Our university was founded almost a hundred years ago in the aftermath of the Great War. The men and women who built this new institution hoped that it would be not only a living memorial to the darkness of their recent past, but a beacon of hope for the future. Their aim was that sacrifices made in war should be commemorated through education and research that would change the world for the better.
Leicester is now a leading research-led university. It is a lively, energetic and global community, in which dedicated and talented people are anticipating, working towards and helping to shape the future. The very compact campus contains a wide range of twentieth century architecture, though the oldest building, the Fielding Johnson Building, dates from 1837.
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The University of Leicester is located just a mile south of Leicester city centre; the city can be reached in just over an hour from central London. Leicester is on a direct line into St Pancras International, the home of Eurostar, and with just one change of train, you could be in Paris or Brussels by lunchtime. The English cities of Birmingham, Nottingham, and Sheffield are even closer and provide ample big city life.
Leicester is one of the oldest cities in England, with a history going back at least two millennia. The native Iron Age settlement encountered by the Romans at the site seems to have developed in the 2nd or 1st centuries BC.
The University makes available the whole range of its introductory, intermediate and advanced courses to visiting students with appropriate backgrounds. As is normal in England, all degrees are three year degrees, so SDSU considers upper-division to be Year 2 (Level 5) and beyond.
All courses are taught in English with the exception of any foreign language courses.
Semester 1: Late September to Late January (early final exams are usually possible in late December)
Semester 2: Late January to Early June
Hints for Researching Program and Available Modules/Classes
Access the Course Catalogue
for incoming study abroad students. Look closely at when each module is offered, autumn (fall) versus spring. Be aware prerequisites for modules/classes in the UK are taken very seriously and students mostly enroll in Year 2 modules if they need upper-division credit.
One 20 credit Leicester module is equivalent to 5 SDSU semester units. Therefore, three modules (60 credits) is a full semester load and six modules (120 credits) is a full academic year load. Generally students take 3 modules per semester for a total of 60 credits or 15 SDSU units.
Note: At University of Leicester, SDSU considers Year 2+ and 200+ level courses as upper division.
All students should discuss module descriptions with their SDSU academic advisors.
Housing and Meals
Students have access to the Leicester residence halls. See the Leicester Accommodation
pages for more details.
Other practical information for exchange students is available on the Leicester Study Abroad Office
All SDSU students will be automatically enrolled in the appropriate international health insurance for their study abroad term. The insurance charge will appear on your student account services billing shortly before departure. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure.
All U.S. citizens studying in the United Kingdom for one semester (less than six months)
required to apply for a visa; they receive a Short-Term Student Route visa stamp upon arrival. However, students going for a full academic year (more than six months)
are required to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa, which also allows U.S. citizens to legally work. Please see the UK Border Agency
website for more details and instructions.
For more information about entry/exit requirements for your host country, visit the U.S. Department of State