University of Leeds: Leeds

Undergraduate Global Immersion in the United Kingdom

First Semester (Fall semester): 28 September - 11 Decemeber, 2015 ; Examination Period: 11 January - 22 January, 2016

Spring semester: 25 January - 6 May, 2016; Examination Period: 16 May - 3 June, 2016

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

*Fall semester students may be able to make special assessment arrangements in place of final exams so finish on-campus committments in mid-December.

Leeds, United Kingdom

University of Leeds

University of Leeds

University of Leeds

University of Leeds

University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Library at Leeds

Library at Leeds

Shopping Center in Leeds

Shopping Center in Leeds

Leeds City Market

Leeds City Market

This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.
Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota.

Application and Admissions

To apply, please visit the Apply page. You will be charged a $50 application fee for each term that you apply for a program. If you apply for two programs in Fall semester you will be charged $50. If you apply for one program in Fall semester and one in Spring semester you will be charged $100. The priority deadline for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 is February 1, 2015. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 6 weeks of the priority deadline.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Additional criteria may apply
  • The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation

Location details

England is the largest economy in the United Kingdom, and one of the financial centers of the world. The Univeristy of Leeds, located in West Yorkshire, is a single campus just a ten minutes' walk from the bustling city centre. It is an eclectic mix of the old and the new reflecting its 100 year history. Leeds is renowned for its shopping, arts, sport, leisure, entertainment and nightlife. The campus is surrounded by beautiful, accessible countryside, with cultural and historical places of interest nearby. Yorkshire was actually ranked #3 in the Lonely Planet's "Best in Travel 2014- Top Ten Regions" list.

In the last national research review, 23 of the school's departments were rated nationally as being in the top ten in that subject area. That reinforced Leed's place in the UK's top ten universities for research. The Unviersity is also accalimed worldwide for the quality of its teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Leeds staff have won prestigious national awards for quality and innovation in teaching.

Accommodation is guaranteed to all Study Abroad and Exchange students who apply before the deadline. Students can choose from dormitories and flats, catered or non-catered & there is some limited opportunity for a home stay.

Cost estimate (Summary)

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs. Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad. Visa and passport costs are subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.

Academics and credits

Students are enrolled in 15 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5200) credits at the University of Minnesota during the semester they are abroad. Students will take a full course load (13-18 UMN credits per semester) at the host universitiy. Business courses taught in English are available for exchange students. Students will need to maintain a full-time enrollment of 5 subjects (60 Leeds credits) in order to confer the full 15 credits. Classes typically meet one day per week and independent reading is expected. Grading is often based completely on a final exam (or special assessment for fall semester early departures).

Students participating in CGI semester exchange programs are strongly encouraged to enroll in the 1-credit Global Identity course for business students. This course helps you to develop your intercultural skills and articulate the value of your experience to future employers. It offers an additional layer of support through one-on-one interactions with your instructor that complements the independent structure of the exchange program.

For more course details, visit exchange student unit information.

Cost table

Estimated Expenses 2014-2015
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account)$7029
Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)$2500
Transportation (to and from program site) $1200
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization)$565
Books and Materials $200
Room and/or Board $7000
Essential Daily Living Expenses $2000
Global Identity Course - strongly recommended (charged to UMN student account)$200

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Leeds West Yorkshire