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1-12 April 2019
Join fellow students and academics from your faculty to learn more about the United States while increasing your global and cultural awareness.
Travel to the United States and visit sites relevant to your studies. Academics from participating departments will be on hand to guide your exploration and help you connect your experiences back to the lessons you had in Lancaster's lecture halls.
The trip begins in Boston, Massachusetts, one of America's oldest cities and the birthplace of the American Revolution. You’ll visit the Edward Kennedy Institute for the US Sentate, the Freedom Trail and enjoy an acclaimed Boston Duck tour.
New York City is our second stop, where your highlights include visits to the UN Headquarters, the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Ellis Island and tours of iconic neighbourhoods.
Departments participating in 2019:
An amazing cultural and political experience. It was a good balance between free time and planned activities, and all the planned activities were informative and interesting. - Thomas, past trip participant
Programme Cost: £1,995, (includes international flights, scheduled activities, and accommodation during your stay)
Explore the rich cultural heritage of Northern France as it navigates between the demands of globalisation and its renewed sense of identity.
Understand how the defunct mining industry left its mark in the traditions of small communities in a region that has now embraced the challenges of the globalised 21st century, through a rich programme of activities and film screenings.
You will be going to Lille & Brussels, at the heart of the European Union, two thriving hubs, which offer a unique cultural blend of old and new embedded in an ever-changing urban landscape.
You will also participate in seminars and discussions with locals about current socio-political issues such as the migrant crisis and climate change and their impact on the region.
Activities will include a tour of a Mining History Centre, walks in neighbourhoods that combine unique art deco landmarks with ambitious projects of urban renovation, as well as a day in Brussels, including a visit of the European institutions. And of course, you will have opportunities to experience Lille’s thriving scene and sample the local gastronomy!
This trip will be of particular interest to students of Politics and IR, Geography, History, Arts and Languages.
Programme cost: TBC
(including scheduled activities and accommodation during your stay, no group flight provided)
Factsheet - Lille & Brussels
Delve into China’s rich history and experience a cultural immersion with the assistance of students and staff from Beijing Jiaotong University and Lancaster University.
Take part in an intensive schedule of activities that includes, amongst other things, time spent travelling around Beijing visiting iconic locations including the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace and the Great Wall. You will have the opportunity to learn the local language, taste the local food and join in the art of traditional Chinese calligraphy. You will also get the chance to spend a week on the east coast of China at the Lancaster University-BJTU Weihai campus, interacting with students and experiencing a different part of the country, spending a day on the beautiful Liugong Island and learning about the complex history between China, Japan and the UK.
Programme Cost: TBC (includes scheduled activities, meals and accommodation during your stay)
Group Flight Cost ca. TBC
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Factsheet - China
Explore the beautiful and diverse culture of India with Manipal University, spending three weeks in the north and south of the country.
Visit temples and heritage sites to understand and learn about the religions, history and ethos of the Indian people. Spend a night sleeping under the trees at the stunning Western Ghats national park and a weekend by the beach in the town of Goa. Take in the city of Jaipur and some of the biggest tourist destinations across the whole of India, including both the Amber Fort and the magnificent Taj Mahal.
Group Return Flight Cost ca. TBC
“Be being able to experience once in a lifetime trips to India and the USA makes Lancaster experience truly global.” (Molly McDonough 2015-2018, BA International Relations)
Factsheet - India
Participate in a fascinating three weeks at Sunway University in Malaysia, taking advantage of all the opportunities Kuala Lumpur has to offer and gaining valuable leadership skills in a new and exciting environment.
You will explore the surrounding areas, taking in sights including the magnificent Patronus Towers and the incredible Batu Caves, and have the opportunity to spend a weekend living with a traditional Malay family, learning about their way of life. You will also work with students and staff at Sunway University, visiting and learning from some of the large organisations and businesses in the centre of Kuala Lumpur.
"Going to a university where I have met and become close friends with people from all over the world, as well as giving me the opportunity to travel to Malaysia, has been an incredibly eye-opening and humbling experience." (Gerta Ramaj 2015-2018, LLB Law)
Gerta's Malaysian Experience
Factsheet - Malaysia
Choose one of two trips to explore different sides of Berlin's rich political history.
Join a week-long intense programme of activities organised around the theme of Crossing Borders. Borders of different kinds offer the chance to explore and understand the meaning and challenges of global connections, diversity and rapid social and political change. You will explore the history and contemporary politics and practices of establishing borders and boundary making. Berlin, as it is geographically today with its unique historical sites, museums, distinctive neighbourhoods and diverse population will be our classroom. You will walk, talk, meet Berliners and sample the foods representing the diversity of the city. Venture out of town, you will visit the border between Germany and Poland in Frankfurt/Slubice. You will participate in seminars, read and watch films that enhance your understanding of the role borders play within society. This non-credit programme offers immersive learning that will be of particular interest to students of Politics and IR, German, History and Sociology.
Factsheet - Berlin Borders
You will have the opportunity to confront the different layers and eras of Berlin’s history, visiting the capital of Germany for a week and diving into the influential and fascinating past of this city. The German capital has not only been at the crossroads of different cultures, but before returning to its current status, it was, in turn, the capital of Prussia, the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, and the Third Reich. Thereafter, it became not only the epicentre of the Cold War, but also a divided city in the heart of East Germany and Europe, until the wall came down in 1989. On this programme, you will develop an understanding of how a single city can reflect and encompass various historical periods, and how this can be perceived through the cityscape. While lectures and self-study will be part of the learning experience, you will spend the vast majority of your time on guided visits and tours. You will visit Berlin landmarks and surroundings including the Reichstag, the Allied Museum, the Berlin Wall Memorial, Neuhardenberg Castle, Potsdam, Glienicker Bridge (the ‘Bridge of Spies’), Tempelhof Airport, and the German Resistance Memorial Centre.
Programme Cost: TBC (includes scheduled activities and accommodation during your stay, no group flight provided)
Factsheet - Berlin History
Join over 200 members from a multitude of cultural backgrounds to study a 10-credit Lancaster module of Intercultural Competencies and Community Engagement.
This programme provides experiential learning that gives an insight into what it means to work collaboratively, communicate within internationalised teams, show resilience and understand multiple perspectives. It supports the development of strong skills and knowledge through interactive lectures, industry visits, team building and cultural awareness sessions. You will also learn about British politics and social changes, and develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills through projects, guided reflections and group presentations.
Programme cost: TBC (includes accommodation, scheduled activities and meals)
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In 2017/18, 65% of students who joined one of our vacation travel programmes received some form of financial assistance. We believe that no one should be excluded on the basis of cost alone, so we have a number of awards and grants that could cover a part of your total fee. This assistance can be applied for during the online application stage of our programmes.
UK & EU students can apply for this award if they have financial circumstances that would make it difficult to travel without assistance. While it is means tested, we will take applications from anybody who is in need of support.
We also have grants available from Santander to help support any students who are interested in travelling and need further support.
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