Supporting our Libyan students

Our priority is the welfare of our students and we will be as flexible as possible to ensure they can continue their studies.

We have 79 students from Libya: 29 undergraduate and international foundation year, 7 taught postgraduates and 43 postgraduate research students.  The ongoing political unrest in Libya has meant that these sponsored students have had their maintenance payments stopped by the Libyan Government with immediate effect. Staff from the international office have met with Libyan student representatives to find out what is needed and will work with LUU to explore options for how we support students.

Students who have any concerns should speak to their tutor or school, LUU advice centre or the international office for help. Further advice will be issued direct to students and through our website.

Tuition fees aside, we don't receive any funding or donation from the Libyan government.  The University of Leeds is an international institution, with 33,000 students from 142 countries and links with 600 institutions worldwide. Students are selected on academic merit and not nationality.

In the past, we have had discussions with Libyan universities about partnering in areas such as student recruitment, but talks didn't progress further.  Memoranda of understanding are regularly required by international visitors or during overseas trips. A memorandum indicates an intention to co-operate but is not legally binding and there is no guarantee it will lead to further collaboration.

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