Study Start - Induction Programme

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

A Study Start cohort stands on the steps of Alexandra Square

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16-27 September 2024

Get the best start for your degree at Lancaster University with Study Start: a 2-week academic induction for international students.

Starting a university degree can seem a frightening prospect. Often students come with many questions, for example:

  • 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 aims to help you become an independent and confident student, well-prepared for life at Lancaster.

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You will study in a small class of undergraduate or postgraduate students. Each class has one Tutor who not only guides the group learning, but also supports individual students with feedback and discussions.

Course Aims

  • To raise awareness of writing conventions in different academic discourse communities
  • To develop and practise effective study and time management skills
  • To develop referencing skill
  • To raise awareness of the expectations and standards at the appropriate level of study
  • To maximize students’ chances of succeeding in their degree programmes.
  • For international students, to assist in settling into the academic culture of the UK

The main assessment method is a written assignment (1000 words) to be submitted in several stages before final submission at the end of the course. The feedback you get on this assignment will help you decide which aspects of your work to prioritise when your degree coursework starts.

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Study Start 2024 tuition fees are: £1,050

Accommodation costs approximately £177.59 per week for a single room on campus with a personal toilet and shower room. Students may opt out of campus accommodation.

Once students have accepted their Study Start offer, they will receive full details of arrivals, registration and accommodation via email.

For students travelling to the UK, we run a shuttle service from Manchester Airport.

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The application deadline is 2 August 2024.

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 course content, logistics and arrivals:


Please note that this programme is subject to a minimum enrolment of 8 students per undergraduate/postgraduate cohort- if this number is not met, the University reserves the right to cancel the course.