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ENGLAND - ISEP University of Central Lancashire

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. 

This program is best for a student that is independent.  A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed.  Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College and may be difficult for some students to adjust.

Learn More about the University of Central Lancashire here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  

Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up. Direct options may have an additional cost (see a financial section for more information).


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.


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. 

Combined Honours Program: The combined honors program has subjects on a modular basis, resembling the U.S. course system. Subjects include accounting, biochemistry, business, business information systems, chemistry, computing, Criminology, deaf studies, design history, economics, education studies, electronics, English, environmental management, fashion, French, geography, German, health studies, Italian, law, linguistics, management, marketing, mathematics, organization studies, philosophy, politics, psychology, race and ethnic studies, religious students, sociology, Spanish, sports & exercise science, statistics, 3D design, tourism and leisure, and women’s studies. Students take 3-4 modules per semester and no more than 7 modules per academic year. 



Please note that the following fields of study are only offered for the full year, therefore, are not available for students studying abroad for one semester: Business courses, architecture, computing, electronics, product design, languages, psychology, law and sports and exercise 
The following fields of study are closed to ISEP students: Acting.


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

Please review the ISEP country handbook for more information on the education system.

Student Life

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.

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in single-occupancy rooms in residence halls. Cooking facilities are available. A meal stipend is provided for Exchange students; students can either cook in the residence or buy meals in the refectory or in town. Direct students do not receive a meal stipend and responsible for their own meal costs.

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange to UCLAN includes orientation, on-site director, university fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week.  

ISEP costs for Exchange are usually the most cost-effective, as it is intended to promote mobility of students around the world.  Direct options are available for those students that prefer to attend a school with limited availability for Exchange, though costs may be different as they are set by the host school. For students that participate in ISEP Direct, the program fee includes all of the above plus insurance. However, the program fee may be different than that of Exchange.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 programs:

Budget Item



Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


ISEP Application and Confirmation Fees


ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance (estimated, $90/mo)

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP


Additional Meals


Estimated Airfare

*Students placed on ISEP Exchange may be eligible for up to $750 airfare award


Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)


Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses




Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of January 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

  • Contact:

    For Questions About the Initial Application Process:

    Alexandra Olson
    Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office