Program Overview

In this exchange program, you will enroll directly in classes at the University of Leicester (pronounced "Lester"). 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. The University has an attractive campus within walking distance of the city center. The University is home to 23,000 students and welcomes over 450 visiting students from overseas universities each year. It is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world according to QS University Rankings and Times Higher World Rankings 
Leicester’s student support services network includes a Student Learning Development Team, the AccessAbility Centre, Student Welfare Service, financial advice, the Counselling and Wellbeing Service, and the Student Healthy Living Service.  You may also join the student “Societies”.  Popular societies for exchange students include the University of Leicester Erasmus and Exchange Society and the International Students’ Association.  Leicester has a Nightline Service, which is a student-run helpline that operates every night during term-time between 8pm and 8am. It aims to provide confidential emotional support on any topic that the caller wishes to discuss, a wealth of comprehensive information, or simply someone to share a conversation.  
 The UK has laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination and is a marriage equality country. 

The city of Leicester is a vibrant, up-and-coming city with a population of 280,000, making it one of the largest cities in England. It has emerged over the centuries as a bustling center of trade and manufacturing, attracting a diverse minority populace from around the world that contributes to a third of the city’s population. Within the region, all roads lead to Leicester and there is easy access from London, East Midlands and Birmingham International airports. A proud people, Leicester’s citizens and city walls boast many sports teams including Leicester City Football Club, which has been in existence for 120 years. Other sports include rugby, cricket, basketball and golf clubs to go along with the famous Victoria Park Racecourse. The city itself has an excellent bus service for getting around the city and outskirts of Leicester, making access to any and every event possible. Leicester is 100 miles north of London (about an hour by train).
Exchange students at Leicester are eligible for the Butex Scholarship - Visit this link to get more information about this scholarship:

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

What is an Exchange?

This is a program in which the University of Oregon and the partner universities exchange students on an ongoing basis. The number of places available to UO students varies based on the number of partner institution students coming to UO. If there are not enough exchange places available in a given year, then qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to apply as a fee-paying study abroad student, or to apply for an alternate exchange program.

This is an exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at a UO partner university. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and on-site student support services such as academic advising, health & counselling services may vary. 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.

NOTE: The host university has its own credit and grading system. The transcripts provided by the host institution will be converted by the UO Registrar’s Office based on established standards of conversion. Exchange applicants should meet with a GEO advisor to discuss program details.

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.  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. To register for a 300 course you must have a substantial background in the subject area. 

The following departments have restricted enrollment for study abroad students. 

Biological Sciences: Students are only to select modules in the same year code (ex. 100, 200) to avoid scheduling conflicts. 
Politics and International Relations: Study Abroad students will not be accepted for third year (senior level) modules. 
Media and Communications: Modules only available to students majoring in this subject. 
Engineering: The majority of these modules are year-long classes and include mandatory exams in January and/or June.  
Management: Places are limited and cannot be guaranteed. 

Modules are the equivalent to classes at the UO and courses are equivalent to UO majors.  Teaching methods include a combination of lecture, tutorials and smaller group seminars. Seminars are small group classes lead by a professor to discuss parts of the course in detail. They complement the lectures and help to monitor your progress. Science-based courses will include laboratory sessions and project groups. It is important to establish a good working routine so that you use time effectively. Student anonymity will be preserved during the marking of all formal examinations. Summative coursework (i.e. coursework that contributes to your module mark or grade) will be marked anonymously. Rather than receiving a final grade based on multiple assignments, exams, and/or projects, it is common to only be graded on a midterm and or/final exam or paper. While the course content may not be more difficult, the standards and expectations in place may take some time getting used to. 

Note: Students taking classes in some scientific subjects including Biological Science, Mathematics, Geology, and Engineering will be required to stay for the full examination period in January and/or summer as applicable. 

Leicester credits are converted to the European Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS) in your transcript: 

  • 60ECTS credits represent a full year of study (equivalent to 120 University of Leicester credits) 
  • 30 ECTS credits represent one semester (equivalent to 60 University of Leicester credits) 

You will choose 60 Leicester credits (30 ECTS) per semester.  It is not recommended to mix modules from too many different departments or year levels as you are likely to encounter timetabling clashes. For example, if a module has 20 Leicester credit points, it has 10 ECTS credit points.  Each ECTS credit is equal to o.75 UO credits. 

Note: You should consult with your UO academic advisor before submitting your course enrollment to 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.

If you apply for accommodation before the deadline, you will be offered a room. This offer must be accepted or declined by the deadline included in the offer. If you do not accept the offer before the deadline, the offer may be withdrawn. Please note that a second offer is not guaranteed. You can choose between catered (meal plan included) or self-catered halls with kitchens.

Application process

Applying for an exchange program involves 2 steps. First, you will complete the GEO application process and interview. Selection for this program is based on a review of your online written application, transcripts, recommendations, and completion of the interview process. After your initial application is complete, GEO will review it and select successful candidates for nomination to Leicester. Nominations are made in March for the fall semester and in September for the spring semester of the following year. 
Next, you will need to complete a secondary application for the host university. After being nominated by GEO, students will receive instructions regarding the secondary exchange application for Leicester. This typically includes an online application for Leicester, and providing documents such as your transcript, copy of passport, and your study plan at Leicester. You will be contacted by Leicester following your initial application during the window of module registration, when specific modules can be requested. 
For Management/Business classes, applications must be submitted a month before posted deadlines to secure consideration. 

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Academic Year
Arrival Date
Departure Date
Late May
Fall Semester
Arrival Date
Departure Date
Arrival Date
Departure Date
Late May

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.