Lancaster is home to over 3,000 international students from around the world; students can expect support and empowerment form the moment they begin to consider Lancaster. Support is offered with visa and immigration information, a meet and greet service on arrival in the UK, and even advice on work and money. Pre-sessional and foundation programmes can help improve langauge proficiency and offer academic skills training.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

5,860 international students in 2016–17

Welcome Arrangements

  • Welcome Week – sometimes known as Freshers' Week – takes place each year at the start of the Michaelmas term in September or October. It is a programme of activities organised for new students starting at Lancaster University and includes events such as college welcome sessions, guided campus tours, registration and social activities.
  • Please refer to the guide for new students on the university website.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component– some courses have higher requirements.
  • If students do not meet the minimum English language requirement, they may be able to take a pre-sessional programme over the summer at Lancaster University. Please refer to the university website for details.

Accommodation for International Students

  • Lancaster University guarantees a room on campus to all students during the first year providing they firmly accept the Lancaster offer before the relevant deadline, and apply for accommodation by the specified date.
  • The award-winning accommodation includes a wide range of room types. Most residences are self-catering but there are a small number of catered accommodation options, and Internet access is provided.
  • International students are spread throughout the halls of residence, rather than clustered together, helping students make British friends along with friends from all over the world.
  • Accommodation is located on campus, so lecture theatres, the library, coffee shops and restaurants are all only a short walk away.
  • Accommodation contracts are usually for a minimum of 40 weeks; a small number of catered rooms are let on a 36 week contract.

International Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2018–2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Undergraduate (£) Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 15,680–17,500 16,120
Mixed - -
Laboratory 18,890 19,500
Clinical 30,330 -
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.