The year abroad is not an add-on to your degree; it is fully integrated so that you can still complete your BSc in just three years, whilst providing you with the chance to broaden your horizons in a different academic and social culture and boost your CV. Students on the study abroad scheme spend their first year at Lancaster, their second at one of our partner universities overseas, and then return to Lancaster for the third and final year of the degree.
Where can I go?
The majority of our partner universities are in North America, located across the United States and Canada. You also have the opportunity of studying in Australia. The modules you will study there will be like those at Lancaster. The choice of destinations and number of places can vary from year to year, but wherever you go, it will be an experience to remember!
Can I afford it?
Whilst there are clear financial implications to living abroad for a year –and many students take the opportunity to do further travelling while they are abroad –the scheme does not cost as much as you might think.
There is also some important financial help available:
- reduced fees to Lancaster University. You will pay just 15% of the usual tuition fee during the year abroad, and there are no fees payable to the overseas institution
- an enhanced student loan
- a means-tested Government travel grant, which usually covers the cost of two return flights plus insurance
What if I change my mind?
If, at any time during your first year, you decide that you no longer want to study abroad, you can simply switch to the 'standard' degree scheme.
Entry requirements and dual offer system
Because study abroad places are limited, competition is high, so you'll need to get good grades in both your A-levels and your first year at Lancaster.
However, if you apply for a study abroad course, we will also consider you for the 'standard' degree scheme, for which the entry requirements tend to be lower. You do not need to list both courses on your UCAS form.