Lancaster University International Study Centre, Lancaster, UK


Join us at Lancaster University International Study Centre and graduate from a triple top ten university - with Lancaster ranking in the top ten places of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, Guardian University Guide 2018 and Complete University Guide 2018. Taking an International Foundation Year, Pre-Masters Programme or English Language Preparation programme is a life-changing experience that introduces you to life in the UK. Studying with us leads to a challenging degree and helps you succeed in your future career.

The International Study Centre is based on Lancaster University’s safe and modern campus. Here, we’ll help you prepare for your degree, adapt to life in the UK, and plan for your future career. With our support, you’ll become part of Lancaster’s close community, and you can focus on achieving your goals. 

From the day you arrive, you will be part of Lancaster’s welcoming community. Our friendly staff will help you settle in to Lancaster and adjust to life in the UK. We organise exciting activities, and provide personal, academic and everyday support. You will live in a college with other first year students, and you’ll have access to all university facilities – these include our excellent library, £20 million sports centre and more than 200 student clubs.

Lancaster University is one of only a few UK universities to operate a collegiate system. This means you live, socialise and graduate with members of your college. Studying at a large, internationally focused university, you still get to feel part of a smaller close-knit community. You will meet and mix with people from different courses, and share interests outside of your studies. There are many activities to enjoy on campus.

Be part of a student community

The eight colleges are one of the most distinctive and valued features of Lancaster University. Each one is an individual community. It has its own identity, administration, student executive, social scene and facilities. Each college has its own Residence Officer. This means you will have a friendly face to approach with any queries or issues you may have.

On-campus accommodation is offered on a self-catering basis to International Study Centre students. It is located within the colleges, so your choice of accommodation will depend on the college you are allocated to. If you live off campus you will still join a college. You can be as involved in college activities as you like.

Study at the Lancaster University International Study Centre

An International Foundation Year Pre-Masters Programme at our International Study Centre prepares you for your degree at Lancaster University. You will focus on English language, university-level study skills, and academic modules that relate to your degree subject. Our English Language Preparation programme is also available if you do not meet the language requirements to study the International Foundation Year.

International Foundation Year

The International Foundation Year prepares you for undergraduate study at Lancaster. You will focus on English language, study skills and academic modules, and start planning for your future career. After your Foundation Year, you can progress to your chosen degree at Lancaster – one of the UK’s top ten universities.

When you apply to the International Study Centre at Lancaster, you choose one of six undergraduate degree routes. When you are accepted to the International Foundation Year you will receive a conditional offer to study for your chosen degree at Lancaster University after successful completion of your International Study Centre programme. 

International Foundation Year 2018/2019
£ 17,300 Business & Management
£ 16,210 Engineering & Computing
£ 15,230 Law
£ 16,210 Life Sciences
£ 15,370 Mathematics & Statistics
£ 15,230 Social Studies 


The Pre-Masters Programme at the International Study Centre provides you with the skills necessary for postgraduate study at Lancaster University. You will build on the knowledge gained in your earlier studies whilst developing your practical English language and mathematical abilities, as well as study and research skills.

You will develop an intellectual appreciation of issues relevant to your chosen degree through classes designed specifically for international students. These will be based on study and careers skills, as well as subject specific modules, which prepare you for your chosen Masters degree at Lancaster.

When you apply to the International Study Centre, you will choose between two pathways, depending on your career aims. Upon acceptance to the Pre-Masters Programme, you will also receive a conditional offer to study a Masters degree at Lancaster University after successful completion of your Pre-Masters.

Pre-Masters Programme 2018/2019
£ 17,500 Business, Law and Social Sciences
£ 18,000 Engineering, Computing, Mathematics and Science  

English Language Preparation

If your level of English language does not meet the entry requirement for our International Foundation Year, you can join our English Language Preparation programme for one term. At the end of the programme, you will be ready to start the International Foundation Year.
£   5,065 (per term) English Language Preparation

For more information on these programmes, or on lancaster University as a whole, please contact StudyUnitedKingdom EU <- click for e-mail