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International Foundation Year at Lancaster University International Study Centre


It’s where you belong


Welcome to Lancaster

At Lancaster, we place great emphasis on the student experience. Through our commitment to high academic standards, we offer our students access to outstanding teachers, exceptional services and cuttingedge facilities. Our campus, set in beautiful countryside, is ideally placed for access to the major cities of the North of England. The Lancaster University International Study Centre (ISC) has been created as a result of a dynamic partnership between the University and Study Group, a leading provider of preparation programmes for international students. The ISC is operated by Study Group and delivers the International Foundation Year, a specialist programme providing international students with a direct path to undergraduate study at the University. As a member of the ISC, you will be part of the University from day one of your programme, with access to an extensive range of facilities.

Everybody at Lancaster is a member of one of nine colleges, each based on campus. At each college you will live and learn with other students and scholars of all subjects from around the world. The result is a genuinely supportive community which will give you the platform to succeed. During the past 4 years the University has invested over £200 million in development projects including the largest student residential accommodation project in the UK, teaching and research facilities, offices and social facilities but its future project pipeline is equally ambitious. It really is a great time to be part of Lancaster University. There is something for everyone here – you won’t want to leave. Professor Paul Wellings Vice-Chancellor



The International Foundation Year at Lancaster University offers a direct path to undergraduate study for international students who have completed high school. Combining academic modules, study skills and English language training, this programme qualifies students to meet the challenges of degree-level study at the University.


Lancaster – an Outstanding University


Learning Resources and Facilities


The College Structure


Overview of the Colleges

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International Foundation Year


Business and Management Studies Foundation


Engineering and Computing Foundation


Law and Social Studies Foundation


Campus Facilities


Student Support Services




Sport and Extra-curricular Activities


Lancaster – Heart of England’s North West


Departments and Faculties at Lancaster


How to Apply



Lancaster University International Study Centre


Lancaster – an Outstanding University of International Renown Top-rated international reputation Lancaster University is consistently rated as one of the top UK universities for research and teaching and carries an international reputation for quality within higher education. This ensures that brilliant academics from all over the world are attracted to working at the University, meaning our academic departments can offer innovative and pioneering teaching programmes, directed by experts at the cutting edge of their specialist fields. Our Management School is typically ranked in the UK’s top four and among the world’s highly ranked management and business schools. This is why Lancaster is an increasingly popular choice amongst international students seeking the best of UK higher education.

The Lancaster approach A rigorous approach

A flexible approach

– committing to the highest standards

– creating a dynamic learning environment

At Lancaster we seek to give our students the

The flexibility of our courses, and of our

best experience through the best staff, the best

institution in general, enable you to achieve

services and the best facilities. In research and

both personal development and development

teaching, we are one of the top universities

of your subject. At Lancaster, we encourage

in the UK. The University is also ranked first in

all our students and scholars from different

the North West of England (15th in the UK)

areas to work together to create work of a

for overall student satisfaction following the

radical nature.

2007 National Student Survey. The University has had winners of the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme six years in a row.


A friendly approach

– putting great ideas into action

– ensuring a supportive community

Successful graduates

We develop our ideas into action which is

At Lancaster, we place great value on building

and learning is that graduates of Lancaster go

why Lancaster is an increasingly popular

and nurturing our community of support and

on to achieve great success in their careers.

choice amongst students and employers.

mutual respect. This extends to teachers and

Leading firms know that a degree from

We educate our students to be problem

staff just as much as students. Lancaster is

Lancaster means prospective employees don’t

solvers. Few universities provide such an

one of only 5 universities in Britain to have a

just have exceptional analytical and problem-

insight into contemporary issues, such as in the

college student accommodation system. The

solving skills but, crucially, the ability to apply

areas of management, the environment, and

others are Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and

these skills to practical, real-world situations.

information and communications technology.

York. Our college structure plays a key part

Few give their students so many opportunities

in fostering the sense of community which is

to interact with the world outside through

unique to Lancaster. Every student is a member

placements and team-based learning.

of one of our colleges and benefits from a

The result of our special approach to teaching

close-knit, friendly and democratic community.

Lancaster University Excellent academic courses

Rated as one of the top British universities for research

Excellent teaching reputation

High graduate employment success

Friendly college-based support system

Guaranteed accommodation on campus for the duration of your stay

One of the lowest costs of living in the UK

Campus setting with easy access to city centre and nightlife

Healthy environment with excellent sporting facilities

The ideal university city with students representing 20% of the population

One of the safest universities in the UK

Among the most valuable legacies of the 1960s are institutions such as Lancaster, founded in 1964 and today one of the most respected academic communities in the world. It is in the top 10 nationally for research quality, top 25 for student satisfaction and has teaching excellence in 19 subjects covering most disciplines. All of which helps it to a shortlisting for our University of the Year title. Good University Guide, 2006

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And the result: A practical approach


Learning Resources and Facilities at Lancaster Information Systems Services

Student residences network

Central computing facilities at Lancaster are

Students living on campus can connect their

provided by Information Systems Services (ISS).

own computers to the campus network.

