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Lancaster University - Semester or Year Abroad


Overview

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this program in England  with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

 

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General information applicable to all Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

Use the left-hand navigation for information specific to this program.

Lancaster University is a vibrant and friendly, self contained campus university which is committed to achieving the highest standards. With its residential College structure and high quality teaching departments, it places great emphasis on the student experience. Lancaster is among the top 150 universities in the world according to the Times World University rankings. 10th in the UK in the Independent’s Complete University Guide 2011, and 15th in the UK for student satisfaction.


The campus has a reputation for being one of the safest in the UK and has its own thriving community based around eight Residential Colleges which helps both home and international students settle into university life quickly. The campus has invested over £300 million over the last 6 years to improve student facilities, teaching space and accommodation.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Location

The University is located in the northwest of England, close to the beautiful Lake District, one of England’s national parks. It has good rail links to London (2.5 hours), Edinburgh (2 hours), or Manchester (1 hour), as well as three airports within one and a half hours, which give easy access to mainland Europe. You are never far away from both spectacular countryside and city life.

 

The city of Lancaster is 15 minutes from campus by bus and its picturesque narrow streets, its canal and riverside, its parks, manageable size, and friendly atmosphere all make the city popular with students. The town has plenty to offer in the way of entertainment including an independent cinema and repertory theatre, pubs and restaurants, Students’ Union nightclub, museums and an annual literature festival.

 

Around the University

The campus is 3 miles outside Lancaster, surrounded by countryside with excellent transportation links to the town centre. Everything you need on a day to day basis can be found on campus, and, if not, the town centre shops and entertainment are only a 15 minute bus ride away. You can walk or jog along the lanes surrounding the University or cycle into town. Students often picnic or barbecue in the University grounds during the Summer.
 

 

 

 

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Academic Highlights

The University is well known for the quality of its work in Management and Environment Science and many pre-med students have studied at Lancaster. Recently the University was ranked 5th in the UK for Management and Sociology and 1st in Biomedicine, Contemporary Arts and Physics. A major new development, including a dedicated performance space, is LICA, the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts which comprises the departments of Music, Theatre and Art.

The recently established Centre for Medical Education and School of Health and Medicine is an exciting initiative which aims to tackle major issues in health and medicine in an interdisciplinary way and works closely with the National Health Service, health related industries and the voluntary sector.

English Literature, History, Politics and International Relations, European Studies, Psychology and Creative Writing are all popular options for study abroad students.

Undergraduate research projects are also an option instead of a classroom based course, especially for those attending in the Spring or for the full year. You are supervised on an individual basis by a specialist faculty member and this can be good preparation for a senior year dissertation.

 

The University of Lancaster Management School is AACSB and EQUIS accredited.

 

 

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Housing

The eight undergraduate Residential Colleges at Lancaster are at the center of student life. They are an important part in making Lancaster one of the friendliest universities around. Living in the college helps you to adjust to university life, provides social and study facilities, practical support and information as well as accommodation. You become part of a smaller close-knit community - your college community. You will be housed in a single study bedroom, the majority of which have private shower rooms. Each study bedroom has wired internet access and a telephone.

Accommodation is self catering and you will have access to a well equipped kitchen. If you don’t want to cook, there are many places to eat on campus including restaurants, coffee shops and takeaways as well as grocery stores for essential food items.


 

 

 

 

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University Services

  • International Student Advisory Service – for social events, immigration queries and general advice and guidance
  • Health Centre, Dentist, Pharmacy, Optician and Nurse Unit
  • Counselling Service – a confidential service offers support for emotional and psychological problems
  • Multi faith Chaplaincy Centre – for students and staff of all faiths or none
  • Library with specialist subject librarians, online catalogues, PC workstations and study desks
  • 24 hour PC labs around campus and wireless hotspots in academic and social spaces
  • Student Support Service offers help and guidance for disabled students, financial and budgetary advice and access to a Mental Heath Adviser
  • The Student Learning Development Centre supports your learning needs and provides the Effective Learning Programme and English for Academic Purposes course.
  • Banks, the Travel Center, bookstore and Post Office are all centrally located on campus. 


