International exchange students coming to the UK

Global opportunities

If you're looking for a UK University experience, for a semester or for a full year, the University of Central Lancashire has plenty to offer.

We welcome international exchange students wishing to spend time studying in the UK to our supportive community. We are one of the biggest and most diverse universities in the UK. Our safe campus has a friendly feel with lots of popular destinations to explore nearby. You’re sure to make friends for life when you study with us.

How does the exchange programme work?

We have exchange agreements with almost 100 universities from around the world. In Europe we are part of the Erasmus+ scheme and we have partners in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Hong Kong through the Worldwide Exchange programme.

For areas outside of Erasmus+ and the Worldwide Exchange programme, we are also involved with the International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP), which covers the rest of the world.

How do I apply to study abroad?

Interested in studying with us under one of our exchange agreements? You'll need to contact your home institution for information on the application process. You can also contact our friendly team, and we'll help you with your application.

Contact our work or study abroad team

An unforgettable student experience

The University of Central Lancashire is the perfect destination for a world-class education and a unique student experience. You'll always have something to do while studying with us. Discover more about what student life in Preston.

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Explore our Preston Campus

Our Preston Campus is right at the heart of the city, minutes away from the vibrant shopping centre, attractions and nightlife. Take a virtual tour around our Preston Campus.

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Find your inspiration

We have a broad range of subjects to choose from - from law and sciences, to arts and healthcare - there will be something to suit you. Browse our subject areas, find your inspiration and study with us.

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We try to accommodate and welcome all international exchange students. However, we do have a number subjects that are exempt from our study abroad degree programmes. The following subjects currently are not part of our international students study abroad programme:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Midwifery
  • British Sign Language (BSL)
  • Health Professionals
  • Optometry
  • Veterinary

If you have any questions regarding these subjects areas, or would like to know what your options are, please contact our friendly team and we will support you however we can.

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Hear from international students

I'm a study abroad student from SUNY Plattsburgh. UCLan is very affordable for me and the events are amazing. I'm part of the Singing Society and my classes are going well. I love the community, the students are kind and the tutors are very understanding.
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Jack Harrop
Lancashire Business School Exchange Programme

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