ISS looks after central computer hardware,

Access to network resources on campus

software and the campus network. It also

includes University email accounts, printers,

provides an extensive range of IT support

central filestore, the central Unix service,

and training.

news server and personal web space, as well as to the internet.

Facilities include self-service photocopiers (including colour), replay facilities for video, DVD and audio materials, a PC with large monitor and voice recognition, a Tieman colour reader and a Kurzweil Personal Reader. Guides to the Library’s services and collections are available both in printed form and via the Library’s web pages.

All students have computer accounts which provide them with a Lancaster University email address, file storage space, high quality printing and personal web space. All student residences and PC labs are connected to the campus network. A secure production wireless campus network service covers the Library and

Help and support

Helpful and supportive Library staff

ISS provides Reception and Help Desks to

The staff at the Enquiry and Information Desks

answer all kinds of IT queries. Specialised

will help undergraduate students to use its

support staff are available to deal with

collections, services and information resources.

technical enquiries and help to integrate

In addition, a team of librarians is available

the use of IT into the learning process.

to help with specialised enquiries in your

other key areas of campus.

subject-specific. They can also guide you to

University Library

relevant information sources in this Library and

The Library is at the centre of the campus, in

elsewhere, and advise you how to make the

Alexandra Square, and has extensive opening

best use of the Library.

hours during both term and vacation periods. See for

Library information services

details. It has nearly a million items and offers

The extensive information services within

access to more than 15,000 journals, mainly

the Library include our own online catalogue,

in electronic form. There are 960 reader places

access to a variety of electronic journals

in the Library and 140 computer workstations.

and databases, and access to other library catalogues and information on the internet.

Learning Facilities •


Information Systems Services

Student Learning Development Centre

Virtual Learning Environment

Network points in all student rooms

24-hour access to PC Labs

Help Desk and other support

The College Structure

The Student Experience

Pro-Vice Chancellor for

The colleges – the heart and soul of Lancaster University

Friendly support from day one

For students, the colleges are the heart and

colleges will play an important part in your life.

soul of Lancaster University. Each college is a

College staff and students will be on hand to

self-governing constituent body of Lancaster

show you around and help you settle in. The

University that provides social and study

college will make sure your first week is a fun,

facilities; a one-stop shop for practical support

friendly and exciting time. Your college will

and information; and, for those living on

soon become your new home.

From your very first day at Lancaster, the

campus, residential accommodation.

You won’t just be one in 11,000

The best way to make new friends

Being a student at Lancaster means you won’t

You’ll be mixing with student friends who

get lost in amongst the 11,000 students who

aren’t all studying the same subject as you,

are here. The collegiate system ensures you

so you get a broader informal education

are a part of a smaller close-knit community

here. Also, in your department, the students

– your college community. The colleges make

you’re studying with will be members of other

Lancaster one of the friendliest universities

colleges – so you get to have friends all over




A collegiate university is one where essentially the basic structure is around individual colleges. Each college has its own atmosphere and loyalties. Lancaster has 8 undergraduate colleges. Each college has its own social facilities, and organises a whole range of sporting and social functions.


College Structure All students are members of a college

All students have a college personal tutor

All university staff are members of a college

Colleges mean close-knit, friendly, democratic communities

You can develop your CV by getting involved in the running of your college

Every college has its own bar and social facilities

Colleges run their own social events e.g. Christmas balls, summer parties

You can play sport for your college

Students graduate with their college, not their department

There is a 24-hour porter service during term time within the Colleges

College affiliation is for life, not just while you study



Overview of the Colleges

Bowland College

The County College

Fylde College

Located at the heart of campus, next to

Located at the north end of campus, The

Fylde College is located near the Sports

Alexandra Square, Bowland is one of the

County College is centred around a peaceful

Centre, and is renowned for its sporting

smaller colleges at Lancaster. It has a friendly

quadrangle. The internal layout and design

prowess, often winning the Carter Shield

atmosphere and a strong sense of pride,

of the College enables students to get to

for inter-collegiate sport. The College has

purpose and fun. Nearly everyone either

know each other extremely quickly and there

an inclusive ethos which encourages the

plays for, or supports, one of the College

is a strong sense of college loyalty. Its bar,

participation and tolerance of others. Its

sports teams. Bowland has a networked

games rooms, coffee shop and lounges have

facilities include a non-alcoholic social space

computer-study room, a snooker room and

all been newly refurbished and are based

and very popular coffee bar. The College

an off-campus and mature students lounge

in a convenient location, making County

bar is well frequented by many across

(containing networked PCs) with adjoining

a popular meeting place for both its own

campus and is like a traditional English pub.

kitchen facilities.

members and those from other colleges.

The College recently completed a major refurbishment of its residential facilities.

