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Travel Opportunities During University Vacations

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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.

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
Student in India

Three wonderful weeks can be spent in India, exploring the southern regions around Manipal and Goa as well as northern cities like Jaipur, Agra and a little bit of Delhi.

Our adventure started in Manipal University, home to some of the nicest people and most helpful staff you will ever meet. They took us beautiful temples, traditional schools, taught us how to cook Indian meals and dance Bollywood (not at the same time!), adorned our hands with henna and took us to stunning beaches. We we also got the opportunity to stay in wooden huts in rural India and also play volleyball in a rice paddy field before an evening watching Bollywood movies under the stars. 

It was hard to believe that the rest of the trip would be able to match any of this but the trip continued to amaze.

Goa was our last taste of the South with more stunning churches and spice plantations before we headed north. A sure highlight was our trip to Amber/ Am’er Fort. Our jeeps carried us up to the fort where painted elephants stomped across the yard. We walked through beautiful arches through the fort and into the palace section that looked over the mountains of Jaipur. The splendour of the palace architecture alongside these views was breath-taking. Next it was on to Agra.

Agra had a lot to be compared to and yet, walking through the darkness of the morning to reach the Taj Mahal just as the sun began to rise behind was magnificent, particularly as we arrived before most of the tourists and could freely walk where we wanted in the (comparable) cool of the morning.  

Beth travelled to India with Lancaster in 2019.

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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 globalexperiences@lancaster.ac.uk to set up a meeting.

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  • Students travelling on a programme organised by the Global Experiences Office and taking place between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020

    Lancaster Global Travel Award

    The Lancaster Global Travel Awards are available to undergraduate UK 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 and Participation Plan and, primarily, our awards are granted to students who are in receipt of a means-tested bursary from the University.  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:

    • Your household income
    • You have a disability which potentially limits your options at University.
    • You are in care or a care leaver
    • 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.  

    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 Global Experiences funding once per academic year, based on when the trip occurred. For example, if you have travelled on a trip in September 2019, you will next be eligible for funding for trips taking place after 1 August 2020.

  • Students travelling on an international Field Course between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020

    Lancaster Global Travel Fund

    The Lancaster Global Travel Fund is available to undergraduate UK students enrolled on a LEC Field Course, DeLC overseas trip, or other department-run international trips that we believe would otherwise be excluded on the basis of cost alone. Awards from this fund are given out on a first-come, first-served basis, and students can apply via an online application made available by the Global Experiences team. Awards can differ in amount depending on the situation a student is in. The funding we receive is dictated by the  University Access and Participation Plan and, primarily, our awards are granted to students who are in receipt of a means-tested bursary from the University.  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:

    • Your household income
    • You have a disability which potentially limits your options at University.
    • You are in care or a care leaver
    • Your parents have not been to University
    • You are a young carer or parent or are estranged from your family.

    When applying for funding from the Lancaster Global Travel Fund you will be asked about your household income and whether the criteria above are relevant to you. This information will then be checked against University records and any funding awarded will be confirmed to you by email.

    When will I receive my award?

    In most cases, the funding will be transferred to your academic department as part payment for the trip that you have enrolled in. In exceptional circumstances, you may receive a payment from the Global Experiences team.

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

  • Scholarships available from Santander Universities

    A‌ small number of scholarships have been made available through Santander Universities to support students travelling on specific Global Experiences trips. More information about the funding available can be found on the Santander Scholarships website.

  • 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 queries should be directed to the funding body.

Lancaster University Global Experiences

Welcome Centre, Bowland College, Lancaster University LA1 4YT

E: globalexperiences@lancaster.ac.uk

T: +44 (0)1524 592035