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A&M University Wide Exchange: Lancaster University
Lancaster, United Kingdom (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Approved Course Equivalencies Click here to view
Who Can Apply: Texas A&M University applicants only
Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year
Texas A&M
Application Deadline
Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/15/2014** Rolling Admission 01/01/2015 05/31/2015

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of approval to participate in this program and be able to complete post-decision (pre-departure) items prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program
 Academic Area:
Agriculture and Life Sciences, Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Foreign Language, Geosciences, Government, Liberal Arts, Science, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Academic College: Any
 Minimum GPA:
3.0
 Language courses available:
Yes
 Language requirement:
No
 Language of instruction:
English
 Program Advisor:
Ben Petty, Larry Komrower
Housing: Dormitory
 Open to non-majors:
Yes
Classification: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
 REEP Program Type::
University Wide Exchange
Program Description:
Lancaster University
Lancaster University was established by Royal Charter in 1964 and has rapidly become the 11th highest research university in the United Kingdom. Study abroad students are fully integrated and will study and live alongside British and other international students. Lancaster has approximately 12,000 students and maintains a strong international community on campus. In true British university fashion, Lancaster University houses nine colleges students are sorted in order to be a part of a smaller setting. 

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Near the British Lake District in northern Great Britain, Lancaster University is located just three miles to the north of the historical city of Lancaster. The 250-acre campus, called Bailrigg, is a beautiful setting for a year abroad. From the campus, Manchester and Liverpool are less than one hour of travel and London is a quick three hour train ride.

Program
Eligibility Requirements
  • All majors welcome
  • Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
  • Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
  • Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Have a minimum Junior classification by beginning of exchange (Can be a Sophomore at the time of application)
  • Provide 2 letters of recommendation from Texas A&M facultyn members (forms within application)
  • Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended 

  Students can choose to study abroad during:
  •Fall Semester (October to December or “Michaelmas” term)
  •Spring Semester (January to June or “Lent & Summer” terms)
  •Academic Year (October to June)
 
Courses
As the program is based in a country whose native language is English, students have the full curriculum available to them. Due to this large selection of course offerings, this exchange program will satisfy the academic needs, including research, of almost any Texas A&M student. Upon completion of the program, students will earn a minimum of 12 hours of A&M credit for semester only studies or 24 hours of A&M credit for academic year long studies. Lancaster offers studies in a wide variety of areas from economics and Chinese to chemistry and biomedical sciences.
Dive
Students at Lancaster live and learn “in college” under the traditional British educational system, renowned for the closeness of teacher-student contact. As is standard for the British educational model, Lancaster is on a trimester system. Please be sure to check that the courses are you interested in are offered during the terms that you plan to study at Lancaster. If you wish, check out the course syllabi database.
 
Housing
International students have two housing options when they study abroad at the University of Lancaster. Your accommodations, whether on or off campus, will be one of your biggest expenses, other than tuition and fees. Prices vary depending on your choice of accommodation.
 

1. Living On Campus 
Many international students choose accommodations on campus. There are over 6,500 rooms in the eight undergraduate colleges.  Due to the residential college format, students are quickly integrated into Lancaster’s residences, social life and extra-curricular activities. The majority of on campus rooms are ensuite. Amenities include:
•Private shower, washbasin and toilet (a limited number have shared bathroom facilities)
•Telephones and internet hookups available in all bedrooms
•Cooking facilities
Big Ben
In each college there is a mix of British undergraduate and international students.
All accommodations at Lancaster do not have a comprehensive meal plan. However, campus facilities offer a variety of outlets: coffee and snack bars, a pizzeria, Chinese and Indian restaurants, fish and chip shop, a bakery and licensed bars. Vegetarian choices are widely available and snacks and sandwiches can be bought from the bakery, supermarket and coffee shops on campus. Also, check out the Lancaster Residences Facebook page for more photos and videos of the accommodations as well as the Residence Handbook for more information.


2. Living Off Campus

Students might want to consider living off campus in a shared house or flat. Some students prefer to live off campus and may also find it cheaper and more flexible and nearer to city center amenities.  The Housing Office in the Student Union will provide students with more information on how to find off-campus housing.
 
Costs
One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.

Fees Paid to Texas A&M:
A&M Tuition and Fees $4,553.00
Fees Paid DIRECTLY to Lancaster:
University Housing (if you choose) $4,754.00
Other Related Expenses (Pre-Departure or On-Site):
Round Trip Airfare $1,253.00
Meals $1,953.00
Misc. Expenses, Books, and Supplies $1,515.00+
Personal Spending $2,600.00+
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $16,628.00+
Texas A&M Semester Cost Comparison $10,443.00+
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office “Funding Your Program” webpage.
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Helpful Links
Lancaster University Main Webpage
Lancaster University Quick Facts
Lancaster University International Student webpage
Lancaster University Pre-Arrival Guide for International Students
•Be sure to check out
♦“Pre-Arrival Information”
♦“Life at Lancaster”
♦“University Life”
Lancaster University Course Offers
Lancaster University Course Syllabi database
 
Living in England
Lancaster University On-Campus Accommodations
Lancaster University Residence Handbook
Lancaster University Residences Facebook page
Lancaster University Living-Off Campus
Lancaster University Student Life
Lancaster University Colleges
Lancaster University Virtual Campus Tour
Lancaster University International Student Services
British Council Webpage
• Information on how student life in the U.K. as well astips for success.
Prepare for Success Webpage
• Information on how to prepare yourself for succeedingin the British university system
Great Britain Travel Guide
British Lake District Travel Guide
 
Funding
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
British America Foundation of Texas Scholarship
BUTEX Scholarship

Scholarship and Funding options
Currency Converter

 
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Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student
"It was an indescribable experience, but I feel as though it has opened a door to a world that I never knew existed. I chose the Lancaster University reciprocal exchange program because of the cost and because I could take Chemistry courses. When I got there, I fell in love with all of the people and the location. Lancaster is located next to the mountains so on the weekends I would go camping, hiking and backpacking. I even joined the university's volleyball team and had the chance to travel all over England for matches. Although I think my high school volleyball team was better, we ranked 2nd in the country and I have the trophy to show for it! A year sounds like long a time, but you'll be so busy that you're not even going to hink about being homesick. I wish I had more time there because it went by too fast. A longer time in a country really allows you to be immersed and to become a part of the culture. Lancaster was an unforgettable experience. A bonus to studying abroad is that it will make me more attractive for the job market. I will have international experience when most Chemistry majors don't. Not only that, studying abroad taught me a lot about myself. I have a new outlook on life. Nothing seems the same. I now feel confident that I can achieve things I wouldn't have considered before like learning another language or attending graduate school in Europe. Without hesitation, I would recommend the program to others!"
Former Texas A&M Exchange Student
 
 

For more information about the exchange program to Lancaster University, contact Larry Komrower in the Study Abroad Programs Office.