The University of Central Lancashire traces its roots back to the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge founded in Preston in 1828, becoming Preston Polytechnic in 1973 to later be granted University status in 1992.
UCLan now has around 32,000 students studying on the main campus in Preston and other campuses throughout Lancashire. The University has five faculties, or colleges: the Lancashire Business School; Cultural, Legal & Social Studies; Design & Technology; Health; and Science.
The University has extensive computing facilities and the newly extended and refurbished Library and Learning Resource Service provides access to national and international resources. Student amenities on the campus include shops, restaurants, travel agency, clubs and societies, sports center, arts center and the Student Union Building.
The university is located in the city of Preston, which is the commercial, administrative and cultural capital of Lancashire. Preston is ideally located within an hour train ride of Manchester and Liverpool, and London and Glasgow are accessible by train in under 3 hours.
Preston holds a rich history dating back to 1179, early Saxon times, but is better known today as a major center of shopping, entertainment and learning. The indoor market is considered one of the best open markets in the Northwest while modern shopping centers abound only a short distance from campus.
Visitors will also be impressed by the variety of restaurants, pubs and excellent night-life Preston offers as well as its premier entertainment centre, the Guild Hall & Charter Theatre.
Preston is surrounded by the breathtaking countryside of the magnificent Lake District, which provides excellent opportunities for many outdoor activities such as mountain biking, sailing, climbing or just walking.
A short walk from campus finds just about everything a student might need. But for trips further away, Preston's public transit is excellent and numerous. Regular buses run past the University from all areas of the city.
Courses available in any major!
Fall Semester: Mid-September to mid-January (early exams may be possible)
Spring Semester: Mid-January to mid-May
Academic Year: Mid-September to mid-May
Please see the 2017-18 Academic Calendar for specific dates
Language of Instruction
English, in the truest sense
15 semester units. Typically this equates to 3 classes/semester. Module (Class) units at UCLan are usually 20 credits each, equating to 5 CSU units each course.
Assured place in one of several student residence halls. Bathrooms are usually shared amongst flatmates, but on occasion, exchange students are invited to stay in ensuite dorms (each room has a private bath).
For Fall Semester/Year Study: March 15
For Spring Semester Study: September 15
How to Apply
Visit the University of Central Lancashire website at http://www.uclan.ac.uk/international/ to learn about the University and life in Preston. Use http://www.prestonguildcity.co.uk/ for a listing of local events and overview of life in the city.
Meet with the CSUSM Study Abroad Advisor in Craven Hall 3200 to determine if you are eligible for this program.
Review the course lists for each of the Faculty in which you wish to study. Please view the guide to course codes to more easily find courses in your field. You can search available courses online at: http://www.uclan.ac.uk/courses/index.php. Please be advised that course descriptions are not readily available.
Consult with a faculty advisor in your major department to determine if Central Lancashire courses will count toward your major. If so, complete a Study Abroad Credit Approval Form.
Order an official transcript from CSUSM and any other college from which you have taken a semester or more in classes (even if you have already transferred credit to CSUSM). Please send the transcript(s) directly to Global Education, c/o Tiffany Gabbard, Craven 3200, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd. San Marcos, CA 92096-0001 or pick in person and drop off at Global Education (preferred).
Read about international student accommodations. Accommodation application will be made online after initial acceptance by UCLan.
Complete the UCLan Application and submit it to the CSUSM Study Abroad Advisor in Craven Hall 3200 along with your other application materials.