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Lancaster is in the North West of England, 40 minutes from the edge of the beautiful and dramatic Lake District, home to literary greaukts such as Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, and John Ruskin. Manchester is an hour away. London, Edinburgh, and Glasgow are 2.5 hours by train.

Lancaster University is set in 250 acres of parkland and lies approximately 3.5 miles south of the City of Lancaster, with a view extending to the sea. The campus is easily accessible by road and rail and is within 70 miles of Manchester's International Airport.

On campus there is a range of shops (newsagent, travel agency, hairdresser, bakery, grocery stores, Students' Unions shop and bookstore), banks, a post office, and the Students' Union Office as well as accommodation for over 6,000 students. A studio theatre, concert hall, art gallery and a film theatre, as well as over 70 clubs and societies and the Athletics Union ensure that there is an active social life for students on campus.

The Sports Center on campus has a wide range of facilities for individual and team sports, a gym, swimming pool and many training and recreational classes.


Lancaster University was founded in 1964 and is now regarded as being one of the top institutions in the country with leading professors teaching at all levels in Management, Science and Technology and Arts & Social Sciences. The physics department has a global reputation for its research in low temperature physics and currently holds the record for the lowest maintainable temperature ever reached.

Lancaster University is recognized to be one of the world's top 100 in Social Sciences and was rated 6th in the UK for student satisfaction. Over 1500 international students from over 100 different countries attend Lancaster University, putting the total student population at approximately 11,000. Lancaster University receives over 400 study abroad students each year. 


Lancaster was the first British university to accommodate its students in mixed residential colleges. Lancaster's eight undergraduate colleges (accommodations) are often the main focus of students' social and recreational lives. From the moment you arrive, you aren't just a part of the University, you also become part of your college. All non-European study abroad students are guaranteed on-campus accommodation. Once you have been accepted into the study abroad program, you will receive accommodation information from Lancaster so that you can apply for a room.

In a 2016 survey of over 200 UK institutions, Lancaster's accommodations were voted 'best university halls' for the 6th year running. Most of Lancaster's accommodations are en-suite rooms, but variations exist. All University accommodation includes well equipped shared kitchens, and some colleges even have a catered option.

Exchange students who prefer to live off-campus should use Lancaster University Homes, the only place to find off-campus accommodation approved by Lancaster University.


Students are eligible to study abroad at Lancaster for the Fall (Michaelmas), Academic Year, and Lent/Summer (Spring Semester) terms. Study Abroad students at Lancaster may choose from a range of courses from the Lancaster module catalog. There are more than 40 disciplines to select from, including but not limited to: Business, Art, Life Sciences, STEM, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Design.

How to Search for Modules at Lancaster 

Spring term applicants: Students studying at Lancaster for the spring semester should look for courses in the following terms: Lent, Summer, or Lent and Summer.
Fall term applicants: Students studying at Lancaster for the fall semester should look for courses in the following term: Michaelmas

The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved for NC State students at Lancaster University.  Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department.  This list is not inclusive.  Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad. Please refer to the academic information on the host university website for all courses available to study abroad students.

Travel Docs
Students who enter the UK with a U.S. Passport will study under one of two visa categories. Students studying for a maximum of six months, and who WILL NOT be performing any kind of paid or unpaid work, work placement, or work experience during their studies will enter with the short-term student visa (most students fall into this category). Students who will study more than six months, or students who study less than six months but will work or intern in the UK are required to have a tier 4 visa. Your host institution will provide you with further visa instructions and procedures only after you have received their letter of official acceptance. Review the link below for further student visa information.

Applying for a UK Student Visa

Money Matters
Cost information is shown in the budget sheets link at the top of this page. Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of study abroad. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship, and check out other ideas for funding study abroad.

Additional scholarships for study in the UK are available through the UK-BUTEX organization.


Fall Term
Approximate start date | early October
Approximate end date | mid-December

Spring/Summer Term
Approximate start date | mid-January
Approximate end date | early July

The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details. Contact us:

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/01/2019
02/15/2019 09/28/2019 12/20/2019
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/01/2019
02/15/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 09/15/2019 09/29/2019 TBA TBA

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