Lancaster University, situated on the northwest coast of England, is a modern campus university set on 250 acres of parkland. It was founded in 1964, and is one of the top universities in the U.K. It has over 9,000 students, including international students from over 100 countries.
The historic city of Lancaster, with its magnificent Norman castle, is just ten minutes by bus from the university. It is not far from metropolitan areas such as Manchester, one of the hippest spots in England, and Liverpool, home to a thriving arts and nightlife scene. London is just three hours away by train, and Edinburgh, Scotland is only two hours away. Lancaster University offers an outstanding experience for those who appreciate the outdoors and outdoor recreational activities.
About Lancaster University:
Lancaster University is one of Britain's top universities. It has 10,000 students, and was founded in 1964 as part of a British program which established eight new universities in the 1960s. The main site of Lancaster University is located at Bailrigg, on the southern outskirts of the city of Lancaster and about three miles from the city center. The campus is set in 250 acres of landscaped parkland and on a clear day the view extends north to the Lakeland fells and west across Morecambe Bay.
Threading through the city is the canal with its waterside inns where you can watch the procession of boats glide by. There are punts for hire and a choice of craft offering cruises and restaurant facilities.
For more information, visit the Lancaster website: http://www.lancs.ac.uk and www.studentsabroad.com/uk
The academic system in the U.K. is quite different from that of the United States but like the U.S. system, remember that teaching and assessment methods may vary from course to course. Generally, you will find that you have fewer “contact” hours - time spent in class - in your courses at Lancaster than you normally do here. This does not mean that your course load is lighter; rather, you are expected to spend more time in self-directed study preparing for classes, papers, and examinations.
Grading Scale and Credit Conversion:
|Lancaster Aggregate Score
Lancaster credits=UM credits
Arts & Humanities
Minimum 3.0 GPA. This program is limited to three exchange places.
Accommodations on campus are guaranteed to students. Rooms are single bedrooms with a shared kitchen and bathrooms.
The main function of Lancaster's colleges (dorms) is to provide residence for over 4,000 students who live on campus. All exchange students are guaranteed on-campus accommodation and are randomly assigned to the various colleges. In each college there is a mix of British undergraduates (mostly first-year and third-year students, majoring in a variety of different disciplines) and foreign students who come from most parts of the world. Thus the residences have a cosmopolitan atmosphere, to which exchange students contribute largely.
Although the college buildings are all modern, they vary in style and size, from fourteen-story Bowland Tower and the quadrangle of County College, to the small three-story Furness and Fylde blocks which house only 32 students each. All colleges have wheelchair access.
While there are a variety of rooms, most are single with washbasins. All are grouped around communal lounge and kitchen areas where students gather and most prepare snacks and meals. Telephones are available in all student rooms.
There are also rooms for handwashing and drip-drying, in addition to the campus laundromats. Mail is distributed by college porters, who provide other assistance where needed. Pillows, sheets, curtains, duvets (quilts/comforters) and covers are provided, however students must bring their own towels.
You Are A Guest:
As an exchange student, you will have the opportunity to experience university life in a completely different way. For example, you might find that courses abroad are not equal to three UM credits. The format of assessment might be different, with great emphasis being placed on one big test versus smaller assignments throughout the semester. The amount of time spent in class can vary greatly from country to country as well as the amount of independent learning that is expected. Exchange students are guests of the host university and will not receive any services that the local, degree-seeking students do not receive. The university abroad may not provide the same amenities as the University of Miami and the level of customer service can vary.
Exchange programs open the door for students to have the experience of a university student in a different country. It is important to talk to your study abroad advisor about your level of comfort with the challenges that await you abroad. Your advisor may be able to suggest an exchange program that offers more of the services to which you have become accustomed, or can direct you to a semester on location program. Students who have chosen to embark on an exchange program have reported that by overcoming obstacles encountered abroad, they have gained independence and self-confidence, and were challenged to broaden their perspectives.
Fall: Late September to mid-December
Spring: Early January to late June