University of Leeds: Leeds

Undergraduate Global Immersion in the United Kingdom

Program Dates: 

The academic calendar at Leeds will differ from the University of Minnesota and all exchange students are expected to be at their host campus on the first day of orientation and through the last day of final exams.


Semester 1 (Fall 2016):

Recommended Arrival Date: 12-14 September

Orientation Sessions: 15-16 September

Start of Teaching: 26 September

End of Teaching: 9 December

*Exam Period: 9-20 January, 2017


Semester 2 (Spring 2017):

Recommended Arrival Date: 18 January

Orientation Sessions: 19 January

Start of Teaching: 23 January

End of Teaching: 5 May

Exam Period: 15 May - 2 June


*Exchange students have the option to take courses that allow them to leave in December and not return for the examination period in January

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

Location details

  • 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. 
  • 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.


  • 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, and there is some limited opportunity for a home stay.
  • Costs vary across options. 

Academics and credits

  • Official transcripts for students that study on exchange at Leeds in the Fall and the Spring terms will not arrive at the Carlson School until July.  Please coordinate with your academic adviser to plan for graduation within this timeline.
  • Students on exchange programs take a full semester courseload at their host university (13-18 UMN credits/semester)
  • Courses transfer back as S/N on UMN transcript
  • Business courses taught in English are available to exchange students
  • Non-business courses are also available to exchange students
  • 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 information about specific courses available to exchange students please meet with an adviser


  • No host country language skills required
  • UMN student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • Preference is given to Carlson School of Management students
  • Preferred 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

Visa and Passport

  • All Carlson students are responsible for obtaining a passport before they participate on a study abroad program
  • All students participating on an exchange program will be responsible for obtaining a visa or residence permit if requried by their host country.  The Carlson Global Institute does not process visa applications for students participating on exchange programs
  • The Carlson Global Institute and the host university will provide resources for visa and residence permit applications if necessary, but students will need to work with the consulate and/or visa processing company directly as well
  • Visa and passport requirements are always subject to change by the host country and students are expected to check with the consulate for up-to-date information

What is a Business Exchange Program?

  • Successful exchange students demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and services will be different from a US university
  • You are enrolled as an exchange student at a host university and take business courses in English
  • You take courses with students from the host university as well as other exchange students from around the world
  • You attend the host university according to their term dates which differ from the University of Minnesota
  • A small group of Carlson students are selected to study at each partner university per semester and are fully immersed in another country, culture, and education system
  • You will work closely with both Carlson School advisers and advisers from the host university for support pre-departure and during your semester abroad

Application and Admissions

To apply for an exchange program you must first apply through the Carlson Global Institute on 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 2016 and Spring 2017 is February 1, 2016. Applications for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 will open on September 8th, 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.  Once accepted into an exchange program, you will also complete an application to the host university.  

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. Please visit "Financial Aid" and "Scholarships" for more information.

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 host country consulate. The Program Fee includes program administration costs, maintaining student status at the UMN for the exchange semester, and international travel, health and security insurance.


Carlson School Tuition costs based on 2015-16 rates for MN residents registered for 13+ credits.  The Carlson School tuition rates for 2016-17 will be released in summer 2016 and the website will be updated at that time. These estimated costs can be found in the cost table below.

Cost table

Estimated Expenses 2016-2017
Carlson School MN Resident Tuition & Surcharge (charged to UMN student account)$7,273
Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)$2,500
Transportation (to and from program site) $1,200
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization)$540
Books and Materials $200
Room and/or Board $7,000
Essential Daily Living Expenses $2,000
Global Identity Course - strongly recommended (charged to UMN student account)$200

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Leeds West Yorkshire