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University of Leicester

United Kingdom


Powered by world-class research, the University of Leicester delivers education across the sciences, humanities, law, medicine, the arts, and business. Staff and students collaborate to create, share and apply knowledge to change the world. The university is a world-leading, diverse and inclusive university based in the UK's most multicultural city.

At Leicester, students are Citizens of Change, unconfined by academic boundaries. The innovative approach they will take towards their studies brings together the sciences and the arts to find solutions to the most complex of issues. Students will be given the space to be creative and develop, both personally and professionally.

Courses are taught by innovative staff who change the world through research. Leicester research breaks new ground and makes an impact globally, covering many different areas, with real-life applications. Students are exposed to the most up-to-date knowledge and teaching informed by this research, as well as encouraged to contribute their own perspectives.

Leicester's nightlife has bars and clubs to suit all tastes. The UK's longest running comedy festival takes over the city with hundreds of shows and events across Leicester every February. Festivals from many cultures including the largest Diwali celebrations outside India and the UK's second largest Caribbean Carnival.

Leicester is a multicultural and sporting city and home to Leicester Tigers, Leicestershire County Cricket Club, Leicester Riders (basketball) and 2016 Premier League Champions Leicester City. Leicester is student friendly, affordable and beyond the city is a county of beautiful countryside.

Leicester offers more than 150 different degrees across 30 subjects. Most courses include an optional year abroad in one of 27 other countries. Leicester is also a top 25 university in the UK and is ranked 170th in the world out of more than 1,500 universities across 93 countries*.

*Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2021

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What's new

What's new

Innovative teaching approach

With the advent of a new world, academic innovation is needed. The university has adopted a new learning model that continues to provide students with a top-quality education. The university's blended learning approach, Ignite, offers students the chance to attend comprehensive lectures online in conjunction with as much face-to-face learning as possible. Students are able to switch seamlessly between the virtual and real-world university experience with Ignite, as and when they need to. They will continue to have access to world-class academics, a vibrant student community and a Covid-19 secure campus, with no compromise to their safety, which is a top priority for the university.

Open days

Covid-19 has not stopped open days at the university. Prospective undergraduate students are able to attend open days with a new online offering called The Main Event, which is more popular than ever, accessible to all and packed with options. Students can engage with staff and students, undertake a virtual campus tour and attend live presentations. Postgraduate students who are interested in studying at the university are also able to attend virtual open days.

New facility for 2021

The new Space Park Leicester, due to open in 2021, will create a regional centre for industry and academia to meet and share ideas. The initiative is being driven by the university in collaboration with strategic partners. The centre will investigate key issues facing society with a view to developing innovative and ground-breaking solutions.

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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Each degree course at Leicester has its own specific entry and language requirements. In order to study at the University of Leicester, students must demonstrate the necessary proficiency in both written and spoken English.

Students can demonstrate their English language ability in one of the following ways:

Education in English

A secondary/high school or university qualification in English from a country approved by the University of Leicester is sufficient to show proficiency in English.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

This is the most commonly used and recognised English language proficiency test for higher education. Every degree at the University of Leicester requires a minimum IELTS score which varies between courses. Students can find the required IELTS score for each course in the entry requirements section on the course page for that subject.

Other tests and English qualifications

The University of Leicester accepts a wide range of equivalent English proficiency tests and qualifications including Duolingo.

Pre-sessional English Courses and scholarships

If students do not currently meet the English language requirements there is also the option to take a pre-sessional English course at the English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU).

The ELTU offers a wide range of English Language and Study Skills courses to help students develop the English skills needed for academic study. The length of pre-sessional course ranges from 6 to 40 weeks depending on a student's existing level of English language.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ELTU currently delivers all pre-sessional modules online. Successful completion of online modules will meet the language entry requirements of your degree in the normal way.

The ELTU is accredited by the British Council and is an authorised centre for the University of Cambridge ESOL exams.

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Scholarships and Funding

Scholarships and Funding

The University of Leicester has a variety of scholarships available to international students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Postgraduate Scholarships

University of Leicester School of Business Scholarships

For students from eligible countries, who join a postgraduate taught degree in the School of Business, a scholarship worth GBP 3,000 per year of full-time study is offered.

President's Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

This scholarship is available for international (non-EU) students beginning a full-time, campus-based postgraduate degree in January 2021. The scholarship is worth GBP 3,000 and is applied as a fee reduction. There are 100 President's Postgraduate Scholarships available each year.

College of Science and Engineering Postgraduate Scholarship

This scholarship is available to international (non-EU) students from eligible countries beginning a full-time, campus-based postgraduate degree within one of the departments of the College of Science and Engineering. The scholarship is based on merit and is worth up to GBP 5,600 depending on academic achievement.

Undergraduate scholarships

Citizens of Change Scholarship

In 1921, the first eleven Citizens of Change enrolled on our campus. One hundred years later, we honour their legacy with our unique ‘Citizens of Change scholarships', offering 50 International students 50% off your first year tuition fees. Once you have your offer, see our website for details of how to apply.

