Leicester, with a population of more than 300,000, is a commercial and cosmopolitan city with a variety of cultural and recreational amenities. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Leicester is situated almost exactly in the center of England and within easy reach of many major towns and places of interest including London, Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and both Oxford and Cambridge, the sites of the ancient universities.
The University of Leicester, founded as a university college in 1921 and granted its Royal Charter in 1957, is a government-financed institution with a leading international reputation for teaching and research. It has over 17,000 students. The University has first-rate facilities for teaching, study, research, sports and leisure. The main campus occupies an attractive site close to the city center and a short distance away there are excellent student residential facilities set in fine gardens.
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, applicants should be aware that changes to academic calendars may occur with little or no notice. Students are encouraged to either wait to book travel or book travel that allows for changes with no financial penalty.
Applicants should also be aware that processing of visas may be impacted or halted by specific countries. Failure to secure the necessary visa may result in inability to participate in this program.
Participants on this program may be required to self-quarantine prior to the start of their program for a specified period of time. Students are responsible for arranging (logistics and financial) their travel appropriately to ensure self-quarantine is completed prior to the start of the program.
The academic system in the U.K. is quite different from that of the United States but like the U.S. system, remember that teaching and assessment methods may vary from course to course. Generally, you will find that you have fewer “contact” hours - time spent in class - in your courses at Leicester than you normally do here. You will find that you are left with a significant amount of time during the day and also in the evening when you do not have to attend classes, but no clear indication of how this time must be spent. This does not mean that your course load is lighter; rather, you are expected to spend more time in self-directed study preparing for classes, papers, and examinations. To succeed in your studies, you will have to develop a study routine where this “free time” is used productively.
Grading System and Credit Conversion:
Four (4) Leicester Credits = One (1) UM credit
(Leicester credits divided by 4 = UM credits)
Arts and Humanities
Minimum 2.5 GPA
Room and Board:
The University of Leicester offers a wide choice of accommodation, in both halls of residence (where meals are provided) and in self-catering units (with kitchen facilities).
The University of Leicester offers a wide choice of accommodation, in both halls of residence (like dorms where meals are provided) and in self-catering units (more like apartments where you can cook your own meals). Some of the housing options are within walking distance of the campus, however most of them are located 3km away in the quieter suburbs of the city, in which case you will need to take the bus to and from school. Please budget for a bus pass, which costs around £100 (almost $200).
You Are a Guest:
As an exchange student, you will have the opportunity to experience university life in a completely different way. For example, you might find that courses abroad are not equal to three UM credits. The format of assessment might be different, with great emphasis being placed on one big test versus smaller assignments throughout the semester. The amount of time spent in class can vary greatly from country to country as well as the amount of independent learning that is expected. Exchange students are guests of the host university and will not receive any services that the local, degree-seeking students do not receive. The university abroad may not provide the same amenities as the University of Miami and the level of customer service can vary.
Exchange programs open the door for students to have the experience of a university student in a different country. It is important to talk to your study abroad advisor about your level of comfort with the challenges that await you abroad. Your advisor may be able to suggest an exchange program that offers more of the services to which you have become accustomed, or can direct you to a semester on location program. Students who have chosen to embark on an exchange program have reported that by overcoming obstacles encountered abroad, they have gained independence and self-confidence, and were challenged to broaden their perspectives.
Fall: Mid-September to mid-December
Spring: Mid- January to late May