University of Leicester
Leicester, Leicestershire , East Midlands, United Kingdom
Overview

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. 

The University of Leicester is in the East Midlands and currently has around 20,000 students enrolled, of which 1,500 of whom are international from over 80 different countries. The University of Leicester is one of the UK’s fastest-growing universities and is currently undergoing a £300 million campus redevelopment programme. The University of Leicester was voted 'University of the Year' by the Times in 2008 and finished runner up in the same category in 2014.

Leicester is well known for the strength of it its research, with its Archaeology department recently discovered the remains of Richard III, pushing it into the international spotlight. The Department of Physics and Astronomy hosts Europe’s largest university-based space research facility and the School of Museum Studies remains one of the top research departments in the country, containing the highest-ranking research in Museum Studies in the UK.

International Students - 19.6%


University Statistics
Student satisfaction score
71.27%
Average graduate salary
20K
% of graduates in work or further study
81.0%
Location

Leicester, with a population of more than 300,000, is a commercial and cosmopolitan city in the heart of England. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Leicester lies just one hour from London via train and is within easy reach of many other major towns and places of interest - including Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and both Oxford and Cambridge.

All teaching buildings are within a few minutes’ walk of each other on the University of Leicester’s compact campus. Leicester train station is within walking distance of the campus, while supermarkets, a cinema complex, local shops, bars and restaurants are all nearby. East Midlands Airport is the closest airport and serves 28 different countries.

The University of Leicester's buildings represent over a century of architectural styles which reflect our history and growth. The first University building, the Fielding Johnson, dates from 1837 and is a fine example of late Georgian architecture. Many of the more recent buildings have won architectural awards for design excellence.

Student Guide

The International Office and International Students' Advisers can provide support on issues such as visas, employment, finance, and cultural adjustment. In-sessional and pre-sessional English classes are available for all international students who want or need to improve their English level before or during their degree.

We offer degrees that can lead to jobs in a wide variety of industries all over the world. Every year we welcome new students from across the globe - more than 4,000 international students from 110 countries study with us