College of Science and Engineering Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship is available to international (non-EU) students from eligible countries beginning a full-time, campus-based undergraduate degree within one of the departments of the College of Science and Engineering. The scholarship is based on merit and is worth up to GBP 5,600 depending on academic achievement.

University of Leicester School of Business Undergraduate Scholarships

For students from eligible countries, who join an undergraduate degree in the School of Business, a scholarship worth GBP 2,000 per year of full-time study is offered.

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The University of Leicester has a wide range of sports facilities for students who wish to keep fit, train for competitive sports or wind down after a busy day studying. There are two sports centres at the university, one located near to The Village accommodation and the other located on campus itself.

Both sports centres have a wide range of gym equipment, swimming pools, saunas and steam rooms, and there are a range of membership packages to suit each student's budget. Members can also benefit from a range of fitness classes, such as Zumba, boxing and yoga. Sports range from archery and badminton to fencing, table tennis and even ultimate Frisbee.

The University of Leicester has a range of accommodation available to suit every need and budget. Each student room is fitted with a bed, desk, chair and wardrobe. Accommodation fees include utility bills, basic contents insurance and high-speed Wi-Fi. University accommodation consists of two locations, namely The Village and The City.

Only a short bus ride from campus, The Village consists of eight halls of residence, each with its own distinctive features and room types. Rooms are located within properties ranging from Edwardian villas to modern student halls, and are surrounded by lots of green spaces, including the university's botanical garden. The Village Hub is a space for students to relax and unwind, with a Village Pub serving food as well as a cinema room and additional study spaces.

The City is located a short walk from campus and within close proximity to the city centre and train station. In both The Village and The City rooms vary in shape and size with a choice of single bedrooms to studio flats. Meal plans are also available for students living in The Village accommodation.

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Student Support and Safety

Student Support and Safety

Students' Union

The Students' Union is home to more than 200 societies and clubs, including Anime, Dance and K-Pop, as well as societies for different nationalities and cultures such as the Indian, Ghanaian and Japanese societies. Each academic area also has its own society, and students can request for a society to be set up if one does not exist for their area of interest already.

Student Support and Wellbeing

The university also has a number of support and wellbeing services available, such as the Student Counselling Service, which offers a wide range of free and confidential services including individual counselling, group sessions and workshops. The university's Chaplaincy also has World Faith Advisors for Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist students. There is also a student-run helpline, providing confidential, anonymous emotional support to anyone who wants to discuss any topic, or just simply needs someone to talk to.

Personal Tutors

Each student at Leicester is assigned a Personal Tutor. This will be a member of the academic staff who will be assigned at the start of the course and who will stay with each student until graduation, providing help with any problems or queries, both academic and personal.

SafeZone and Security

Although Leicester is a safe city, the university has partnered with SafeZone to ensure students and staff have the ability to highlight any concerns and know who to contact in the event of an emergency.

The SafeZone app, which is free to download and use, allows users to make a first aid call should they need medical assistance, or to make an emergency alert if they need assistance for any reason. As well as being able to report any issues on the app, users can also receive relevant safety information and updates in the form of push notifications.

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Graduate Outcomes

Graduate Outcomes

The University of Leicester has an alumni community of more than 185,000 graduates in over 150 countries across the world. The institution also has Alumni Chapters in different countries, including India, Ghana and Nigeria.

Leicester students and graduates have access to a range of University services, such as the Career Development Service.

The Career Development Service helps students gain the skills they need for their chosen career path, giving them access to a wide range of workshops and one-to-one appointments with expert Careers Advisers. Leicester's Career Development Service won the AGCAS Award for Employer Engagement in 2017 and the university itself was awarded with the Best University Employability Strategy at the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards in 2019.

Festival of Careers

The Festival of Careers is an annual fair run by the Career Development Service, giving students the opportunity to meet and engage with prospective employers and find out more about the world of work. Previous exhibitors at the Festival include Barclays Bank and British Airways.

The Leicester Award

The Leicester Award is a personal development programme which contributes to a student's career development. The award enables students to reflect on and articulate their strengths and previous experience. Students who complete the award can expect to benefit from a greater understanding of their future career and academic goals, as well as gaining transferable skills that are attractive to future employers.

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The University was founded as Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland University College in 1921. The University of Leicester is a leading UK university committed to international excellence through the creation of world changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. It is consistently one of the most socially inclusive of the UK?s leading universities with a long-standing commitment to providing fairer and equal access to higher education. Every year the university welcomes new students from across the globe, more than 4,000 international students from 110 countries study with them.

The University offers an enormous range of courses, more than 300 courses, for students that excites, challenges and prepares them for their dream job. The degree offered at Leicester can lead to jobs in hundreds of industries all over the world. Leicester is one of the UK?s top universities for postgraduate studies. The courses are as far-reaching and flexible as students want them to be, and everything they do is underpinned by intensive research.

The University of Leicester is compact campus that contains a wide range of twentieth century architecture, though the oldest building dates from 1837. The main campus is a mile south of the city centre, adjacent to Victoria Park and Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College. The skyline of Leicester University is punctuated by three distinctive, towering buildings from the 1960s namely the Engineering Building, the Attenborough Tower and the Charles Wilson Building. University of Leicester

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