Wouldn’t you like to take the opportunity to study abroad for a year, receive degree credit for your effort, and experience living in another English-speaking country? Just west of the Yorkshire Dales and south of the famous Lake District, in the City of Lancaster, you could take courses in your major for credit at UNC Charlotte. A campus that is very inclusive to interntional students, activites on campus include sports, music, theater and dance, and Ranked in the top 10 UK colleges, Lancaster University occupies 560-acre parkland site, just three miles from Lancaster City Center.
Facts & Figures
Founded in 1964
1,500 Academic staff
3,000 Administrative Staff
Lancaster University is situated in one of the most beautiful locations in England, and is just four miles from the sea. The City of Lancaster is very historic and is known nationally for its art scene but also has a bustling night life with a vibrant tone to the city. Lancaster’s shopping includes a picturesque outdoor market and small streets filled with interesting shops. Lancaster has no fewer than 52 pubs, and the restaurants vary from Italian and Greek to Indian and vegetarian. Lancaster lies on the west coast of Britain, and is only 80 miles south of the Scottish Border. The sea-side resorts of Blackpool and Morecambe are also nearby. In such a location the visiting student can find varied experiences in English life, and makes traveling easy.
1. Where can I learn more about Lancaster University in general?
Make sure to check out Lancaster University's website
2. What is the culture on campus like?
to find out more about Lancaster's culture.
3. Can I become involved in sports while at Lancaster?
Yes! Check out Lancaster's sports section
regarding theire campus facilities and other ways to stay physically active.
4. Where can I find out about student life in the United Kingdom?
Check out Lancaster's website to learn more about living in the U.K.
5. What is the campus like?
Lancaster is a beautiful 360-acre campus. Take a look at these virtual tour videos
to get a better feel for what life is like at Lancaster.
UNC Charlotte students will first need to complete an Office of Education Abroad (OEA) application in order to receive approval to study abroad. To receive access to an application, students should follow the required steps listed on OEA's website, which outline the application process
under the "Fall, Spring & Year-long Exchange and Affiliate Programs" heading.
Application requirements may include (and are subject to change):
• Personal statement in English
• Personal statement in host country language (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• UNC Charlotte transcript
• 2 academic letters of recommendation
• 1 language evaluation (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• Disciplinary record clearance
• $135 application fee and deposit
Not all requirements may be listed above. Once students receive access to the application, more instructions can be found to assist the student throughout the process. After receiving approval to study abroad from OEA, students will be required to apply directly to the host university. OEA will provide instructions for how to complete this supplemental application after approval. Once the supplemental application is reviewed by the host university, students will be notified of their formal acceptance.
This exchange program is open to currently enrolled UNC Charlotte sophomores, juniors and seniors, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. All students who participate in a study abroad program are required to be in good academic and disciplinary standing upon applying and prior to departure.
You can find a full list of courses offered using Lancaster University's website course search
. Note that in the U.K., the word "modules" means courses.
UNC Charlotte Course Equivalencies & Credit
OEA is not responsible for determining UNC Charlotte course equivalencies. Students will work with the corresponding UNC Charlotte academic departments in order to understand what UNC Charlotte credit they will receive for the courses they take abroad prior to departure. The Department Chair of the academic department will determine this (not the student's Academic Advisor). More instructions can be found in the student's study abroad application and will be communicated by OEA once they begin the study abroad process. It's important that students have as many host courses as possible approved by their academic department(s) prior to going abroad in order to have flexibility when registering for courses at the host university. Courses abroad are not guaranteed (i.e. not all courses abroad may be open to international students, some courses may only be offered certain semesters, courses may be full, etc.).
All courses and earned grades from abroad will be reported on the student's UNC Charlotte transcript when they return. Once the official host university transcript is received by OEA, all grades from abroad will be translated into A-F letter grades. This process can take anywhere from 1- 6 months after the end of the student's program. Students cannot earn pass/fail credit abroad (there are very few exceptions to this). Grades from abroad will be factored into the student's UNC Charlotte cumulative GPA.
Please see the following information regarding the typical month range that students can expect to be abroad with this program. Please note that this is a general time frame and could differ per student, per program.
