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University of Central Lancashire

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The university's main campus is located in Preston, in the northwest of England. Preston is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with lively nightlife and a buzzing arts scene. less than an hour from Manchester and Liverpool, and within half an hour of Blackpool.

Academic year or semester exchanges
ISEP Direct academic year or semester programs

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement is generally Fair.
ISEP Direct chance of placement is Excellent.

For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: early September to mid-May; Semester 1: early September to early January; Semester 2: mid-January to mid-May.

For more information go to ISEP Direct Fee page.

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Full Year 16-17: $26,900
Semester 1 16-17: $13,950
Semester 2 16-17: $14,700

For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: July 15, 2016
SM2: December 1, 2016

Fast Facts
Preston, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom (pop. 127,000)
Language of instruction: English
University of Central Lancashire Home Page
International Student page
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Business (accounting, economics, finance, human resource management, information systems & management, international business, journalism, leisure management, marketing, public relations, tourism); Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (criminology, deaf studies, design history, education studies, English, fashion, film studies, fine art, graphics, history, languages, law, linguistics, literature, philosophy, politics, religious studies, sociology); Health (health studies, psychology, social work); Science (architecture, biology, chemistry, electronics, environmental science, geography, mathematics, computing science, product design, sports and exercise science).

Academic Notes
There are over 500 options available from disciplines that span the university’s faculties. Biochemistry, biology, business information technology, computing, English law, fashion, fine arts, graphic design, international business, journalism, languages, management, politics, psychology and sociology are strong fields. Students take 3-4 modules per semester, and no more than 7 modules per academic year.


Transcripts are issued in February for semester 1, and June for semester 2 and academic year students. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Applicants who are not native English speakers must submit a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with no component below 5.5. Please note that UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will not accept TOEFL as proof of English ability for any student visa application.

Special Academic Conditions
Please note that the following fields of study are only offered for the full year therefore are not availabile for students studying abroad for one semester: Business courses, architecture, computing, electronics, mathematics, product design, languages, law and sports and exercise.

The following fields of study are closed to ISEP students: Acting.

Hints for Researching Courses
From the UCLAN website, go to this page Then click on your field of study and view the course content available.

Housing and Meals
Students are housed in single-occupancy rooms in residence halls. Cooking facilities are available. A meal stipend is provided; students can either cook in the residence or buy meals in the refectory or in town. Please note: Housing for families and couples is not available.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your estimated personal expenses, including books, are estimated at: £300

Orientation is provided in the first semester lasting a week, the second semester is usually 2 days during which events are organized such as visits to local cities (Manchester and Liverpool), walking tour of the City and Campus, talks by various departments, and welcome by the International Office Team. It provides the opportunity for the students to register for their courses and meet key people who can assist them, open bank accounts, etc.


An airport pickup service may be available from Manchester Airport or Preston Railway station. Students will need to book this service on the orientation booking form and will be sent the link once they have been Confirmed.

The University of Central Lancashire is one of the largest universities in the UK, yet remains committed to widening access and maintains close links with industry and commerce. Contained on one site, the main Preston city-centre campus offers excellent facilities including modern teaching accommodations and high-quality residence halls.