Undergraduate Programme 

Bachelor of Arts  | International Sports Management with Football (Leeds)

Earn a dual-accredited US/UK degree in International Sports Management  and play a 9-month soccer season in the UK.

Location Leeds, UK

Duration  4 Years

Dual-Accreditation USA/UK

Fee (p/a) International: £25,500 | EU/UK: £22,000


4 Years (Full-Time)


Leeds Beckett University

Leeds, UK

Fees (Per Annum)

US/Intnl: £25,500

UK/EU: £22,000

US & UK Accreditation

Middle States Commission of HE

Richmond University QAA



As a student-athlete on the RIASA Leeds Programme, you will study, train and play on specifically tailored schedule that allows you to earn a dual-accredited US/UK degree whilst experiencing a professional UK soccer academy. Empowering you to pursue your aspirations in soccer whilst earning a respected degree in International Sports Management that will develop your academic and professional skills both on and off the field. 

  • Earn A Dual-Accredited BA International Sports Management Degree
  • Play A 9-Month Soccer Season
  • Develop Your Business & Research Skills
  • Train Under Ex-Pros & UEFA A/B-Licensed Coaches
  • Compete Against Professional Academy Teams
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    Travel The UK & Europe 
  • Complete FA Level 1 & 2 Coaching Badges





Discover How the RIASA Programme Has
Transformed the Lives of Soccer Players Like You

Entry Requirements

  • international
  • UK & eu

US High School Diploma: 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA) as minimum (on 4.0 scale) for international applicants.

English Language Requirements
(Non-native English Speakers)

  • IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 in each Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
  • TOEFL (IBT) 80+ overall with: Listening 17, Reading 18, Writing 17, Speaking 20
  • Pearson Academic Test of English (PTE) 51
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    Overall Cambridge English Scale score of no less than 168 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

Israel Kinyolo

RIASA  Alumni | Student of MA Sport Business

“My experience at RIASA has been nothing short of amazing.


I have been able to grow as an individual in scholarly knowledge through the continued support from my lecturers, made possible via the small class sizes that ensured specialised attention in the sessions.”

Academic Programme

Administered by Richmond University, the 4-year RIASA Undergraduate Programme is built around the core belief that student-athletes should not have to choose between academics or soccer, that's why the programme is designed to give academics and soccer equal time commitment. 

Academic Team

Study With Expert Academics From Richmond, The American International University in London

Dr. Colin Howley

Programme Director

Samantha Bracey

Asst. Professor of Sport Management

Dr. Lucia Morawska

Asst. Professor of General Education

Rasheed Bello

Asst. Professor of Mathematics & Economics

Dr. Albert Danso

Asst. Professor of Business & Economics

Dr. Ernest Kadembo

Assoc. Professor of Management & Marketing

Anjana Basnet

Asst. Professor of Management & Business

Michael Mubawia

Asst. Professor of Mathematics & Economics

Emily Tebbs-Ogutu

Asst. Professor of Business & Economics

Sarah Chantler

Assoc. Professor of Science

Dr. Stephen Basdeo

Asst. Professor of General Education & Communications

Kirsty Ibbitson

Student Affairs Officer

Rob Jones
Head Academy Coach

Kamran Stead
Assistant Academy Coach

Sarah Crossland
Head of Recruitment

Dawn Craven
Head of Operations & Finance

Soccer Programme

At RIASA, soccer is not simply an extra-curricular activity. As a RIASA Student-Athlete, you will experience a 9-month soccer season, as opposed to the 4 months you would play on a US College Soccer programme.

  • Ex-professional & UEFA-Licensed Coaches
  • Play a 9-Month Soccer Season
  • Monthly showcase games against pro academy teams
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    Opportunities to play across Europe
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    Professional-standard training environment

The professional-standard soccer programme is spearheaded by ex- Sheffield Wednesday and Doncaster Rovers Captain, Rob Jones. 

Once enrolled, your time management skills will be tested. Due to the nature of the RIASA Leeds Programme and the balance between academics and soccer, you will be on a tight schedule. But don't worry, you will be surrounded by a network of supportive staff, coaches and fellow student-athletes to push you towards your potential.

