University of Leicester

=159 th
World University Rankings 2018
51-75 th
European Teaching Rankings 2018
University Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 7RH, United Kingdom

Founded in 1921, in the aftermath of World War I, the University of Leicester was built with the purpose of establishing a living memorial to those who had lost their lives during the conflict. Its motto Ut Vitam Habeant ('so that they may have life') reflects its belief that through research and education, the university would act as a beacon of hope for the future.



Granted its Royal Charter in 1957, Leicester is now one of the UK's leading research universities and prides itself on making contributions that have hade a positive impact on public health, culture, society and the environment.

The university offers over 350 degree programmes across three academic colleges: medicine, biological sciences and psychology, science and engineering, and arts and humanities. Its ethos emphasises a cross-disciplinary approach, innovation and collaboration.

Based in the city of the same name, Leicester has a youthful feel and boasts the largest number of people aged 19 and under in the East Midlands region.

Although it’s the tenth largest city in the UK, it has an abundance of green spaces making it easy to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life. Its main campus, which backs onto 69 acres of park land, is often referred to as the university’s ‘back garden'.

Leicester is one of the most ethnically diverse areas of the UK and its university lays claim to a long-standing record on social inclusiveness.

The city is also among the most economical places to live in the country. In 2015 it was ranked top by HSBC for the second year in a row for being the UK’s most affordable university.

Among the university’s claims to fame are the invention of genetic fingerprinting in 1984 by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys and the more recent discovery of King Richard III’s mortal remains in a Leicester council car park.

University of Leicester International Study Centre provides specialist degree preparation for international students. Our programmes combine academic modules, study skills and English language training. They aim to give you the best opportunity to succeed in your university degree.

As a student at the International Study Centre, you will benefit from:
• A fantastic city centre location in the heart of Leicester, close to the train station and only 20 minutes' walk from the University
• Small class sizes to ensure you get the most out of your education
• University-style teaching to prepare you for your degree
• Access to an extensive range of University facilities including the Library, sports facilities and Students' Union.

Programme Options

We offer a range of courses that can help you prepare to study an undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

International Foundation Year
Your pathway to the first year of your undergraduate degree at Leicester. This International Foundation Year is designed to help you succeed in a UK classroom environment and meet the entry requirements for undergraduate study. The modules have been carefully designed to focus on the academic area most useful to your chosen degree. Each pathway includes coursework, lectures, small group seminar work and self-study.

You can choose from four International Foundation Year pathways:

• Economics and Management
• Engineering and Technology
• Science
• Society and Culture

International Year One
This programme is designed to help you prepare for the second-year study at the University of Leicester.

On successful completion, you can progress to one of the following degrees:

• Management Studies
• Marketing
• Human Resource Management

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