Want to do an undergraduate course with us?

If you are an international student who is thinking about studying in the UK and are not sure what English language qualifications you need this page will be able to guide you.

Some international students will need to have completed a Foundation Programme before starting a degree programme at Lancaster. Information about how we evaluate international qualifications can be found on our International Qualifications webpage. If you are required to complete a Foundation Programme and have not yet done so, you can apply to attend Lancaster's International Foundation Year (see details below). You will also need to have achieved an IELTS score of at least 5.0 or equivalent.

For direct entry to Lancaster University, if you have not quite achieved an IELTS of 6.5, and currently have an  IELTS score of 6.0, then you may be able to attend our 4-week English for Academic Purposes course to bring you up to the required level (see details below).

Alternatively, if you have already met your English language requirement, you may want to consider attending our Study Start course. Study Start is a 2-week induction course designed to help international students to get the best possible start for their degree at Lancaster University (details also below).

International Foundation Year

Lancaster University International Study Centre is based in the campus and provides international students with the opportunity to progress to degree study at the University.

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4 week English for Academic Purposes Course

Our English for Academic Purposes (Study Skills) Programme is for international students who are required or wish to improve their English language and study skills before starting their degree studies at Lancaster University.

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10 week Pre-Sessional Programme

Our 10-week pre-sessional programme is designed for students who currently have an overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in each element.

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2 week Study Start Induction Course

Study Start is a 2 week induction course designed to help international students get the best possible start for their degree at Lancaster University.

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