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Study Abroad

Enhance your studies with the opportunity of a lifetime. Choose a study abroad degree to take on a new challenge, boost your confidence and develop new skills.

Many of our undergraduate courses offer the option for study abroad. The flexibility of our degrees also means that even if you haven't enrolled in one of those programmes from the start, you can still choose this opportunity during your first year as long as you have performed well in your studies. For postgraduate opportunities, please contact the study abroad advisor as opportunities may vary.

We have a Study Abroad Advisor within the Department, Dr Oksana Afitska, who has responsibility for all exchange students, whether they are visiting Lancaster or going away on an exchange. Please contact Oksana if you have queries.

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So you want to study abroad? Welcome to a great adventure!

A year abroad is exciting and challenging, both academically and socially.  It gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the cultural, political and social life of another country, and to learn more about another society than you ever could by staying at home.

We offer a wide range of interesting study-abroad opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Credits obtained at a foreign university count towards your Lancaster degree. The exchange opportunities available may vary from year to year.

If you are an MA or PhD students the opportunities may vary, please contact the study abroad advisor for details. 

We run briefing sessions at the start of each year, this year’s briefing session will take place on Wednesday 16th October at 4pm in County South Building, Room B89.

Where can I go?

  • AUSTRALIA: Australian National University
  • CANADA: Carleton University; University of Toronto
  • USA: University of North Carolina; University of Colorado, Boulder; University of Missouri, Columbia
  • EUROPE: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS; Lund University, Sweden; University of Ghent, Belgium; University of Antwerp, BELGIUM; University of Tübingen, Germany

Find out more on the Global Experiences website. 

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Lancaster University welcomes over 400 visiting students from overseas universities each year. The Study Abroad Programme is fully integrated and you will study and live alongside UK and other international students.

When can I study?

We welcome visiting or exchange students, whether taking courses for one term or longer. You must have completed a year of study at your home university before coming to Lancaster.

You can study at Lancaster for:

  • Michaelmas term (October-December)
  • Lent & Summer terms (January-June)
  • Full academic year (October to June)
  • You can also study for a calendar year (January-December) if that fits best at your home university.

What can I study?

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. For full details see study abroad modules: Linguistics and English Language.

Want to know more? 

More information for incoming students wishing to study abroad at Lancaster is available on the University's website: Study Abroad at Lancaster University.

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The department welcomes applications from academic staff members at other universities or tertiary institutions who wish to spend a period of up to 12 months at Lancaster to engage in language-related research.

As a visiting researcher, you are usually charged a fee, except where you come to Lancaster as part of an established academic link scheme or where you are appointed by the University as a visiting fellow. The fee covers your use of the Department's and the University's facilities; in addition, you are assigned a member of staff who will act as your primary point of contact during your stay at Lancaster.

We expect applicants to hold a PhD or a senior academic position and to teach at postgraduate level. Publications in peer-reviewed international journals are desirable. We regret that for reasons of space and availability of staff members, we have to keep a limit on the numbers of visitors and cannot accept all requests.

Postgraduate students

Students who have a first degree from another university and are pursuing a postgraduate degree can apply to be visiting postgraduate students. As a visiting postgraduate student you are treated just the same as the Department's own students. For example, you can attend courses and research groups, have your work supervised and assessed by a member of academic staff, make use of student accommodation and welfare facilities, etc. However, you will not be registered for a degree at Lancaster University. 

  • all visiting PGR students are charged a registration levy of £500;
  • no additional charge is made for visits of up to three months’ duration;
  • for visits of more than three months, students will additionally become liable  for 25% of the relevant published fee for each subsequent quarter or part thereof;
  • students studying at Lancaster for the full academic year  will be charged 100% of the standard fee.

How to apply

If you wish to apply as a visiting researcher or postgraduate student please contact Louise Aspinall

Do NOT send multiple copies of identical emails to several members of staff. Louise will reply to your email with details of how to apply as a visitor.

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Student Blogs

What is it really like studying abroad? Read the blogs written by Linguistics students whilst they were studying abroad.

Study Abroad Blog