Fall, Spring, Academic Year
Lancaster, United Kingdom
• Clear Interest and Commitment
• Demonstrated Preparedness/Maturity
• Minimum 3.0 GPA (flexible, depending on circumstances)
• Good academic and disciplinary standing
• Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing at the time of application
• Acceptance by host institution
October 6 for Spring 2017
Check the 'Costs' section under the Application tab.
The reciprocal exchange programs between the University of Iowa and Lancaster University in Lancaster, England, allows undergraduate students to spend a semester or academic year fully integrated with their British peers in student housing and attending regular classes.
Under the reciprocal exchange agreement, University of Iowa students pay their regular UI tuition and fees to participate in this program. Room and board is comparable to Iowa costs in the Mayflower residence hall. Added expenses include airfare, a UI administrative fee, and similar costs as described in the Costs section of our website.
Lancaster offers a wide variety of courses for exchange students. Depending on their level of experience, and length of time they plan to study abroad, students can choose from a huge variety of courses.Popular areas of study include (among many other things!) Chemistry, Creative Writing, Education, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering, Historical Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Law, Business and Marketing, Linguistics, Physics, and Theatre Studies.
University of Iowa students enroll in classes that are part of the regular curriculum at Lancaster University. This means participating in a system that is significantly different from the U.S. broad-based, liberal arts education, both in terms of calendar and specialization of studies. Students usually take between three and five courses each semester, earning between 12 and 18 semester hours of transfer credit for each semester.
Take a look at the course options open to study abroad students by exploring Lancaster University's online Study Abroad Course Handbook.
As a study abroad student, you are required to undertake the same form of assessment as the local students do in order to earn transfer credit at the University of Iowa. This means that if you do not take the exam or turn in a required final paper, your British academic record will report a grade of 0 and you will not receive credit for the course.
The grading system in the UK is significantly different from the US system. Grades are given as 'marks', and a score of 60% is typically considered a high mark. UI does not convert British marks into U.S. letter grades. While you WILL receive credit for the courses you take in the UK, you will NOT receive a typical A-F grade.
However, this does not mean that you are taking courses on a Pass/Fail basis. You will earn a final mark in the UK system, and your British academic record will always report these. In order to receive credit for the course, you must receive a passing grade in the British system and, in the future, when official transcripts of your college work are requested, you will need to provide both an Iowa transcript and the British academic record – your British grades will be clear.
The Lancaster University Students Union organizes event and excursions throughout the academic year, and is home to many clubs and societies that makes meeting British students easy.
The academic year at Lancaster closely follows the University of Iowa's academic calendar.Dates for the Fall 2016 session: (Dates are subject to change)
January 10, 2017 - Arrival/Program Begins
January 10 - January 13 - Orientation/Course Enrollment period
January 16 - March 24- Spring classes in session
March 25 - April 23- Easter Break
April 23- June 30- Spring classes in session
June 30, 2017- Spring session ends
Cory Petersen, Advisor and Program Coordinator
Study Abroad | International Programs
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242-1802
Founded in 1961, Lancaster University’s academic focus areas include natural sciences, business, humanities, social sciences, and technology. It currently enrolls over 12,000 students, and is situated on a beautiful 360 acre parkland site just three miles from the city center. Lancaster is one of only a handful of UK universities to have a 'collegiate' system for housing and social support... a bit like Hogwarts!
Lancaster University is located on the periphery of the city, and is surrounded by farms and the countryside. It is a short 15 minute bus ride into the city center. There is also a biking path to the city that many students use.
Lancaster, a city of 130,000 people, is located in northwest England, three miles from the ocean and short bus ride from the idyllic scenery and market towns of the Lake District. The annual Lancaster Jazz Festival, Lancaster Castle, Priory Church of St. Mary, along with dozens of theatres, music venues, museums, and the city’s unique architecture give Lancaster the feeling of a small but thriving modern city with plenty of living connections to England’s rich history. A quick train ride to Manchester, a city of over 500,000, offers even more things to do in the area.
Lancaster’s city center is small enough to explore on foot and there are regular bus services linking it with the campus. It is on a major north-south rail line making travel to other parts of English and Scotland convenient.
The 'United Kingdom' (UK) refers to the four countries of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. This is in contrast to another common name, 'Great Britain', which excludes Northern Ireland. The UK Exchange program offers exchange with universities in England and Scotland. Life and culture in the UK is different from that in the US. Experiencing this rich tradition is what the UK Exchanges are all about!
