Britain is very cosmopolitan, with residents from many countries and ethnic backgrounds. In Leeds there are many international students who come from all over the world to study at the two large universities and at the specialist colleges.
Our College has a growing community of international students from many different countries, and we’re committed to providing a welcoming and secure environment in which you can study.
How we can help
Before you arrive at the College, and whilst you are here, our Student Advice Team will be there to help you, every step of the way. During your application process we can guide and help you with completing forms, obtaining visas, providing information on course fees, or anything else you may need to know.
We will provide you with a 'welcome pack' which contains information about setting up a bank account, what to do if you are ill, working in the UK, and much more. You might also want to access the UKCISA UK Council for International Student Affairs website which provides useful advice for international students
Getting to know people
Throughout the year we hold events for international students, and of course you will make your own friends through your course. If, at any point during your time with us, you have any problems (whether they are related to your studies, career or personal life) our Student Advice Team can offer support and guidance. What might be different?
At Leeds College of Art you may be surprised by the informality. In this relaxed atmosphere, members of staff enjoy being approached by students and participating in conversation, whether or not it is directly related to academic work.
Attitudes towards work may be different from those you are used to. Some international students are accustomed to greater and more specific direction in their working day - perhaps with a greater emphasis on skills and knowledge than on thinking and problem-solving. In the UK, after the tutors have presented the subject or the brief, the students are often left to conduct deeper research and study on their own, using the written brief and reading lists. It may take you a little while to adjust, but you’ll soon get used to it – and the tutors are there to help.