University Study in the United Kingdom: Lancaster University

University Study in the United Kingdom: Lancaster University — Academics

Program Structure

Program Type University study program; take classes alongside British students
Program Level 3000 level courses
Courseload 13 credits (Fall semester); 13-17 credits (Spring semester); 26-30 credits (Academic Year)

Students are required to maintain a minimum of 13 credit enrollment status per semester or maintain the minimum program credit enrollment determined by their study abroad program, whichever is greater.




Grade & Credit Conversion Scale

Lancaster University follows the traditional English trimester system, made up of three 10-week terms (Michaelmas, Lent and Summer), and a four-week International Summer Programme (ISP) August through September. Spring semester students register for Lent and Summer terms. Fall semester students will register for Michaelmas term, with the option of enrolling in the ISP. Fall students who register for only the Michaelmas term will earn 12 credits from Lancaster, and will supplement their program with the 1-credit Global Identity course offered by the Learning Abroad Center to maintain full-time status. 

You can find other academic information—as well as program dates, housing options, and special classes—at Lancaster's main study abroad page.

Pre-Session—International Summer Programme

Offered before the Fall (Michaelmas) term, the International Summer Programme is a four-week, 4-credit course called Understanding Britian designed for visiting students. Lectures and excursions introduce visiting students to various aspects of British culture, history, and society.

Independent Research

Lancaster also offers credit-bearing independent research projects. This option provides a unique opportunity to work closely with a Lancaster faculty member in your field of study. Credits granted depend on the quality and scope of the project, as well as the amount of time required. Research placements meet the requirements of the UofM International UROP scholarship.

Major Advising Pages

Lancaster offers coursework that has been identified as a strong curricular match for the following majors and student populations:

Student Populations


Global Identity

Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your overseas experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. The course assists you in marketing your study abroad experience for future goals, making you stand out from your peers upon return.

Benefits of Global Identity

No Additional Cost

Because integrated-study programs like University Study programs provide less on-site support than other study abroad program models, Global Identity is offered at no additional cost (regular $200 tuition is waived for students on this program). Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you understand and articulate the skills you’re developing during your time abroad. Registration instructions will be sent by email by the Learning Abroad Center, or you can contact Erica Qualheim for additional information.

I-UROP Scholarship

University of Minnesota students participating in a research project on this program may be eligible for the International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (I-UROP) Scholarship