Visiting Students Information

Lancaster University Law School is keen to establish links with postgraduate research students through our Visiting Students programme.

Why come to Lancaster as a visiting student?

Here are 5 great reasons why we think Lancaster is one of the very best places to live, learn and experience the UK.

  1. Ranking

    Lancaster is one of the UK’s top 10 universities, according to the Complete University Guide and the Guardian.

  2. Location

    Lancaster University is close to the city centre yet surrounded by beautiful countryside. Excellent road and rail links give you easy access to the beautiful Lake District National Park and the cosmopolitan cities of Manchester, London and Edinburgh.

  3. Safe Campus and City

    Lancaster is a student friendly city and one of the safest cities in the UK.

  4. Student Experience

    Lancaster’s residential colleges are more than just a place to live; they are often the focus of your social life and provide a strong sense of community. There are endless activities to get involved in on campus. University accommodation is guaranteed to non EU study abroad and exchange students.

  5. Choice of Courses

    We offer a wide range of courses, which complement your home degree and offer you a challenging and rewarding learning experience. Credits can be transferred to your home university.


Visiting students will normally be enrolled as a research student at another institution, and will be visiting Lancaster to carry out their own research, to engage with other postgraduate students through attendance on postgraduate courses, or to receive supervision from staff at Lancaster University.

Students normally visit us for up to 12 months to engage in research related study.

We encourage visiting students to participate as much as possible in the life of the Law School and the University by engaging in discussion with staff and research students, and presenting their research at departmental seminars.

The Law School will seek to support you in the following ways:

  • Register you on a non-credit basis for postgraduate taught modules, and research training modules. Further information is available on our postgraduate pages.
  • Provide supervision for your research project from a member of staff within the Law School. Further information regarding supervisor research areas is available via our Find a Supervisor pages.
  • Provide information to help you locate temporary accommodation
  • Further information is available at the Lancaster University student accommodation website and some further guidance on alternative accommodation is available through Human Resources.
  • Access to student welfare and support facilities within the University.

Please note that a postgraduate fee is charged pro-rata to visiting students to cover the costs associated with their visit. Different fees are charged to Home/EU students and non-EU students. Details of current fees are available on the University’s Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages. You will remain enrolled as a student at your home institution, and will not be registered for a degree at Lancaster University.

Application process

An application to join us as a visiting student can be made at any time of the year, however you may be required to wait until the start of an academic term or year before you can commence your visit. View the term start and end dates. Informal enquiries should be made to Ms Rachel Smirk.