Study Abroad 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 3 miles away and the advantages of a friendly, safe and compact campus. It is located in the city of 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, European Science, Gender and Women Studies, History, International Relations, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Theatre.
Business: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, 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
For 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. Browse available courses in the Study Abroad Handbook.
Bachelor degrees at Lancaster are completed in three years:
100-level courses at Lancaster (100- and 200- level courses at UMaine)
200-level courses at Lancaster (300- level courses at UMaine)
300-level courses at Lancaster (400- level courses at UMaine)
Transferring credits from Lancaster University is as follows:
4 credit hours at Lancaster University = 4 credit hours at UMaine
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)
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.
Estimated budget for one semester:
- Tuition – 15 credit hours of in-state or out-of-state tuition to UMaine
- Fees – mandatory fees for 15 credit hours to UMaine (Unified fee, Activity fee, Communication fee and Rec Center fee)
- Housing – $2,000 (Fall) and $3,200 (Spring)
- Easter (Spring) break housing – $300
- Food – $1,600 (Fall) and $2,500 (Spring)
- Living Expenses (textbooks, recreation, laundry, entertainment) – $1,000 (Fall) and $1,500 (Spring)
- Airfare – $1,000 – $1,500
- Health insurance – $100 – $200
- UK visa application fee – $100
- Personal expenses – vary