Students outside the UN

Explore Boston and New York

23 March - 3 April 2020

Join fellow students and academics from your faculty to learn more about the United States while increasing your global and cultural awareness.

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

Tab Content: Trip Overview

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 Senate, 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 or tours of iconic neighbourhoods.

For more information about the different departments taking part, have a look at the trip factsheets:

If you were unable to attend the recent information session, you can view the slides from the presentation: USA Trip Info Talk Presentation.

Applications are currently closed for this trip.

Tab Content: Cost and Funding

Overall Trip Fee Payable to Global Experiences: £1,957

 What's included in the fee?

  • A programme fee of £1,550: This programme fee covers accommodation, all scheduled activities and in-country transportation. 
  • International Flight Costs of £407

What isn't included in the fee?

  • Meals, but breakfast is provided at the accommodation
  • Injections and medication: This will vary depending on which country option you choose. Participants should visit a travel clinic or nurse for advice before travelling. There is also advice available on the NHS Fit for Travel Website.
  • Spending money for shopping and free time activities.
  • ESTA/Visa Costs: Most UK passport holders don’t need a visa to enter the United States but will be required to fill in a form on the US Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) website. If you are not a UK passport holder you can find more information about the visa requirements to enter the United States on the US Embassy website. It’s your responsibility to obtain the correct travel documents for the trip.
  • Travel to and from the UK departure airport

Can I apply for funding?

In 2019, 65% students who travelled on the USA trip received some form of financial assistance. Students who are in receipt of a means-tested bursary from the University will likely be eligible to receive a Lancaster Global Travel Award covering 60-75% of the programme fee. This funding can be applied for during the trip application process.

More information about funding is available here.

Tab Content: Support for Travellers

All trip participants will be expected to attend a compulsory pre-departure training session on 19 February. At this session you will learn more about the details of the trip, and be given guidance on how to apply for an ESTA.

Participants will also be expected to attend a Cross-Cultural Training workshop. There will be various sessions happening in the Lent Term, including ones on 11, 12 or 13 March which will be tailored especially for people visiting the United States. To register for one of these session please visit the Global Experiences LibCal Calendar.

Further resources for travellers can be found on the Global Experiences module on Moodle.

Tab Content: Key Facts

Key Facts about the Trip

Trip Dates: 23 March - 3 April

UK Departure Airport: London Heathrow

Estimated Number of Participants: 60 - 80 Lancaster University students. 


What past participants had to say...

An experience that changed my life, I met so many great people, who I know I'll be friends with for years.

An amazing opportunity to not only expand your academic knowledge and personal development, but to also make new friends and explore a new environment. 

It's helped me to realise what areas of politics most interest me which will be really helpful when choosing modules later on at University.

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