Cartmel College

Furness College

Grizedale College

Cartmel College is located to the south

Furness College occupies a fairly central

Grizedale College is located at the southern

end of campus next to Alexandra Park. The

location for easy access to most academic

end of campus close to the Management

College is very popular and has a great social

and social facilities. Furness is a friendly

School. It is renowned for its friendly and

spirit and easy-going atmosphere. It has

college with an active social, sporting

extremely sociable atmosphere. Grizedale

very impressive accommodation and social

and cultural life and a strong sense of

has brand new accommodation following

facilities including the largest dining facility

community. The College Bar has been

a complete re-build. The College building is

on campus, an outside covered area and real-

listed in the UK Good Real Ale Guide

being redeveloped during 2009 to provide

effect log woodburners so that you can study

and holds an annual real ale festival

new offices, bar, social and academic space.

in warmth and comfort.

which is always popular. The College recently completed a major refurbishment including new accommodation facilities.


Jill Potter, Behaviour in Organizations

Lonsdale College

Pendle College

Lonsdale College occupies a modern,

Pendle College is one of the larger colleges

purpose-built building at the south end

on campus with a well-developed sense of

of campus and has fantastic student

community. Pendle offers students a chance

accommodation, social and study facilities. It

to be a part of a strong and friendly college

also has a wireless connection for laptops in

community and looks for students who will

the bar area and a non-alcoholic social space

contribute to the continued success of the

on the first floor of the college building. It’s

College. It has one of the largest bars on

set to become one of the largest and most

campus and so is a popular place for many

vibrant colleges on campus and has a bar

on campus to meet. Pendle is proud of its

which feels like a trendy city-centre bar/

strong academic and sporting achievements

nightclub. Lonsdale’s new social space boasts

and also enjoys a friendly tradition of

a dedicated chill out facility, DJ booth, dance

socialising and fun.


I like the college system because it makes coming to the University less daunting

floor, couches and a games room.



Lancaster University International Study Centre The Lancaster University International Study Centre is based on the University campus. It is operated by Study Group, working in partnership with the University, to deliver the International Foundation Year. A variety of subject route options offers specialist preparation for a wide range of undergraduate courses. Once you have successfully completed your course, you will progress directly on to your degree.


As a student of the International Study Centre

Personal monitoring and support

you will be part of the University from the day

The International Foundation Year is validated

you start your course. As well as benefiting

by Lancaster University and taught by

from resources for the use of International

undergraduate preparation specialists. Your

Foundation Year students, you will have access

progress will be monitored at all times to

to a range of University facilities.

make sure you remain on track to successfully complete the programme. You will also benefit

Direct progression to your degree Joining the International Foundation Year

from regular assessment through examination and marked coursework.

guarantees that you will receive a conditional

University-style teaching

offer of a degree place at the University. Soon

The International Foundation Year at Lancaster

after you join, you will be helped to nominate

introduces you to the style of teaching that you

the degree programme onto which you want

will experience when you progress onto your

to progress. On successful completion of the

degree. You will experience tutorials, seminar

course and having met the required entry

style classes and larger group lectures.

standards, you will proceed directly to your


Access to University facilities

preferred degree programme.

Flexible entry You can begin the International Foundation Year in either September or January for degree entry in the following autumn.



International Foundation Year Specialist degree preparation

English language preparation

The International Foundation Year is a rigorous

You will need IELTS 5.0 in order to begin the

and academically demanding three-term

International Foundation Year. If you require

ELP tuition price: £3,325 per term

programme of academic subjects, study

additional language training before you start

Term start dates:

skills and English language training designed

your academic programme you can first join

One term ELP

specifically to provide international students

the intensive English Language Preparation

(entry requirement IELTS 4.0)

with an intensive, direct path to degree study

course, delivered at the International Study

• June 2009 – for Foundation

at the University. It will ensure you gain the

Centre. The course will improve your English language skills up to the required level of IELTS 5.0.

Study structure You can choose one of three Foundation routes: Business and Management Studies, Engineering and Computing, or Law and Social

start in September 2009 • September 2009 – for Foundation

skills and knowledge to succeed in your degree.

English Language Preparation

If you have an IELTS level of 4.0 you will need

start in January 2010 • June 2010 – for Foundation start in September 2010

at least one term of English language training

Two term ELP

and at least two terms if you are currently at

(entry requirement IELTS 3.0)

IELTS 3.0.

• June 2009 – for Foundation

Studies. All Foundation routes are modular in

start in January 2010

structure. There are five core modules common

• January 2010 – for Foundation

to each route: English Skills 1, English Skills 2,

start in September 2010

Study Skills, Project Study and Maths.

Age on entry: • Students are usually 17 years of age

You will also study five subject-specific modules, each carefully designed to focus on the academic areas most useful to your chosen degree.

Assessment You will be assessed regularly throughout the course. This will ensure that your progress is on track to achieve the standard required for progression onto your chosen degree programme. Your development is monitored through continuous coursework and specific assessments at the end of each term or module. You will also be required to complete a series of presentations and extended essays as part of your overall assessment.

