Leeds International Summer School

Academic colleagues are being encouraged to get involved with yet another international success story at Leeds.

LISS York June 2019

Nearly 300 students from all over the world will immerse themselves in British culture as part of Leeds International Summer School (LISS) this year – nearly triple the figure from 2018.

The four-week programme, running from Saturday 6 July to Saturday 3 August 2019, gives overseas students the opportunity to choose two modules from a diverse range of subject areas, earning credits towards their home degrees.

And it’s hoped this number will grow with the support of even more our academics.

Greg Miller, Head of Student Placement, said: “LISS is increasingly contributing to emerging partnerships with overseas institutions.

“Some Schools are delivering modules that respond to requests from international strategic partners. It also enables schools to innovate in module design that will engage a diverse international student classroom and test international interest in our academic offer.”

This year, the expanded programme of will include new courses from the Faculties of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences and Business, as well as modules delivered by the Schools of Philosophy, Computing and Performance and Cultural Studies.

And it’s not just the students that benefit from LISS.

Ian Sapiro June 2019

Dr Ian Sapiro, one of the module leaders for LISS, said: “I’ve been teaching a course on ‘Music in Film’ as part of LISS for the past four years, and each year has brought something different.

“The students come from a wide range of backgrounds – geographic, cultural and educational, not to mention (specifically for my module) musical and filmic – and this usually leads to a rich and varied classroom experience.

“I have learned to think differently about my points of reference and what might be considered general knowledge in my subject area, and I think this has been of benefit to me when developing and delivering my teaching to the students on our undergraduate Music degree courses.

“I have always found the students on LISS to be engaging and enthusiastic, and the experience of teaching them to be fulfilling and (believe it or not) fun. Similarly, the LISS team is very easy to work with, well organised, excellent communicators and very supportive of the academics delivering the modules.”

Outside of study, LISS students take part in a packed social and cultural programme, where they have the opportunity to get to know Leeds and take trips around the UK to destinations including York, Whitby, the Lake District and Liverpool.

LISS Whitby June 2019

Greg added: “LISS makes an important contribution to the University’s international ambitions. It is a showcase of our outstanding campus, teaching excellence and disciplinary breadth for students who may be considering Leeds as a destination for postgraduate study.

“Finally, LISS is key to maintaining balance and reciprocity in student exchange numbers for our wider study abroad programme. A number of discounts are offered to students from some of our partners in exchange for full-year study abroad places for Leeds students.”

If you think your School might be interested in delivering a module for LISS in 2020, get in touch with LISS Manager, Lisa Beare, via email or call x36886.

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