Study Start

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

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20 September – 1 October 2021

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

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:

  • 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 assist international students in settling into the academic culture of the UK
•To raise awareness of writing conventions in different academic discourse communities
•To develop and practise effective study and time management skills
•To develop referencing skills
•To raise awareness of the expectations and standards at the appropriate level of study
•To maximize students’ chances of succeeding in their degree programmes in 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 2021 tuition costs £825.

If you need to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival to the UK, you will need to arrive Monday 6th - Sunday 12th September. Students must be in class by the monring of Wednesday 22nd September at the latest in order to be accepted onto Study Start.

Accommodation is free from 6th September for students to arrive early (and self-isolate) before Study Start. After that, accommodation costs approximately £140 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 fulls details of arrivals, the shuttle service from Manchester Airport, registration and accommodation via email.

Tab Content: How to Apply and Contacts

The application deadline is Friday 6 August 2021.

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.