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Home to world class higher education

Leeds is a global destination for higher education and is home to 7 higher education establishments with a combined student population of over 70,000 – one of the largest in the UK.

An international student destination 

Every year Leeds welcomes over 12,000 international students from across the world to the city. You can hear some of the reasons they chose to study in Leeds below.

Partnerships across the world

Many of our universities have collaborations and research partnerships with organisations across the world. A founding member of the International Universities Network, the University of Leeds is recognised as one of the world’s most international universities, recently ranking in the world’s top 40 international universities thanks to its international student and staff community from 170 different countries, and high level of international research.


Another major university in the city, Leeds Beckett, welcomes students from over 140 different countries. The university works closely with partner universities, colleges and pathway providers around the world, and with partnerships across 15 countries Leeds Beckett degrees are available to study in-country at international partner institutions in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Denmark, Nepal and Singapore.

World leading research

From Covid-19 to decarbonising food supply, our universities are committed to world leading research that help tackle global challenges. The University of Leeds boasts state of the art research facilities including the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, the Centre for Immersive Technologies and the Institute for Transport Studies.


Leeds Beckett is also strengthening its research reputation and its Carnegie School of Sport, recently ranked in the top 100 sports science schools in the world, is home to the Centre for Human Performance which works with leading sports clubs and national governing bodies to exchange knowledge and push the boundaries of the limits of human performance.

An international centre for arts learning

Leeds’ higher education offer also includes a thriving centre for teaching of the arts. 


Leeds Arts University has over 170 years of history teaching art and design and welcomes creatives from all over the world. Former alumni include Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Damien Hirst.


We’re also home to specialist centres of learning as well. For example, Leeds Conservatoire is committed to engaging musicians from all over the world and has a thriving community of international students. With 30% of students from outside the UK, the Northern School for Contemporary Dance has become an international centre of excellence in dance, offering specialist, conservatoire-level contemporary dance training.


Leeds’ traditional universities also offer exciting opportunities to study the arts and Leeds Beckett’s newly built £80 million School of Arts will offer a wealth of specialist facilities for student including dedicated studios for fashion, music and performing arts.

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