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If you have got questions about studying at Lancaster University International Study Centre, you should find the answers here.


Lancaster University International Study Centre offers a range of programmes for international students, depending on your level of study. These prepare you to enter the degree programme of your choice.

International Foundation Year

The International Foundation Year leads to entry into the first year of a degree. As well as subject-specific content, it teaches English language preparation and study skills for when you progress to the University. You can choose from the following pathways:

Pre-Masters Programme

Our Pre-Masters Programme prepares you for postgraduate study at Lancaster University. You will build on the knowledge you have already gained in your subject, while developing English language abilities, as well as study and research skills. You can choose from two pathways:

English Language Preparation

If your English level does not meet the entry requirement for our International Foundation Year, you can start with a one term English Language Preparation programme. The programme builds confidence in your English skills, helping you improve your communication and academic writing.

You will need to meet certain entry requirements to study at Lancaster University International Study Centre. If your English is not at a high enough level to enter the International Foundation Year, you can first complete an English Language Preparation course.

We offer an online preparation course, Prepare for Success, to help you gain a head-start before you start your academic programme in Autumn 2022.

Our expert teachers will deliver a high-quality blended learning experience making use of both face-to-face teaching and our innovative digital teaching solutions. When you study face-to-face you can expect classes of no more than 25 students, whilst our digital platform allows you to enjoy interactive classes with plenty of discussion opportunities to improve your English. Both types of learning allow for self-study time to help you to learn to study independently. You will be assigned a Personal Tutor who is there to support you every step of the way to help you to stay on track to progress to the University.


International Foundation Year students can live on campus in one of Lancaster’s eight college halls of residence, and Pre-Masters Programme students have the option of a range of student accommodation room types conveniently located in Lancaster city centre. All options include bills, high-speed wifi, security services, and shared kitchen facilities. You may choose to share a bathroom, or have your own. All on-campus accommodation options are self-catering.

For the best student experience and to focus on your studies, we recommend you live close to the Centre, but you must live at least within a 60 minute commute of the Centre.

Explore housing options and fees.

You can request accommodation with your application to the International Study Centre. When you confirm your place, Central Student Services will contact you with the details to apply for accommodation online.

Once you have applied, you will be sent a room offer. You should then accept by signing and returning the Occupancy Agreement to the University and making all due payments.


Explore tuition fees. You should also budget for living expenses.

Accommodation costs vary according to the facilities provided. The range starts with standard accommodation and the premium option is Townhouse accommodation.


You will need a Student visa to study in the UK. This allows you to stay in the UK for the duration of your course at the International Study Centre.

Find out everything you need to know about the visa process here.

The first step is to apply for a place at the International Study Centre. Once you have received an offer, met the conditions and accepted your place, and paid the required payments, you will obtain a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). You can apply for your visa online. All the steps are outlined here.

You should apply for your visa early, so that there is enough time for it to be processed. Check average visa processing times for your country here.

You can receive your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies up to 6 months before your course start date (3 months if in the UK), and should then apply for your visa as soon as possible to ensure it is processed in time for you to travel to the UK.

Still have questions?

Complete our online form to ask any questions you have about studying at the International Study Centre. One of our Student Enrolment Advisors will review your enquiry form and contact you via phone or email.

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