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International Students



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Welcome to the Leeds Beckett Library web pages for International Students.  These pages highlight some of the information and services which we hope will be helpful to you when you first start to use the Library.

  • our Libraries at Headingley and City Campus (the Sheila Silver Library) are open 24/7 every day of the year.
  • you need your Campus Card to use our services and resources. You receive this when you enrol.
  • print books, journals and newspapers are on open access. You do not have to ask for them.  We also have over 140,000 electronic resources you can access on or off-campus.
  • each course has an Academic Librarian to support you while you study.  They also provide guides to resources on subjects taught at our University.

Language Advice Service

The Language Advice Service is on the first floor of Headingley Library.

You can use self-study language resources in the Bookroom and a qualified linguist is available to help you, based in room JG124b:

Mike Forshaw (

Skills for Learning

Skills for Learning provides free workshops and one-to-one tutorials to help you improve academic skills such as essay writing, research, maths and IT.

The Skills for Learning website has information on these topics and additional pages to support international students.

There are also materials to help you with referencing and to avoid plagiarism.

Guides and tutorials

Skills for Learning provide a selection of webpages that are especially useful to International Students. Topics include:

Further information is also available from the Skills for Learning pages for International Students

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International resources

Dictionaries: these are available in many languages. There are also specialised dictionaries e.g. Business Italian.

Books: we have classical literature and fiction, short stories and poetry in English and other languages. Some books have a vocabulary that is aimed at people with different language levels.

Films: there are films from many countries which you can borrow or watch in the Libraries.

International satellite programmes: you can ask for off-air recordings of international language channels. See Audio Visual Loans staff for more details.

International language use: we have a guide that helps you type characters associated with particular languages, available from our website.

European language newspapers and magazines: a selection of these is available in Headingley Library. 

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University support for international students

Leeds Beckett International Student Advice  or phone 0113 812 5262 to speak to the International Students' Adviser.

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