Year Abroad

Geography offers a four year degree programme with a year abroad, available to students taking BA Geography, BA Human Geography, BSc Geography and BSc Physical Geography.

Partner Universities

Houston, Texas

We have agreements with the institutions all around the world. To find out the current options available for Geography students please see the International Office Website.

These institutions have been chosen because they have Geography departments with similar teaching and research interests and also because there are links with staff at Leicester.

How to Apply

Students do not apply for this programme through UCAS; instead all single subject applicants have the choice of transferring to this programme at the end of their second year.

Entry Requirements

Places are limited and to be considered you will need to have a strong academic record and be in good standing with the University.

Degree Structure

There is no set programme of study as individual choices are determined by student interest and course availability. In the normal three year degree the second year accounts for 40% of a student’s final mark and the third year 60%. This is also the case in the year abroad programme, with the year abroad being an experiential year. Students who pass this year overall graduate with the Year Abroad degree; for any who fail, their degree will revert to the standard degree without Year Abroad appellation.


Students pay their fees at Leicester and are responsible for their own travel and living costs in North America. For European destinations fees are covered by the Erasmus programme and you will receive a grant of around 370 euros per month.

Contact the Department's International Tutor.

Information for Year Abroad Students wanting to study Geography at Leicester

Students from our partner institutions and students participating in the Leicester’s Study Abroad and Erasmus programme are welcome to study in the Department of Geography. Whether you come for a semester or an academic year, the Department has a wide range of modules on offer. For further information on our courses and modules visit the Undergraduate section. If you have specific questions please contact the Department’s International Tutor. We look forward to welcoming you to Leicester.

How do our year abroad students rate Leicester?

As a JYA student from the United States studying abroad at Leicester, I found my year away from home an excellent test to see how independent I could be as a young adult and student. University life differs greatly from the US to that of the UK, as not only do you live farther away from campus (causing you to rely on yourself more to function efficiently day to day) but your studies are more apt to measure your personal ambition to learn. Studying is more independent as Professors expect you to study the course material and research on your own, rather than have weekly or daily assignments as courses in the US. If you're thinking about studying abroad, think about taking a Geography course at the University of Leicester, especially if you want an academic challenge.
Christina Lee, James Madison University

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