University of Leicester
University of Leicester

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University of Leicester  Ranking

25

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University of Leicester  Location

Central England

University of Leicester

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University Ranking

25

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Central England

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Key Information
Location Leicester, England
Established 1921
Percent International Students 21.1%
Famous For History, Astronomy, Physics
International Fees £10,300-10,400
Key Information
Location Leicester, England
Established 1921
Percent International Students 21.1%
Famous For History, Astronomy, Physics
International Fees £10,300-10,400

Overview

The University of Leicester is in the East Midlands and currently has almost 21,000 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 recently finished runner up in the same category in 2014. Leicester is ranked in the top 2% of all global universities and was the highest climber in the most recent THE World Rankings, moving up 35 places to 161st in the table.

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. 

Services for International Students

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.

Ranking

  • 25th in the Times University Guide 2017
  • 47th in the Guardian University Guide 2017
  • 239th in the QS World University Rankings 2017

Leicester is known as a leading research-led university and was named University of the Year of 2008 by the Times Higher Education and finished runner up in 2014. The University has consistently ranked amongst the top 15 universities in the UK by the Times Good University Guide and is 161st in the world in the latest THE World Rankings.

Following impressive results in the 2008 Research Excellence Framework, Leicester again stood out in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The Guardian ranked Leicester 27th of 154 institutions, while Times Higher Education Research Power Rankings placed Leicester in the top 25. 75% of submitted research was judged to be internationally excellent.

Accommodation

The University of Leicester guarantees University accommodation for students as long as they firmly accept an offer and apply by the September 1st deadline. Rooms are available catered and self-catered rooms, as are studio apartments and shared rooms. Many second and third year students also choose to live in halls, but most live in and around the city. The accommodation office can assist students who wish to live outside halls in private rented accommodation.

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.

Alumni

  • Jyrki Katainen (Prime Minister of Finland)
  • Peter Campbell (Editor-in-Chief of Nature)
  • Atifete Jahjaga (President of Kosovo)
  • Martin Löb (Mathematician)
  • Bob Parr (Multi-Emmy Award winning television producer)

University of Leicester posts from the SI-UK blog

Students to play more sport

An initiative has been announced to get more university students engaged with sport, the Leicester Mercury reports. The University of Leicester has received…Read more

Universities strive to keep scholarships alive

Some universities are using their own money for scholarships now that government funding has been cut, according to the Times Higher Education. Most higher…Read more

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Nam Minh Ngo, from Vietnam, graduated last week with a first class degree in BSc Mathematics with Economics, along with a number of former ISC students…Read more

University of Leicester jumps to the 13th place!

Leicester has climbed to 13th in the Guardian University Guide – making it the top University in the East Midlands. I thought you would like to read…Read more

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