International students walking through campus

Why study at the International Study Centre

The International Study Centre at Lancaster University

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. Our programmes are provided by Study Group in collaboration with Lancaster University.

Life at the International Study Centre

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.

Studying at the International Study Centre

An International Foundation Year or 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.

Progression success

Supporting your progression to the University

At the International Study Centre, we take every measure to ensure you are supported in your academic journey. Our programmes allow for increased time spent learning, researching and developing your skills. By studying with us, you will benefit from:

  • Formal assessments at the end of each term.
  • An improved English language module, Academic English Skills, providing greater opportunity for informal assessments and feedback.
  • Combining and reducing the number of module assessments allowing more time to prepare.
  • A personal tutorial system with a focus on your academic progress at key points of the academic year, creating action plans based on your performance and progression options.


Throughout your International Foundation Year or Pre-Masters Programme we will help you prepare for your future career. Career preparation is taught alongside your core and academic modules through out CareerAhead service.