Leeds International Summer School

July 2019

The Leeds International Summer School (LISS) offers you the opportunity to study at the University of Leeds and immerse yourself in British culture as part of an exciting four-week programme. Taking advantage of the vibrant, student friendly city of Leeds, and the rich history, culture and natural beauty of the area, the summer school combines world-class tuition with local knowledge, academic-related field trips, and a wide variety of social activities.

The Leeds International Summer School runs for four weeks and comprises two modules, each lasting two weeks. There is a choice of six modules in each block — when you apply you should select one module from each block. You should discuss your choice of modules with your Western Sydney University course advisor to ensure you will receive credit points when you return.

Details for the modules offered in 2019 will be available soon.


Name of Program

Leeds International Summer School

Destination country

United Kingdom

Destination city



University of Leeds

Program Start Date:

6 July 2019

Program End Date

03 August 2019


Bachelor of Health Science

Cultural Excursions

Through experiential learning and field trips, you will spend lots of time outside of the classroom, enjoying hands-on learning that will give you insights into British culture, history and society. Each module includes at least one field trip to support what you have learned in the classroom; destinations include Castle Howard in York, the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth and the cities of Manchester and Liverpool.

All of the social activities listed below are included in the programme fee:

  • orientation activities
  • a pub quiz
  • sports socials
  • three full-day excursions, to York, Whitby and the Yorkshire Dales
  • a half-day excursions to Harewood House
  • a farewell dinner
  • a final two-night weekend trip to London (with a stop to visit Cambridge on the way), please note: the programme ends in London

In addition to this, the summer school social assistants organise various low-cost or free evening and weekend social activities in Leeds throughout the summer school. The student social assistants will also provide support, knowledge of the local area and a friendly face throughout the programme.


As a summer school student, you will live in Charles Morris (Dobree and Whetton Houses), a hall of residence conveniently located on the University campus. You will have the privacy of your own room, but with a shared kitchen, bathroom and dining facilities.

Is academic credit awarded for this program?

To be negotiated on a case by case basis.10 credit points will be usually awarded for an elective unit.

Scholarships and Benefits

In an effort to support your participation in the Leeds International Summer School we have identified a few opportunities for financial assistance. Note that you will only need to apply for these once you have been accepted into the program.

Option 1: Western Sydney University Student Mobility Travel Grant

The university offers students participating in a short course up to $500 to support their travel. All necessary information can be found on the Before I Go.

Option 2: OS-Help Loan

OS-HELP is not a grant/scholarship, but it is an option that we would like to bring to your attention. Eligible students can receive a deferred loan for $4000 or $8149 which is added to your existing HECS-HELP debt. Further information can be found on the OS-HELP webpage.

Option 3: Santander Scholarships(Leeds University)

If you have a GPA of 5.25 or above then you are eligible to apply for one of 16 Santander scholarships worth £500 to help pay for your fees. More information about this opportunity is available on the LISS website.


The program cost is £3145 and includes:

  • tuition
  • accommodation
  • breakfast and lunch, Monday - Friday
  • module field trips,
  • weekend excursions
  • social programme
  • sports centre membership

You pay extra for:

  • Airfares
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • All other expenses such as independent trips, shopping, dinner, etc

While on your study tour, you will be covered by Western Sydney University's student travel insurance.

Selection Criteria

To be eligible for this summer school you should:

  • have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.9 or equivalent
  • be enrolled at Western Sydney University and have completed at least one semester of undergraduate study
  • meet language requirements (non-native speakers of English are required to have IELTS 5.5 or equivalent)

How To Apply

STEP 1: Register Your Interest

  • To be considered for this opportunity, you will be required to submit your expression of interest (opens in a new window) to Leeds University

STEP 2: Apply for Academic Approval

  • Discuss your preferred option with your Academic Course Adviser (ACA) or placement coordinator - visit your School website and see 'Contact'
  • To receive recognition for your overseas experience, it is important that you seek advice from your Academic Course Advisor and apply for academic approval at least 3 months prior to commencement. Find out how to apply for Academic Approval below:

STEP 3: Apply for OS-HELP 

  • You may be eligible for OS-HELP, a deferred HELP debt loan for undergraduate Australian citizens - loans of $4,000 or $6,791 are available. Academic Approval is required; have completed 80 credit points of study, and have 10 credit points remaining on return.
  • Note, depending on the program, some of the opportunities below provide a scholarship, tuition waivers, free or cheap accommodation etc.

STEP 4: Complete the 'Before I Go' Online Checklist

  • Complete the Online Checklist (opens in a new window) to ensure you have completed the important tasks before heading overseas. This includes applying for a Student Mobility Travel Grant and information about travel insurance.

For more details about the program please see the Leeds International Summer School or contact Dr Arianne Reis at a.reis@westernsydney.edu.au or (02) 4620 3136.