Progression routes Foundation subject route:

Leading to degree study in:

Business and Management Studies

Business Studies, Management, Management Science, Accounting & Finance, Economics, Media, Film & Cultural Studies

Engineering and Computing

Engineering, Computer Science, Combined Technology, Information & Communications Technology (ICT), Mathematics & Statistics

Law and Social Studies

International Relations, Law, Criminology, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Media, Film & Cultural Studies

International Foundation Year


Business and Management Studies Foundation Leading to: Business Studies, Management, Management Science, Accounting & Finance, Economics, Media, Film & Cultural Studies

Key facts

Core subjects

Specific route modules

Foundation English Skills 1

Introduction to Business Studies

Read academic texts, write extended texts,

Operational and strategic problems facing

write subjective notes, listen effectively and

business people in the modern market

participate in classroom discourse.

economy. The module will focus on a

Foundation English Skills 2 Improve all your abilities developed in FES1 with greater accuracy, speed, cohesion, organisation and presentation. Study Skills in the British Environment Use your study time more effectively, improve your use of, and range of, information sources

wide range of issues, such as management, human resource practice, marketing and ethical aspects. Business Law The English Legal System, business organisations, contract law and consumer protection.

Tuition price: £10,500 Course length: Three terms September to June or January to August Entry dates: September 2009 and January 2010 Term dates: September start Term 1 – 28/09/09 to 11/12/09 Term 2 – 11/01/10 to 26/03/10 Term 3 – 12/04/10 to 18/06/10 January start

and prepare comprehensive essays in your own

Introduction to Financial Accounting

Term 1 – 11/01/10 to 26/03/10

time to given deadlines.

Double entry book-keeping, preparation of

Term 2 – 12/04/10 to 18/06/10

trial balances, profit and loss statements,

Term 3 – 21/06/10 to 20/08/10

depreciation, limited companies,

Course structure:

Project Study Complete a self-study project on a topic that you will take, in consultation with your tutor, from the academic discipline that you will subsequently study at degree level. Mathematics for Business Containing algebra and statistics. Develop your knowledge and understanding of mathematical terms and techniques and apply

manufacturing accounts and interpretation of accounts.

Modular course, three modules per term (four modules in the last term)

Principles of Economics 1

Five core subjects and five subject-specific

Economic systems, types of goods, allocation


of resources, elasticity, price controls, types of


markets, cost and revenue, economies of scale

End of module/term assessments

and market failure.

• There will be a combination of

these to solving problems, frequently drawn

Principles of Economics 2

from practical and real-life situations.

Aggregate demand and aggregate supply, economic policies, inflation, unemployment,


Academic structure

examinations and assessments of coursework, presentations and extended essays.

international trade and development

Continuous coursework


• Mixture of lecture classes, small-group seminar work and directed self-study assessment Age on entry: • Students are usually 17 years of age Academic • Good high school graduation grades or equivalent English language • IELTS 5.0 • TOEFL 500 (173 computer-based test)


Entry requirements:


International Foundation Year Engineering and Computing Foundation Leading to: Engineering, Computer Science, Combined Technology, Information & Communications Technology (ICT), Mathematics & Statistics

Academic structure

Key facts

Core subjects

Specific route modules

Foundation English Skills 1

Pure Mathematics 2

Read academic texts, write extended texts,

Algebra, co-ordinate geometry, trigonometry,

write subjective notes, listen effectively and

differentiation, integration, numerical methods

participate in classroom discourse

and vectors.

Foundation English Skills 2

Applied Mathematics 1

September 2009 and January 2010

Improve all your abilities developed in FES1

Vectors, forces and equilibrium, relative

Term dates:

with greater accuracy, speed, cohesion,

motion, Newton’s Laws of Motion, friction

organisation and presentation.

and work, energy and power.

Study Skills in the British Environment

Applied Mathematics 2

Term 2 – 11/01/10 to 26/03/10

Use your study time more effectively, improve

Advanced vectors, forces as fixed vectors,

Term 3 – 12/04/10 to 18/06/10

your use of, and range of, information sources

centres of gravity/centres of mass and particle

January start

and prepare comprehensive essays in your own


Term 1 – 11/01/10 to 26/03/10

Physics 1

Term 2 – 12/04/10 to 18/06/10

time to given deadlines.

Tuition price: £9,975 Course length: Three terms September to June or January to August Entry dates:

September start Term 1 – 28/09/09 to 11/12/09

Term 3 – 21/06/10 to 20/08/10

Project Study

Sound, reflection, refraction, interference,

Complete a self-study project on a topic that

diffraction, electromagnetic waves, strengths

Course structure:

you will take, in consultation with your tutor,

of solids, fluids, heat and gases and the

Modular course, three modules per term

from the academic discipline that you will

structure of the atom.

(four modules in the last term)

subsequently study at degree level.

Physics 2

Pure Mathematics 1

Electrical current and charge, potential

Straight lines and linear equations, set theory

difference, resistance, capacitance, transistors

and probability, statistics, linear programming,

and amplifiers, electrical fields, gravitational

indices and logarithms and experimental laws.

fields, magnetic fields and electromagnetic fields.