• The UK uses the British Pound as its currency.
• Communication from the UK is easy. Cell phones are relatively inexpensive, the internet is easily accessible, and post offices are plentiful.
• British food is unique! Try fish and chips, bangers 'n mash, steak pie, Indian curry,'neeps and tatties, haggis and more!
• The UK is a relatively safe environment. Police are helpful and visible. Emergency services are reliable. Pharmacies, called 'Chemists', are common and carry a wide variety of medicine and other essentials.
• The UK has a temperate climate, influenced by the ocean that surrounds it. It is never too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. Rain is common most of the year. Make sure to take plenty of warm clothes and waterproof shoes.
Lancaster University offers accommodation in student housing. Housing at Lancaster is organized by 'colleges', which are social units, not related to academics (think Hogwarts!). Each college is unique and there is healthy competition among them. Each college usually has its own dining hall and pub, and social events are frequent. This type of living arrangement helps a study abroad student integrate quickly and makes the transition to a new university easier.
You can find more information about the housing options at Lancaster on the university's Accomodation page.
Student housing in the UK tends to resemble the style of Mayflower Residence hall, with 4-6 students sharing a 'flat' with common kitchen and bathroom facilities and individual rooms, however variations to this style do occur. Meals can be cooked in the flat, or purchased at cafeterias.
Students will make their own travel arrangement with support from the Study Abroad office and the International Student office at Lancaster.
Lancaster features a good city bus system with frequent trips between the campus and the city center. There is also a bicycle path available.
In general, travel within the United Kingdom is very well organized. Busses, and taxis (and subway systems in larger cities) make getting around town quick and easy. Trains and busses also interconnect every city in Britain, making inter-city travel easy, fairly cheap and as quick as possible. You are never far from interesting places such as London or Ireland. Ferries and bargain airlines also allow you to reach many destinations in mainland Europe very inexpensively.
The Lancaster University Exchange program is open to students of all majors who fulfill the following requirements:
The application deadline for the Spring 2017 session has been extended to October 6, 2016.
University of Iowa students pay their regular University of Iowa tuition and mandatory student fees, and then study at our partner university without further tuition payment.
International student orientation, and some cultural activities are provided by the host organization at no additional cost to University of Iowa students.
Students are responsible for paying for all of the following items in addition to their normal University of Iowa tuition and fees:
University of Iowa study abroad administrative fees are included for all participants. They are based on tuition set by the Iowa Board of Regents. Please check the Costs of Study Abroad page for more information on these administrative fees.
A cost sheet detailing all estimated costs for the Spring 2017 session will be posted here during late fall 2016.
The cost sheet captures the best possible estimate for all costs a participant on this program will be responsible for, including fees paid to UI as well as out-of-pocket costs and personal expenses, although actual spending amounts may vary. This information will be provided to the Office of Student Financial Aid to help determine your eligibility for aid for this program.
Interested students should make an appointment with Cory Petersen, the program coordinator for the Lancaster University exchange, to determine whether this program is a good fit, and discuss the application process.
The application process consists of three steps:
Applicants are notified of their official acceptance status by Lancaster University by late October/early November for the Spring session, and by late March/early April for the following Fall/Academic Year.
Please call the Study Abroad office (1111 University Capitol Centre) at 319-335-0353 to set up an appointment, or email Cory with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to the Study Abroad office at the University of Iowa. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa (amounts based on Fall 2016 fees- fees may be adjusted for future sessions).
|Date of Withdrawal||Student Financial Responsibility|
|Between confirmation and 45 days before program start date||$500|
|Between 44 and 30 days before the program start date||$1,000|
|Between 29 and 15 days before the program start date||$2,000|
|Less than 14 days before the program start date||1) 100% of Study Abroad Course Fees ($400), 100% of UI Tuition and Fees|
In general, financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) received to attend the University of Iowa may be applied toward the cost of studying abroad as long as the student is making satisfactory progress toward his/her degree. In most cases the Office of Student Financial Aid can adjust financial aid to cover additional costs incurred by study abroad. Moreover, students are encouraged to apply for scholarships based on need, merit and/or diversity that are awarded by Study Abroad. Complete information is available on the Funding Your Study Abroad Experience page.Before applying for any scholarship, please take a look at the Suggestions for Scholarship Applications page.
