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  • Locations: Lancaster, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Program Description:
About the program Accommodations
About the city Dates and costs
Eligibility Immigration requirements

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About Lancaster University

  • Marketing program ranked the best in the UK (2014)
  • Ranked ninth overall in research in the UK
  • Management School accredited by EQUIS and AMBA; recently won accreditation by AACSB-International
  • Student population of over 9,000 full-time students
  • Academic, residential, social, and recreational facilities are located on the main campus, which is just three miles (ten minutes by bus) from the city center of Lancaster
  • Click here to access campus maps

About the city

  • Lancaster has 50,000 inhabitants and offers various cultural attractions such as the Duke Theatre, jazz concerts, cinema, and an annual literary festival.
  • It is forty minutes from the major city of Manchester, forty-five minutes from the Lake District, one hour from Liverpool, three hours southwest of Edinburgh, and three hours northwest of London.


  • Junior or senior year standing
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0, but with some flexibility depending on area of intended study and GPA in the major
  • Note:  Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University to study abroad. Each applicant’s disciplinary record will be reviewed, and students must be cleared by the Office of the Dean of Richmond College or Westhampton College. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if their probationary period extends beyond the start date of their intended program.  Situations of housing probation and honor probation will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • Participation may be denied, or acceptance may be revoked, if a student's conduct prior to departure raises doubts as to his or her suitability for the program.
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Subject availability

Most subjects are available as long as you meet the prerequisites.  In the subject listing, "M" indicates Michaelmas (fall); "LS" indicates Spring-Summer (spring); and "FY" indicates full-year. One-semester subjects are weighted at 4 credits each.

UR students should choose classes from Lancaster's online Study Abroad Handbook (lists all classes available to visiting students), not Lancaster's online course catalogue (lists all classes available to degree-seeking students).  However, the online course catalogue provides much more detail on classes than the SA handbook, and UR faculty members may sometimes need to look at Lancaster's online course catalogue to determine UR equivalencies for Lancaster classes.

Notes on specific academic offerings:

Leadership.  Lancaster has a Leadership Centre that may be of interest to Jepson students.

Catalan.  Two intensive courses are offered.  Both are open to students at Lancaster for the fall semester or academic year (not available to spring-only students).

English Literature is strong at Lancaster, and the writers Wordsworth, James Herriot, and Beatrix Potter all have ties to the area.

Environmental Studies:  Lancaster offers coursework in Hydrology, Desertification and Sustainability.

Credit conversion to units

To convert Lancaster semester credits to the Richmond unit system, divide the credits by 3.43 and round up to the nearest 10th.
Please see this page on the website of the Registrar for an explanation of how academic credit earned abroad is converted to UR units.
Course load for fall (Michaelmas term)

In the 10-week fall term, students take 3 courses, each weighted at 4 Lancaster semester credits (1.2 units under the Richmond unit system). The total number of units earned in the fall would be 3.6 units. Students can earn an additional 4 credits (1.2 units) by enrolling in a four-week pre-sessional course (see Pre-sessional Program below).

Course load for spring (Lent and Summer terms)

The spring semester is comprised of Lancaster's Lent and Summer terms with a four-week break between terms. The minimum course load is 16 semester credits (4.8 units); the maximum course load is 20 semester credits (5.8 units).

Pre-sessional Program

The Lancaster International Summer Programme is specifically designed to give international students an introduction to British culture prior to beginning studies at Lancaster or any other UK university. Participants earn 4 Lancaster semester credits or 8 ECTS credits (1.2 units). Richmond covers tuition for this program; students pay for their own room and board charges.

Students going to Lancaster for fall should plan to do the consider doing the ISP because it will allow them to get something closer to a full credit load for their semester abroad, despite Lancaster's Michaelmas term (their normal "fall semester") being very short.

The 3-week break between the end of the ISP and the start of Michaelmas term is the only substantial break offered by a UR partner university in England in the fall semester.  This offers an ideal opportunity to travel in the UK and the rest of Europe.

The ISP also means that the total abroad experience of a student is about 6 weeks longer than it would be if they did only the Michaelmas term at Lancaster (or at any of our other partner institutions in England), meaning that students get more time abroad for their money.

Grade scale

Lancaster gives both a letter grade and a numerical mark based on a 24-point scale.  Lancaster is one of few institutions to use this scale.


Lancaster numerical grade
Lancaster letter grade
UR equivalent
21 - 24
A to A+
18 - 20  
C- (no UR credit)
D (no UR credit)
D (no UR credit)
D (no UR credit)
0 - 8  
F (no UR credit)


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Lanc dorms

Students taking part in the Lancaster program are required to live in housing that is affiliated with the program.  Students may not take part in this program if they obtain housing of another kind.

You are guaranteed on-campus housing, provided you meet the housing application deadline. Exchange students are be integrated with both UK and international Lancaster students. The residence halls are self-catering, meaning you prepare your own meals in kitchenettes located on each floor of the hall. Students should bring, or plan to purchase abroad, towels and cooking utensils. Special housing is available for disabled students. Once you have signed up for a residence hall, it is difficult to change or move out; you are responsible for the rent until the room is let to another individual.

Click here for the University's accommodations page.


Dates and Costs

See Dates and Costs for Lancaster for program dates and a budget sheet for Lancaster.

Click here to read about scholarships for study abroad.

Since Lancaster is affiliated with the British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX), students approved to study there are eligible to apply for the BUTEX North American Scholarship.

NOTE:  Travel allowances, reimbursements, health insurance premiums and other payments above tuition costs paid by Richmond on behalf of its semester and year abroad students are available only to Richmond degree-seeking students accepted to participate on UR-affiliated abroad programs.

Immigration requirements

Citizens of the US and some other countries who study abroad for one semester may enter the UK with either Short-Term Student status or a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa.  
You must obtain a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa if any of these conditions apply:

  • You will study in the UK for more than one semester
  • The British government always requires citizens of your home country to have a visa to study in the UK
  • You need to have a part-time job while on study abroad in the UK
  • You will do an internship (paid or unpaid) in the UK
  • It is likely that you will extend your stay in the UK beyond one semester

If both options are open to you, the OIE encourages you choose Short-Term Student Status.

Citizens of the UK, or of another country that is a member of the European Union (EU), or of the Economic Area (EEA), or of Switzerland, do not need a visa to study in the UK.



For additional information about this program, contact Chris Klein in the Office of International Education.

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This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.

Updated March 2017