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Click here for a definition of this term Advisor: Michael Romero Click here for a definition of this term Who Can Apply?: Mass Public Colleges, UMass System
Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Accounting, Art History, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Computer Systems Engineering, Economics, Electrical Engineering, English, Environmental Sciences, Finance, Geography, Geology, History, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Theater, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Click here for a definition of this term Host Institution: University of Lancaster
Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange Click here for a definition of this term In Classes With: Mostly Host Country Students
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: Junior Click here for a definition of this term Application Includes: University of Lancaster application
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Residence Hall
Program Description:

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Lancaster University was founded in 1964, and it now hosts over 10,000 students.  It offers both easy access to the city of Lancaster and the advantages of campus life.  The University campus, with academic, residence, sports, social and recreational facilities, is in the countryside just three miles south of the city and has a view extending to the sea.  Set in 360 acres of land with playing fields and woods, the University buildings are spread along the ridge of a hill.  On campus are shops, banks, a post office and the Students' Union Office, as well as accommodation for over 6,000 students.  Because of its proximity to the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Morecambe Bay, Lancaster is an ideal center for a wide range of outdoor pursuits. Explore the Lancaster University Study Abroad Brochure and Lancaster Study Abroad Information Sheet 2016-17.


Lancaster lies on the west coast of Britain, roughly equidistant between London and Edinburgh (3 hours away by high-speed train). Liverpool and Manchester (which has the nearest international airport) are an hour away.  The City of Lancaster, with a population of 50,000, is located at the end of the Lune River Valley, just four miles from the sea. Lancaster is a relatively small but buzzing city with independent boutiques as well as high street outlets, plenty of places to eat, drink and dance and an annual literature festival, cinemas and a theater.


University of LancasterLancaster allows study abroad students to take a mix of arts and science courses and to take courses from a number of different departments, subject to the students having the appropriate qualifications and timetable restraints.  Most formal teaching takes place during Michelmas (Autumn) and Lent (Spring) terms, but some courses continue until half-way through the Summer term.  All subjects are examined in the Summer term, however special assessments are arranged for students leaving in December. Students normally take 12 credits in Autumn and 16-20 credits in the spring and summer terms. Autumn or year students can choose to add on the Lancaster International Summer Programme.pdf, British Culture, Language, and Society, 1800-present from mid-August to mid-September for 4 US credits and an additional £2,250 fee. Lancaster can arrange independent study for study abroad students. Information about courses.

Living Arrangements

Lancaster residential collegesAll students at Lancaster, including exchange students, are members of one its residential Colleges. You will live, study and socialize in your College alongside international and UK students. Whichever College you choose, it will offer accommodation, leisure and social activities and a network of welfare support. The Lancaster collegiate system is there to help you find your feet and settle into your studies and social life. It also provides a strong sense of community. Find out more at  

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/18/2019 ** Varies 01/07/2020 06/26/2020
NOTE: Michaelmas (Oct - Dec) is 12 credits. Lent/Summer semester (Jan - June) is about 16-20 credits. Students studying at Lancaster during the spring semester are required to attend both Lent & Summer Terms.

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.