Lancaster University is one of England's principal universities, offering a rich selection of courses in arts, sciences and pre-professional fields. Of particular interest are the well-recognized programs in business studies, biology, chemistry, physics, women's studies, sociology, psychology, applied social sciences and creative writing. The University is located in the city of Lancaster, approximately equidistant between London and Edinburgh. Participants take courses with British and European students, live in university residence halls and are included in all university activities. Students in any major are encouraged to participate for the academic year or the fall or spring semester.
The City of Lancaster is picturesque, with many restored historic buildings and attractive pedestrian zones. Its medieval castle is still a dominant landmark surrounded by a medieval church and elegant 18th century Georgian stone houses. With a population of 50,000, the city is friendly and manageable; its attractions include museums, cinemas, a nationally recognized repertory theatre, a covered market, and a maze of small streets and alleyways with interesting shops, restaurants and pubs.
The rich history of the area is evident in its prehistoric and Roman ruins, the Norse place names, and in the works of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Ruskin, Beatrix Potter and other writers who lived in the region.
Lancaster is located in one of the most beautiful parts of England, on the west coast, four miles from the Irish Sea. Less than an hour north is the famous Lake District with mountains, lakes, forests, and small villages. To the east lie the Yorkshire Dales. London is three hours away by train, Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland two hours. The location allows students to combine the benefits of campus life and a scenic location with easy access to fascinating travel destinations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Europe.
Lancaster University (10,000 students, including 3,000 graduate students) prides itself on being large enough to offer a full range of academic programs and yet small enough to be personal and congenial. The campus, in a park-like setting on 250 acres, was built in 1964 with attractive buildings in light brick and white trim. The university is just 3 miles from the city center, and buses run every ten minutes during the academic year. International students, who make up 18% of the total student population and come from over 100 countries, contribute significantly to the academic and social life of the Lancaster University.
Courses are offered at all levels in the humanities, social sciences, pure and applied sciences, and business studies. Academic programs of special interest include:
Business Studies: This is an approved School of Management program. Lancaster’s Management School is one of only two UK business schools to be rated as a 6-star (6*) center of world-class research in business and management by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. They offer courses in Accounting and Finance; Economics; Entrepreneurship; Management Science; Marketing, and Organization, Work and Technology.
Subjects offered include:
Political Science & International Relations
A complete listing of courses with their descriptions is published in the Lancaster University Study Abroad Handbook. Students going for the fall should look at Michaelmas classes, and students going for the spring should look at Lent and Summer courses.
To see a list of courses students have previously taken at Lancaster University and how these classes were shown on Binghamton transcripts, check out our Study Abroad Course Equivalencies page.
Credits: A full course load is equal to 12 Binghamton credits in the fall semester, and 15 to 20 credits in the spring semester. Approval of credit toward the major (strongly encouraged) rests with the department. For non-Binghamton students, approval of credit toward the student's degree is the responsibility of the home campus.
"Lancaster University is diverse, varied, international, exciting and vibrant; you couldn't ask for a betterstudent experience." Participants live alongside British students in university residence halls, voted 'Best University Halls' for the fourth year running. Rooms are singles, and students share bathrooms, kitchens and common living rooms. The residence halls are organized into residential colleges with activities and allegiances similar to the Binghamton system. There are many clubs and societies for students to participate in. A Chaplaincy Centre offers a place for followers of all faiths to worship on campus.
The Lancaster University program is offered as an exchange program and as a study abroad program. Under the exchange agreement, students at Binghamton and Lancaster pay for tuition and fees at their home campuses and the exchange places. There currently limited exchange spots for Lancaster. Students who are interested in studying in the United Kingdom on an exchange program are encouraged to also look at Binghamton's other programs, the University of Nottingham, the University of Bath, and the University of East Anglia as possible back ups.
Under the study abroad scheme, Binghamton students can study at the Lancaster University by paying the Lancaster tuition. SUNY tuition and a "tuition differential" together cover tuition and fees for the program. Out-of-State students will find that going to Lancaster under the study abroad scheme will find it sometimes less expensive than a semester here at Binghamton or very similar in cost. The cost for the study abroad program can be viewed as follows:
Estimates to be added soon
In order to understand the actual difference in cost of your semester abroad, you should compare the Estimate of Costs sheet for this program that is linked above to what you would pay normally for a semester at Binghamton. ***Cost Comparison: Binghamton University estimates the average cost for a full time student one semester on campus to be $12,467 in-state and $18,287 out-of-state.
Financial Aid: Students who are eligible for financial aid may apply it. The amount of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive is of an individual nature. All students should print out this Estimate of Costs Sheet, bring it to the Financial Aid office, and consult with a counselor there about what the implications of this cost would be for them individually. Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Financial Aid Services Office is able to consider only the application of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study.
Scholarships: students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for the Myers Family Scholarship if eligible. This provides an award of $1,500. For more information about this scholarship, click here.
For more information about scholarships and financial aid in general, click here.
Students should be in their Sophomore, Junior or Senior year during the time of the application, and should have at minimum a 3.0 GPA.
You must apply via this website. You will need:
Two (2) academic recommendation
This information is subject to change without notice. The State University of New York at Binghamton is strongly committed to affirmative action. We offer access to services and recruit students and employees without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or national origin.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.