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*Lancaster University

Lancaster, United Kingdom

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One of the top research and teaching institutions in the United Kingdom, you can take part in Lancaster University's full curriculum. Lancaster University is home to some 12,000 students from 100 countries, making it an ideal location for you to study abroad. Recently ranked in the top 1 percent of universities in the world, Lancaster’s tradition and dedication to academics is unparalleled, offering fields of study such as accounting, business, education, literature, sciences and many more. In addition to its extensive range of academic programs, Lancaster offers spirited campus social life with many professional, religious, political, social and athletic clubs. The fall trimester begins in late September and ends in mid-December, and the combined spring/summer trimester is early January through mid-June. For fall students, there is also an optional four-week pre-session, which lets you get used to the area and take a class in the local history and culture.



Lancaster is on the trimester system. You will take three to five classes per trimester from a range of courses offered in several fields.
Lancaster's strengths are:

  • Pre-med
  • Management
  • English
  • Linguistics
  • Creative writing
  • Women's studies

Winter semester applicants must complete both the spring and summer trimesters at Lancaster. For fall students, there is also an optional four-week pre-session, which lets you get used to the area and take a class in the local history and culture.

For detailed course information, see the course catalog.

Academic credit

For each semester of academic work completed abroad, you may earn 12 to 15 credit hours. Course credit transfers to MU, but your grades will not appear on your MU transcript and are not figured into your GPA. Although you are guaranteed to receive credit for successfully completed courses, you must work with your academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval for how the courses you take might fulfill specific degree requirements.


The university's campus, with a student population of 11,000, is situated next to the historic town of Lancaster, and is a small village in itself. Although Lancaster is a small city of 50,000, it has many lively and varied attractions. There are countless pubs, restaurants and riverside walkways, a picturesque, covered market and a renowned repertory theater. Northern England's magnificent Lake District and Lune Valley are easily reached from Lancaster. These areas were poetic inspiration for William Wordsworth and are a walker’s paradise, a picturesque experience not to be missed while studying in Lancaster. Once considered a center for the British slave trade, this historic U.K. city busts at the seams with modern indulgences. There is no shortage of options for entertainment and culture. As a pedestrian-friendly city, Lancaster is home to many live music venues, museums, art galleries, boutiques, coffee and cake shops, pubs and much more. In need of a relaxing break? Consider taking a ride on one of the Lancaster Canal boats or a blissful walk through Williamson Park’s butterfly house.

The Irish Sea and the seaside resort of Morecombe are only 30 minutes away. A highlight of Lancaster's cultural life is the Duke's, a leading repertory theater, which also offers an extensive program of films and hosts the Lancaster Literature Festival.


Program budget

Additional expenses

In addition to the program costs paid to MU, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided.

Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.

Financial aid information

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.

Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarships toward program costs.

Dates and deadlines

Term Application deadline Program start Program end
Fall 2019 02/15/2019 09/30/2019 12/13/2019
Academic Year 2019 02/15/2019 09/30/2019 06/26/2020
Spring 2020 09/20/2019 01/10/2020 06/26/2020
Academic Year 2020 02/15/2020
Fall 2020 02/15/2020


We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you start an application for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.

  1. Meet with the International Center study abroad adviser listed in the program snapshot if you have any questions.
  2. Start an application using the button below if you are an MU student.
    • Non-MU students should visit our page for non-MU participants for more information about the application process.
    • Once you have started an application, you can return to it later by logging in to myStudyAbroad (see the button at the top of the page).
  3. Complete and submit your application.
  4. Receive your admissions decision within 7–10 business days.

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