England Underground

Undergraduate Global Immersion in England

Leeds, West Yorkshire, England: University of Leeds
Program full for 2013-2014 academic year

Program Type

This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.

Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota.

Location and Host School

England is the largest economy in the United Kingdom, and one of the financial centers of the world. The Univeristy of Leeds, located in West Yorkshire, is a single campus just a ten minutes' walk from the bustling city centre. It is an eclectic mix of the old and the new reflecting its 100 year history. Leeds is renowned for its shopping, arts, sport, leisure, entertainment and nightlife. The campus is surrounded by beautiful, accessible countryside, with cultural and historical places of interest nearby. Yorkshire was actually ranked #3 in the Lonely Planet's "Best in Travel 2014- Top Ten Regions" list.

In the last national research review, 23 of the school's departments were rated nationally as being in the top ten in that subject area. That reinforced Leed's place in the UK's top ten universities for research. The Unviersity is also accalimed worldwide for the quality of its teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Leeds staff have won prestigious national awards for quality and innovation in teaching.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: September to January*

Spring semester: January to June

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

*Fall semester students may be able to make special assessment arrangements in place of final exams so finish on-campus committments in mid-December.

Language and Academics

Students are enrolled in 15 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5100) credits for their semester at University of Leeds. Students will need to maintain a full-time enrollment of 5 subjects (60 Leeds credits) in order to confer the full 15 credits. Classes typically meet one day per week and independent reading is expected. Grading is often based completely on a final exam (or special assessment for fall semester early departures).

For more course details, visit exchange student unit information.


Accommodation is guaranteed to all Study Abroad and Exchange students who apply before the deadline. Students can choose from dormitories and flats, catered or non-catered & there is some limited opportunity for a home stay.

Budget Estimate 2014 - 2015

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.

2014-2015 Tuition** $6,530
Program Fee (includes program administration and intl health insurance*) $2,500
Transportation (to and from program site) $1,000
Documentation** (passport, visa, immunization) $400
Books and Materials $200
Room and/or Board $4,000
Essential Daily Living Expenses $2,000
Miscellaneous $500
Total $17,130

*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

**Tuition is based on 2013-2014 rates and are subject to change for 2014-2015. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. In addition, University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Scholarships and Finances for additional information, and Costs and Billing for budget planning and cost comparison tools.

BUTEX Scholarships are available for the amount of 500 British pounds. Applications for the 2014/2015 year are now being accepted and the deadline for all applications is June 16, 2014.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Additional criteria may apply

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Application and Selection

Application materials include the online application form, a resume, and essay. Submit a completed application by the February 28th priority deadline prior to the academic year in which you wish to participate. Programs that do not fill following the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.

Admission to all programs is based on review of your application by the study abroad selection committee, and selection notifications are sent out within one month of the priority deadline or receipt of application during rolling admission. Once selected, students are given the opportunity to confirm acceptance, at which point they are subject to Education Abroad policies.

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Carlson Global Institute
CSOM 2-210
Phone: 612-625-9361
Fax: 612-624-8248

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