 

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Orientation

Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

Exciting excursions and activities

A chance to meet other students

Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>
 

Lancaster Orientation

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program, all students will participate in a university specific orientation.

If you start at Lancaster in October you will attend Orientation and Course Registration on arrival and you can join in with all other activities organized by the Students’ Union and your College during Intro Week.

If you start at Lancaster in January, you will attend Orientation and Course Registration on arrival and you can join in with all other activities organized by the Study Abroad Office and Society including film nights, quizzes, and a day trip to a historical part of the country.
 

 

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Scholarships Available

Lancaster University supports GlobaLinks Learning Abroad study abroad students with multiple $750 (USD) scholarships per year. All students who have been accepted to study abroad for a semester or year at Lancaster University with GlobaLinks are eligible for this scholarship – the application will be available upon acceptance.

 

In addition to this scholarship opportunity through Lancaster University, GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers many other scholarship opportunities and resources for students. Learn more.

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad participant, you will be directly enrolled as a student in the university abroad. This allows you to take advantage of every opportunity to be culturally integrated in the campus environment and culture by participating in university activities with resident students.

 

There are over 70 clubs and societies on campus, as well as a wide range of sports teams and facilities including indoor swimming pool, climbing wall, floodlit hard play area and life fitness and weights room.

 

Many social activities take place within your residential College including inter College sports events and there are regular concerts and performances, both by professional companies and students in the concert hall and studio theatre on campus. The Film Society shows several films each week and the Chaplaincy Centre is open to all faiths or none.

 

You can become involved in SCAN, the student newspaper; Bailrigg FM, the campus radio; or work on a project through LUSU Involve http://involve.lusu.co.uk/, the University’s award winning Volunteer Unit. Volunteer projects include working in local schools helping older pupils set up their own business or as a reading or maths buddy, contributing to one day events such as Literacy Booster Days or with older and vulnerable people in the community. 

 

Check out all student activity opportunities at Lancaster> 

 

Community Involvement

Getting involved abroad can enable you to meet local students, make a meaningful connection with your campus and community, and enhance your study abroad experience. Your coordinator will connect you with local resources if you wish to volunteer for community projects through your host university. It is important for you to find the right combination of academic, cultural, and leisure activities in order to take full advantage of international learning and cultural immersion.

 

All students are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities at or near their campus, where permitted under host-country immigration regulations. Service learning is an integral piece of a well-rounded education, and we support students’ efforts to integrate into the local culture through volunteer activities. Students are provided with information on volunteer opportunities on campus or within the community during the orientation and preparation process.

 

Example of how you can get involved in the community:

Lancaster University's Student Union LUSU Involve:


Launched in 2002 LUVU has quickly developed a culture of community volunteering at Lancaster University, focusing on developing innovative, community-based projects led by staff and student volunteers. www.lusu.co.uk/get-involved/

 

 

  

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Special Programs/Excursions

 

Pre-Session Available

For an additional cost, students applying for the Fall semester at Lancaster University will also be able to enroll in an additional 4 week pre-session that takes place before the Fall semester starts. This pre-session program is designed to introduce students to British culture and to the British university experience. As part of this program, students take an intensive 4 credit class related to British culture and society. The cost of the pre-session includes an orientation, the class itself, various related field trips, and four weeks’ on-campus accommodation. The typical credit load for a Fall semester at Lancaster is 12 U.S. credits, but attendance at the pre-session allows students to earn up to 16 U.S. credits during their time at the university. There are usually two weeks between the end of the pre-session program and the start of the Fall semester when students can choose either to travel independently or to stay on campus for an additional fee. Contact us for more information.

 

Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

Exciting excursions and activities

A chance to meet other students

Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>
 

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events

Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.

On-Going Activities

Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.

Other Trips and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>

 

Travel and Social Events 

The Travel Office on campus offers day and weekend trips to Dublin, York, and London among other destinations and student societies also organise outings e.g. the Hiking Club.

