Students on summer school

International Cultural Experience

18 July - 9 August 2020

Develop an understanding of current issues and potential difficulties facing different communities in the UK, Europe and the world. As well as class lectures and seminars, you’ll have the chance to experience Lancaster life through activities related to business, culture, social issues and political matters. Build international friendships on team-building social activities: deliver a talent show, visit London and other cities and compete in the competitive College Cup Day!

Tab Content: Course Overview

Week 1

Learn about culture and society, and how these factors contribute to a diverse range of experiences in theworkplace. You’ll visit a local business in the region and learn about the associated social and economic impact of small to medium enterprises. You will take part in community experiences and also engage in problem-solving team challenges, where you will consider the importance of language and communication, especially in intercultural contexts.

Week 2

This week you will learn how recent political changes have affected the UK and Europe. You will meet local politicians and debate key issues surrounding social change and the challenges facing the North West of England. You’ll engage with local community organisations and take part in volunteering in support of social and environmental initiatives in the local area.

Week 3

In the final week, a trip to London will inspire you to think about the diversity of British culture and differences between regions in England and urban/rural environments. You’ll also have the opportunity to reflect on your experiences and present your work to your tutors and peers.

Intercultural and social experience

Throughout the three weeks, you will be accompanied by Lancaster Student Ambassadors helping you settle into Lancaster, showing you around campus, and answering your questions. They will also lead evening social activities and weekend trips, giving you plenty of chances to make new international friends.

Tab Content: Credits & Assessment

Students who complete this course are awarded 10 LU / 3 US / 6 ECTS credits.

This summer school will be assessed through three methods:
+ 30%: Presentation
+ 40%: Reflective report
+ 30%: Written assessment

Tab Content: Fees

The 2020 fee of £2,588 covers 

  • tuition
  • ensuite single accommodation (the 2 night stay in London will be in shared rooms)
  • most meals (meals are not provided when away from campus during scheduled overnight trips, e.g. London).

Please note there may be extra living costs, such as if you opt in to additional trips or eat out.

Find the cost breakdown here.

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What our students think

'I enjoyed interacting with people from diverse backgrounds through different activities and also learnt to explore a different country on my own.'

'I learnt how to communicate better, reflect better, video edit, pick berries, write a good CV, teamwork, adaptability, and leadership.'

'I learnt to be more aware about cultural differences and take into account the point of view of individuals from different cultures before making a statement.'

Lancaster University Global Summer Schools

Global Experiences, Welcome Centre, Bowland College, Lancaster University LA1 4YT


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