Leicester College is one of the largest public further education colleges in the UK, offering a comprehensive range of technical, vocational and higher education qualifications across a broad range of programme areas, from entry to university-level.

Specifically for international students, we offer a range of English language (ESOL) courses, Semester in Leicester! Study Abroad Programmes and International Foundation Programmes (IFPs) to provide access to higher education in the UK.

De Montfort University Associate College

Leicester College is an Associate College of De Montfort University and works with De Montfort to provide pathways to degree level in many subject areas following study at Leicester College. Significantly, students successfully completing our IFPs will be entitled to automatic progression to a relevant De Montfort University undergraduate (Bachelor’s degree) programme. Of course our IFPs can also lead to enrolment in higher education courses at any UK university.

International School of Footwear

Leicester College is also the home to the world-renowned International School of Footwear, which was established in Leicester in 1896, and has hosted students from more than 50 countries during its 120 year history.  Leicester College is one of only a very few institutions in the UK where students can undertake footwear design and production courses that require the development of the skills necessary to hand-make a shoe from scratch.  The International School of Footwear is equipped with the machinery necessary to make shoes in a manner similar to what graduates will find in industry and also hosts the AutoDesk Centre of Excellence for CAD footwear production.  More information on our footwear programmes is available here.

Quality Teaching and Learning

Our excellent facilities and expert teaching provide our students with the knowledge, skills and experience to be a leader in their chosen field, opening doors to employment and further education. With smaller class sizes than most universities, studying with us means you receive more personalised attention and support from our teaching staff.

  • Leicester College achieved 94% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey for Higher Education in 2016
  • Leicester College delivers its university level education to a good standard with some excellent teaching and resources (confirmed by the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education in 2016)

We have some very well known alumni, who have excelled in their chosen careers: for example, celebrity fashion designer and TV presenter Gok Wan studied at Leicester College, as did Aaron Patterson, the Head Chef at Hambleton Hall, who studied Culinary Arts at Leicester College and won his first Michelin Star at age 23.

Significantly, studying in the UK means you will have the opportunity to develop skills and experience, increase your cultural familiarity with the UK, and improve your English language skills both in and outside the classroom environment.

We know that the prospect of leaving your home and moving to a new country to study can be an exciting but stressful time, but we promise that you will receive all of the support and guidance you need to make the most of your time with us.


Leicester College has a dedicated International Office on our St Margaret’s Campus to assist and support students interested in studying at Leicester College. The friendly staff can help you with:

  • information on the courses available at Leicester College
  • applying to study and the cost of study
  • visas and immigration
  • accommodation and life in Leicester

And the support doesn’t end there – our International Office provides support services to international students throughout their time at Leicester College.

The International Office can be contacted directly here or by email: internationaloffice@leicestercollege.ac.uk.