Direct Exchange Programs - Lancaster University
Lancaster University is set in parkland, surrounded by beautiful countryside with a view extending to the sea and offers both easy access to the thriving city of Lancaster only three miles away. It is one of the United Kingdom’s top universities given its consistently high ranking in the UK league tables and is established as a world player in research and teaching. The Lancaster campus is one of the safest in the UK. The Study Abroad Program is fully integrated and you will study and live alongside UK and other international students.
England, Scotland and Wales, make up Great Britain, along with Northern Ireland come together to form the United Kingdom.
England consists of rolling lowland terrain and small mountain ranges in the northwest. Scotland, made up of 800 islands, and rolling hills, lies northeast to Ireland and north of England and Wales. Wales is the most mountainous country, with Northern Ireland known for its luscious green landscape and rolling hills. From temperate to oceanic climates of frequent rainfall, winds, and winter snows, the United Kingdom sees a variety of temperatures and has, overall, enjoyable weather.
Lancaster, a picturesque city of about 50,000 on the west coast of England, lying just south of Lake District National Park. This area is great for hiking, canoeing, climbing, and other outdoor activities. The city has plenty of things to do and places to see, but maintains its small- town-friendly atmosphere. Lancaster has a variety of restaurants and bistros, and plenty of cute shops, parks, and walking paths. Liverpool and Manchester are close by, and London is three hours away by train. Travel to Ireland and throughout Europe is quick and easy. Students often travel on weekends and vacations.
Areas of Study
Sciences: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Mathematics, Physics.
Arts and Social Sciences: Art, Art History, Communications, Creative Writing, Economics, English, Gender Studies, History, International Relations, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Theater and Women Studies.
Business: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, and Management.
Engineering: Electrical, Mechanical, Environmental and Computer Engineering.
Minimum overall GPA 3.0
Fall Semester (Michaelmas term) – late September to late December
Spring Semester (Lent and Summer term) – mid-January to late June
Spring 2014: January 10 to June 27
Fall 2014: September 27 to December 12
Spring 2015: January 6 to June 26
For more specific dates, visit Academic Calendar.
Lancaster University offers a large selection of courses across many majors. Exchange students may choose courses in any study area, as long as they meet any prerequisites for the course. Students typically register for 12 credits in the fall and 16 credits in the spring. Browse available courses in the Study Abroad Handbook.
Bachelor degrees at Lancaster are completed in three years thus the course levels are different at both institutions:
|Lancaster Course Level||UMaine Course Level|
|100||100 and 200|
Students should pay attention to the following designation to determine appropriate courses which are called modules at Lancaster:
FY - taught throughout the academic year
M - in Michaelmas term (Fall Semester)
L - in Lent term (first part of Spring Semester)
LS – in Lent and Summer terms (full Spring Semester)
S – in Summer term (second part of Spring semester)
M or L - in either Michaelmas (Fall Semester) or Lent term (first part of Spring Semester)
4 credit hours at Lancaster University = 8 European Transfer Credit System (ECTS) = 4 credit hours at UMaine
|Aggregation Score||Percentage||Letter Grade||Descriptor||UMaine Grade|
|24||90 – 100||A+||Excellent||A|
|21||80 – 89||A||A|
|18||70 – 79||A-||A|
|17||67 – 69||B+||Good||A-|
|16||64 – 66||B||B+|
|15||60 – 63||B-||B|
|14||57 – 59||C+||Satisfactory||B-|
|13||54 – 56||C||B-|
|12||50 – 53||C-||C+|
|11||47 – 49||D+||Weak||C|
|10||44 – 46||D||C-|
|9||40 – 43||D-||D (No transfer credit)|
|0 – 8||0 – 39||F||Fail||F|
At Lancaster University, American students live with other international students as well as British students in on-campus residences called ‘colleges.’ Read about the eight Lancaster colleges to decide which college you would like to live in and join. These colleges sponsor social events, gathering places, and many activities. Housing during Easter break (almost all of April) is not included in the housing cost for the semester. Students studying at Lancaster University for the Lent and Summer term should set aside sufficient funds to cover housing during Easter break.
Housing is guaranteed for exchange students. Students can live in a single room in a suite with a shared bathroom, a single room with a private bathroom, or students can share a room with another international student.
Lancaster University is everything you could possibly need in a study abroad experience. University life there is vibrant, with tons of fun activities to get involved in on campus. I joined a pool team, where I got to meet a bunch of fun people whilst amid the silly atmosphere of bar sports. Scenery was important to me, and Lancaster is the adorable and quaint little English town I was looking for. Its little winding cobblestone streets have everything you could need, with plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, and pubs. And with two universities in the area there is an impressive night-life for such a small town.
Lancaster is an hour by train from both Liverpool and Manchester, which I traveled to frequently for tourism. The friends I made in England were probably the most incredible part of the experience. Lancaster is right next to the Lake District, which is one of the most scenic parts of the whole country. When it comes to the full English experience I think it’s a perfect location, and I visited a lot of the country. My year there was the best of my life for so many reasons, I couldn’t recommend it more.
~ Sophie Veilleux, Psychology major, Honors College
My stay in Lancaster taught me to enjoy black tea, and by the time I left my friends had me drinking 4-5 cups a day, with milk, no less. I learned to cook with leek and Stilton. I ate a beef and kidney pie that came from the store, unbaked, in a steel can nearly nine inches in diameter (just take off the lid with a can opener and throw the whole thing in the oven!). I discovered a strange British attitude towards sandwiches: while an American generally puts whatever he wants in one, every British sandwich has a name and a recipe which is strictly adhered to. I fell in love with HP, the spicy, fruity brown sauce which goes perfectly with chips or any kind of red meat, from bacon to steak. I tried (and enjoyed) haggis, which turns out to be a lot less scary than they make it sound on T.V.
~Chris Hamlin, Mechanical Engineering, Honors College