Founded in 1964, Lancaster University, with 11,000 students, sits on a hill three miles from the city center. Over thirty academic departments offer top-ranked programs of study in the sciences, management, social sciences, humanities, and education. The university is known for the quality of its teaching, its flexible, innovative curriculum, and its research.
Fall students must enroll in a pre-sessional course. Students at Lancaster enroll in regular university courses. Of particular interest are the university's programs in business and management, creative writing, communication studies, environmental science, women's studies and religious studies.
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Academics & Support
Study abroad information for Lancaster
Course catalog for study abroad students
The academic system at Lancaster is different than what students find at Boston College. Students take four courses for 16 credits at Lancaster. Courses or modules are less structured than courses at Boston College. Students are expected to do much more independent reading. Students’ grades will be based on a limited number of assignments. It is likely that ones grade will be based on one final exam or paper.
Lancaster will provide additional details regarding orientation.
Students should consult the host university’s course pages to review any course requirements, restrictions or limitations. Students should review and understand the information provided by the host university.
- Fall Term: Starts in mid-August and ends in mid-December*
- Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in early or mid-June.**
* Fall students must enroll in the "Understanding Britain"
course offered by Lancaster. The course begins in mid-August.
**The spring semester exam schedule is not released until late spring semester. Spring term students should be prepared to stay at Lancaster until the end of the term. Taking exams early or outside of established Lancaster regulations is not allowed.
Housing fees will be paid directly to Lancaster and costs vary according to the type of accommodation. Visiting students are randomly assigned to the various residential colleges. Students will have a single room with a washbasin and the rooms are grouped around communal kitchens; some rooms have en-suite (private) bathroom facilities. All rooms have telephones, and students are billed individually for their calls. All rooms also have computer data points for network and internet access.
Students who receive university housing will sign a Housing Contract with Lancaster (similar to a lease). For Spring and Full Year students, if exams are over in the early part of the examination period students will still be responsible for paying the rent on the end of the examination period.
More information about the residence options and housing fees can be found here
Since the residence halls are self-catered, there is no comprehensive meal plan. During term, the best place to take your meals is at one of the various food outlets on campus since the prices are subsidized and less expensive than BC. If you cook for yourself, there is a small supermarket on campus and a larger supermarket in town. There are shops and a small supermarket on campus and in town. Take advantage of college/university events and social meeting places to save money and mingle with other local students.
The undergraduate colleges provide social facilities and organize their own dinners, dances and special events. Visiting students are also strongly encouraged to take advantage of their membership to the Student Union. The Union sponsors campus-wide social and cultural events and over 80 clubs and societies for a variety of interests. Many clubs also organize day and weekend trips.
The Athletic Union runs 30 sports clubs and the university provides excellent indoor and outdoor athletic facilities. In addition to campus clubs, the area surrounding Lancaster offers a wide range of outdoor pursuits. Boston College students are encouraged to participate in the Community Action Group which organizes volunteer work in the Lancaster community.
For more information on the Student Union, click here