Vacation Travel

Where will your next adventure take you?

Travel Programmes Organised by the Global Experiences Team

We have developed a number of travel opportunities for Lancaster University students, some of which are co-delivered by Lancaster's overseas campuses and teaching partners.

Explore Boston and New York

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) All of the allocated financial assistance for this trip has been distributed. 

There are a limited number of places remaining for the Easter 2019 trip with the Linguistics and English Language Department. To register your interest, please complete the online trip application form.  


Boston Skyline

Lille, Brussels and Northern France, at the crossroads of Europe

Explore the rich cultural heritage of Northern France as it navigates between the demands of globalisation and its renewed sense of identity.

30 June - 6 July 2019

Travel to Lille, France and Brussels, Belgium, two thriving hubs at the heart of the European Union that offer a unique cultural blend of old and new embedded in an ever-changing urban landscape. Through a rich programme of activities gain an understanding of how the events of the 20th century, such as World War I and the rise and decline of the mining industry, left its mark in the traditions of small communities.

You will participate in seminars and discussions with academics and locals about current socio-political issues, such as the migrant crisis and climate change, and their impact on the region. Be left with a deeper appreciation of the area’s history after visiting sites of global significance and witness how the region is now embracing the challenges of the globalised 21st century.

This trip will be of particular interest to students of Politics and IR, Geography, History, Arts and Languages.

Programme cost: To Be Confirmed

Grand Palace, Brussels

Explore China with Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU)


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

Watch Aaliya's Experience in China - Produced by Monika Wilczynska

Factsheet - China

Student group in China

Discover India with Manipal University


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.  

Programme Cost: TBC (includes scheduled activities, meals and accommodation during your stay)

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

Experience Asia in Malaysia


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.

Programme Cost: TBC (includes scheduled activities, meals and accommodation during your stay)

Group Return Flight Cost ca. TBC

"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 

See Berlin through a Different Lens - 2 streams


Choose one of two trips to explore different sides of Berlin's rich political history.

Berlin Stream 1 - Crossing Borders

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

Berlin Stream 2 - Layers of History

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

Summer Schools at Lancaster's Global Exchange Partners


Lancaster University has exchange partnerships with a number of universities around the world. Students can participate in summer schools run by these institutions, often at a discounted rate.

Visit our Global Exchange Partner Summer Schools page to find out more.

Can I get financial assistance?

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.

To find out more about the funding that you might be eligible for, please select the option below which best describes your situation. If you would like to discuss your funding options in more detail please email to set up a meeting.

  • Students travelling on a programme organised by the Global Experiences Office before 1 August 2019

    Lancaster Global Travel Award

    The Lancaster Global Travel Awards are available to undergraduate UK and EU students who we believe would be excluded on the basis of cost alone. These awards are given out on a first-come, first-served basis once a student has applied for one of our vacation programmes, and can differ in amount depending on the situation a student is in. The funding we receive is dictated by the University Access Agreement and primarily, our awards are granted through means-testing based on your household income.  There is also a number of other criteria for reaching students most in need which we will take into account when offering this funding to students:

    • You have a disability which potentially limits your options at University.
    • You are in a care or a care leaver
    • You were entitled to a free school meal
    • You received the 16-19 bursary
    • Your parents have not been to University
    • You are a young carer or parent, or are estranged from your family.

    When applying for a vacation programme you will be given the opportunity to indicate that you are in need of financial assistance, let us know your household income, and whether the criteria above are relevant to you.  

    Santander Universities Award

    This funding is supplied by Santander Universities and is available to all students at Lancaster University. This is based on the same criteria as the Lancaster Global Travel Award and is assessed through a personal statement. The maximum available for this award is £500.

    When will I receive my award?

    Once you have formally applied to be part of a vacation programme, your funding application will be assessed and, if successful, the amount of money awarded will be deducted from the overall price of the trip and communicated to you via email.

    Please note: Students are eligible for our funding once per academic year.

  • Other Funding Sources to Consider

    College Travel Award

    Your college may also be able to offer financial assistance. Please contact your College Manager for more information.

    Rotary Club

    Rotary clubs offer scholarships for secondary, undergraduate, or graduate study. Rotary club scholarships are given by individual clubs and are open to anyone except Rotary members and their families. Contact your local club for application information and eligibility requirements.

    Please note, the Global Experiences office does not have any connection to these external sources of funding, all querries should be directed to the funding body.