LUSU Overseas

Applications for the Overseas Programme have now closed. We thank you for your interest, and if you are wanting to travel next year then keep your eyes peeled throughout Freshers’ Week for information for next year. There are still plenty of opportunities to get involved this year, however, with the World at Lancaster project. 

We have a range of fantastic opportunities for any student to take part in an international cultural programme, interacting with students studying at one of Lancaster University’s partner institutes around the world.

We currently work with the following partners: GD Goenka World Institute in India, Sunway University in Malaysia, An-Najah University in Palestine, COMSATS in Pakistan, Lancaster University Ghana and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in China. With incoming visits to Lancaster from our partner institutes in July and outgoing trips to our global partners to Malaysia, China, Ghana and India in late August/early September, students are immersed in a new, exciting and different culture.

Where can I go?

Our Overseas Programme is a great opportunity for you to travel abroad for three weeks to China, Ghana, India or Malaysia with other Lancaster University students in late August/early September 2014. Lancaster University has teaching partnerships in these countries where students study Lancaster University degrees. We encourage all students to apply to participate in this trip; this includes all undergraduates and postgraduates and final years.

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Malaysia

Travel to Kuala Lumpur to stay with our partner institute Sunway University for three weeks and experience this multi-cultural country. Sunway University is perfectly placed to give you the opportunity to explore and gain both a practical and academic insight into a rich and diverse culture. The three week programme will consist of activities including networking with major corporations, taking part in established community projects, engaging with local political causes, exploring the modern and stylish city of Kuala Lumpur, interactive academic sessions and a home stay with a Malaysian family.

The home stay is a unique opportunity to be immersed into traditional Malaysian village life. For two days, you will live with a Malaysian family who will warmly invite you into their home and make you part of their family. From the traditional food and clothes to the authentic activities that you will take part in, this is one part of the trip you will never forget.

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In your free time, you will also have the opportunity to take part in optional activities such as travelling to Melaka, a world heritage site, visiting an Elephant Sanctuary or exploring Redang Island. Please note: there will be an extra cost for optional activities you can take part in during your free time. All optional activities are subject to availability.

This trip will depart from Manchester on 31 August 2014 and return on 22 September 2014.

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China

Join us in a visit to Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) in Guangzhou, South China and be amazed by the contrast of tradition and modernity across the city. For the first two weeks attend language classes and learn more about Chinese culture through a range of activities from touring local landmarks to calligraphy classes to visits to local markets. During the third week there are three different options to choose from:

1. Teaching English in Guangzhou: If you are interested in teaching, you will have the opportunity to teach English at a local primary school which is linked to GDUFS or to tutor Chinese undergraduates. Use your new language skills to engage with young children through planning lessons in and out of the classroom or help a GDUFS student master the complexities and nuances of the English language. On your second to last day you will travel to Hong Kong, where you will have 24 hours to explore this exciting city.

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2. Rural China and Environmental Issues in South-West China Last few spaces remaining!: Join Professor Bill Davies (CBE) to look at the challenge China is facing on the important topic of food security and other environmental issues, gaining insight from a world leading expert whilst experiencing farms and rural China firsthand. On your second to last day you will travel to Hong Kong, where you will spend 24 hours before flying home.

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3. Politics and Culture in Beijing; Travel to Beijing and explore the Great Wall of China, Old and New Summer Palaces as well as Tiananmen Square. Dr. Astrid Nordin will be joining you to give talks and provide historical and political context to the sights, discussing the concept of borders that connect and separate China and the world, as well as debating about foreign influences in China and how Western incursions in Chinese history play out in today’s politics and culture. There will also be an opportunity to engage with Chinese academia and meet local students.You will then fly home from Beijing.

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This trip will depart from Manchester on 6 September 2014 and will return on 28 September 2014.

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India

Travel to India and experience a varied three weeks designed to give you a good overview of the country. You will spend your first 10 days based in central Delhi while participating in events organised in collaboration with our partner institute, GD Goenka World Institute in Gurgaon. Delhi is India’s capital city; a cosmopolitan global hub of business, development and tourism. In this time, you will follow a schedule of different activities including networking with businesses, taking part in established community projects, academic interactions, government visits and sightseeing in Delhi. For the final 10 days you will be able to choose from the following three options:

1. Traditional Indian Culture and Heritage in Manipal Last few spaces remaining!: Through a combination of lectures and exploring the local area, you will learn about Indian history, contemporary political issues and traditional culture in this university town on the south-western coastline. As part of the trip you will have the opportunity to visit several temples, explore Malpe beach, shop in Mangalore and discover beautiful architecture.

