University of Oregon

University of Leicester Exchange

Program Overview

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. Leicester has one of the top English departments in the United Kingdom and a strong American Studies program. Leicester is the most socially inclusive of Britain's top 20 leading universities. It offers programs across many disciplines in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Some of the courses available are eighteenth-century literature, critical theory, gothic literature, crime fiction, and British cinema.

Leicester is 100 miles north of London (about an hour by train). The University occupies an attractive campus within walking distance of the city center. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Leicester is situated almost exactly in the center of England and within easy reach of many other major towns and places of interest, including Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and both Oxford and Cambridge, the sites of the ancient universities.

Academic Details

The University of Leicester is an international University with 23,000 students of whom 26 percent are from outside of Europe. You will be studying alongside other exchange and full-degree students who may be UK nationals or international students. Courses are referred to as “modules”. The list of modules is updated each April for the following academic year and can be found at: You may enroll in a maximum of 60 credits (30 ECTS) per semester. You can choose from courses at the 100 and 200 level and must have a significant background in the subject area to enroll in 300-level courses, which are considered advanced, final-year courses.

If you are participating in the semester program, you will take exams before leaving in December or May, Those in Math or Geology are required to stay or return for exams in January or June. If you are on a year-long program, you are also required to stay or return for June exams.

For further information about course selection and restricted courses, please visit the University of Leicester.

Housing Description

The University of Leicester will arrange for you to be housed in a wide range of accommodations, including single rooms, shared rooms, and studios. Facilities vary in price depending on whether they include private or shared bathrooms, a meal plan, and/or have a longer or shorter contract period. If you are attending the spring semester program, you must move out of University housing during Easter break (five weeks between March and April), or pay an additional fee to stay. If you choose to stay on a year-long program in catered accommodation, you must apply for vacation accommodation during the Christmas and Easter breaks.

For full details on the range of accommodation at Leicester please see:

Student Life

This is a student exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at one of the University of Oregon’s partner universities. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and do not necessarily include significant on-site student support services, such as academic advising, health & counselling services, planned excursions or social events. Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

Additional Requirements

  • Complete WR 121 and 122 or 123 with grades B- or higher 
  • Math/Science students, you must complete your 200-level math/science sequences

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Academic Year2017-1802/01/2017Mid-SeptemberLate-May
Fall Semester201702/01/2017Mid-SeptemberMid-December
Spring Semester201802/01/2017Mid-JanuaryLate-May

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.