A global university

International students from 100 countries form over half the graduate school and 17% of Lancaster's undergraduate students are from outside the UK. Almost 30% of Lancaster's full time research and teaching staff are non-British and Lancaster recruits staff from over 60 countries.

Lancaster's community extends far beyond the campus with research, teaching and student exchange partnerships with leading universities and institutions around the world. The network of overseas teaching partnerships is a key component of Lancaster's global outreach and commitment to internationalisation. Lancaster degree programmes are currently taught in collaboration with local institutions in India and Malaysia and Lancaster launched the first British university branch campus in West Africa, Lancaster University Ghana,  in 2013.

Lancaster University's longstanding links with China have been strengthened with a formal collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) based on the environmental sciences. Links with China also include the Lancaster China Management Centre which aims to develop new programmes of research and teaching relevant to the needs of Chinese managers and  the innovative Lancaster China Catalyst Programme which is bringing together UK and Chinese businesses on research and development projects to create new services and products for global markets

The University has also established a major hub for Chinese language and culture on campus in the form of a Confucius Institute awarded jointly to Lancaster and its partner, the prestigious South China University of Technology (SCUT) in Guangzhou.

Lancaster boasts a global community of over 100,000 alumni in more than 130 countries across the world.