Global Summer Schools

Join us on our beautiful campus and experience a summer school at a highly ranked global university. You’ll spend time connecting with students from around the world, developing key global competencies and experiencing a varied programme of lectures, working in small groups, field trips and social activities. 

COVID-19 update

4 February 2021

With the spread of COVID-19 globally, Lancaster made the difficult decision to cancel the Global Summer Schools taking place on campus in 2021. Instead, students can apply for the online Leadership & Sustainability Innovation summer school. Details of this programme, how to apply, and information on the activities that are normally hosted on campus can be found below.

Apply now for the Leadership & Sustainability Innovation online summer school 2021. Application deadline Wednesday 21 April 2021.

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Admission Requirements

In order to participate in one of our summer schools, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years old at the start of the programme
  • Where applicable, meet pre-requisites for chosen programme
  • Be in good academic standing and on track to pass year 1 of studies
  • If you come from a country where English is not an official language then you will need to provide proof of your language ability
  • If you come from a country where English is an official language, you do not have to submit proof of language ability

Students studying a Lancaster University degree with one of our partners:

  • Are automatically eligible for enrolment based on English requirements and do not need to provide language qualifications to apply
  • Need to be in good academic standing and on track to pass year 1 of studies

Language requirements for students from non-English speaking countries

All students on summer schools must have a good level of English in order to ensure they can participate fully and have a quality experience. We, therefore, require students who come from a country where English is not an official language to submit evidence of suitable English Language qualifications. Proof of any of the following will be accepted*:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
  • College English Test (CET) level 4: 530
  • College English Test (CET) level 6: 493
  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels B2-C1

If courses at your institution have been taught in English for at least one year, then you can request a Lancaster University English language form which will need to be completed by your tutor. This form and a letter of recommendation from your tutor will be accepted in lieu of a language certificate. The letter of recommendation should attest to both your language proficiency as well as your academic ability.

*We will accept any language qualification that is internationally recognised and at a level that is equivalent to the standards above

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Applications will open at the end of February

To apply, you will need a copy of your official university transcript, and may need proof of your English proficiency. You do not need to apply if your home university is submitting a group application on your behalf. Please check with your home university if you think this might apply to you.

Application deadline: Wednesday 21 April 2021.

We aim to assess applications within a week of receiving. If successful, we will send you an offer email with a link to payment. Payment is due 5 May 2021. Students must pay the tuition fee in order to attend the programme. 

Students from around the world are invited to participate, so there may be early mornings or late evening time slots but we will endeavor to find the most appropriate time slots for all students. Before payment, you will be notified of the approximate time slot you will be placed in for teamwork so that you can decide whether to continue with your application.

Please read the Terms and Conditions before you apply.

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The 2021 fee of £1995 covers tuition, social activities and credit-bearing assessments.

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Connect with students from around the world on a variety of interactive social activities. Lancaster student ambassador will lead these fun sessions so you can find out about their experiences of living and studying in the UK too.

There will also be optional workshops and other resources where you can reflect on your own cultural background and explore new perspectives.

Information on summer schools that would normally run on campus:

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read the questions and answers below before contacting us with any questions. You will receive information about payment, visas and arrivals through the application process.


  • Where should I go when I arrive? Will you send me travel information?

    We will send you travel information approximately one month before the programme start date. We recommend that you fly to Manchester Airport as this has easy access to Lancaster University. We may run a coach pickup service for group arrivals. We will give you further information about this in the pre-arrivals email.

    If you do not use the Coach Transfer Service from Manchester Airport, you can travel to Lancaster by train, coach or taxi. We will send you information in the pre-arrivals email on where to go on campus when you arrive.

  • What should I pack? What clothes should I bring?

    During the summer, the UK climate is warm but mild and changeable. Therefore, we recommend packing clothes that can be layered to suit different temperatures. It often rains in Lancaster so please bring a light waterproof coat. Umbrellas are not recommended, as they can get broken in the wind. Some trips and activities involve walking in the countryside and sports, so please bring comfortable walking shoes and sportswear.

    Bedding may be provided but please bring a light travel towel.

  • Will I need a visa or insurance?

    It is important that you obtain the correct visa or entry clearance to study in the UK. You will be sent detailed information about visas and immigration when you have accepted your offer to study at Lancaster University.

    Most students will need to get a Short Term Study Visa to attend a summer school without further study. Students continuing to study in the UK may need another type of visa.

    The University does not provide insurance, you may want to explore insurance options to cover travel, loss or damage to personal possessions and medical costs.

  • How much money will I need to bring?

    As your tuition, accommodation, and sometimes meals are paid for before entering the UK, we expect costs to be low. However, this depends on lifestyle and the activities you undertake in your spare time. There are some optional trips that cost money, and you may want to travel or eat out sometimes. So remember to budget for travel, food, and spending during your stay.

  • How can I stay safe during my stay?

    The UK is generally a safe place, but it is important to take simple safeguarding precautions:

    Tips for staying safe:

    • Keep money, valuables and personal documents safe and secure
    • Don't leave luggage unattended
    • If you are unwell, contact a member of staff to let them know you will be staying at home that day
    • If you are outside at night, stay in well-lit areas with your friends

    UK Laws

    • You must be at least 18 years old to buy alcohol and tobacco, ID may be required
    • Smoking and vaping are not allowed in enclosed public spaces
    • It is illegal to carry or supply illicit drugs or weapons including knives
  • What is the accommodation like?

    All Lancaster campus accommodation will be single, ensuite and catering may be provided. For overnight stays away from Lancaster, accommodation may vary. Please see the individual summer school pages for further information.

  • Can I cancel my application?

    Please see the cancellation policy in the Terms and Conditions.

Summer schools contact details

Global Experiences, Welcome Centre, Bowland College, Lancaster University, LA1 4YW E:

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