Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
Lancaster University was established by Royal Charter in 1964 and has rapidly become the 11th highest research university in the United Kingdom. Study abroad students are fully integrated and will study and live alongside British and other international students.
Lancaster has approximately 12,000 students and maintains a strong international community on campus. In true British university fashion, Lancaster University houses nine colleges
students are sorted in order to be a part of a smaller setting.
Near the British Lake District in northern Great Britain, Lancaster University is located just three miles to the north of the historical city of Lancaster. This popular region of the UK is famous for its jagged mountains, waterfalls, wooded valleys, and stone built villages. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to the Lake District for boating or hiking.
The 250-acre campus of Lancaster, called Bailrigg, is a beautiful setting for a year abroad. From the campus, Manchester and Liverpool are less than one hour of travel away and London is a quick three hour train ride.
- Open to ALL majors
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- Attend TAMU for at least one semester prior to application
- Junior or Senior classification preferred, can be Sophomore at the time of application
- Provide 1 letter of recommendation
- Provide official TAMU transcript
- Must attend ALL program-specific orientations
As the program is based in a country whose native language is English, students have the full curriculum available to them. Due to this large selection of course offerings, this exchange program will satisfy the academic needs, including research, of almost any Texas A&M student.
Upon completion of the program, students will earn a minimum of 12 hours of A&M credit for semester only studies or 24 hours of A&M credit for academic year long studies. Lancaster offers studies in a wide variety of areas from economics to Chinese to chemistry and biomedical sciences
Students at Lancaster live and learn “in college” under the traditional British educational system, renowned for the closeness of teacher-student contact. As is standard for the British educational model, Lancaster is on a trimester system. Please be sure to check that the courses are you interested in are offered during the terms that you plan to study at Lancaster. If you wish, check out the course syllabi database.
International students have two housing options when they study abroad at the University of Lancaster. Your accommodations, whether on or off campus, will be one of your biggest expenses, other than tuition and fees. Prices vary depending on your choice of accommodation.
1. Living On Campus
Many international students choose accommodations on campus
. There are over 6,500 rooms in the eight undergraduate colleges. Due to the residential college format, students are quickly integrated into Lancaster’s residences, social life and extra-curricular activities. The majority of on campus rooms are ensuite. Amenities include:
•Private shower, washbasin and toilet (a limited number have shared bathroom facilities)
•Telephones and internet hookups available in all bedrooms
In each college there is a mix of British undergraduate and international students.All accommodations at Lancaster do not have a comprehensive meal plan. However, campus facilities offer a variety of outlets: coffee and snack bars, a pizzeria, Chinese and Indian restaurants, fish and chip shop, a bakery and licensed bars. Vegetarian choices are widely available and snacks and sandwiches can be bought from the bakery, supermarket and coffee shops on campus. Also, check out the Lancaster Residences Facebook page for more photos and videos of the accommodations as well as the Residence Handbook for more information.
2. Living Off Campus
Students might want to consider living off campus in a shared house or flat. Some students prefer to live off campus and may also find it cheaper and more flexible and nearer to city center amenities. The Housing Office in the Student Union will provide students with more information on how to find off-campus housing.
One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
|Estimated Program Fees Paid to Texas A&M - billed to University Account
|Texas A&M Tuition & Fees
|Exchange Program Administrative Fee
|Estimated Fees Paid to Lancaster University
|Estimated Additional Expenses - paid pre-departure or in-country
|Travel Documents (passport and visa - if needed)
|Textbooks, Supplies, Visa (if needed)
|Total Estimated Cost
|Texas A&M Semester Cost
*Tuition & Fee rates vary depending on course load and residency status.
Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Programs Office website here:http://studyabroad.tamu.edu/funding
or visit for walk-in advising.
College Station Students Only: The Scholarships and Financial Aid office offers scholarship programs. These scholarships are based on merit and/or financial need. For more information and to access the application, visit:https://sfaid.tamu.edu/uwideapp/#Program13
Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of TAMU study abroad programs. Students can contact the program's respective study abroad advisor (listed above) to obtain a copy of the program-specific Financial Aid Request Form. Students should schedule a meeting with a financial aid advisor to discuss their award package and disbursement of financial aid as it relates to the courses and the program fee due dates. Link to the Scholarship & Financial Aid Office:http://financialaid.tamu.edu/
Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student
"It was an indescribable experience, but I feel as though it has opened a door to a world that I never knew existed. I chose the Lancaster University reciprocal exchange program because of the cost and because I could take Chemistry courses. When I got there, I fell in love with all of the people and the location. Lancaster is located next to the mountains so on the weekends I would go camping, hiking and backpacking. I even joined the university's volleyball team and had the chance to travel all over England for matches. Although I think my high school volleyball team was better, we ranked 2nd in the country and I have the trophy to show for it! A year sounds like long a time, but you'll be so busy that you're not even going to think about being homesick. I wish I had more time there because it went by too fast. A longer time in a country really allows you to be immersed and to become a part of the culture. Lancaster was an unforgettable experience. A bonus to studying abroad is that it will make me more attractive for the job market. I will have international experience when most Chemistry majors don't. Not only that, studying abroad taught me a lot about myself. I have a new outlook on life. Nothing seems the same. I now feel confident that I can achieve things I wouldn't have considered before like learning another language or attending graduate school in Europe. Without hesitation, I would recommend the program to others!"
Former Texas A&M Exchange Student