Lancaster University: Study Abroad and Exchange

Lancaster University is one of England's principal universities, offering a rich selection of courses in arts, sciences and pre-professional fields. Of particular interest are the well-recognized programs in business studies, biology, chemistry, physics, women's studies, sociology, psychology, applied social sciences and creative writing. The University is located in the city of Lancaster, approximately equidistant between London and Edinburgh. Participants take courses with British and European students, live in university residence halls and are included in all university activities. Students in any major are encouraged to participate for the academic year or the fall or spring semester.


The City of Lancaster is picturesque, with many restored historic buildings and attractive pedestrian zones. Its medieval castle is still a dominant landmark surrounded by a medieval church and elegant 18th century Georgian stone houses. With a population of 50,000, the city is friendly and manageable; its attractions include museums, cinemas, a nationally recognized repertory theatre, a covered market, and a maze of small streets and alleyways with interesting shops, restaurants and pubs.

The rich history of the area is evident in its prehistoric and Roman ruins, the Norse place names, and in the works of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Ruskin, Beatrix Potter and other writers who lived in the region.

Lancaster is located in one of the most beautiful parts of England, on the west coast, four miles from the Irish Sea. Less than an hour north is the famous Lake District with mountains, lakes, forests, and small villages. To the east lie the Yorkshire Dales. London is three hours away by train, Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland two hours. The location allows students to combine the benefits of campus life and a scenic location with easy access to fascinating travel destinationsin the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Europe.


Fall semester - Michaelmas term - starts at the beginning of October and ends in the middle of December; the term lasts 10 weeks. Spring semester consists of two terms - Lent and Summer -- lasting about 20 weeks. The semester begins the second week in January and ends the third week in June. During the spring there is a fourweek spring break that allows students to travel in Britain or on the continent. Students may participate in either or both semesters. Academic year participation offers the fullest experience and is strongly encouraged.

Last Updated: 8/21/14