Students at Lancaster

Your Global Experience

A World of Opportunity at Lancaster and Abroad: live and learn with people from different cultures while sharing ideas and perspectives.

Connect. Explore. Discover.

Global Experiences At Home

Browse virtual opportunities that allow you to develop your skills and explore the world without leaving home. 

Common Purpose Future Leader Experience


Discover the leader in you during this three day online event. 

23 - 25 March, 10am to 2pm | Apply Now

The programme takes place across three half-days. You will participate in a combination of full-group sessions and small breakout sessions, where you build connections with industry leaders and your peers.

You will also take part in challenging discussions with leaders and go behind the scenes of organisations, gaining hands-on experience through exploring real challenges they face.

Read the Common Purpose Future Leader Experience flyer for more information, and watch this video about last year's programme.

The Future Leader Experience has been made possible thanks to financial support from Santander Universities. 

Eligibility criteria:

All students at Lancaster are eligible to apply for this programme. However, in the event that we receive more applications than we have space for, we will prioritise applications using the following criteria:

  1. Students who have joined the GROW Your Future programme NB: GROW Your Future students who have previously participated in a Common Purpose Leadership Experience will not receive priority. 
  2. Students who have joined the Lancaster Success Programme
  3. International undergraduate students with disabilities
  4. Postgraduate students with disabilities
  5. International undergraduate students who meet at least 2 of the widening participation criteria listed on the application form
  6. Postgraduate students who meet at least 2 of the widening participation criteria listed on the application form
  7. Other undergraduates who are not part of the GROW Your Future Programme
  8. Other postgraduates who do not meet the widening participation criteria listed on the application form




Future Leader Experience event info

Lancaster's Global Campus

Get involved to make connections, explore the world and discover yourself.

Cross-Cultural Competence Training

Our Cross Cultural Competence Awareness Workshop will help you develop thriving relationships with people from different cultural backgrounds. It offers a useful framework to identify ways to grow your cross-cultural competence, navigate cross-cultural interactions, and then provide examples to employers in future interviews. It will equip you with awareness and skills to make a difference in incresingly interconnected and global world. Lancaster University students can gain 5 Lancaster Award points by attending.

In a world that is becoming increasingly more global and interconnected, being culturally competent is an essential key employability skill for 2021 and beyond. Cross-Cultural competence is the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures and from different backgrounds. This workshop will enable you to understand why being culturally competent is important for your future career, explore what cross-cultural competence is and is not and help you identify ways to grow your cross-cultural competence and then provide examples to employers in future interviews.

To find out more about the Training Programme contact

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Travel Opportunities for Lancaster Students

Interested in visiting Lancaster for Study Abroad or a Summer School?

Find out more about the options for visiting students

Study Abroad at Lancaster University | Global Summer Schools at Lancaster University

Discover Lancaster's Global Partners

Lancaster is constantly developing partnerships across the world to ensure it delivers teaching that takes students to the frontiers of knowledge and produces graduates who can compete in a global job market.

Global Lancaster

Celebrate your #LUGlobal experience every day...

 on your course, in your college, through campus life and worldwide travel.

Alex Hunter

"Lancaster University has put the world at my fingertips. I travelled to the United States and China, yet Lancaster brings the world to campus as well via a diverse range of culturally immersive events and fun, engaging societies!" Alex Hunter 2016-2019, BA Politics & International Relations

Gerta Ramaj

"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

Hayley Keohane

"My study abroad year has made my experience at Lancaster a global one. Oregon State was an adventure, and my home away from home - made up of friends from across the world, diverse cultures, new ways of learning and a whole lot of fun" Hayley Keohane 2015-2018, MSci Geography

Niamh Bush

"My university experience has definitely been enhanced by engaging with people from different cultures in the global communities. It has given me the opportunity to broaden my horizons and make friends for life." Niamh Bush 2016-2019, BA Linguistics and English Language

Molly McDonough

“Being able to be part of a global community at Lancaster has enriched my time here. From living with people from a variety of different cultures in college life, to be being able to experience once in a lifetime trips, my Lancaster experience is truly global.” Molly McDonough 2015-2018, BA International Relations

Summer Programmes Update

With the spread of COVID-19 globally and the risk that poses to travelling students and faculty, Lancaster has made the difficult decision to cancel the Global Experiences Summer vacation programmes. Current staff and students can check our internal Covid-19 information pages for updates.

Information for current staff and students

Lancaster University Global Experiences

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