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Your pathway to a top 10 UK university

Welcome to Lancaster 

Lancaster University International Study Centre offers you a pathway to progress to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the highly-ranked Lancaster University. A top 10 UK university, Lancaster ranks in the top ten places of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, and the Guardian University Guide 2021.

Why choose Lancaster?

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Choose between our six Foundation pathways or two Pre-Masters pathways to prepare to study at Lancaster University. Tailored to your future career and study goals, the programmes help you progress to an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. You will learn essential university academic and English language skills.

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Entry requirements

Visit our entry requirements page to check what academic and English language requirements you will need to meet before applying to study your chosen pathway programme. 

Lancaster ISC students in the common area at the ISC

Fees and Term Dates

Find out important information on fees, such as tuition fees, accommodation costs, additional supplements and insurance costs for your time in the UK. You can also view information on term dates - our programmes start in January, October or July. Make sure you know when your programme starts before you arrive.

Student support

Academic guidance, tutorial sessions, careers support and personal and welfare support is all offered on campus. Even before you arrive, our dedicated team provides everything from visa application support through to help with booking your accommodation. We will be with you every step of the way. Find out more about how we help

Prepare for success

Develop your academic knowledge, skills and language ability on our free and exclusive virtual preparation course, Prepare for Success. Benefit from 100 hours of study content to gain a competitive head start before beginning your pathway programme on campus.

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Student Life

Student life in Lancaster is diverse and international. You will have access to everything you need right here on campus, from quiet spaces to study like the Learning Zone, to places to socialise like our cinema and restaurants. International students benefit from dedicated support from our staff, making sure you get the best student experience as possible.

Work after study

Start your career in the UK with the new Graduate visa – a two-year post-study work visa for international students graduating from UK universities with a valid Student visa. Study a pathway programme and take the first step towards working in the UK.

Successful results

81% of International Study Centre students who completed their course in 2018 were offered a place to study at Lancaster University.

Ghadeer from Oman

Ghadeer from Oman

“Teachers give us a lot of practice and exercises, so we are able to write long essays and use laboratory vocabulary. We can ask questions anytime. The tutors are supportive and make sure that we understand everything.”

Ghadeer from Oman studied Life Sciences International Foundation Year


The International Study Centre is based on Lancaster University’s safe and modern campus. Living here, you will have easy access to a variety of facilities, as well as studying within the collegiate system. From the day you arrive, you will be part of Lancaster’s welcoming community.

Lancaster University International Study Centre