UK: Lancaster Univ.

The Rollins College study abroad program at Lancaster University offers students the opportunity to directly enroll at a prestigious British University for the fall or spring semester.

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Overview

Participants in this program are fully integrated at Lancaster University—they live in residence halls on campus, take courses with British and other international students, and are able to take advantage of all the activities and services offered through the University. A semester at Lancaster is an excellent fit for students who need to fulfill major or minor requirements since students have access to an incredibly wide range of courses. Fall participants enroll in the International Summer Programme for one month before beginning the fall (Michaelmas) term.  Spring participants stay at Lancaster for the Lent and Summer terms (January - mid March and then mid-April - June), and enjoy a long Easter break between the two terms.

Application Information

Requirements for Admission

  • Sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

Deadlines

  • Spring 2018 Deadline: October 2, 2017
  • Fall 2018 Deadline: March 2, 2018

How to Apply

Program Calendar

Fall 2017

  • Aug 15: Required arrival date
  • Aug 16-Sept 15: International Summer Programme
  • Oct 2-5: Orientation
  • Oct 6: First Day of Classes
  • Dec 15: Last Day of Classes
  • Dec 16: Program End Date

Spring 2018

  • Jan 9: Required arrival date
  • Jan 10 - 12: Welcome
  • Jan 15 - March 23: Teaching
  • Apr 23 - Jun 29: Teaching
  • June 29: Program End Date

Getting There

Flight & Orientation

The International Office runs an orientation program at the beginning of each semester.  This program includes a welcome service during the arrival days and is designed to help you learn about the campus, your classes, and life in the UK.  Students are responsible for booking their own flights. DO NOT FLY THROUGH DUBLIN! This may cause problems with your student status in England.  The closest airport to Lancaster is Manchester, but students can also fly to London and take a train to Lancaster.

Visa

US citizens who will be full time students for less than 6 months do not need to obtain a visa beforehand and will be able to enter the UK with visiting student status.

Academic Information

Institution

Lancaster University has been consistently ranked among the top fifteen universities in the United Kingdom and among the top 200 in the world.  Just over 16,000 students attend Lancaster, including international students from more than 200 countries, and the Lancaster campus is one of the safest in the United Kingdom.  Students choose courses from thirty different academic departments, and work with faculty members who have been recognized for excellence in teaching. All courses are taught by faculty and instructors at Lancaster University.  Support and advising for international students is provided by the staff at the International Office.  Lancaster University is situated on a beautiful campus just outside the charming, small city of Lancaster, England.  The nearby famed Lake District is one of the most beautiful landscapes in England and provides many opportunities for outdoor pursuits—hiking, boating, biking and more.  Lancaster is about halfway between London and Edinburgh, and both are easily accessible by train

Courses

A full course load is four courses (or modules as they say in the UK) during one semester.  Students may choose courses from any undergraduate department and may concentrate on one academic field or take courses from different departments. Just like at Rollins, some courses may be unavailable due to schedule conflicts, over-enrollment or prerequisites, but in general, visiting students may select from a wide range of excellent courses including courses from the following academic fields: Biological Sciences, Computing, Creative Writing, Economics, Education, Environmental Science, Gender and Women’s Studies, Management, Math, Media, Film and Culture, Psychology, Physics, Sociology, and Theatre. For a full list of academic fields and courses available, please follow this link.

Students participating in this program on average take the equivalent of 16-20 credits during the semester at Lancaster. Two-hundred and three-hundred level courses at Lancaster are equivalent to upper-level courses at Rollins. Lancaster will use the courses listed on a student application to pre-register students and/or use the courses as a guide to know what type of courses interest study abroad students. Students may alter course selections and finalize registration after arrival in Lancaster as there is a formal add/drop period during the first two weeks of the semester.

