Study Start

 Get a head start for your degree at Lancaster University with this 2 week induction.

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14 September – 25 September 2020

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

Starting a university degree, especially if you are moving far from home, can seem a frightening prospect. Often students come with many questions, for example:

  • How will I get used to my new university?
  • Where is the library and how does it work?
  • What kinds of classes will I have, and will they be similar to those in my previous studies?
  • What conventions do I need to follow when writing essays, reports or dissertations?
  • How can I avoid plagiarism?
  • What is the best way to organise my time so I can get everything done?
  • How can I get good marks on my assignments and exams?

Study Start will not only help you find the answers to these questions: it aims to help you become an independent and confident student. You will learn how to get the most out of being at a world-renowned university.

Download the Study Start Factsheet

Tab Content: Fees and Accommodation

Study Start 2020 tuition costs £750.

Study Start students are automatically guaranteed accommodation during the programme. Students do not need to apply for this.

Accommodation is on-campus, single, self-catering study-bedrooms. Accommodation costs for 2020 will be approximately £140.00 per week. 

Students can make use of all the resources of the University, including the Library, the extensive Sports Centre, the public computer laboratories and the University Medical Centre.

Tab Content: How to Apply and contacts

The application deadline is Friday 7 August 2020.

Please contact one of the teams below to apply for Study Start.

Undergraduate Admissions
Email or telephone us on +44 (0)1524 592028

Postgraduate Admissions
Email or telephone us on +44 (0) 1524 592032

For enquiries about content, logistics and arrivals:

Email or telephone us on +44 (0) 1524 595052

Frequently Asked Questions

Please be sure to read the following FAQs before contacting the Global Experiences team.


  • Am I required to pay a deposit for the Study Start Programme?

    Postrgaduate students may be required to pay £150 GBP in order to secure their place on the Study Start Programme. Your deposit should be paid via the Admissions Portal (postgraduate students). 

    Undergraduate students do not need to pay a deposit.

  • Arrival at Lancaster


    We strongly recommend that you arrive directly at Manchester airport as this is the nearest airport to Lancaster. However, if you are planning to arrive at Heathrow airport, in London, we would recommend that you get a connecting flight to Manchester as this is much more convenient than by going by road or rail.  Further Information about travelling to Lancaster can be found on our welcome site

    How can I get from the airport to Lancaster?

    You have the option of travelling by coach, train or taxi. You can find details of all the options available on our maps and travel page.  We do offer a coach shuttle service for some of our pre-sessional programmes, information can be found on our welcome site. and will be available nearer the time.

  • Who should I contact with questions about my main degree programme?

    Please contact your admitting Department, with queries relating to anything connected with the degree programme you have applied for.