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The International Student Advisory Service provides general guidance and support  and can signpost students to receive help on a wide range of issues including financial worries, adjustment or cross cultural difficulties and academic problems.


Drop-into The Base and we will see you there and then if we can, or more likely we can arrange for you to have an appointment.


Advice leaflets on important topics are also available on these web pages and in hard copy format from colleges and The Base, A-Floor, University House. A handbook is sent to all new students coming to Lancaster with their dependant family members.


Students with families

If you have a partner and/or children who will be joining you at Lancaster we extend a warm welcome to them and hope that they will enjoy their stay here. There are several ways in which they can get involved and meet new people. There is an English class for partners of international students, various family-orientated day trips, and the facilities of the University such as sports and faith groups. Find out more here.


There is also more general information on bringing your family to the UK here


There are schools for all age groups in Lancaster and the surrounding area. You can find out more at the Lancashire County Council website here



Social and cultural activities

The International Student Advisory Service organises a number of social events for international students to meet members of the local community at Lancaster, especially through its strong links with Rotary International (see Lancaster Rotary and Carnforth Rotary . Last year we organised two tours of Lancaster castle and surrounding areas with Lancaster Rotary and a quiz and meal evening with Carnforth Rotary.


The Lancaster University Students Union organises social events and societies catering for diverse interests and some of which are specifically aimed at international students. Find out more at More information can be found out at the Freshers Fair in Intro Week.



You might find some of these links useful

UKCISA UK Council for International Student Affairs
British Council
Home Office  (for information about visas)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Home Office - UK Border Agency (Information for working in the UK)

Immigration Advisory Service
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