Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Study Abroad

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Almost one quarter of our students study or work abroad at some stage during their degree. Students on four year degree programmes automatically spend their third year away from the University, either in the UK or overseas, but those on any three year programme can apply to add a year abroad to their studies.

On the BA International Development three year programme, a semester abroad is also possible in the second semester of the second year.

Within Europe, POLIS currently has Erasmus exchanges with partner universities in Belgium, France, Germany, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the Netherlands. Outside Europe, students can apply to the University's exchange programmes in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Latin America, South Africa and the USA.

Each year, we welcome more and more students from all parts of the world to our School, and we believe that it adds greatly to the quality of the learning experience for all of us.

There are several options available for Leeds students who wish to study abroad during their degree:

  • POLIS programmes with study abroad elements
    BA International Development students have the option to spend semester two of their second year studying in another country.
  • ERASMUS - Full year
  • Worldwide - Full year
  • Joint Honours Arts and Modern Languages students
    If you are a Joint Honours Arts or Modern Languages student you should find your course and check the description for details regarding the opportunities open to you.
  • Summer Schools and Short Programmes
    If you would like to study abroad but don't want to spend a full semester or year away then take a look at the summer school opportunities advertised by the University Study Abroad Office.

Study Abroad Office

The University has a dedicated Study Abroad Office, who can provide you further information on:

  • Why you should study abroad
  • Types of study available
  • Student profiles/testimonials
  • Destinations available
  • Eligibility
  • How to apply
  • Language requirements
  • Fees
  • Further general information


Work Placements and ERASMUS Work Placements

If you are interested in doing a work placement or gaining work experience, you can find out more on the POLIS careers pages or on the Careers Centre Work Experience website.

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Visit the Study Abroad website to find out more about:

  • Eligibility
  • How to apply
  • Things to think about
  • Student profiles

Current students

Here are some documents and links that you may find useful:

    Ruyi Dai

    Ruyi Dai

    Politics Erasmus

    One of the things that I'm most enjoying about my time here is all the activities organised by LUU (Students' Union). Read full profile…

    Jonathan Groves

    Jonathan Groves

    International Relations

    During term I also got involved helping at a boy’s refuge in the Grahamstown Township, which was a thoroughly rewarding experience and a great insight into the diversity of culture and wealth that exists in South Africa. Read full profile…

    Sarah Playfair

    Sarah Playfair

    Politics and Parliamentary Studies, Ottawa, Canada

    My time in Ottawa was unquestionably the best experience of my life. Ottawa is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to, and it was amazing to be able to live, work and have fun in such a wonderful place with such wonderful people. Read full profile…

    Calum Inverarity

    Calum Inverarity

    International Development with International Relations

    To try and summarise six months in a sentence, I would recommend anyone to do just as I have done! My passion for studying and learning has been stoked from my time in Ghana. Read full profile…

    Jaimini Patel

    Jaimini Patel

    BA Politics

    Without a shadow of a doubt I would recommend everyone who has the opportunity to study abroad to grab the chance with both hands. The experiences, friends and knowledge I gained from being out of my comfort zone were irreplaceable; I learnt so much more about everything and most importantly myself. Read full profile…

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