Student Based Service and your Residential College organise social events as varied as a Christmas Ball, reception with the local Mayor, day trips, a pub quiz, pool tournament or inter College sports fixtures.

 

 

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Enhance Your Experience Online

Global Citizen Development

Global CitizensThe new Global Citizen Development modules are online learning components designed to help you explore your study abroad destination and experience at a whole new level. These modules are not mandatory; however, we strongly encourage your participation as they will introduce you to the opportunities and challenges you may encounter when participating in a study abroad program, as well as expose you to cultural insights and knowledge about your host country to help make your program abroad even more successful and fulfilling. Through the 3 modules, you will refine your skills in cross-cultural observation, adaptation, and communication.  

Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.

 

Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.

 

If you have any questions about course availability, please contact studyabroad@globalinksabroad.org.

 

 

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Photo Slideshow

 

Watch a short slideshow of photos of the Lancaster University campus and surrounding areas

 

Ask Our Alumni

Ever wonder what it's like to live in Europe? Are you having trouble finding the right university for you? Speak to students that were already there! They are truly experts on their universities and cities, and want to help you go abroad too.


Email studyabroad@globalinksabroad.org with your name, email, and your specific program of interest and we'll email you with the contact details for one of our 20,000 alumni!


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Fees

Lancaster University Fall 2014 Semester
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program Fees *$12,325.00
Mandatory Activity and Excursion Package$1,000.00
Housing without MealsApproximately $3,200-$4,600 (Spring); $2,900 - $4,900 (Fall)
What's includedSee below
* Program Fee shown includes a $500 Affiliate University Discount
Lancaster University Fall 2014 Semester plus Pre-Session
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program Fees *$15,585.00
Mandatory Activity and Excursion Package$1,000.00
Housing without MealsApproximately $3,200-$4,600 (Spring); $2,900 - $4,900 (Fall)
What's includedSee below
* Program Fee shown includes a $500 Affiliate University Discount


Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

  • Multi-day on-site Bridging Cultures Program
  • Local Discovery Activities hosted by on-site Resident Coordinator
  • Welcome and farewell events
  • HTH Worldwide health insurance protection
  • Alumni opportunities, including professional ambassador program
  • International Student Identity Card
  • Exclusive Career-Building Alumni Institute (add-on option)

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

NOTE: There may be an additional housing fee if you opt to attend the Lancaster University program with the pre-session.

*All fees are subject to change.


Dates

Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 
Fall 2014 Full Academic Year - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureSeptember 23, 2014
Start DateSeptember 24, 2014
End DateJune 28, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2014 Full Academic Year plus Pre-Session - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureAugust 7, 2014
Start DateAugust 8, 2014
End DateJune 26, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2014 Semester - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureSeptember 23, 2014
Start DateSeptember 24, 2014
End DateDecember 12, 2014
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2014 Semester plus Pre-Session - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureAugust 7, 2014
Start DateAugust 8, 2014
End DateDecember 12, 2014
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Spring 2015 Semester - SpringApplication Deadline: October 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureJanuary 4, 2015
Start DateJanuary 5, 2015
End DateJune 28, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2015 Full Academic Year - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2015
Anticipated DepartureSeptember 25, 2015
Start DateSeptember 26, 2015
End DateJune 22, 2016
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2015 Full Academic Year plus Pre-Session - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2015
Anticipated DepartureAugust 15, 2015
Start DateAugust 16, 2015
End DateJune 28, 2016
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2015 Semester - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2015
Anticipated DepartureSeptember 25, 2015
Start DateSeptember 26, 2015
End DateDecember 13, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2015 Semester plus Pre-Session - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2015
Anticipated DepartureAugust 15, 2015
Start DateAugust 16, 2015
End DateDecember 14, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level (sophomore or higher). Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 3.00

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team


Program Manager
Corey Westbury
cwestbury@globalinksabroad.org
1-800-980-0033 X 143

Program Assistant
Graham Cruise
gcruise@globalinksabroad.org


Resident Director
Robin Buck
rbuck@globalinksabroad.org


Resident Coordinator
Tanya Audas
RCNEngland@globalinksabroad.org