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Off-Campus Study

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.

Program Type

Exchange or Direct-Enroll


Preston, England

Languages of Instruction


Program Dates

Fall 2018: September to Early January

Spring 2019: mid-January to mid-May

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.


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.


ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Fair.  ISEP Direct chance of placement for US students is Excellent.


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.

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


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

Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

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

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 to UCLAN, the program fee includes housing and insurance, but no meals. 

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 semesters:

Budget Item





Lake Forest College Tuition



Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost



College Deposit (credit)



Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College



ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application



College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)



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

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP



Additional Meals



Estimated Airfare



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.

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.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

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