Leeds Arts University has exchange agreements with other universities across Europe (Erasmus+) and worldwide, for example in the USA and Hong Kong.

Incoming visiting and exchange students:

If you are from a partner university and you would like to spend a semester in the vibrant northern city of Leeds, please see 'How can I apply?' below. 

If your home institution does not have a formal partnership with Leeds Arts University, you can apply to study with us as a Visiting Student. Please apply using the Incoming Visiting Student Application Form. Please note that Visiting Students are charged the international tuition fee on a pro rata basis. Contact the International Office for further information.

Incoming exchange students join Level 5  - this is the second year of our three year Bachelor degrees. 

Outgoing Leeds Arts University students:

If you are a current Leeds Arts University student interested in an international opportunity, please see:

Erasmus+ Exchange Links for information on exchanges in Europe

or Worldwide Exchanges for information on exchanges outside Europe

Remember you can always contact the International Office to discuss your study abroad options (available in Level 5 for one semester only).


Why choose Leeds Arts University?

  • Study at one of the UK’s highest ranked independent specialist art institutions with a vibrant community of like-minded creatives
  • Full credit transfer to your home university 
  • English language tuition is available
  • You can enjoy a full programme of welcome, orientation and social events for visiting and international students
  • Leeds enjoys a lower cost of living compared to many parts of the UK
  • You can access a range of affordable accommodation
  • Experience life in the UK’s best student city!
  • Our central Leeds location makes a great base from which to explore the region and the rest of the UK

How can I apply to be an incoming Visiting or Exchange student at Leeds Arts University?

If your home institution has an active exchange agreement with Leeds Arts University and has nominated you for a place please complete the application process by submitting the appropriate form:

Erasmus+ (European) Incoming Student Application form

Worldwide Exchange Incoming Application form 

We require the following supporting information:

  • Full CV and short motivation letter
  • Scanned copy of your passport
  • Transcript from your previous/current institution
  • Academic reference
  • Portfolio with 5-10 examples of your work (online/PDF/Powerpoint formats are acceptable)

If your home institution DOES NOT have an active exchange agreement with Leeds Arts University and you are interested in studying with us as a Visiting Student, please complete and submit:

Visiting Student Incoming Application form

The deadline to apply is 1st May for entry in the autumn semester and 1st November for entry in the spring semester.

How can I see if there is an exchange agreement between Leeds Arts University and my home university?

Please click here for a full list of our Erasmus+ European exchange links. 

And here for a list of our worldwide exchange partners. 

When are the application deadlines?

The application deadlines for incoming exchange students are: 

  • 1 May (Autumn arrivals) - this is our preferred entry point.

  • 1 November (Spring arrivals)

How long are the exchange periods?

Students can apply to spend one semester studying with our students at Level 5 (academic year 2 of 3). 

Semester dates vary between institutions, so please check carefully when your exchange is expected to start. We will be in touch to confirm when your orientation will take place.

You can see Leeds Arts University term dates here

My home university does not have an exchange agreement with Leeds Arts University. Can I still apply to do an exchange?

You can apply as a Visiting Student! Although please note that without an inter-institutional exchange agreement, you will be liable to pay tuition fees at the appropriate rate. 

You might also want to consider approaching us to suggest a partnership with your home institution. Please contact international@leeds-art.ac.uk to discuss this further. 

Can I study for a full course at Leeds Arts University?

The UK is one of the top study destinations for international students. With our undergraduate programmes taking three rather than four years, and masters programmes taking just one year, studying in the UK can provide a fast track to your chosen qualification.

Many students choose to study in the UK to improve their English Language ability which can also enhance your employability. Whether you want to do a foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate course, we’ll give you all the support you need. 

Please see here for full details on how you can join us as a full time student.