Chinese students at LUMS and collaborative programmes

The last 20 years have seen a significant increase in the number of students from the People's Republic of China taking degree programmes in the Management School. 

At the start of the 1990s, with the exception of the special Xi'an Polytechnic MBA linked scheme, there were few students from China taking courses at Lancaster University.

Twenty years later, significant economic growth in China and an increasing interest in studying abroad, has led to a marked increase in demand for degree studies at Lancaster - notably in Business and Management. Now Chinese students are more likely to be self-funded than reliant on British government or other studentships. Chinese students are currently the largest nationality group in LUMS, particularly at both undergraduate levels.

In the 2008/9 academic year, there were over 400 students from the PRC taking degree programmes in the Management School.

Students are recruited through the University's agents based in China. These currently include JJL in Beijing and UKEAS, which now has offices in Shanghai, Nanjing and Chongqing, as well as in Beijing. They are also recruited through special academic partnerships and collaborations.

Advice and guidance on career opportunities for graduates from China and the Far East more generally can be accessed here.

Collaborative programmes

The University and Management School are increasingly committed to collaborative programmes, especially for undergraduates. This includes foundation courses, delivered in either China or the UK, which gives Chinese and other students the preparation they need for their studies in the Management School.

These Foundation Programmes include Lancaster University validated programmes at

  • Beijing Foreign Studies University
  • Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
  • Shanghai International Studies University
  • Sichuan International Studies University

as well as the Lancaster-based SGI Foundation course.

We have also developed a number of collaborative Bachelors degrees whereby students take courses in China for two years, and then transfer to Year 2 of a suitable degree in Lancaster. These are called 2+2 degree programmes.

Partner institutions are currently Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), Guangzhou and for a double degree, Lingnan College (Sun Yat Sen University).

We also have a small number of Study Abroad students from institutions including Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics (JUFE), University of Science and Technology, Beijing (USTB) and Lingnan (University) College, Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou with whom we have agreements.

Any queries about the collaborative Foundation or 2+2 programmes should initially be directed to the International Office.