Fall: October to December
Spring: January to March/June
Because Lancaster runs on a trimester system, the Fall semester (October to December) is only 10 weeks long. Students are typically able to obtain 12 U.S. semester credits during this term (subject to change depending on course selection). Students have the option to attend Lancaster in the Summer for 4 weeks (August to September) on a fee-paying basis and can then stay on for the Fall exchange semester (October to December) should they want a longer term. The Spring semester typically runs from January to March, but students may be required to stay on campus until June in order to take exams.
Students are guaranteed on-campus housing as long as they apply by the deadline.
Students can choose from the following:
- Standard with Washbasin
- Superior En Suite Accommodation
- Self-Contained Studios
Catered Accommodation is managed under Bowland, County, Cartmel and Lonsdale Colleges. Students housed in these facilities are served breakfast and dinner daily by the facility managers.For a full list of housing options, please check out all of Lancaster's accommodation
Housing Application Process
If housing is available on or off campus abroad and if the housing application process is facilitated by the host university, the student will be contacted directly by the host university with further instructions. This will occur after the student has been approved to go abroad by OEA and likely after they have been accepted by the host university. Housing is not arranged for the student by OEA nor UNC Charlotte. All students will have to apply for on or off campus housing through the host university, if applicable and/or available, or will need to secure their own private accommodations (if allowed). Housing is not paid to OEA nor UNC Charlotte. Housing will be paid to the applicable entity (host university, landlord, apartment complex, etc.).
Students should consider their housing arrangements before and after they study abroad. For example, if a student currently lives off-campus and have signed a lease for a year but will be going abroad during that year, they should be prepared to arrange someone to take over their lease or understand that their lease likely cannot be broken without a fee if they go abroad during that time. Similarly, while students are abroad and before they come back, it's important to determine where they will be living when they return from studying abroad.
Tuition & Fees
Student Accounts at UNC Charlotte will bill students for full-time tuition & fees according to their in-state or out-of-state residency rate prior to the start of the semester they will be abroad (according to UNC Charlotte's academic calendar). Students are expected to be the equivalent of full-time at UNC Charlotte while abroad. This means students should be taking the equivalent of 12 UNC Charlotte credit hours for undergraduates or 9 UNC Charlotte credit hours for graduate students. Students are not also paying tuition and fees to the host university while abroad.
The following are typical expenses incurred by students studying abroad. For more information regarding Cost Estimate Sheets, please contact an Education Abroad Advisor:
- Roundtrip airfare
- International Health Insurance
- Personal expenses (additional meals, traveling, cultural activities, etc.)
- Application fee
- Study abroad fee
- Visa (if applicable)
Students are eligible to use financial aid towards their education abroad expenses. Make an appointment with your financial aid advisor to ask any financial aid-related questions. Please see our financial aid page for more information.
Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Please see our scholarship website
for more information.
The Office of Education Abroad will be awarding four $1,500 scholarships to eligible students who have been approved to study at Lancaster University. Two are designated for Chemistry majors and two are designated for any major. Visit the scholarship website for more details.
All students must have a valid passport before they leave for their program. You can apply for a passport at your local post office or at Union Station
located in UNC Charlotte's Student Union.
OEA is not qualified nor legally able to disseminate visa advice or assist with visa requirements. U.S. citizens should refer to the U.S. Department of State website (see below) to begin their research regarding the entry and exit requirements of the host country's government. Should a visa and/or residence permit be required, it is the student's responsibility to determine the application process and proceed with their application. OEA is unable to answer questions regarding these government regulations, but can provide the student with documentation (such as home university approval, enrollment verification or proof of international health insurance) if necessary and upon request.
U.S. Department of State
If you are a U.S. citizen, please see the U.S. Department of State's
website for more information regarding visas. Once on the travel.state.gov website, scroll to the bottom and choose "U.S. Passports & International Travel." At the top, choose the "Country Information" tab and type the country you are going to. Scroll down to "Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements" and read thoroughly. Note:
travel.state.gov will most likely take you to the consulate or embassy's actual website.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare. Students should not purchase airfare until they have been both approved by the Office of Education Abroad and have been accepted by the host university. The official start date of the program (to include any mandatory on-site orientation or events) and end date of the program (to include the last day of exams and/or any other mandatory events) will be communicated to the student by the host university once accepted.
Office of Education Abroad
College of Health & Human Services (CHHS) 256
(704) 687-7747 | fax (704) 687-1661