Five core subjects and five subject-specific modules Assessment: End of module/term assessments • There will be a combination of examinations and assessments of coursework, presentations and extended essays. Continuous coursework • Mixture of lecture classes, small-group seminar work and directed self-study assessment Age on entry: • Students are usually 17 years of age Entry requirements: Academic • Good high school graduation grades or equivalent English language • IELTS 5.0 • TOEFL 500 (173 computer-based test)

International Foundation Year


Law and Social Studies Foundation Leading to: International Relations, Law, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Media, Film & Cultural Studies

Academic structure

Key facts Specific route modules

Foundation English Skills 1

Law 1

Read academic texts, write extended texts,

Concepts of law, the relationship between

write subjective notes, listen effectively and

law, justice and morality; the sources of law,

participate in classroom discourse.

including British and European Union (EU)

Foundation English Skills 2 Improve all your abilities developed in FES1 with greater accuracy, speed, cohesion, organisation and presentation. Study Skills in the British Environment Use your study time more effectively, improve your use of, and range of, information sources

legislation and the doctrine of precedent; the Civil and Criminal Courts and the role

Tuition price: £9,975 Course length: Three terms September to June or January to August Entry dates: September 2009 and January 2010

of the Judiciary.

Term dates:

Law 2

September start

Law as it affects the citizen through contract law, including vitiating factors that invalidate the contract; the breach of contract and

Term 1 – 28/09/09 to 11/12/09 Term 2 – 11/01/10 to 26/03/10 Term 3 – 12/04/10 to 18/06/10

remedies available when a contract is broken;

January start

the sale of goods and services legislation and

Term 1 – 11/01/10 to 26/03/10

relevant EU regulations.

Term 2 – 12/04/10 to 18/06/10

Project Study


Term 3 – 21/06/10 to 20/08/10

Complete a self-study project on a topic that

The British political system, the basic principles

you will take, in consultation with your tutor,

of the British constitution, civil liberties and

from the academic discipline that you will

their relation to the judicial system; how

subsequently study at degree level.

parliament works, including the electoral

Core Mathematics

system, political parties and the legislative

and prepare comprehensive essays in your own time to given deadlines.

Containing algebra and statistics. Develop your knowledge and understanding of mathematical terms and techniques and apply

Course structure: Modular course, three modules per term (four modules in the last term) Five core subjects and five subject-specific modules

process; the composition and functions of


the government, the civil service and Britain’s

End of module/term assessments

relationship to the EU.

• There will be a combination of

these to solving problems, frequently drawn

Principles of Economics 1

examinations and assessments of

from practical and real-life situations.

Economic systems, types of goods, allocation

coursework, presentations and extended

of resources, elasticity, price controls, types of


markets, cost and revenue, economies of scale

Continuous coursework

and market failure.

• Mixture of lecture classes, small-group

Principles of Economics 2 Aggregate demand and aggregate supply,


Core subjects

seminar work and directed self-study assessment Age on entry:

international trade and development

• Students are usually 17 years of age


Entry requirements: Academic • Good high school graduation grades or equivalent English language • IELTS 5.0 • TOEFL 500 (173 computer-based test)


economic policies, inflation, unemployment,


Campus Facilities The Lancaster University campus is set

The campus is designed around a covered

At the heart of the campus, Alexandra

in 250 acres of parkland. Academic

walkway – the “Spine” – which runs the

Square contains the Students’ Union

departments, colleges, library, banks,

length of the site, from north to south.

offices and the Library, together with

shops and sporting and recreational

Residences, teaching rooms, research

various shops and banks.

facilities are all situated on campus

laboratories and shops extend along and

The Student Village, located at the south

making life cheaper, safer and easier

either side of the Spine, providing a large,

west of the campus, provides exceptional

than in many other places.

safe pedestrian area.

accommodation facilities.

Lancaster University Campus


Sporting and recreational

Food and restaurants

Shops and banks

Swimming pool

The Spicy Hut Curry House

Barclays Bank

Squash courts

Wibbly Wobbly Burger Bar


Life fitness room

Pizzetta Republic

Link (cash machines)

Weights room

Wong’s Chinese Restaurant


Sauna and sunbeds

Mamma Mia Takeaway


Tennis courts

Atkinson’s Chip Shop

Central Stores Co-Op

Cross country course

The Venue

Computer Supply Shop


College Coffee shops


Climbing wall

Ann Helme Car Sales and Petrol Amenities and services



Cancer Care Charity Shop

Bailrigg Health Centre

Endsleigh Insurance Ltd

Dental Clinic (Private)


Nurse Unit

Book Bindery



Launderettes (and dry cleaning service)

Q’s Hair Salon

Post Office


Public arts

Counselling Service


Nuffield Theatre



Peter Scott Art Gallery

Volunteering Unit

Lancaster International Concert

Careers Service

Football pitches Rugby pitches Crown green bowling Floodlit hard play area Snooker and pool rooms Nine college bars and associated social facilities

Series Ruskin Library


On-campus facilities include:

Disabilities Service Chaplaincy Centre Lancaster House Hotel and Restaurant Pre-School Centre Housing and Accommodation Office Conference Centre

Kimberley Tan Kai Lin from Singapore, ISC student


Classes at Lancaster are good. The teachers are engaged in their teaching and explain things very clearly. The other staff are extremely helpful and friendly too. The University is a good environment for study. Lancaster is a small city so it’s an ideal place for me – away from distractions. The city centre is beautiful and friendly.


