Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

Student Experience

The people best qualified to describe the ‘ITS experience’ are the students themselves:

Read more about what individual students say in our student profiles pages: Undergraduates, Masters and PhDs.

ITS is committed to providing the very best courses available and throughout each year the staff work hard to ensure that every individual student receives a high quality learning experience. This is what our students tell us about the result:



described the quality of their course as good, very good or excellent 

Support & guidance


rated the support and guidance provided by ITS as good, very good or excellent



rated University of Leeds facilities as good, very good or excellent



would definitely or probably recommend their course to a friend, colleague or family member

Customer care


rated the customer care provided by ITS, from initial enquiry to completion, as good, very good or excellent 

Career prospects


said their career prospects had improved as a result of completing their course

[Annual survey of full & part-time taught postgraduate students: all respondents 2008/9 & 2009/10.] 

Quotes from ITS Masters students 2009/10

“ITS has an international pedigree and is respected throughout the transport profession. The course was enjoyable, challenging and interesting and I have made lots of friends from all over the world.”

“At the start of this course my aim was to attain an academic background in Transport Planning to build on for the future, but I gained many, many other useful skills and experiences. Most of all the course has helped me develop a new way of thinking and attitude to working in transport that will serve me well in the future.”

"ITS and the sustainability course offers a unique opportunity to understand the deep relations between transport, the economy, the environment and society, and based on that knowledge start believing that better places to live are possible."

“The care and support was second to none and it has been the best studying year of my life at ITS.”

Quotes from ITS Masters students 2008/9

“ The teaching staff are two notches above what you’ll get anywhere else. They are approachable, enthusiastic and helpful, and most importantly good at what they teach. They’ll even play football or cricket with you.”

A friendly department with world class staff whose enthusiasm makes the course so enjoyable – however hard work it is”

“ITS is a small department so you feel part of it and it is an enjoyable experience”.

I’m so glad I came here. I really enjoyed the course and found it interesting, well structured and it’s got me a good job!”

“Transport education with class”

Quotes from ITS students 2007/8

“The excellent facilities, well planned and executed courses, and helpful staff at ITS have combined to make my studies an exceptional and rewarding experience. I have now greatly increased my career prospects, having been associated with what is widely regarded as one the world leading transport institutions.”

“This course is excellent.  Multidisciplinary approach makes you an all rounder in the subject.

“I’ve really enjoyed the course, although it’s been pretty hard work at times.  I’ve made some great friends and am really excited about my new career in transport.”

“If transport is what makes you tick, there isn’t a finer place than here to come and realise your dreams and potential”

“Definitely improves careers prospects”

“Learn from the best, to be the best!”

Quotes from ITS students 2006/7 and earlier

 “A course that really challenges you in a place that has a genuinely friendly and welcome atmosphere. A year I will look back on with a sense of pride and achievement”

“The Institute for Transport Studies provided a first class learning experience in a very stimulating environment. The quality of teaching, resources and support was the best that I have experienced at any higher education institute and I have no reservation in offering my recommendation”

“For a top class education in the transport sector in the most convenient of learning environments, ITS Leeds leads”

“…a first class learning experience in a very stimulating environment. The quality of teaching, resources and support was the best that I have experienced…”

“A course that really challenges you in a place that has a genuinely friendly and welcoming atmosphere. A year I will look back on with a sense of pride and achievement.”

“World class tuition assured.  Your knowledge will be deepened and your skills will be sharpened”.

 “It’s a centre of excellence”

“Outstanding reputation and job prospects”

“It is the best transport department in the UK”

Read more about what individual students say in the student profiles pages: Undergraduates, Masters and PhDs.

The University of Leeds is one of the most popular destinations in the UK for high quality international students, who select Leeds due to its reputation for excellence. We pride ourselves in providing a relaxed, friendly and supportive environment and back this up with extensive student services. The International Student Office brings together the international community, providing information and guidance as well as being a great place to make new friends. A team of dedicated staff are on-hand to help international students make the most of their time in Leeds. They provide support in several ways including pre-arrival guidance, help with immigration and visas, welcome and orientation, drop-in advice and social activities. The University also offers a wide range of other support services including a medical centre, welfare & counselling, careers, childcare, sports facilities, language and study skills. International students are guaranteed a place in University accommodation, provided they apply on-time.

Students come from countries across the globe to study at ITS and together with the UK students, both full and part-time, create a uniquely diverse learning community.  Students bring their experience of transport issues from many countries and the programmes are designed to build on this via project work conducted in groups which bring together students from different backgrounds. In a typical year about half of our Masters students are from overseas.

International Partnerships

The international reach of the Institute is reflected in range of partnerships with other Universities around the world.   These partnerships cover a range of collaborative teaching activities, including joint course delivery and scholarships for incoming students:

Center for Environmental Planning and Technology University, India (CEPT)

Escuela Politécnica del Ejército, Ecuador (ESPE)

Kigali Institute of Science & Technology, Rwanda - now part of University of Rwanda (UR)

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana (KNUST) 

National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (NCKU)

National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan (NCTU)

National University of Engineering, Peru (UNI)

National University of General San Martín, Argentina (UNSAM)

School of Planning and Architecture, India (SPA) 

Seoul National University, College of Engineering, Korea (SNU)

University of Gadjah Mada, Indonesia (UGM)

ITS welcomes you to connect with our alumni - a truly global transport network.

Since the formation of the Institute in 1972, hundreds of individuals have taken their first steps on a transport career path at ITS. These graduates now span every continent, and can be found in over 58 countries to date. As their careers progress, so their expertise develops – some of the most senior people in global transport are ITS alumni. ITS alumni work in a variety of transport roles across different sectors - commonly in consultancy, local or national government, and international agencies, but are characterized less by where they work and more by their commitment to making a difference. By maintaining and developing the relationship with former students, our aim is to give each new generation of students a rounded understanding of the transport world, both as it is today and how they can shape it in the future.

For more information, check our alumni section.

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