University of Leicester
Founded in 1921, the University of Leicester continuously ranks as a top university in the United Kingdom and among the top 200 universities globally by Times Higher Education. It has established itself as a leading research driven university. Leicester is most known for the invention of genetic finger printing and the discovery of King Richard III’s tomb.
The School of Geography and Geology is notable for its extensive collection of maps dating back almost a century, and equally for the Department of Geology’s vast fossil collection. Both departments are consistently ranked highly in the United Kingdom. The Department of Geography’s research and teaching focuses on three core areas – human geography, physical geography and geographic information science (GIS). It has particular strengths in critical geography, environmental change and management, and spatial literacy and modeling. The Department of Geology is the number one place to study geology in the UK specializing in applied & environmental geology, geophysics and palaeobiology. Its research for the past six years has exceeded $17 million with a strong emphasis in industrial research linked across the environment, mineral, and oil & gas sectors.
The city of Leicester is located in the East Midlands of the England. Ancient Roman pavements and baths remain in the city from its early settlement as a military outpost. Today with a population of 300,000, Leicester is a commercial and cosmopolitan city dotted by a wide variety of shops, restaurants, cultural and recreational amenities. Leicester is situated almost in the middle of England making it perfectly accessible to major sites such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Cambridge and Oxford. Additionally, the city is about an hour train ride from London for weekend travels.
- This program is limited to students in the College of Geosciences
- Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
- Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
- Minimum 3.0 G.P.A preferred
- Have a minimum Junior classification by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
Students can choose to study abroad during
- Fall Semester (end of September to December; students study at Leicester for the Autumn term also called Semester 1)
- Spring Semester (January to May; students study at Leicester for the Spring and Summer Terms also called Semester 2)
- Academic Year (end of September to May)
The Fall Semester at Leicester is 11 weeks whereas the Spring Semester is substantially longer at 19 weeks. Both exchange terms provide ample opportunities for academic and extracurricular engagement.
One of the benefits of participating in the exchange program at Leicester is the wide variety of courses available. Students are allowed to enroll in any course, or module, the university offers for exchange students. Students take 30 ECT credits per semester which is equal to 15 credits at Texas A&M. This is the maximum course load for which a student can register. Exchange students have an extensive onside staff in the International Student Support office at Leicester to help them with courses, visas or anything else they might need. There is also an International Students’ Welcome Program before the start of the fall semester to introduce students to life at Leicester.
On-campus accommodations are guaranteed for all students who apply before the deadline. Two types of housing are available to students: catered and self-catered. For catered hall, accommodations include 14 meals per week as well as shared or single bedrooms with or without a private bathroom. Self-catered halls have the same living arrangements but without provided meals each week. The Oadby Student Village is the preferred choice of students studying at Leicester for one semester since it is close to many of the social life activities.
Leicester has an extensive campus life for students including sports, societies and art showcases and performances. Other campus services include a student union, restaurants, bookshops, sports facilities and a healthcare center.
One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
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|Texas A&M Semester Cost Comparison
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage.
University of Leicester Homepage
Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student
University of Leicester Study Abroad Brochure
University of Leicester Exchange Program
University of Leicester Department of Geography
University of Leicester Department of Geology
University of Leicester Course Listings
University of Leicester Accommodations
University of Leicester Housing Options
University of Leicester Campus life
University of Leicester Academic Calendar
Leicester City Map
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding
Scholarship and Funding options
"I decided to study abroad as a means of diversifying my professional skills, not to mention my career opportunities. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to broaden one's awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live. It helped me perfect my language skills and gain knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues the world faces today. Furthermore, I believe the personal experiences I gained will help me to be a better leader to welcome challenges, and to challenge the status quo."
Former Texas A&M Exchange Student
For detailed information about the College of Geosciences exchange to the University of Leicester, please contact or Dr. Christian Brannstrom in the College of Geosciences.
For more information, contact Patrick Moore in the Study Abroad Programs Office