Student Support Services Dedicated support While studying the International Foundation

International student advisory service

Disabilities service

Year, you will have automatic access to a full

The central administrative officer with special

Lancaster University welcomes applications

range of student counselling and support

responsibility for providing guidance, advice

from students with disabilities. The Disabilities

services at the International Study Centre.

and support to international students and

Service provides support for students with

The team of student advisors at the ISC are

organising events and social trips is Jennifer

disabilities, dyslexia and other support needs

there to help with any personal, financial or

Raper, in the Student Support Office.

throughout their student life at Lancaster. We

academic difficulties you might have. They will help you settle in quickly during your first

provide advice to students and departments on Counselling service

support resources available, such as personal

The Counselling Service offers a confidential,

care assistance, adapted accommodation,

professional service to any member of the

student funding applications, assessment

When you move into your undergraduate

University who might need help or support

and support for dyslexia and technical needs,

studies, your support continues. Lancaster

with any personal, social, family or academic

adapted examination arrangements and

University has a strong support network which

problems. All seven of our counsellors have

assistance at graduation ceremonies.

aims to help all students to make the most of

relevant professional qualifications and

their time at the University.

considerable counselling experience.

few days and will be available throughout your studies.


Dental clinic

Student insurance

All students of the University are required to

The dental clinic is located in premises

In our experience, it is essential that

register with a local general medical practice.

adjacent to Bailrigg House. The clinic offers

international students have the protection

There is a Practice based on campus which

private treatment, and is BUPA-accredited.

of personal insurance for the duration of

provides NHS services for students and staff

their time in the UK. The consequences of

who register. A full range of services is

Facilities for Religious worship

being uninsured can be extremely difficult

provided via the Practice and referral to

The Chaplaincy Centre is an independent

and expensive.

specialist consultants is available for serious

body within the University and contains a

cases. The Medical Practice includes male and

Catholic chapel and an Anglican and Free

female doctors.

Church chapel. The Jewish community has its

For this reason, Study Group has developed an insurance policy called StudyCare.

own rooms including a kosher kitchen and a The University Nurse Unit

This is designed especially for international

synagogue room. The Centre is also used for

students. It will cover you for loss of personal

The Nurse Unit provides a confidential service

worship by the Society of Friends and for

possessions, as well as providing health and

to all students, visitors and staff on campus,

meditation by Buddhist and other groups.

medical insurance. In order to make sure

and is open 24 hours during term-time. The experienced nursing team can offer advice on a wide range of health-related matters from healthy lifestyles through to specific medical

A large Prayer Room, with all facilities, is available for the Muslim community in Grizedale College.

you have the right type of cover Study Group automatically adds the StudyCare premium to your invoice once your place has been


Health services


conditions. The Unit also has two in-patient beds for those suffering acute minor illnesses

However, if you wish to make your own

who would not otherwise be able to cope on

insurance arrangements, please let us

their own.

know on the application form enclosed. Full information about StudyCare insurance is published in the StudyCare policy booklet, available from the International Admissions Centre. Please refer to the back cover of this brochure for contact details. Alternatively, you can view information about StudyCare at



Accommodation Guaranteed accommodation for your whole time at Lancaster

Some of the best on-campus accommodation in the UK

Accommodation options

All on-campus accommodation is located

Year you will be allocated accommodation in

As an international student, you are

within the colleges. The University is

one of the eight colleges on campus.

guaranteed accommodation on campus

investing millions of pounds in building new

throughout your course.

accommodation to ensure you will live in

A choice of room types

some of the best student accommodation in

All colleges have rooms with en suite facilities

the country.

and there are also some rooms with shared

Students with disabilities A number of student study-bedrooms have been adapted for students with disabilities. If you need adapted accommodation, let us know. We will try and ensure that you have the accommodation you need.

As a student on the International Foundation



Your accommodation: key facts • On-campus accommodation is all self-catering


• There is a cleaning service provided for communal areas (kitchens, shared bathrooms, corridors) • Kitchens are equipped with a microwave, cooker, fridge and freezer • Most rooms are available on a 40-week let • Launderette facilities are available on campus • Each room contains a bed, desk chair, wardrobe and shelving • Some rooms have built-in TV points but assume you will require an aerial if you bring a TV with you (TV licence required) • Most rooms have private shower and toilet facilities but this is not standard across campus • All rooms have telephone and computing network points • Internal telephone calls are free and the cost of the network connection is included in the rent

Accommodation costs – 2009/2010 College

Indicative price range per week* En-suite


Facilities available

Price includes





£91.00 - £91.70

County College

£88.20 - £91.00


Furness College



Fylde College

£88.20 - £97.30

Grizedale College



Lonsdale College

£91.00 - £97.30

Pendle College



Bowland College


Cartmel College



* Guide prices for 2009-10



Sport and Extra Curricular Activities Students’ Union

Clubs and Societies

Lancaster University Students’ Union exists to

African Caribbean Society

Language Society

Art Society

Live Unsigned Musicians Society

Asian Society

Malaysian Student’s Society

Backpackers Association

Management School Students Association

Baha’i Society

Manga and Anamie Society

Ballroom Dancing Society

Medical Students

Cheerleading Society

Mountaineering Club

centres for academic and welfare advice.

