University of Central Lancashire

Why Study Here?

  • UCLan welcomes over 2,000 international students, representing over 100 nationalities, to the Preston campus each year. UCLan has a friendly culture and is recognised nationally for the level of support that it provides to its students.
  • UCLan is a campus university, with all facilities within a 10 minute walk. There are plenty of accommodation options too, so students can study and live within a five minute walk of Preston city centre. With traditional and contemporary shopping experiences, a thriving café culture and busy yet safe evening social scene, Preston also boasts beautiful parks, culturally-important museums and a thriving marina and docks area.
  • UCLan has invested significantly in facilities for its students. A brand new indoor sports centre is amongst the best in the UK, the library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the award-winning Students' Union offers you many opportunities to try new activities and make new friends.
  • Preston itself is a safe and cost-effective city in which to live. Accommodation prices are lower than in many other cities, and yet Preston is only a 50 minutes journey away from Manchester and Liverpool, and a little over two hours from London and Glasgow.

What Do International Students Study?

English Language Requirements

  • The standard English language entry requirements for undergraduate courses is IELTS 6.0. The standard English language entry requirements for postgraduate courses is IELTS 6.5.
  • Please see our website for further information on which qualifications from your country meet our entry requirements.

Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £11,950 £12,950
Mixed £11,950 £12,950
Laboratory £12,950 £13,450
Clinical £11,950 £12,950

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • UCLan offers several scholarships to undergraduate and postgraduate international students, including the International Excellence scholarship and the Vice-Chancellor’s International Award.
  • There are bursaries of £1,000 for undergraduate and postgraduate student from Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia, South Asia (including Pakistan), the Commonwealth of Independent States, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt.

Pre-Arrival and Welcome

  • The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) produces a pre-arrival and arrival guide.
  • Free airport pick-up services.
  • Multi-lingual podcasts with arrival directions for students arriving outside airport pick-up times.
  • Orientation programmes are run for the September and January intakes which cover formal welcome, enrolment, induction, information sessions, and social events.
  • There are also smaller, bespoke programmes throughout the year for research students, pre-sessional students and students with our on-campus partner.
  • UCLan has a buddy system where you will meet a UCLan graduate or student who is already familiar with life and study in the UK and speaks excellent English.  They will help you settle into life at UCLan and in the UK.

Accommodation for International Students

  • The average cost of accommodation is £93 per week. Compared to other cities in the UK, living in Preston is good value for money.
  • The university helps all new students to find suitable accommodation in UCLan owned, leased or registered accommodation.
  • All UCLan owned/leased accommodation is self-catering and includes free internet access. Students do not have to move out during vacations.
  • International students are allocated accommodation throughout the halls, rather than being clustered together.
  • All UCLan owned/leased accommodation is either on campus or on the edge of campus and close to the university. Privately owned, registered halls and houses are also on the edge of campus and not more than a mile from the university.

Organisations for International Students

  • The International Students’ Association is a good way of meeting other international students and making new friends. The Association organises social events and trips to places of interest in the UK and in other European countries.
  • International students have access to the full range of Student Union societies, covering national, religious, sporting, social and cultural interests.
  • These include Chinese, Hellenic, Japanese, Malaysian, Islamic and Afro-Caribbean societies.

Overseas Campus

  • The university has a wide network of international partners, and over 3,000 international students are currently reading for a UCLan qualification in their own country.
  • The UCLan Cyprus campus opened in 2012.