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England Study Abroad Program at Lancaster University

About Lancaster University in Lancaster, England

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Application deadlines:October 15 for spring two terms (Jan-June)
  • Program advisor: Emma Diebold
  • Please note: We are no longer accepting applications for this program after the spring 2017 term. Please contact IFSA-Butler to discuss alternative program options for fall 2017 and beyond.
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Program Snapshot


We're so excited that you're considering IFSA-Butler's program at Lancaster University for your semester or year abroad. Located in the heart of the Lake District in England, Lancaster is a great place to explore the English countryside. We're sure you're going to love studying there!

What Lancaster has to offer

  • Ranked in the global top 1% percent of universities
  • The Management School is in the world's top 100 business schools
  • A self-contained campus three miles south of the city
  • On-campus shops, restaurants, banks, post office, student travel office and theatre
  • Each student and staff member is a member of one of nine residential colleges that vary in size and style
  • Each residential college has a pub, cafe and recreation area and organizes social and athletic events
  • Excellent support network, both academic and personal
  • Active student and athletic unions with more than 140 clubs and societies
  • Amazing new sports center
  • One of few universities in England to offer an independent research option with no restrictions on choice of topic


  • Housing is with British and other international students in award-winning residential colleges
  • Students prepare their own meals or purchase them at on-campus coffee shops, snack bars and restaurants


  • Flexibility in allowing students to register in multiple departments
  • An Early Start option allows fall and full-year students to take a short course on British Culture and Society prior to the fall term
  • Triple Crown-accredited business school
  • Many science courses are open to study abroad students
  • Students take three to five courses, depending on course weight

We look forward to working with you!




Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
Visit Lancaster University's online course catalog.

What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.

For each course that you list on your preference form (found under the Forms tab), be sure to check the following:

  • When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the academic system is an intensive, three-year program.
    • First-year (100 level) courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
    • Second-year (200 level) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
    • Third-year (300 level) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.
    • Fourth-year (400 level) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.

What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.

Course Restrictions

Are there any course or departmental restrictions?
You are not eligible to take fourth-year (400 level) courses and higher as they are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters of Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate student.


How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. Lancaster's course catalog lists the U.S. semester credit hours for each course.

Fall term (Michaelmas) is designated with an ‘M'; Spring two-term (Lent and Summer) is designated with an ‘L' and/or ‘S' . For information on the credit weight, please see below.

  • Michaelmas (fall) term
    3 Lancaster courses = 12 U.S. semester credit hours
  • Presessional and Michaelmas (fall) term
    4 Lancaster courses = 16 U.S. semester credit hours
  • Full year
    7-8 Lancaster courses = 30-32 U.S. semester credit hours
  • Presessional and full year
    8-9 Lancaster courses = 34-36 U.S. semester credit hours
  • Lent and Summer (spring two terms)
    4-6 Lancaster courses = 16-20 U.S. semester credit hours


What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full Lancaster University course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.

You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.

The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Neither you nor the university is bound by your selections, and you will not officially register for courses until you arrive on campus.


What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to the program dates to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting an academic record appeal for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.


How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at Lancaster University. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.


Housing Options

There are nine colleges on the Lancaster Univeristy campus where students live: Bowland, Cartmel, County, Furness, Fylde, Graduate, Grizedale, Lonsdale and Pendle. The vast majority of rooms in these colleges are singles with sinks in the room.

A few colleges offer en-suite accommodation, meaning each bedroom has a full bathroom. The university randomly assigns all students, including study abroad students, to the various halls.


All university accommodation at Lancaster University is self-catering, which means you will share a communal kitchen with other residents on your floor. The campus also offers several small restaurants and cafes where you can purchase inexpensive meals.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for the cost of your meals (whether a meal plan or self-catered) and any commuting costs you may incur. Some university housing requires students to move out during winter and spring breaks. If you wish to remain in residence during the vacation period(s), you must notify the university housing office upon arrival to make necessary arrangements. Staying in residence during university breaks may incur additional costs not covered by the IFSA-Butler program fee.

When will I receive my housing assignment?

You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in England for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Yes. IFSA-Butler requires a refundable housing deposit of $300 before going abroad. We will return this deposit to you after March 1 for fall programs or September 1 for spring and year programs, less any fines, damages or outstanding debts in your name.

