Rest of the World

If you choose one of our Study Abroad options, you will have the exciting opportunity to spend a year studying at an overseas university in North America, Australasia or Iceland.

Students applying to the following three and four-year programmes have the opportunity to spend the whole of their second year studying overseas:

A-level entry grades are slightly higher for our Study Abroad programmes compared to our ‘standard’ degrees. However, if you are accepted onto one of our Study Abroad courses, you will also automatically be offered a place on the equivalent standard degree, so there is no need to apply for both.

If, at any time during your first year, you decide that you no longer want to go abroad, you can simply switch to one of our standard degree schemes. Even if you are uncertain whether you want to go abroad, it is worth applying to keep the option open!

How does it work?

You will spend a full academic year abroad, studying courses comparable to those that you would have taken at Lancaster. The grades that you are awarded abroad will contribute towards your overall degree.

You will become a full member of your overseas university during your year abroad, but you will also have a dedicated study abroad advisor at Lancaster who will monitor your progress and help resolve any difficulties encountered. Advisors in our International Office will help you to complete all the relevant paperwork, such as application forms and visas.

Accommodation is arranged at the host university; usually you will be offered a room on the university campus. There will be lots of opportunities to go travelling during weekends and holidays, and you may also be able to stay abroad a little longer at the end of your placement to do research for your final year dissertation.

Note that your year abroad will start a little earlier than the academic year at Lancaster (late July for Australasia, or August/September for North America and Iceland), and will finish between April and June the following year.

Where can I go?

The choice of destinations varies slightly from year to year, and your options also depend on the degree programme you have chosen. Click or tap here for a complete list of participating universities.

In your first term at Lancaster you will attend a series of briefings regarding studying abroad, and will have the opportunity to chat to students who have recently returned from their year abroad.

You will need to decide in December of your first year whether you definitely want a place abroad, and if so, where you would prefer to go. Your academic advisor will then allocate provisional places (conditional upon your first year grades), and help you to select appropriate courses.

We cannot guarantee that everyone will get their first choice of destination. However, past experience has convinced us that, wherever you are placed, you will have an excellent educational experience and a fantastic time socially!

How much will it cost?

A student will only pay 15% of the annual tuition fees to Lancaster University, a saving of £7,650. There are no additional tuition fees payable to your overseas university.

There are some extra expenses associated with studying abroad, such as flights, insurance, extra books, obtaining a visa, and the costs of travelling and other activities while you are there. You can also work part-time during your year abroad if you wish, although there may be restrictions on where and how many hours you are allowed to work.