Approximate Dates Abroad: As in many British universities, Lancaster's academic year consists of three terms, called Michaelmas (Fall), Lent (Spring), and Summer (Spring). Each term is ten weeks long and is separated by a four-week vacation. Academic Year: September - June Fall: September - December Spring: January - June with one month break between Lent and Summer terms.
The University: Lancaster University is a comprehensive university located near the Lake District in England and only a two and a half hour train ride from London and Edinburgh. The university has 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its range of teaching and research activities. The university has a very diverse student population. Ethnic minorities are strongly represented and students with disabilities are welcomed.
Academics: Lancaster University is a comprehensive university with the possibility of courses in many subject areas. Almost every major at UMSL is represented in the curriculum. Exchange students are fully integrated into the university: you will be attending class and living with Brits and students from throughout the world.
Housing: American students are randomly assigned to various colleges (residences). In each college there is a mix of British undergraduates and international students. The residence halls are modern and vary in style and size. Most of the rooms are single with sinks. All rooms are grouped around communal lounge and kitchen areas where students can prepare snacks and meals. UMSL students are guaranteed a room on campus if they apply by the deadline. Most rooms are "ensuite" meaning you have your own shower, sink, and toilet. A limited number of rooms with shared facilities are available at a lower price.
Lancaster's eight undergraduate colleges are more than just halls of residence. They are often the main focus of your social and recreational life. From the moment you arrive you aren't just part of the University, you also become part of your College, one of eight individual undergraduate communities with its own distinctive identity, administration, accommodation, social scene, and, more often than not, a degree of friendly rivalry between themselves. The JCR of each College is responsible for the running of the College and organises a range of social activities, including a Christmas Ball, bar quizzes, sports events or day trips. Most colleges accommodate approximately 800 students. Most on campus accommodation is self catering and you have access to a well equipped kitchen in your accommodation block. However, there are a variety of places to eat on campus.
Activities and Programs: There are 100 different clubs and societies and a full program of drama, music, and film. The campus also offers many other services, including banks, shops, travel agent, post office, bookshops, health care center, counseling center and a variety of cafeterias, snack bars, and pubs.
Location: The city of Lancaster is a short distance away and offers all the conveniences of a small city: restaurants, banks, entertainment, shops and specialty stores. The city's charm and history combine with its friendly atmosphere to make it a popular place for students. With over 15,000 students living in the area, Lancaster is a vibrant University city.
Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL. Note: Fall semester is shorter (3 1/2 months) and therefore living expenses will be lower.
Books and course materials
Mandatory HTH insurance
Meals & Personal Expenses
Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.
Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.
* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2013/14 rate - 2014/15 tuition rate TBA April 2014. Non-resident fees may apply. * Costs based off a four month semester. * Airline estimate based off of online search. * Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student. *Program information is subject to change.
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