International students

The University of Central Lancashire is home to students from more than 100 countries worldwide. We offer a friendly, welcoming and supportive environment for those travelling from overseas to study with us.

Your international student guide

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Discover more about life as an international student at UCLan

Interested in studying at the University of Central Lancashire? Our International Student Guide is packed with useful information for overseas students.

How to apply as an international student

We're here to help make the application process as smooth as possible - including ensuring you have everything you need, including visa advice and immigration information.

How to apply

Important dates for international applicants

Please view our admission deadlines for international applicants below.

International admissions process

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International applicants

Already submitted an application? Find out more about what happens next and when we’ll be in touch.

Take a virtual tour

Want to see our facilities, accommodation and city hot spots? Take a look at our virtual experience platform.

Take a tour

Information for international applicants

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Find your country

Find your country to see indicative entry and language requirements, key contacts to help with your application and stories from students in your region. 

Fees, scholarships and budgeting

Read about our international tuition fees, bursaries and scholarships and how to budget at university
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    EU and international tuition fees

    As well as what’s already included with your tuition fees, you’ll benefit from a free orientation programme with airport pick-up, free English language support throughout your first year and a free sports membership – all designed to help you quickly settle in.

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    Bursaries and scholarships

    We believe that opportunity creates success, and that’s why we offer a range of attractive bursaries, scholarships, funds and discounts to our prospective students to give them a helping hand along the way.

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    Cost of living support hub

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Studying is one of the biggest investments you can make towards your future. We're here to make the fees and finance side of university as easy as possible to understand.

International student stories

We welcome students from around the world and each one has their own unique story to tell. Whether it be moving to a new country, making new friends, adjusting to UK education or embracing the new climate. Be inspired by the experiences of our international students.

Read our student stories

Need help improving your English?

Do you need help improving your language skills to meet our English language entry requirements? Our Language Academy has programmes that will help you improve your language skills. The programmes are taught at our Preston Campus and are accredited by the British Council. You will study on the programme for between six and 30 weeks depending on your language level. Once you have passed the Pre-Sessional programme at the required grade, you can proceed on to your chosen university course. 

Find out more about the Language Academy


  • We’ve been awarded the maximum 5 QS Stars (Excellent) for internationalisation (2022). We’re proud to be a truly international university, with a thriving staff and student community of 38,000+ people from over 100 countries. We encourage all our students to become ‘global citizens’ and our courses open doors to worldwide career opportunities. We offer a welcoming destination to all our international students, providing them with the support they need to succeed in their studies. Our 5 QS Stars also reflects the opportunities we provide to enable students to experience other cultures; the success of our overseas campus in Cyprus; and our 120+ international partnerships with universities based in China, Malaysia, the Far East and beyond.

Where is Preston?

Preston is a vibrant, multicultural city in the heart of the North West of England, making it the perfect place to live, work and play. Our Preston Campus is home to a thriving international community of over 38,000 students and staff.

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Contact us

If you have any questions about studying with us, please get in touch

If you would like to contact a specific member of our country or partner teams, please visit the find your country or region page.