Chinese Students & Scholars

Musicians Society

The colleges also run huge events such as



Christmas Balls and the extravaganza college

Chinese Society

Pagan Society

parties at the end of the year.

Christian Fellowship

People and Planet

Christian Union

Philosophy Society

Conservative Future

Photographic Society

Cycling Club

Poker Society

participate in a range of activities that meet

Dance Society

Pulsar Society

a variety of interests.

Debating Society


Economics Society

Real Ale and Cider Society


Respect Coalition

Film Society

Rock Society

Freefall Society (Skydiving)

Role-Playing Society

Friends of Palestine

Running Club

Gospel Choir

Russian Society

Hellenic Society

Singapore Students Association

Hiking Club


History Society

Student Scout and Guid Organisation

International Investment Society

Sub Aqua Club

International Students Society


Islamic Society

Ten Pin Bowling Club

Jewish Society

Theatre Group

Kickboxing Society


Latin American Society

Wing Chun Society

Law Society

Writers’ Guild

Liberal Democrats

Young Entrepreneurs

provide quality representation, advice, services, and student activities, with Union policy and direction decided democratically by students. The Students’ Union at Lancaster is one of the strongest in the country. It manages and funds around 80 different student clubs and societies. It also operates highly qualified

Student clubs and societies This area of the Union provides many opportunities for students to identify, develop and extend their transferable skills and

Linguistics and English


Inter-College sport

Athletic Union

Inter-college sport is one of the great sources

The Athletic Union (AU) is part of the Students’

The colleges provide an excellent social life for

of college loyalty. Played in a spirit of friendly

Union. The AU provides a wide and diverse

students. Each college’s student committee

competition, it could not exist without

opportunity to cater for most people’s sporting

(JCR Executive) organises several socials

the colleges. So whether you’re a sporting

needs. Its role is to manage and help support

throughout the year including live bands,

superstar or just want some fun, you can

the 30 Athletic Union Clubs that compete

theme nights, quizzes, karaoke. They also

still take part in college sports. Covering a

for the University in BUSA (British Universities

organise trips to clubs in nearby Liverpool,

vast range of sports, colleges select teams

Sport Association) against other university

Manchester and other big cities as well as a

to compete for the Carter Shield. Specific


wide variety of other entertainment options.

tournaments for football, netball and bar

Every college has its own social space with pool tables, games machines and much more. Most have big screen satellite TVs and many have their own computer rooms. Some also have their own coffee shop. Every college has a bar, which frequently forms the centre of social activities.

Sport at Lancaster Sport plays a prominent role in life at Lancaster and the opportunities to take up a sport are excellent. The University Sport’s Centre is conveniently located on campus.

sports are added together with results from one-day competitions in almost every sport

Athletic Union Affiliated Clubs


American Football Archery Football (Men’s & Women’s) Badminton Basketball (Men’s & Women’s) Boat (Rowing) Canoe Cricket Equestrian Fencing Frisbee Golf Hockey (Men’s & Women’s) Karate Korfball Lacrosse Netball Rugby League Rugby Union (Men’s & Women’s) Sailing Ski & Snowboarding Squash Swimming and Water Polo Table Tennis Tennis Volleyball

Indoor facilities • Six-lane, 25 metre ozone-treated swimming pool • Large multipurpose sports hall where a variety of sports take place including archery, badminton, basketball, indoor cricket, hockey, five-a-side football and volleyball • Smaller hall for judo, karate, table tennis and trampolining • Six squash courts, an aeroball court, two fully equipped weights rooms, Life Fitness room, sauna, sunbeds and a climbing wall

Outdoor facilities • Football and rugby pitches • Eight tennis courts • 2 floodlit synthetic grass pitches and hard play area • A cricket square • areas for golf driving, archery and crown green bowling


Social activities and inter-college events

• Orienteering course, jogging routes and


cross country course


Lancaster – Heart of England’s North West


Major cities on your doorstep

With over 15,000 students living in the area,

Lancaster is at the heart of the main Northwest

Lancaster is a vibrant university city.

hub of England. A superb rail link means that London is less than 3 hours away while the

Bars, cafes, cinemas, night-clubs and pubs can be found in abundance as well as everything from small, independent boutiques and jewellers to the well known high street shops. Lancaster offers a wide range of cultural activities. The Duke’s Playhouse is both a cinema and theatre, and presents outdoor productions in summer in nearby Williamson Park. There are numerous waterside pubs and restaurants along the canal which runs through the city.

dynamic entertainment facilities in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds are within an hour by car or train. Each has their own international airport providing easy access to and from many destinations.

Some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK Although close to major cities, Lancaster University has the advantage of also being within easy reach of some of the most breathtaking natural wonders in the UK.

