Lancaster University is a collegiate university in the UK city of Lancaster and a member of the N8 Research Partnership: an association of the eight most research intensive universities in the North of England.
The university dates back to 1947 when a public meeting in Lancaster supported the proposal for a university college to be founded in the city, although it was 1964 before its first students were admitted. Its original site was in St Leonard’s Gate in the middle of the city. Today, the campus occupies a picturesque, 360-acre parkland site three miles from the city centre.
Lancaster is one of just a few universities within the UK to have a collegiate system. It is home to nine colleges overall, eight for undergraduate students and one for postgraduates.
The campus has the feel of a small town with banks, shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, a pre-school centre and health services.
Students can also enjoy the campus’s own theatre and art gallery, home to an international art collection that includes Japanese and Chinese art, antiquities, and works by 20th century British and European artists, including Miró and Ernst.
The university is located close to mountains and the sea. The Lake District National Park and the Forest of Bowland, areas of outstanding natural beauty, are both within close proximity.
Lancaster has a strong reputation globally. Its international partnerships with higher education institutions include Sunway University College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the GD Goenka World Institute in India, COMSATS in Pakistan, and the Brazil- based Federal University of Lavras.
Lancaster is consistently voted one of the best-value universities for students and its student halls often win awards too.
The International Study Centre is based on Lancaster University’s safe and modern campus. Here, we’ll help you prepare for your degree, adapt to life in the UK, and plan for your future career. With our support, you’ll become part of Lancaster’s close community, and you can focus on achieving your goals. Our programmes are provided by Study Group in collaboration with Lancaster University.
An International Foundation Year or Pre-Masters Programme at our International Study Centre prepares you for your degree at Lancaster University. You will focus on English language, university-level study skills, and academic modules that relate to your degree subject. Our English Language Preparation programme is also available if you do not meet the language requirements to study the International Foundation Year.
At the International Study Centre, we take every measure to ensure you are supported in your academic journey. Our programmes allow for increased time spent learning, researching and developing your skills.
International Foundation Year
The International Foundation Year prepares you for undergraduate study at Lancaster. You will focus on English language, study skills and academic modules, and start planning for your future career. After your Foundation Year, you can progress to your chosen degree at Lancaster – one of the UK’s top ten universities.
When you apply to the International Study Centre at Lancaster, you choose one of six undergraduate degree routes:
- Business and Management
- Engineering and Computing
- Life Sciences
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Social Studies
The Pre-Masters Programme at the International Study Centre provides you with the skills necessary for postgraduate study at Lancaster University. You will build on the knowledge gained in your earlier studies whilst developing your practical English language and mathematical abilities, as well as study and research skills.
You will develop an intellectual appreciation of issues relevant to your chosen degree through classes designed specifically for international students. These will be based on study and careers skills, as well as subject specific modules, which prepare you for your chosen Masters degree at Lancaster.
Choose from two pathways, with module routes tailored to your chosen degree:
- Business, Law and Social Sciences
- Engineering, Computiong, Mathematics and Science