A Word About the British Educational System

The academic system in the UK is quite different than the U.S. system.  There are generally fewer class, or contact, hours per week than in the U.S., and there is less continuous assessment of students’ academic performance.  Study in the UK requires a great degree of self-discipline in order to do self-directed study. Daily assignments in courses are rare, and students are generally expected to keep up with course work and reading without prompting. Semester grades are typically based on only one or two major assignments such as a paper and final exam. Contact with professors is more limited, and most instructors have a lecture-based teaching style.

Transfer of Credit

Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete this program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from Lancaster University. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript

Housing & Meals

Housing

Students live in residence halls in one of the eight undergraduate colleges.  Each college has about 850 students and forms a unique residential community within the larger university.  Activities and events are sponsored by the colleges and help to develop the sense of community, while also providing international students with excellent opportunities to meet and mix with their fellow students.  Rooms are typically singles and most rooms have private bathrooms.  A telephone is provided in each room and all rooms have internet access.  Bedding packs can be purchased at Lancaster, so that students don’t need to take up suitcase room packing pillows and sheets.  For more information about the housing, peruse the Lancaster University accommodation website. Please Note: Housing is not provided between the ISP and Michaelmas terms in the fall and during the spring break, though Lancaster provides storage space for students.  Fall semester participants will need to budget for additional housing between the break. Spring semester participants will need to budget for additional expenses over the break or when choosing housing, pick a college that does not require the student to vacate the room and then re-enter after the holiday.

Meals

As is typical for a British University, there is no meal plan on campus.  Instead, residence halls have shared kitchens and students cook for themselves.  There is a grocery store on campus, as well as several on-campus eateries including coffee shops, restaurants, bars and a bakery.

Student Life

Like most British Universities, Lancaster has an incredibly active Student Union that sponsors a huge array of student societies and intramural athletics.  We strongly encourage students to get involved in the extracurricular activities as that is the best way to get to know local and other international students. The Sports Centre offers excellent facilities including a swimming pool, weight lifting room, tennis courts, and a rock climbing wall.  Lancaster has an incredible engaging campus community and students who get involved on campus have very positive experiences.  As a direct enrollment program, there are no program-organized field trips or excursions.  However, various student societies and the International Office will usually sponsor trips to locations of interest in the UK and offered at a discount to Lancaster students.

Costs

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester.

  • Fall 2017: $31,534
  • Spring 2018: $31,531

Includes

Tuition (includes International Summer Programme in fall) and program administration, accommodation, complete medical and emergency insurance, and orientation.

Does Not Include

  • Airfare from Orlando: $1,000 (estimate)
  • Personal expenses and course materials: $800 in the fall and $1,200 in the spring (all costs are estimate)
  • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: $1,200 - $2,400 (estimate)
  • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary
  • Housing is not provided between the ISP and Michaelmas terms in the fall and during the spring break, though Lancaster provides storage space for students.  Fall semester participants will need to budget for additional housing between the break. Spring semester participants will need to budget for additional expenses over the break or when choosing housing, pick a college that does not require the student to vacate the room and then re-enter after the holiday.

Discount on Student Account

In December for the spring semester and July for the fall semester, a discount will be applied to the Student Account for meals not included on the program.  The discount should cover normal, basic costs for groceries and inexpensive meals on campus. Students with significant financial aid may end up with a positive balance on the Student Account which can then be requested as a refund.

  • Note Housing is not provided between the ISP and Michaelmas terms in the fall and during the spring break, though Lancaster provides storage space for students. 
  • Fall semester participants will need to budget for additional housing and/or travel between the break. If you would like to stay on-campus, it will cost a bit over £100/week for a room. No meal plan included but access to a well-equipped kitchen to make meals.
  • Spring semester participants will need to budget for additional expenses over the break or when choosing housing, pick a college that does not require the student to vacate the room and then re-enter after the holiday.

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad.  Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.

Advising

Advising is offered on a walk-in basis: Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm - 2pm during the normal semester. If you are unable to make it at these times, email, call or stop by to set up an appointment. We can also put you in touch with members of our Global Ambassador Program. These are students who have completed a study abroad program and would be happy to share their experiences with you. You may also want to review our blog site to see what past students have said about their adventures on this program.