The city centre is twenty minutes from the

The wide natural lakes and spectacular

campus by bus and a regular service operates

mountains of the Lake District are famous the

between the main campus and Lancaster itself.

world over and easily reached by road or rail.

There is also a cycleway and footpath direct to

It is a wonderful place to refresh your mind


and body whenever you want a break from


A great place to be a student

the busy life on campus. If you want the smell of sea air, the coast is also nearby with Morecambe Bay and the famous seaside resort of Blackpool both close enough for a day trip.


Leeds Manchester





Departments and Faculties at Lancaster International Foundation Year at Lancaster you

Lancaster University Management School (LUMS)

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

will progress straight to your undergraduate

LUMS is one of the UK’s top business schools

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is

degree course at the University. Depending on

with world-class expertise in a wide variety of

the largest faculty in the University with 14

the degree you choose, you will be part of a

fields. We have been given official 6* status

departments offering undergraduate degrees.

department which in turn is part of one of the

for our research (the highest possible rating)

The Faculty has many internationally renowned

main University faculties.

and our undergraduates rated our Business

scholars covering a range of disciplines. The

and Management degrees joint first in the UK

Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary

for overall full-time student satisfaction in the

Arts brings together the departments of Art,

first ever National Student Survey (2005).

Music and Theatre Studies and the public arts

Once you have successfully completed the

Faculty of Science and Technology The Faculty of Science and Technology has

provision of the Peter Scott Gallery, Nuffield

9 departments covering the whole range of

We have a distinctive teaching and learning

science and technology. The Faculty interfaces

philosophy and believe in “research-led

with social science in political geography;

education”. This means that our curriculum is

includes pure sciences like particle physics;

totally up-to-date in theory and practice, that

Lancaster has been recognised as one of the

and generates new technologies in computing

our top researchers also teach undergraduates

top 100 universities world-wide in the social

and engineering. All departments have high

and that we encourage you to think critically.

sciences and our teaching is of the highest

research profiles and many of their teaching staff are world leaders in their areas of research.

Theatre and Lancaster International Concerts are all based within the Faculty.

quality, with consistently excellent rankings. We offer an extensive range of broadly-based and more specialised degrees including:

The Faculty offers an extensive range of broadly-based and specialised degrees

Our teaching uses many methods to help your development, including field trips where appropriate (sometimes overseas), computer simulation of complex systems as well as more traditional hands-on laboratory work. In the final year all our departments require you to carry out an extensive project in which you will work alongside a member of staff. The Faculty offers an extensive range of

Accounting and Finance


Business Studies Economics

American Studies

European Management (BBA)


Management (BBA)

Consultancy/Independent Research

Management and Entrepreneurship

Creative Arts

Management and Organisation


Management Science

English Language

Marketing and Advertising

English Literature and Creative Writing

Operations Management

European Studies/European Languages

broadly-based and specialised degrees

Film Studies


French German

Biochemistry Engineering Biological Sciences Environmental Chemistry Biomedical Sciences Environmental Science Chemistry Geography Combined Science/ICT Combined Technology Mathematics and Statistics Computer Science Natural Sciences Earth Science Physics Ecology Psychology

History Italian Law Linguistics Media and Cultural Studies Music Philosophy Politics and International Relations Psychology in Education Religious Studies Social Work Sociology Spanish Theatre Studies

How to apply How to apply Application to the International Foundation


Fees Tuition prices*

Year is streamlined and straightforward. International Foundation Year

Simply send your completed application to the address printed at the bottom of the

(full three terms) £9,975 (£10,500 for Business and Management Studies Foundation)

form. Your application will need to include

English Language Preparation

copies of all relevant academic transcripts and

£3,325 per term

certificates of English language qualifications.

Accommodation (guideline rents)**

Alternatively, you can apply directly by

Price per week for an en-suite room:

contacting a student enrolment advisor

£88.20 – £91.00

through the following website:

Price per week for a standard room:

£66.50 – £75.95

To apply through your local representative:


Just complete the application form enclosed

(12 months cover) £416


To apply directly:

StudyCare fee

with this brochure and return it to your local educational representative. Further application forms are available by contacting us at the

Airport transfer fee Manchester Airport: £75

address on the back of this brochure.

Information and advice If you need further information, our expert student enrolment advisors are available for help and advice. You can contact them through the website or on the number below: T +44 1273 339333

* Please note fees may be subject to increase in 2009. **Additional charges may be made for such items as accommodation security deposits, bedding packs, accommodation specific insurance, University administration fees and other sundry expenses. These items may be charged either to your ISC student account or your University student account. Residential accommodation is subject to availability and early confirmation is advised. For calculation purposes please note that an average tenancy length is 40 weeks.

The International Foundation Year at the Lancaster University International Study Centre is run by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students. Every year, Study Group provides exceptional educational programmes for over 50,000 students from 120 countries.


About the International Foundation Year

To apply, or for further information, please contact: International Admissions Centre 1 Billinton Way Brighton BN1 4EF United Kingdom T +44 1273 339333 F +44 1273 339334 To contact us online please visit:

7980 12.08

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