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.

Applications are now open! Sign up now to secure your place!

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 to 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: £550. There is no group flight or train booking for this option, but the Global Experiences team will be able to help you make your booking if you are travelling on this option.

A minimum of 5 students are needed for this programme to run.

Lille and Brussels Trip Schedule (Subject to Change)

Grand Palace, Brussels

Experience Malaysia with Sunway University

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.

22 June to 14 July 2019

View the programme description provided by Sunway University (all details are subject to change):Sunway Cultural Exchange 2019

Deadline to apply for this programme: 28 April 2019

Sunway University is perfectly placed to give you the opportunity to explore and gain both a practical and academic insight into a rich and diverse culture.

Travel to Kuala Lumpur to experience this multi-cultural country. Sunway University is perfectly placed to give you the opportunity to explore and gain both a practical and academic insight into a rich and diverse culture. During the three week programme you will network with major corporations, take part in established community projects, engage with local political causes, explore the modern city of Kuala Lumpur and spend time with a Malaysian family.

Programme Cost: £1,150 (includes scheduled activities, most meals and accommodation during your stay)

Group Return Flight Cost: approx. £800

"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)

Watch Diana's 2018 experience



Discover India with Manipal University

Explore the beautiful and diverse culture of India with Manipal University, spending three weeks immersed in this fascinating country.

"‌I went on a study abroad programme to India when I was an undergraduate. Not only was it the most valuable learning experience of my university degree, but it changed how I understand the world. It is a dream come true for me to be able to offer to students at Lancaster University what was such a valuable experience for my own educational and personal development. During the several years I have been convenor for PPR in India, I have seen students produce some of their best academic work, as well as become more informed and mature global citizens." - Dr Brian Black, lecturer

24 August to 15 September 2019 - Global Experiences 2019 India Trip Schedule (Subject to Change)

Travel to Manipal University and explore the beautiful and diverse culture of India. In this immersive three week programme India becomes your classroom as you accompany lecturers to different temples and heritage sites to learn about and understand the religions, history and ethos of the Indian people. You start the trip in the south of the country where you will visit family farms and NGOs Spend the night in the stunning Western Ghats, a UNESCO world heritage site. To cap off your stay in India, take in the city of Jaipur and visit some of the biggest tourist destinations across the whole of India, including both the Amber Fort and the magnificent Taj Mahal.

This trip can be used as dissertation research for students enrolled in PPR 359:PPR in India. This module is open to any students who are interested in writing a final year dissertation on India. 

Programme Cost: £1,550 (includes scheduled activities, meals and accommodation during your stay)

Group Return Flight Cost: £615

“Being able to experience once in a lifetime trips to India and the USA made my Lancaster experience truly global.”  - Molly McDonough, 2015-2018, BA International Relations

 Watch James' 2018 experience

Students in India

Explore China with Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU)

Travel to China and experience a country which is developing at an incredible pace, yet is still defined by its fascinating history and unique traditions. Take part in an extensive schedule of activities that will give you an introduction to the local language, a taste of authentic Chinese food, and practice of traditional Chinese calligraphy.

24 August to 15 September 2019

First you will travel to Lancaster University College at Beijing Jiaotong University in the Shandong province. Here local students will give you an introduction to the Chinese way of life while learning about the unique history and culture of this region whose seaside location has been instrumental in shaping China’s relationship with Japan and England. You will then travel to Beijing, a thriving megacity with lots of fascinating sites to explore. You will walk on the Great Wall of China, tour the Summer Palace and marvel at the Temple of Heaven.

Programme Cost: £1,200 (includes scheduled activities, meals and accommodation during your stay)

Group Flight Cost: circa £900

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

2019 Draft China ScheduleThis is subject to change

A student in China.

See Berlin through a Different Lens

Join a week-long intense programme of activities organised around the theme of Crossing Borders. Dr Karolina Follis, lecturer in the PPR department, will guide you through the city while drawing on her expertise in borders and border policies in the European Union.

23 to 29 September 2019 - ‌Berlin: Crossing Borders September 2019 Draft Itinerary

Find out more at our upcoming information talk, taking place on Wednesday 20 March at 2pm in Welcome Centre Lecture Theatre 3. Dr Karolina Folis will be there to talk you through the schedule and to answer your questions. Register here

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.    

Programme Cost: £585 (includes scheduled activities and accommodation during your stay)‌

No group flight is booked for this trip, but the Global Experiences team can help you make your booking

"The trip was an incredible experience to be a part of. With such a wide range of visits, activities and plenty of free time to explore the city it really was the most amazing week." (Thalia Jefferson, 2015-2018, History)


A portion of the Berlin Wall

Leadership and Sustainable Innovation at Sunway University

Travel to Sunway University, located near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and develop your leadership skills and sense of entrepreneurship as you work to fix real issues with local businesses and Non-Governmental Organisations. You’ll work in small teams alongside local students to develop an appreciation of sustainability and innovation, as well as engage with entrepreneurs and businesses on this classroom-based but highly interactive programme.

17 August – 1 September 2019

Find out more about this trip at our upcoming information talk: Wednesday 13 March at 2pm in LUMS Lecture Theatre 4. Click here for full details and to register

Week 1

You’ll explore theoretical practices and responsibilities of leadership through lectures and workshops. Field trips will help you make sense of the theories and learning from the classroom and you will begin to work in a team on a live project to explore the scope for sustainability innovation within an organisation.

Week 2

There will be lectures, workshops, field trips and project sponsor visits covering sustainability innovation and integrated sustainable development goals. You’ll also present your recommendations to your clients on the final day in a project showcase event.

"During this study abroad module students will be exploring the opportunity the role leadership can play in helping to address some of the significant challenges we face as a global society. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will be used as lenses to explore what these challenges are and how a broader stakeholder view utilising an approach called the Good Dividends can re-orientate businesses to a more holistic approach. To bring theories to life, students will be working with a local organisation on a live business challenge that the organisation is facing linked to the theme of the module ‘Leadership and sustainability innovation’." - Emma Watton, Senior Teaching Fellow, Centre for Leadership Studies & Practice, Lancaster University Management School

Programme cost: £995(covers accommodation, most meals, academic content and scheduled activities).

Group Flight cost: circa £800

Students works on a group project at Sunway University

Cultural Experience at Lancaster University Ghana

Be immersed in rich Ghanaian culture as the team at Lancaster University Ghana takes you on a series of excursions that will give you an insight into everyday life in this booming African economy. There will be a focus on visiting businesses, giving you a chance to reflect on what it truly means to operate in a global setting.

1 -15 September 2019

While visiting LUG, you will have the opportunity to explore international issues with academics, and through a combination of local charity visits, political interactions and trips to local businesses, you will gain first-hand knowledge of this friendly and growing nation. During a weekend excursion to Cape Coast, you will see the scars that the slave trade left on the local community. 

Group Flight cost: circa £900

Please note, there is a minimum of 12 students needed for this trip to run.

Students works on a group project at Sunway University

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. 

Applications for this programme are now closed. 


Boston Skyline

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.