Frequently asked questions
What if I haven’t studied History/Literature/Politics/Film before?
Don’t worry – not everyone has studied all of these subjects. Our first year is designed to ensure that you are equipped with all the knowledge and critical tools that you need for your degree.
What if I am on the 4-year course but change my mind about going to North America? Or what if I am on the 3-year course but change my mind and would like to apply to go to North America?
That is not a problem at all. There are a range of reasons you might change your mind about going on a Year Abroad – all you have to do is speak to one of us and you can easily switch onto the 3-year degree and graduate a year earlier!
Similarly, if you’re on the 3-year degree and have decided that you’d like the chance to study in North America, we’ll help you with this. It’s a very straightforward process and nothing to feel daunted by or worried about.
What partner institutions can I choose from for my Year Abroad, and will I get help choosing where to go?
At the moment we have 35 partner institutions across the USA and in Canada!
We support and guide you through the entire Year Abroad process, including while you are away. We also arrange for our finalists who have just returned to Leicester to speak to our Year 2 students who are in the process of their Year Abroad planning, so you can hear about their experiences directly!
How many contact hours will I have in a week?
This tends to depend on the module you’re taking, but in general you can expect to be in class for 2-3 hours a week per module. You’ll usually take 3 modules a semester.
Contact hours aren’t the only time that you’ll see your lecturers though! We have regular weekly office hours, and you’ll be able to arrange regular meetings with your Personal Tutor.
Where will my classes take place?
We teach in a range of buildings across campus. This means that you’re not restricted to one location for your whole degree, and that you’ll get to know our campus like the back of your hand! We have a dedicated social space in the Attenborough Seminar Block that our students spend time in, as well as, of course, the Library, which has plenty of social and study space.
Can I study abroad?
Many of our courses feature the opportunity to study abroad.
There are many benefits of spending time studying abroad during your course - International experiences can enhance your academic and personal skills and your employability.
Most students go for one academic year, between the second and third years of their course. However, some Schools offer one-semester options. You can also consider going on an overseas summer school, whether as a taster for a full year, or simply as a shorter alternative. And don’t worry if you don’t currently speak any other languages - we have many partner universities in other English-speaking countries, and most of our partner universities teach at least some of their classes in English.
We have exchange partner universities on every continent (except Antarctica!). Where you can go depends on your course and this list can vary from year to year.