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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 3.0 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Campus Housing Number of Credits Offered: 12-16
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Type of Program: Bilateral Exchange
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Art History, Sociology, Software Engineering, Geography and Geoinformation Science, Honors, Government and International Policy, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Criminology Law and Society, Economics, English, Foreign Languages, Geography, Global Affairs, History, Applied Computer Science, Information Technology, Integrative Studies Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Open to non-Mason Students: No Click here for a definition of this term Course Equivalency Database: View Approved Courses
Program eligible for VA Benefits: No
Program Description:

University of Leicester

Leicester, England, United Kingdom

USD 1000 Feat. Exchange GrantThe University of Leicester (pronounced "Lester") was founded as Leicestershire and Rutland University College in 1921. The site for the University was donated by a local textile manufacturer, Thomas Fielding Johnson, in order to create a living memorial for those who lost their lives in First World War. This is reflected in the University's motto Ut Vitam Habeant – 'so that they may have life'. The very compact campus contains a wide range of twentieth century architecture, though the oldest building, the Fielding Johnson Building, dates from 1837. The main campus, home to approximately 20,000 students, is a mile south of the city center of Leicester. Leicester is located in the East Midlands region of England, approximately 100 miles north-west of London. Leicester is well-connected to public transport, and an excellent base for exploring both the UK and continental Europe.

Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.​​

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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
    • For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
  • Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application and departure.
  • Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
  • Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.

Courses Available

At Leicester, 'modules' are courses. Students are welcome to take any classes from any subject listed below - however it is not recommended that you mix modules from too many different departments or year levels as you are likely to encounter timetabling clashes. Please note that level 300 courses are final year courses at Leicester. To register for a 300 level course, you must have a substantial background in the subject area. Modules number in the 100s are first year courses, 200s are second year, and 300s, 400s, and 500s are third (final) year courses. Please note the following restrictions:
  • Biological Sciences
    • Students must apply for modules in the same year code (ex. 100, 200, 300) to avoid timetable clashes.
  • Engineering
    • Taught modules only available. Please note that the majority of these modules are year-long classes and include mandatory exams. If you wish to take Engineering classes, it is recommended that you go to Leicester for a full year placement.
  • Management Studies
    • Places for Management modules are under considerable demand and are limited. Students can submit a supporting statement with their application form if they wish via email. 
  • Modern Languages (Translation Studies)
    • These modules are only available to native speakers of English, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese or Arabic, as translation is taught between English and the other languages. Second and final-year modules (2000, 3000) require at least one year's experience in translation studies.
  • Natural Sciences
    • Natural Sciences is an interdisciplinary program. Its modules run differently from the wider university; instead of two semesters, it runs over five blocks. Please keep this in mind before selecting Natural Sciences modules.
  • Physics
    • Students should apply for modules in the same year code (ex. 100, 200, 300) to avoid timetable clashes. If necessary, students can ‘mix’ modules from years 3 and 4 only (ex. 300 and 400).
Most departments will offer alternative assessments, such as essays or lab-work, to replace the examinations. This permits students to depart in early December of May according to the semester they're at Leicester. However, some departments require students to remain on campus throughout the examination periods in January and June. Students studying any modules in Biological Sciences, Engineering, Geology, and/or Mathematics are required to remain on campus and sit examinations in January and/or June. No exceptions can be made for classes in these subjects.

Course Equivalency and Plan of Study

The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System (CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.

You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar at Leicester is fairly similar to Mason. The fall semester runs from mid-September to mid-January and the spring semester runs from early January to early June. 

Most departments will offer alternative assessments, such as essays or lab-work, to replace the examinations. This permits students to depart in early December of May according to the semester they're at Leicester. However, some departments require students to remain on campus throughout the examination periods in January and June. Students studying any modules in Biological Sciences, Engineering, Geology, and/or Mathematics are required to remain on campus and sit examinations in January and/or June. No exceptions can be made for classes in these subjects.

Credit Conversion

Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time abroad. A full-time course load is 60 credits. A typical course is worth 15-20 credits. 

  • 10 credits at Leicester = 3 credits at Mason
  • 15 credits at Leicester = 4 credits at Mason
  • 20 credits at Leicester = 5 credits at Mason
  • 30 credits at Leicester = 8 credits at Mason

Students are usually allowed to take 3-4 courses per term so long as they do not exceed 60 Leicester credits. 

Grade Conversion

When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at this institution.

 Leicester Grade Mason Grade
70-100 A
65-69 A-
60-64 B+
50-59 B
45-49 C+
40-44 C
0-39 F

Global Understanding

Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.


The University of Leicester provides a range of rooms to cover all types of preferences and budgets. Students can choose between catered (meal plan included) or self-catered halls with kitchens. Halls are grouped as either Oadby Student Village (OSV) or City Living. The OSV is approximately a 40 minute walk from main campus, so many students choose to buy a bus pass. Most (but not all) of the rooms are catered. Often groups will organize hall focused activities and students are encouraged to participate. Shops and a supermarket are nearby, and students can enjoy the University's botanical garden. City Living halls are approximately a 10 minute walk from the main campus. Most of the City Living halls are self-catered, and students should include an extra budget for food costs. A large supermarket is located near most halls, and there are other shops and delis closer to the city center. As these halls are located closer to the city center, they are also within range of a variety of stores, restaurants, and pubs.

In catered (meal plan included) residence halls, students usually have their own rooms, though there may be some doubles. Bathrooms are shared by small groups of rooms. Internet is available in every room. Accommodation is guaranteed so long as you apply before the deadline specified in your acceptance email. The university even offers free pick-up service from London's Heathrow Airport (must be booked in advance).

If you decide to accept your room offer you will be sent a booking contract from our Accommodation Office. Depending on your room type your booking may end when your study program does (catered), or it may continue until the end of the semester/ year (self-catered).

When you receive your offer please check the dates of your accommodation contract. If they do not match your intended duration of stay, please email the Accommodation Office immediately so that the dates of the contract can be amended.

Program Cost

This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.

Program Payments

As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.

Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 (for semester length programs) or $500 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Mid-Late September*

*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).

Visa Information

Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the UK Border Agency's website for further information.

Application requirements:*

Application fee: $200 for Mason students.

Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.

Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.

Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.

*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.

Application instructions:

GEO Program Administrator

Name Chris Hicks
Phone 703-993-2154

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2023 10/10/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Calendar Year 2023 10/10/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.