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2. Work with an established community project/NGO in Delhi: For this option you will stay in Dehli, giving you a great base to explore this historic and dynamic city. In the day you will engage with a local NGO getting hands-on experience of a community project; in your free time explore the city’s many sites and put your haggling skills to the test at the bustling markets.

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3.Cycle Challenge Only 10 spaces remaining!: This year you have the opportunity to cycle through part of India, giving you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to achieve a personal goal while experiencing India from a unique perspective. For the challenge you will cycle up to 80km per day over a variety of terrains. Please note, there will be an additional fee for this option.

Download the exciting itinerary here: LUSU Overseas Cycle Challenge

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This trip will depart from London’s Heathrow airport on 30 August 2014 and will return on 20 September 2014.

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Ghana

All spaces for Ghana have now been filled. 

Join us for the inaugural trip to the new Lancaster University Ghana campus based in the capital city of Accra; a modern metropolis with a vast array of shops, excellent nightlife and the best selection of eating options in Ghana. Over three weeks you will have the opportunity to explore the vibrant capital as well as participate in a range of activities that will enhance your understanding of the contemporary and historical issues that make Ghana and West Africa so interesting.

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Whilst visiting Lancaster University Ghana, you will have the opportunity to explore international issues with academics as well as visit religious sites to gain a deep understanding of religion in Ghana. Through a combination of visits to local charitable organisations, political interactions and trips to local businesses, you will gain firsthand knowledge of this friendly and growing nation. During your time in Ghana, you will also travel to Cape Coast were you can marvel at the stunning coastal scenery and make a visit to a cocoa plantation, gaining an insight into business industries that are thriving in the capital.

This trip will be ideal for flexible people who want to be involved in our first trip to this new campus.

This trip will depart from London’s Heathrow airport on 30 August 2014 and will return on 21 September 2014.

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How will I benefit from this experience?

“Ultimately, UK graduates, like their international counterparts, must be able to work across national borders, manage complex international and intercultural relationships, and understand global aspects of the world of work.”
Global Graduates into Global Leaders report, CFE

The experience gained by going abroad with LUSU can be used to demonstrate the Cultural Sensitivity skill required for the Lancaster Award. Additionally, experience of overseas travel can help you develop many work skills that employers are looking for. After your trip, you will be invited to an employability session where you will learn how to express your new skills on your CV and in interview situations.

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Sign up

Drop In Sessions

If you would like more information or if have any questions/queries about anything to do with the programme and international funding, we will be running regular drop in sessions. If you have any questions or queries before then, our office is open!

Application Process

All applications are now closed. Thank you for your interest, and if you have any questions please speak to us via email or in person. 

 

Costs

The trip costs £675 for all options except the Cycle Challenge in India, which costs £1,500. The cost of the programme covers your accommodation, scheduled activities and the majority of your meals This does not include:

Injections and medication: This will vary depending on which country option you choose. Participants should visit a travel clinic or nurse for advice before travelling. Many required injections are usually free of charge from your GP.

Spending money for shopping, some meals, weekends and free time.

Visa: You will need to complete your own visa application but LUSU can help you. If you have a UK passport you do not need a visa to travel to Malaysia.

Travel to and from the UK departure airport.

Flights: These are booked by LUSU on your behalf. Your flight costs will vary depending on the country and trip option that you have chosen. Options that require travel within the destination country will have higher flight costs than options that do not require internal travel. The cost of flights for each country and option are listed below.

