Leeds International Summer School-England

Spend 2- 4-weeks in the summer studying at one of England's most picturesque universities! The University of Leeds provides diverse coursework (including engineering) and programming across a variety of disciplines and includes multiple relevant excursions per course. Leeds was recognized as one of the top UK universities for research and impact power.



  • Good academic and behavioral standing
  • Minimum 2.8 GPA 
  • Please check partner school for additional requirements

Cost of the program:  Please check with the provider's website. Please note once you are registered for the program, you will be charged the $300 study abroad fee through the Pitt Pay system. Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Questions about Funding study abroad?  Check out the Study Abroad’s funding search page and note that SSoE has funding specifically for Pitt engineering students.



Academic Description: 
Please refer to the Leeds International Summer School website for the most up to date information on available courses. Previous courses offered as part of the summer program include: Introduction to Robotics and Autonomous Systems; Data Mining & Text Analytics; Renewable Energy Futures: Policy and Technology; Building Britain, 1700-1840; Electronic Music: History and Practice; Business and Cultural Awareness; The English Country House; Sport in the UK: Health and Performance Issues; Monks and Monasteries in the Middle Ages; Entrepreneurship and Society; Heretics, Witches and Conspirators; Smartphone Applications British Popular Music in the North of England British Literature and the Brontës
Application Instructions: 

If you are applying for a Pitt-Recognized Program (such as Leeds Summer School) for Spring 2020 and beyond, Program Application Questions must be completed before your application can move forward, regardless of any application requirements established by your Pitt-Recognized Provider. These questions can be found under “Questionnaires”  in your application. Most require short answers of 150-200 words. Our goal is to help you to think about and express your goals for studying abroad in a way that will help you to maximize learning and growth in the following 3 phases of your experience:

  1. Pre-departure
  2. While abroad
  3. Post abroad 

While you will work on the Pitt application and your Provider (Leeds')  application simultaneously, you will need to complete your Pitt application before your study abroad advisor will complete any forms or approval for your provider. Even if your Provider accepts your application, your application cannot move forward in our process until you complete our application questions.
Thsi program is housed in the Swanson School of Engineering, but is open to Pitt students that are not enginering majors. As stated above, you will work on both applications simultaneously and be approved to move forward in the process by the SSoE  International Engineering Programs office.  Be sure to review the  University of Leeds' application. and the University of Leeds Summer school. website prior to applying.   
Please note that the Pitt application deadline and the Leeds application deadline are NOT the same. 

SAO Staff: 

Alicia JF Olalde, M.A.

Konnichiwa! After working for the JET program in Japan for just over two years, I decided to pursue a career in international education. I returned to the US via a few months of travel -slowing making my way west with many stops in stunning locations and with amazing people. Whenever possible, I continue to love exploring new countries and cultures! I have been fortunate to work both as an administrator and as a classroom educator in higher education; my areas of interest are international, adult and comparative education.  I enjoy assisting engineering students seize international opportunities! Reach out to me at a.olalde@pitt.edu!

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