Office of International Programs

United Kingdom: Lancaster University

The program at Lancaster University offers students the opportunity to directly enroll at a prestigious British University in the beautiful Lakes District of England. 

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Lancaster City Museum in the heart of downtown

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Overview

Participants in this program are fully integrated into the vibrant community at Lancaster University—they live in residence halls on campus and take courses with British and other international students. Students have access to a wide range of courses and this program is an excellent fit for many majors including Biology, English and Creative Writing, Psychology, Political Science, Economics, Business and Pre-Law. Fall participants have the added bonus of a one-month cultural immersion course 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.

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
  • This program has a required advising session (30 mins) as part of the application process. Please email studyabroad@rollins.edu to schedule an appointment.

 

Program Calendar

Fall 2019

  • Aug 14: Required arrival date
  • Aug 15 - Sept 13: Understanding Britain 
  • Sept 30 - Oct 4: Orientation Week
  • Oct 5: First Day of Classes
  • Dec 13: Last Day of Classes
  • Dec 14: Program End Date

Spring 2020

  • Jan 10: Lent term begins
  • March 20: Lent term ends
  • March 21- Apr 16: Break
  • Apr 17 - Jun 26: Teaching
  • June 26: 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. For general information about the visa process and visas for non-US citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page.

Academic Information

Lancaster University

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.  Lancaster University is situated on a beautiful campus just outside the charming, small city of Lancaster, England and near the famed Lake District, one of the most picturesque landscapes in England with opportunities for outdoor pursuits—hiking, boating, biking and more.  Lancaster is halfway between London and Edinburgh, and both are easily accessible by train

Courses

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. For a full list of academic fields and courses available, check out the Study Abroad Module list.

In the fall semester, students participate in the introductory course "Culture, Literature and Society Britain" before beginning the regular semester.

A Warning About the British Educational System

In the UK there are generally fewer class, or contact hours, per week than in the U.S., and there is less continuous assessment of your academic performance. Semester grades are typically based on only one or two major assignments, such as a midterm and final exam. There will be a great degree of self-discipline and self-directed study required. Contact with professors is more limited, and most professors have a lecture-based teaching style. Students are generally expected to keep up with coursework and reading without prompting.

In addition, students entering university are typically already focused in their major or academic specialization. Thus, 200-level, or second-year courses are generally considered upper level courses.

Transfer of Credit

Courses are worth 2-4 credits and most students take 4-6 courses for a total of 16-20 credits. Courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credit; the grades are displayed and are factored into the Rollins GPA.  It can take up to three months for grades to be processed and appear on the Rollins transcript. For information on approving courses for major/minor and General Education/rFLA requirements, and other academic policies, please visit our Academic Information page.

Housing & Meals

Housing

Students live in residence halls in one of the eight undergraduate colleges.  Each college 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 with private bathrooms.  For more information about the housing, peruse the Lancaster University accommodation website.

Please Note: Housing is not provided between the introductry course and Michaelmas terms in the fall semester, and during the spring break, though Lancaster provides storage space for students. Students will need to budget for additional housing and/or travel expenses during these breaks.

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.  Various student societies and the International Office will usually sponsor discounted trips to locations of interest in the UK.

Costs

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, and room for one semester. Most Rollins financial aid and scholarships will apply to the semester abroad.

  • Tuition: Standard Rollins tuition
  • Room: $4,250.00

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: $1,300 (estimate)
  • Personal expenses and course materials: $800 in the Fall and $1,200 in the Spring (all costs are estimates)
  • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: $1,200 - $2,400 (estimate)
  • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary
  • Cost of additional meals: Fall- $1,870, Spring- $2,860 (estimates) 
  • Refundable Housing deposit: $200
  • Housing is not provided during the term breaks so students will need to budget for additional housing and/or travel expenses.

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare and other costs associated with study abroad, including, for this program, the additional housing during breaks. Students can apply for scholarships through the Rollins program application.