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Application Deadline: Rolling Admission


Leicester, England

Location Description

Leicester, in the heart of the Midlands, is a vibrant, up-and-coming city with a population of 280,000, making it one of the largest cities in England. It has emerged over the centuries as a bustling center of trade and manufacturing, attracting a diverse minority populace from around the world that contributes to a third of the city’s population. Within the region, all roads lead to Leicester and there is easy access from London, East Midlands and Birmingham International airports. A proud people, Leicester’s citizens and city walls boast many sports teams including Leicester City Football Club, which has been in existence for 120 years. Other sports include rugby, cricket, basketball and golf clubs to go along with the famous Victoria Park Racecourse. The city itself has an excellent bus service for getting around the city and outskirts of Leicester, making access to any and every event possible.

University Profile

The University of Leicester is a leading teaching and research university. Founded in 1921 and receiving its Royal Charter in 1957, it is one of the UK’s older universities. With a pristine campus stretching across 147 hectares and a total of 220 school-owned properties, the university is ideally located with supermarkets, a cinema complex, local shops, bars and restaurants all within walking distance. With all teaching buildings within a few minutes walk of each other, Leicester’s compact and friendly campus is an ideal place for its 19,000 students.


Leicester offers a wide range of academic programs and research areas, including the Arts, Science, Medicine, Law, Education, Biological sciences and Social sciences, to name but a few.

To see a full catalogue of Leicester’s available classes (called "modules"), click here.

Broadly speaking, 3 US credits is the equivalent of 10 UK credits and 5 US credits equate to 20 UK credits.


Most exchange students will live in Oadby Student Village, catered or self-catered residence halls. For more information, please click here.

Reflection Paper

All students who participate in a JMU exchange program will be required to write a reflection paper upon completion of the program which will be available for future participants to read. Please click here to read past reflection papers from JMU students at the University of Leicester.


Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA and be in good standing with the university.

How to Apply

To apply for Spring 2019, please email the Exchange Program Coordinator, Pernell Whitfield, at to have your exchange application generated.

The application for admission has a number of parts. See the outline below and make certain you have completed all steps in the application process.

Spaces are limited.

A completed Exchange Program application consists of the following components:

  • Online application 
  • Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit Form
    Available from the Registrar's Office or downloadable here in Adobe Acrobat format.
    Required of ALL students studying abroad on an External program.
  • Exchange University's application (upon acceptance from JMU)

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Scholarships specifically for exchange programs are sometimes available. Check our website for current offerings. Most forms of financial aid apply to the cost of study abroad programs. Students should consult with a financial aid counselor for specific information about awards and eligibility. For more information, please click on the following link to the Financial Aid & Scholarships page.


Fall 2018: Sep 24 - Dec 14
Spring 2019: Jan 14 - Jun 7

(all dates are tentative and subject to change)


In-State Out-of-State
Tuition 5,195 13,082
Housing & Meals 4,000 4,000
Police Registration 56 56
Transportation 266 266
Personal Expenses 2,000 2,000
Airfare 1,000 1,000
Total Estimated Costs 12,508 20,404

(all fees are tentative and subject to change)

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