Transfer Programmes in China

Lancaster University Foundation Programmes in China

Lancaster currently has four Foundation Programmes in China:

All four are specially designated universities that offer state level key programmes and are quality assured by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Course content

The foundation programme is for one year and has been designed by experts from China and Lancaster to prepare students for studying their chosen subject in English. The course provides training in academic and study skills, a comprehensive introduction to computer skills, British culture and IELTS examination preparation. The programme also includes a pre-sessional four-week Study Skills Course at Lancaster in September before the academic year at Lancaster begins.

Programme entry requirements

Students eligible for entry to this programme must have at least an overall score of 60% on the Chinese National University Entrance Examination. On achieving the required score, those students wishing to apply for the programme must then pass an interview in English and a writing test to determine their level of English at point of entry and their suitability for the programme.

Admission to Lancaster University

Applications are made through UCAS for any subject area at Lancaster. At the end of the first two semesters in China, students must meet the following conditions to be admitted to Lancaster University’s Study Skills course and then into the department of their choice:

  • Complete all the components of the Foundation Programme. An overall Merit or Distinction is required for some departments, including the Management School.
  • Obtain an overall score of 6.5* in the IELTS examination or 6.0* for some departments in the Faculty of Science and Technology. *0.5 below accepted with our four-week English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course
  • Pass an admissions interview conducted by a member of staff from Lancaster University.

For further information please see:

Lancaster University 2+2 Programmes in China

Lancaster University currently offers two 2+2 Programmes, one at Beijing Foreign Studies University and the other at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. Students on these programmes spend the first two years of their undergraduate studies in China and then study for a further two years here at Lancaster. The degree which is awarded is from Lancaster University.

Entry requirements

Students eligible for entry to this programme must have at least an overall score of 60% on the Chinese National University Entrance Examination. On achieving the required score, those students wishing to apply for the programme must then pass an interview in English and a writing test to determine their level of English at point of entryand their suitability for the programme.

Progression to Lancaster University will depend on successful completion of the first two years in China, an IELTS language requirement of Band 6.5 (6.0 for some Science and Technology degrees) or equivalent and passing an interview by a member of staff from Lancaster. Students apply directly to Lancaster University in their second year of study at their Chinese university.

Those students who meet the Lancaster University admissions criteria will be given the opportunity to go directly into the second year of the specified three-year degree programme at Lancaster. For further information please see:

Pre-Master’s Programme in China

We offer a pre-Master’s programme at Beijing Foreign Studies University, leading to a postgraduate Master’s degree at Lancaster in selected subject areas. To find more information about this programme please see:

Double Masters Degree Programmes

We have established a Double Master’s Degree Programme in collaboration with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in Applied Linguistics. After successful completion, students obtain two awards, one from SJTU and the other from Lancaster. To find more information about this programme please follow the following link: