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* University of Leicester - Leicester, England, UK
Leicester, United Kingdom (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Restrictions: CSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 03/31/2017
Rolling Admission 09/18/2017 01/12/2018
NOTE: CSU acceptance announced on rolling basis beginning February 15. Please verify dates with Leicester study abroad office before arranging travel. Optional pre-program in London involves earlier arrival in mid-September. Fall only participants complete assessments in mid-December, except those required to return to Leicester in January for Biological Science, Engineering, Geology, and Maths students (one semester and full year) are required to stay for the exams in January and/ or June. January exams do not conflict with return to CSU for spring semesgter classes beginning day after MLK holiday.
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/31/2017
Rolling Admission 09/18/2017 06/08/2018
NOTE: CSU acceptance announced on rolling basis beginning February 15. Please verify dates with Leicester's study abroad office before arranging travel. Optional pre-program in London involves earlier arrival in mid-September. Full year participants take exams in January and May/June. Departure after last scheduled exam in May or early June.
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/15/2018 06/08/2018
NOTE: Applicants for Leicester's School of Management must be in direct contact with for approval by Sept 18 and must complete application process by Sept 22. For other subjects, CSU acceptance decisions are announced on rolling basis beginning September 23. Contact if initiating application after October 1. Late applicants have access until October 14. Due date for CSU nominated applicants to upload information and documents to Leicester is October 31. Please verify dates with Leicester's study abroad office before arranging travel. Optional pre-program in London involves arriving Heathrow airport a few of days ahead of start date. Most visiting students arriving Leicester in January complete assessments during mid-late May, but those enrolled in biological sciences, engineering, geology, or math subjects must stay for regular exams during mid-May to mid-June.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students applying to CSU-sponsored programs will be notified of decision within two weeks of application submission. Students applying to non-CSU sponsored programs need to contact their program provider for decision dates.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Accommodation Options:
Residence Hall
Grade Point Average:
2.7 (3.0+ preferred)
Language(s) of Instruction:
Program Coordinator:
Robert Booker
Areas of Study:
Business, Engineering, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Natural Resources, Natural Sciences
Program Description:

University of Leicester
in Leicester, England, U.K.

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Alert:  An early application deadline applies to students planning to study within Leicester's School of Management.  See below.  This does not pertain to studying other subjects.


This CSU sponsored exchange program at University of Leicester allows CSU students to attend Leicester for one or two semesters while Leicester students attend CSU. After the exchange participants have been selected, any additonal CSU applicants are switched by the CSU program coordinator into the direct enroll version of the program. The exchange quota is determined by the number of Leicester students attending CSU.  The only limit on the number of direct enroll participants is the availability of student housing.

The University of Leicester, with about 8500 students, was established in 1921. The university offers a wide range of subjects. It is held in high academic regard and has an international reputation for research in a wide range of areas. The university has the advantage of being on a self-contained and attractive campus close to the city center. It offers excellent academic and recreational facilities including a library, computer center, arts center, sports complex, and student union.  The student housing area is adjacent to the botanical gardens.

Leicester, a thriving city of 300,000, is located in the middle of England. It offers the attractions of an urban area with the rolling countryside within easy reach. Leicester is one of England's most ethnically diverse cities. In the center of the city's shopping district is a 700-year-old market, one of the largest and most well-known in Europe. The university campus is walking distance from the city center and train station and a short bus ride from the student housing area.  

Leicester's central location faciliates touring England, Scotland, and Wales by train or motorcoach.  Nearby East Midlands Airport offers low fare flights throughout Europe. Frequent trains provide 75-minute service to London's St. Pancras Station with internal connections to Eurostar trains to Paris and Brussels as well as London's underground and bus systems for quick assess to anywhere in London plus other train stations and several airports, including Heathrow and Gatwick.


CSU students study alongside the British students. They are welcome to take any combination of classes at the level of academic background but must avoid time conflicts and comply with a few restrictions (see below). Unlike the British degree candidates, visiting students can have classes within two or three departments.

Lectures are complemented by required tutorial sessions, seminars, laboratory classes, and/or field work. Students are expected to do independent reading and writing in addition to end of term examinations or alternative assessments. 

The British system does not include the American freshman year.  Leicester courses (called modules) at level 1 generally transfer to CSU at the 100/200 level, while levels 2 and 3 generally transfer to CSU at the 300/400 level.  The relevant CSU department has flexibility in this matter in consultation with the registrar's office.  Four Leicester credits yield one CSU credit.  Normal course load is 60 Leicester credits per semester; minimum enrollment is 50.

IMPORTANT:  CSU exchange and non-exchange students who want to enroll in business modules within Leicester's School of Management should contact the CSU program coordinator,, well ahead of the application deadline, providing a preliminary list of business modules of interest.   Then, they are required to complete the CSU application process at least a few days ahead of a firm special Leicester deadline, which occurs in mid-April for fall semester and academic year applicants and mid-September for spring semester applicants.  This is most relevant for spring semester applicants, because Leicester's special deadline precedes the normal CSU application deadline, whereas it follows the normal CSU deadline for fall semester and academic year applicants. 

LinkLeicester's modules catelog   Focus on undergraduate modules for study abroad and exchange students.  Note the restrictions pertaining to some subjects on the lower part of the openning webpage.  Note the importance of early application in order to take modules within the School of Management.


Visiting student accommodations


Please see the relevant student budget sheet linked above.   Once exchange slots have been filled with students paying in-state tuition to CSU, any additional qualified applicants are accepted for the Study Abroad (direct enroll) version of the program.   CSU students who are not Colorado residents participate in the direct enroll version too.

All CSU participants (exchange and direct enroll) are billed for instructional costs through their CSU student account.  Exchange participants pay CSU tuition.  Non-exchange (direct enroll) participants pay Leicester tuition via CSU.  Otherwise, there is no difference.  All CSU participants pay Leicester directly for housing.

See for direct enroll tuition and other estimates.  Please note that the Study Abroad budget linked above reflects the higher (science and engineering) tuition band and includes a sizable partner discount off the Leicester tuition rate.  The actual charge will be about 25 percent less for participants in the lower (arts and social sciences) tuition band.

BUTEX Scholarship : Please see about applying for a British scholarship worth £500 British pounds (about $800) for study in UK. You must apply by June 16 for fall, spring, or academic year. Contact Robert Booker in the CSU study abroad office for clarification and assistance.  (See  for OIP and other scholarship opportunities.)


See Program Dates on Leicester's website.  All dates subject to change.

The program includes the Welcome Programme ahead of the semester start date.   Transport from London's Heathrow airport to Leicester is offered at modest cost on the morning of the first day of the Welcome Programme or the previous morning (varies by semester).  Beforehand, an optional multiday London Orientation program is offered for additional cost, including pick up at Heathrow on an earlier date followed by transfer to Leicester for the Welcome Programme.  Other optional study tours or excursions are offered for additional costs.  Participants can reserve and and pay for the London Orientation program and/or other study tours with forms provided in the online Joining Instructions for the relevant term.


Leicester International Office
United Kingdom Student Visa & Travel Information
Resources for Students Traveling Abroad