School of Politics and International Studies

International Students


Our open and friendly academic environment at the School of Politics and International Studies attracts people from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

Every year, we welcome around fifty new international students into our School, and there are over thirty different countries represented in our student community.

We believe this diversity adds a richness to our School that expands our students' knowledge and understanding, and introduces them to a panorama of new ideas and perspectives.

We specialise in interdisciplinary research into international development, international relations and political studies, with a particular focus on security, development and democracy.

The University of Leeds is part of the Russell Group of research-led universities, and our staff members engage in world-class research and cutting-edge professional practice.

English language training

The University of Leeds Language Centre offers pre-sessional courses in general and academic English so that you can improve your language skills before you start your course. Pre-sessional courses start in September, January, April, July or August. For further information, please visit the Language Centre’s website or contact the Language Centre via email.

We also run a ten-week English language course at Shanghai University to prepare Chinese students for MA degree study at the University of Leeds.

International Foundation Year

Our International Foundation Year (IFY) is intended for academically able international students who wish to study at a British University but do not yet have the qualifications they need to start an undergraduate degree programme.

It allows you to study the relevant subjects that you will need for your undergraduate degree programme and helps you to develop the study skills that you will need as an undergraduate student.

Course Highlight

MA Global Development and International Political Economy

This programme focuses on how globalisation, international economic interdependence and the internationalisation of political structures and processes are changing politics at home and abroad.

Student Profile

Adanna Ifeoma Egwuatu

"My passion to add value to people got me interested in MA Global Development and Africa. I felt it had just about everything I needed to enhance my prospects. I intend to be one of those who will help offer solutions. I have a desire to learn more and get equipped to help bring about positive change."

Staff Profile

Professor Duncan McCargo

"I'm best known for my agenda-setting contributions to current debates on the politics of Thailand. My main research interests lie in the politics of contemporary Thailand, including issues such as Buddhism, constitutionalism, political reform, the media, the monarchy and the role of the military."




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