How to Apply

Entry requirements, how to apply, and study options for studying abroad at Lancaster.

Study Abroad Brochure

Tab Content: Entry requirements

You are expected to have a GPA of 3.0, a credit or grade B average or equivalent.

Language Requirements - Undergradaute students

If you are a non-native English language speaker, you will need to submit your most recent Secure English Language Test (SELT) certificate equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each element) or Pearson PTE Academic 62 overall with at least 55 in each element, CEFR B2-C1.

Students who have IELTS 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each element) or Pearson PTE Academic 55 overall (with at least 51 in each element) can opt to take part in the 4 week English for Academic Purposes course instead of retaking their tests.

If you are a non-native English speaker studying at an English speaking university, please include a copy of the Secure English Language Test (SELT) certificate eg IELTS or TOEFL you submitted when you applied to your home University/College.

Medical Students

Students coming to Lancaster through a Medical School exchange or Erasmus+ agreement whose first language is not English are required to have one of the following Secure English Language Tests (SELT):

  • IELTS - minimum of 7.0 (with nothing less than 7.0 in each element)
  • Pearson PTE Academic - minimum of 70 overall (with nothing less than 70 in each element)

No other tests will be accepted and the English Language Qualification must be less than 2 years old at the time of application.

Tab Content: How to apply

To make your online application you first need to be nominated by the appropriate office at your home University or by one of Lancaster University’s overseas representatives – find who works with us here: Find Your Country.

Once you have been nominated, we will send you the application link with information on how to complete and submit your form.

Applications must include a current transcript, a study plan and proof of your English Language level (if your first language is not English). We will need to receive a copy of your current passport before we can issue any visa documentation.  This can be sent separately to your application if you do not have a passport yet.  

Please contact the Study Abroad Office at your home institution or your local Lancaster University overseas representative for further information about applying to Lancaster.



Tab Content: Application deadlines

Full Year and Michaelmas (October) entry: 30 June

For Lent/Summer (January) entry: 31st October

Tab Content: What happens next?

Once you have completed and submitted your online application, we will:

  • review your application within 2 weeks
  • send you a formal offer via email
  • email you accommodation and immigration information
  • email your Pre-arrival Guide to help you prepare for your visit to Lancaster
  • email your Orientation Booklet outlining your first week at Lancaster

Study Options

You can attend as part of an exchange scheme with your home university, if there is an exchange agreement in place, or as a fee-paying student.


  • When can I study?

    You can study at Lancaster for:

    • Michaelmas term (October - December)
    • Lent & Summer terms (January - June)
    • Full academic year (October to June)
    • You can also study for a calendar year (January - December) if that fits best at your home university.

    You must have completed a year of study at your home university before coming to Lancaster.

    We also offer Lancaster Global Summer Schools, which complement your stay and are often worth credits.

  • What can I study?

    Modules are available in over 30 departments including science and technology, business and management, arts and social sciences, biomedicine and health.

    These may be taken as an accredited part of your degree.

  • How many credits can I enrol on?

    Full Year - 30-32 US credits / 60-64 ECTS

    Michaelmas Only - 12 US credits / 24 ECTS

    Lent and Summer - 16-20 US credits / 32-40 ECTS


    If you are a Michaelmas student wanting to take 16 US credits / 30 ECTS, you can apply for the Culture, Language & Society in England summer school as part of your study abroad application. This programme takes place mid-August to mid-September allowing a 2 week break before term starts which many students use to travel the UK/Europe. On this summer shcool you will participate in weekly fields trips and interactive lectures, earning 4 US credits / 8 ECTS on successful completion.  



  • Module levels

    UK students take 3 years to attain their Bachelor’s Honours degree and courses are numbered to correspond with the year in which they are generally taken by UK undergraduates. First year courses are generally HE level 4, second year HE level 5 and third year HE level 6.

    100 – first year; 200 – second year; 300 – third or final year

    Students from North America:
    100-level courses are usually equivalent to lower division courses.
    200 and 300-level courses are usually equivalent to upper division courses.

  • Assessment

    This is normally by coursework (essays, class tests, seminar/tutorial work, lab work) and final examination.

    We also offer a 2-week Summer School, Study Start, that helps you develop and adjust to the teaching and learning practices at Lancaster before your main degree.

  • Erasmus+

    Thank you for your interest in studying at Lancaster University under the Erasmus+ exchange programme. We welcome around 120 Erasmus+ exchange students each year.

    To take part in the Erasmus+ programme at Lancaster, you need to first contact the departmental Erasmus+ coordinator at your home institution to express your interest.

    You can only study under the Erasmus+ programme if your home University has an Erasmus+ agreement in place with us.  If we do not hold an Erasmus+ agreement with your home University, you may be able to come to Lancaster University on a fee-paying basis with the Study Abroad Programme.

    Please read Lancaster University’s Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education (ECHE), our European Policy Statement (European Policy Statement) and the Erasmus Student Charter (European Student Charter).

    Brexit Information

  • Science without Borders - Brazil

    The Science without Borders Programme enables Brazilian students to receive scholarships for one-year undergraduate sandwich programmes, and full research PhDs.

    Science without Borders is administered in Brazil by CAPES and CNPq.  For information on how to apply for Science without Borders Scholarships, detailed information is available on: