Study Abroad Unit

How to apply as an independent student

You can join Leicester as a Study Abroad (non-degree) student even if your home university does not have an exchange agreement with us. You will not be awarded a degree by the University of Leicester, but will be issued a transcript for any official assessments you undertake. You can find tuition fee information here.

If you are an international student wishing to study for a degree at Leicester, please see our international student information pages

Stage 1 - Get in touch

In order that we can assess your eligibility for the Study Abroad programme, please complete this enquiry form.

If you have any questions about studying abroad at Leicester, and can’t find the answers on these webpages, contact us at and we’ll be happy to advise you.

Stage 2 - Complete the online application form

Once we have determined your eligibility for the programme, we will send you full details on how to apply, along with a link to the application form. This form will ask you to provide your personal information, previous qualifications and current/former home university details.

You must also upload the following documents:

  • Current university transcript (minimum CGPA 3.0).
  • Copy of the photo-ID page of your passport.
  • Personal statement - for example, outlining: your passion for your chose subjects, your determination and focus, experience and aspirations. Typically a maximum of 4,000 characters (approximately one side of A4)
  • Two academic references
  • If English is not your first language, please provide evidence of your proficiency in English. We require a minimum IELTS level for each subject listed below:
    • Science* modules: 6.0 IELTS or equivalent (*Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Physics)
    • English Language (ELTU) modules: 6.0 IELTS
    • All other modules: 6.5 IELTS

Please see our University's English Language requirements for more information.

Please note that you will need to obtain at least a 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking in IELTS (or equivalent).

Stage 3 - Select your modules

We will contact you to advise you on how and when to select your modules (classes).

Once your application has been accepted

  • You will be contacted by the Study Abroad team to select your preferred modules (classes). Choices will be subject to departmental approval and availability.
  • If you are applying for a Student Visa, request a CAS by logging into My Student Record

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