Kaushik Dhanyamraju

RIASA  Alumni | Jr. Accountant, Wakefern Food Corp.

Mentally, physically, tactically, and technically, I believe I have ascended into the best possible version of myself as a footballer. The training and development here far surpasses that in USA, and it's no reason why England is high up and America has stagnated on the footballing spectrum.

Coaching Team

Develop with ex-professional & UEFA-Licensed coaches and expert support

Rob Jones

Head Academy Coach

Kamran Stead

Assistant Head Academy Coach

John Francis

Academy Coach

John Hendrie

Academy Coach

Kyle Jordan

Academy Coach

Karl Leneghan

Goalkeeper Coach

Ben Rome

Head of Strength & Conditioning

Clive Brown

Head Physio

Rob Jones
Head Academy Coach

Kamran Stead
Assistant Academy Coach

Sarah Crossland
Head of Recruitment

Dawn Craven
Head of Operations & Finance

Career Paths

RIASA student-athletes work hard to ensure that they have a great degree, coaching badges, additional qualifications and unrivalled life experiences, this has enabled those student-athletes to pursue a variety of rewarding careers. Some of the careers that RIASA Alumni can go on to enjoy include:

  • Professional Soccer
  • Semi-Pro Soccer
  • Sports Marketing
  • Business Development
  • Soccer Coaching
  • Stadium Management
  • Sports Finance
  • Sports Promotion
  • Further Study

Professional Soccer Player

Business Development

Sports Finance

Semi-Pro Soccer Player

Soccer Coach

Sports Promo

Sports Marketing

Stadium Management

Further Study

"The thing I love most about the programme
is how close everyone is."
Joseph De Martino | RIASA Student-Athlete

Fees & Finances

  • International STUDENT-ATHLETES 2019/20


The fee for the RIASA Leeds Programme for international student-athletes joining in 2019/20 is £25,500. A deposit of £1,000 is required of all new students*.

Financial Assistance

Fees 2019/20

US citizens are eligible for Federal Stafford and PLUS loans.

These loans cover between 30% and 100% of the Richmond tuition fees. To apply you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The US Department of Education number for Richmond, The American International University in London is G10594.

Current federal legislation prohibits US citizens enrolled in a college outside the United States from receiving Pell Grants, SEOG, Perkins Loans and Federal Work Study funds even though they may be eligible for such assistance. The exception to this is a visiting student currently enrolled in a US institution who will be returning to that institution after their semester or year abroad.

Notes: All amounts are payable in British Pounds Sterling.

*A deposit of £1,000 is required of all new students. If a student fails to enrol, the deposits non-refundable and non-transferable. However, if for any reason the programme is cancelled by RIASA the deposit and any other monies will be refunded. On enrolment at the University the deposit will be held by Richmond and is refundable only at the time of withdrawal or graduation, if your account with Richmond is clear of all outstanding charges, including penalty charges. The programme fee includes academic and sports tuition, room/board for 35 weeks (2 Semesters – Fall and Spring).

Student accommodation is based on single study bedroom and 12 meals per week. Additional meals beyond the 12 meals provided will need to be paid for separately. Students may occupy the housing facilities over the Christmas break and may leave their belongings in their residential halls during the 35-week programme. Students will need to find storage for their belongings over the summer break.

Location & Facilities

The RIASA Leeds Programme is based in Leeds, UK at Leeds Beckett University. Leeds is situated in the heart of West Yorkshire, UK and is renowned for it's sporting heritage in soccer, rugby and cricket. Moreover, Leeds is a thriving student city and widely regarded as one of the top locations for students to study and live.

As a RIASA Student-Athlete, you have access to high-standard academic, training and playing facilities at Leeds Beckett University and Sports Park Weetwood including:  

  • 3G & 4G Training & Playing Facilities 
  • State-of-the-Art Library 
  • Newly Renovated Gym Strength & Conditioning Suites 
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    Modern Townhouse Student Accommodation