International Students

The Department of Sociology at the University of Leicester is one of the most prominent and influential in the country. We achieve consistently high National Student Survey scores. Leicester ranks in the world’s top 2% of universities. The department's graduates have for many years been a major force in the shaping of teaching and research in other universities and colleges. Many of the well-known sociologists in this country have been students and/or teachers at Leicester.

Current international students' views

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'Studying sociology at Leicester has been a great opportunity for me. Sociology has equipped me with a better understanding of Britain, culturally, socially, economically and politically. I am now in a strong position to apply for jobs both in the West and back in my country (Japan) as I studied a subject which offers a sophisticated and thorough understanding of Britain, and also of other countries. Many of my lectures and seminars incorporated contemporary and global perspectives and were connected to real life. I also learnt and developed quantitative and qualitative research skills which will be invaluable for my future career. Leicester is very multicultural place - it allowed me to experience the 'world in a city'. I am really glad that I chose to study Sociology at the University of Leicester.' Miho Oguri BA Sociology

Cindy - int student

‘Studying about how the social world works and how it relates to us from a personal perspective has broadened my mind. It has been an amazing experience. Not only do I learn about the issues of the modern times, but links are also made by lecturers to past theories and concepts to enhance our understanding. I am one of the few international students (and the only Indonesian) on my Sociology course. As with my British peers, in my modules I am encouraged to step out of my boundaries and to delve into understanding new perspectives and opinions. Studying Sociology at Leicester is great. The modules are varied and offer significant depth and insight. I am confident that the many transferrable skills that I am acquiring here will lead me to great opportunities.’ Cindy Colondam BA Sociology

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'Doing a Sociology degree at the University of Leicester has been a great opportunity. As an international student I not only learnt about various valuable social research methods and ways of understanding society, but also a deep and sophisticated insight into Britain in general, and the West in particular. This is going to be invaluable for my career in the future.' Thomas H.Leung BA Sociology

'I am truly enjoying my sociology modules at Leicester. It is great that almost all students in my sociology classes are British. I not only made friends with them but through the class discussions and activities with them I improved my understanding of Britain, British values and society. This isn't something many other degrees can offer.' Zhu He BA Media and Society

Pheobe Sung

'It has been a great experience for me to study sociology at Leicester. When I first came here I knew nothing about sociology. As an international student it was not easy for me to learn the sociological theories and terminologies as they were on the western basis and completely new to me. But at this moment, I enjoy studying the subject as it enables me to understand how the contemporary social world operates and how the social issues connect to our real life from a sociological perspective. This subject has not only equipped me with a better understanding of the western countries, but also encouraged me to think how to apply my understanding to my home city (Hong Kong). I am glad to study sociology at Leicester. I believe what I have obtained here will be beneficial for my future career.' Phoebe Sung BA Sociology

Here is small films with some of our graduates.

Why Study Sociology

Sociology underpins many other social sciences, e.g.:Sociology in Leicester

  • Business and management
  • Marketing
  • Media and Communications
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Geography
  • Education
  • Politics

Sociology studentsSociology equips students with superb transferrable skills:

Cognitive skills

Analytical skills

Problem-solving skills

Sociology equips students with knowledge of:

  • Social behaviour and inequalities        Sociology International Students
  • How organisations work
  • Western and global business practices
  • Consumer culture and popular culture
  • Structures and institutions at organisational and national levels

Why choose Leicester Sociology

One of the first departments of sociology to be established in Britain, we have a long and well-respected tradition in both teaching and research.

Teaching is informed by cutting-edge research and delivered by academics who are recognised experts in their fields.

Our modules have an international and interdisciplinary focus: (e.g. modules on globalisation, international development, global risk society, research methods).

University of LeicesterStudents are offered a high level of choice and flexibility throughout their studies, enabling them to tailor the course to their emerging interests and particular career requirements (e.g. we have particular modules and staff focusing on consumption, culture, education, media, health, risk, migration, development).

You will have a personal tutor who will provide you with support in academic and other areas throughout your degree.

All our exchange schemes are open to international students. International Students can go on Study Abroad or Erasmus Exchanges and spend a semester abroad (e.g. to the USA, Lund, Sweden, Krakow, Poland) at no extra cost. As an international student you will be eligible for the student mobility grant of the European Union.

The International Officer will provide you with additional pastoral support.

You will be able to improve your English and receive tailored help (e.g. academic writing, reading and vocabulary building for academic purposes, writing consultation) by attending the in-sessional English language courses of the ELTU.

We pride ourselves on having approachable and supportive staff.

Our intake is mainly British but we are delighted to welcome students from all over the world including, for example, from the EU, China, and the US. This provides an excellent opportunity for international students to mix with home students and others from a range of different nationalities, thus adding to all the benefits that a first-rate University education from the UK has to offer.

There are scholarships available for undergraduate international students.


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