International Study Centre
If you are a new student joining us at the International Study Centre, you may have some questions about what it's like to live and study in the UK. To help you prepare for your time at Lancaster, we have produced a useful guide to help you settle in.
Download and complete your pre-arrival form to make sure your arrival is as smooth as possible.
Arriving in October? Check back here around one week before your start date for your induction pack.
Visit our fees page to see what you need to pay to confirm your offer and to be issued with your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS).
You must have a UK study visa to join the International Study Centre. Contact us if you have any questions and we will be able to help you with this process.
Having a place to live when you arrive is important. Our Accommodation Team will be able to help you with this.
As soon as you receive your visa, you can book your flights. The closest international airport to Lancaster is Manchester.
Make sure you have health, medical and personal insurance to cover your stay in the UK. You can find out about StudyCare insurance if you need more guidance.
If you take any prescription medication, bring your prescriptions with you translated into English. You should also bring any essential toiletries you may need for your flight or first few days. Any other medications and toiletries can be purchased once you arrive in Lancaster.
Moving to a new country can be a nerve-wracking experience, so get to know the city of Lancaster better before you arrive.
Britain is home to residents from around the world, giving it a vibrant, cosmopolitan feel. You’ll soon be able to adapt to a whole variety of situations, from understanding British etiquette and slang to cooking your own food and going out with your new friends.
It won’t take you long to make friends, but whilst you settle in, we will organise events designed to help you meet your classmates and build new friendships. There are also many societies you can join to meet people with similar interests to you.
The UK is a multicultural country and you will find local shops will sell most things you will need. If you can’t find what you’re looking for locally, some of the larger supermarkets stock a wider range of international products. There are also restaurants serving cuisine from around the world so if you’re looking for a something to remind you of home you’ll be able to find just what you want
For students starting in October, term starts on Tuesday 1st October 2019.
Please arrive on time to start your induction at 09.00 am at the Biology Lecture Theatre (LEC).
A useful guide with information on what to do before you arrive.
Easily find your way around.
If you’re wondering about what may happen during your first week at Lancaster, read our guide to making the most out of your orientation experience.
Studying abroad is a new and exciting time – but it is completely normal to also have feelings of homesickness as well.
Although living abroad will improve your English language abilities, you can always get a head start on improving your English before you arrive.