The Study Abroad office offers several scholarships and grants. Take a look at the following links for Semester or Academic Year scholarships offered through our office:
1- Need-Based grants (For students in good academic standing, and who current year FAFSA has been processed by UI Office of Student Financial Aid)
2- Stanley Merit-Based Scholarship (See web page for details)
3- International Student Study Abroad Scholarship (See web page for details)
4- Diversity Ambassador Scholarship (see web page for details)
5- Iowa Abroad Scholarship(For students who began studying at the University of Iowa in Fall 2015 or later- see web page for details)
Other UI-affiliated awards
6- Stanley Undergraduate Awards for International Research (see web page for details)
7- Bijou Horizons - FilmScene (see web page for details)
Awards from organizations outside of the University of Iowa
(Note that when searching for financial aid from organizations outside of the University of Iowa, it's always best to be safe. Be sure to take a look at these tips to avoid scams before you apply!)
13- Or try a Google search for 'study abroad scholarships'!
Finally, if you’re having trouble writing scholarship essays, you may want to contact the UI Writing Center for a helping hand!
If you have any questions about funding for this program, please contact Cory Petersen at email@example.com or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment.
Acceptance materials for the Spring 2017 session will be added here by early October, 2016.
Safety, too, is vital to your study abroad experience. While the UK is generally a very safe place, unfortunately safety cannot be guaranteed anywhere. Take a look at the Health and Safety section of the Study Abroad website for some tips on staying safe abroad.
OCAS - UK: Information from the U.S. Department of State on safety and security abroad. Anyone can subscribe for the free OSAC newsletter to receive international safety news and updates via email.
If you do not have a passport, please apply for one soon to ensure you receive it before the program begins. Students who are U.S. citizens can find more information about how to apply for or renew a passport on the U.S. Department of State’s web site.
Important notice for students without a valid passport, or whose passport will expire within the next 12 months:
Those without valid passports should apply for a new passport or a passport renewal as early as possible.
Those with valid passports should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the U.S. from studying abroad. If your passport is not valid through this time then you will need to renew your passport before applying the visa you will need to enter the UK.
Expedited processing service is available for U.S. passports (although this still takes several weeks and is at an additional cost). Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.
Students who are not U.S. citizens should contact Cory Petersen firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to ensure that their passport is valid for the duration of their time abroad.
Program participants are required to have a visa to enter the UK. Please contact your study abroad advisor for more information about acquiring the visa you need to enter the country.
Please note that visas are issued by the British government based on that country's immigration requirements. Currently, the UK’s immigration requirements include considerations related to specific national origin, national heritage, criminal background status, and similar issues that can make it impossible to acquire a visa prior to the start of the program in some cases. Please contact Cory Petersen at email@example.com for more information.
You can find more information about funding options by clicking on the Application tab above and scrolling to the Financial Aid & Scholarships section toward the bottom of the page.
If you have any questions about funding for this program, please contact Cory Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).
Unless Study Abroad has an approval on file before your departure for the courses you take abroad to be applied toward a specific major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, you will receive general elective credit for your course. If you are hoping to apply the credit you receive for your program course to a major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, please contact Cory Petersen at email@example.com for details on the process.
As part of the this program, you will be enrolled in health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). For more information about CISI, please visit our Health Insurance Information page.
If you have any current health issues that you might want to receive treatment for while you’re abroad, CISI can help refer you to doctors and develop a continuation of care plan. If you would like to make arrangements for care while you’re abroad, please contact CISI using the contact information on the site above, or contact Cory Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students will need to make their own travel arrangements to get to their program site- Study Abroad will not be arranging a group flight to your study abroad destination.
Do not purchase plane tickets until
Students will receive contact information for any other program participants about six weeks prior to the start of their program so that they can coordinate travel plans.
If you need advice on making travel arrangements, please contact Cory Petersen at email@example.com.
In-person orientation sessions will be scheduled late in the semester prior to the start of your program in the UK, usually in mid-November for the spring semester, and late-April for the Fall semester. Your study abroad advisor will be in touch with you about the specific dates shortly after you have been accepted into the program.
You will need to register for this program on MyUI prior to your departure for the UK. You will receive more information on the registration process from your Study Abroad advisor.