrive at your allocated accommodation on Saturday 2 July and classes start Monday 4 July.
Applications for Leeds International Summer School (LISS) 2016 will open in October 2015.
Apply as soon as possible as enrolment is limited and allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Applying early also means you are more likely to secure a place on your first choice of modules as popular subjects are likely to fill up quickly.
To be eligible for our summer school you must:
- be aged 18 or over,
- have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or equivalent
- be enrolled at a university (or in receipt of an offer), or be a recent graduate
- meet our language requirements (non-native speakers of English are required to have IELTS 5.5 or equivalent)
How to apply
You will not be able to register or apply until applications have opened in October 2015.
Step 1: Register
You must register online to complete the LISS application form. We will use the email address that you register with to inform you of the outcome of your application.
Step 2: Complete the LISS application form
There are instructions on each page of the application form. If you are unsure about what to enter, please save your application up to that point and email us with your query
Completing the form
The system times out after 10 minutes of inactivity so please have your information and supporting documents ready. You should save your application regularly.
You must complete all fields that are marked as ‘required’; this includes uploading the following supporting documents:
- official transcript (in English) from your home university
- signed academic reference (a statement from a member of University staff about you)
- supporting statement (outlining your reasons for applying to take part in LISS)
- copy of your English Language Certificate and scores (non-native speakers only from outside of Europe, IELTS preferred)
Once you have submitted your application form we will review it within two weeks and will contact you via email to inform you of the outcome of your application.
If you require a visa to enter the UK you will need to apply for a Short-term Study Visa to attend the summer school — a tourist visa will not be accepted. Please note, however, that you should always check the immigration requirements for your country and your passport before departing for the UK. Visit the gov.uk website for more information
Our Language Centre offers pre-sessional English language courses before the start of the summer school for students who do not meet our entry requirements of 5.5 IELTS or for students who meet the entry requirements but still want to improve their English. The 10 week programme will help to:
- prepare you with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully study with us
- improve your English language skills
- develop your understanding of University systems, services and facilities
If you decide to apply for a pre-sessional English course, please inform us on your summer school application form.
Leeds International Summer School is an all-inclusive programme. Included in the programme fee are:
- module field trips
- weekend excursions
- social programme
- sports centre membership
The cost of flights, insurance, visas and meals is not included.
When you have received your acceptance letter you will be required to pay £300 of the programme fee as a non-refundable deposit to secure your place on the Leeds international Summer School. The remaining balance must be made in full by 16 May 2016 (non-refundable after this date).
Early application discount
Applications received by 23 March 2016 will be eligible for an early application discount reducing the total programme fee to £2800.
For institutions that wish to send a group of 10 students or more a 10% discount is available. Please contact us for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a GPA of 3.2 or above (or equivalent) then you are eligible to apply for a Santander Scholarship worth £500 to help pay for your fees. You can apply by completing the scholarship section of the summer school application form.
If you have any questions and you cannot find the answers among these pages you can contact us using the details below.
Leeds International Summer School (LISS)
Study Abroad Office
Level 11, Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building
University of Leeds
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 7900
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