Do I have to pay the Lancaster housing deposit?
Yes, Lancaster requires that students pay a residence deposit directly to the university. This Lancaster deposit is in addition to your IFSA-Butler housing deposit. You will be asked to pay the deposit directly to the university when you accept your housing assignment via the online system later in the process. The deposit will be returned at the end of the tenancy, after your keys are returned and following a satisfactory inspection of your vacated room. Students are responsible for picking up the refund of the deposit before you leave campus. The deposit is estimated at £190, but is subject to change

Are bed linens provided?
A bedding pack will be available for purchase through Lancaster University. The pack will include a duvet (quilt), duvet cover, sheet, pillow and pillow case and costs £25. You can reserve this pack when the online housing application is completed later in the application process. You will need to provide towels and cooking utensils ( pans, plates, cutlery, etc.) During orientation, time will be allotted for you to purchase those items you did not bring with you overseas.

Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.

Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.

Location Info

About Lancaster

Living and Studying Abroad in Lancaster

About Lancaster

Population: 50,000
Location: Northwest England, one hour from Manchester and the stunning Lake District

City features

  • A friendly atmosphere
  • Small but buzzing city, dominated by a 900-year old castle and easily accessible from campus
  • Outdoor market, independent boutiques as well as high street shops and plenty of places to eat, drink and dance
  • Annual literature, beer, jazz and food and drink festivals
  • Superb transportation links make Lancaster a great home base for exploring the country
Do more!
• Visit the sea, six miles from campus
• Head into the gorgeous Lake District for hiking, climbing and spelunking
• Take a train to Edinburgh, two hours away
• Visit London, three hours away by inexpensive student charter bus

Lancaster Tourism
Lancaster Guide and Virtual Tour
Lake District National Park Authority
This is Lancashire

Dates & Fees

Lancaster Dates

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Independent travelers must arrive at orientation in central London by 2 p.m. on the date marked Mandatory London Arrival. Your final IFSA-Butler England Essentials update (mailed to your home address) will include an address and travel instructions.

Important: Once you are abroad, please verify the program end date with the department(s) in which you are studying. Ending dates may vary from department to department, and you will be expected to complete all course obligations prior to your departure. Program housing is available only until the program end date.

Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.

In the United Kingdom, exams are taken under formal conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals. Exams must be taken where and when scheduled.

Lancaster Fees

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What's included in our England program fees
Expense calculator

Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Spring Payment Due:
November 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.

The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.

† Housing Deposit
This program requires a housing deposit of $300. This payment is in addition to the program fee but is due on the same date. The deposit is held separately from the program fee and should be paid separately. The deposit is refunded to the student after the program, less any damages, fines or outstanding debts in the student’s name.

Personal Cost Estimates

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Expense calculator

Note for Early Start students:
Be sure to budget for additional meals and personal miscellaneous funds for the weeks of the Early Start program. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can help you estimate expenses if necessary.

These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. Rates are current as of 12/9/2016.

They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out.  If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate.  If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.

The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.

*Student Visa: U.S. citizens studying in the U.K. for less than six months (180 days) do not need to apply for a visa, but can instead enter the country as a student visitor at no cost. Student visitors are allowed to remain in the U.K. for up to six months but are not allowed to undertake any paid work or unpaid volunteer activities. Citizens of some countries may be required to obtain a student visa. If this applies to you, your IFSA-Butler program advisor will notify you. Detailed instructions regarding U.K. visas will be sent to all students upon acceptance.

Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.

All costs are in U.S. dollars.

Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program at Lancaster University:

emmaProgram Advisor Emma Diebold assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Emma completed her undergraduate degree in Geography: Travel & Tourism at Ball State University. She went abroad with the BSU Geography Department to Eastern and Central Europe and has enjoyed personal travels to several destinations including Belgium, France, Ireland, Peru, Ecuador and The Bahamas. Emma joined the IFSA- Butler team to aid students who want to explore the world and advises students planning to study abroad in England. Emma can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4258.


altStudent Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.



altStudent & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.

Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident directors. Click here to read more about Resident Director Lynne Alvarez.

abbyAcademic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.

Get Connected

Connect with IFSA-Butler Students

If you really want to know what it's like to study abroad, connect with IFSA-Butler alumni and students who are currently abroad on an IFSA-Butler program. Check out the following:
Student Network
Student Blogs
Experiences Abroad Videos
For Students

Early Start

What is the Lancaster presessional program?
Fall and full-year students can take a course before the fall term begins, earning an additional 4 U.S. semester credit hours for a total of 16 U.S. semester credits for the fall. The presessional program begins in mid-August and runs for four and a half weeks. One course on British culture is available. There will also be weekly field trips.

The presessional program is a great opportunity for fall and year students to get their feet wet before the start of the regular academic year. The presessional program includes housing on campus. For more information about the course, as well as what to expect from the program, please click here.

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