  • Malaysia: £720
  • Ghana: £775
  • China:
    1. Teaching English in Guanghzou: £875
    2. Rural China and environmental issues in South West China: £995 (including internal flight)
    3. Politics and Culture in Beijing: £965 (including internal train travel)
  • India:
    1.  Indian Culture and Heritage in Manipal: £885 (this cost is subject to change and is including internal flights)
    2. Work with an NGO or gain business exposure in Dehli: £735
    3. Cycle Challenge: £735 (not including fee for challenge)

Financial Assistance

We believe that students should not be excluded on the basis of cost alone; therefore financial support of up to £675 is available. If you are in need of financial assistance we will do everything we can to support you. Priority will be given to students in receipt of a means-tested bursary from the University, but we will consider applications from anyone with financial circumstances that would make it difficult to participate without assistance. Please indicate on your application form if you wish to apply for financial assistance and we will discuss this with you at the interview stage.

College Grants

Most colleges offer travel grants of £50 to £150 to support students who wish to travel during the vacation period. Selection criteria vary; please contact your college for more information and to apply.

Additional Funding

We will run a workshop for participants to help identify additional sources of financial assistance. In this session we will also help with applications for college grants. DSC01995

Employment Opportunities

Cultural Exchange 2014

For three weeks every summer we invite students from our partner institutions in China, India, Malaysia, Pakistan and Palestine to our Lancaster campus to take part in a cultural exchange. In 2013, 175 students took part and in 2014 we are hoping that over 200 students will travel to Lancaster. While they are here, we arrange activities around the key themes of community, politics,academia and business. These activities include networking with local businesses, taking part in community projects and attending relevant lectures. We also take them to London for a whirlwind three day tour which includes a networking event with Lancaster alumni and engaging with politicians. In order to ensure the success of the programme, we will be hiring a team of student staff to assist in the organization and implementation of the programme. Often referred to as buddies, the student staff lead the visiting students as they take part in the activities and help them adjust to life in England. The job includes:

  • Work from 19 July to 10 August 2014
  • 30-35 hours of work each week
  • Free on campus accommodation and most meals
  • Training during summer term

We are offering these roles to LUSU Overseas Programme participants before we open applications to the general student population as we want you to have the chance to experience new cultures before you travel abroad. It is a great opportunity to make new friends before you go overseas.

Please note, the last day to apply as part of your application to travel overseas was 21 March 2014. We are not currently recruiting for any staff.

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Internationalisation Funding

LUSU is now able to offer funding for projects or events that will internationalise the Lancaster University campus. This funding is available to individuals, groups, clubs and societies and will be awarded based on receipted expenses in line with their budget.  Applications are now open. You will need to complete an online application form, which asks for a brief description of your idea and a proposed budget. After filling in the form, you will then be asked to come in for a chat with the Overseas team to explain your idea further so that its suitability can be assessed.Contact us for more information or apply here.

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Capture unique vibrant cultures through film, photography, voice and art as part of LUSU’s overseas programme, travelling to China, Ghana, India or Malaysia over three weeks in September 2014. During the programme, use the opportunity to demonstrate your passions and skills to capture both the trip itself and the surrounding country. LUSU has funding that you can apply for to contribute to the purchase of equipment or to support activities whilst overseas with LUSU (subject to T&Cs). Email lusu.overseas@lancater.ac.uk if you would like to discuss this opportunity.

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FAQ’s

How do I get involved?

You can sign up for a country programme by clicking on the links in the sign up section.

Can all students take part?

Yes! We encourage all students to apply to participate in the trip. This includes all undergraduates and postgraduates. Please note that there may be some visa restrictions for certain nationalities travelling to our destinations. Please come and talk to us if you think this may be an issue.

Can students in their final year take part?

Yes! Even if you are in your final year you can still participate.

When will the trip take place?

Depending on where you go, you’ll depart the UK in the last week of August or the first week of September and spend 3 weeks in the country of your choice.

Malaysia, Ghana and India: These trips will depart on the weekend of 30 August 2014 and will return to the UK on the weekend of 20 September 2014.

China: This trip will depart on the weekend of 6 September 2014 and will return to the UK on the weekend of 27 September 2014.

Can I go to more than one country?

No, the trips happen at the same time so it is not possible to take part in more than one trip.

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What is the difference between travelling to Malaysia, Ghana, India OR China?

The main difference that you will see will be the cultural differences between the countries. The trips themselves will obviously vary in content dependent on projects, contacts, networks, culture and so on; in that respect the trips are unique.

How will I benefit from this experience?

The experience gained by going abroad with LUSU can be used to demonstrate the Cultural Sensitivity skill required for the Lancaster Award. Additionally, experience of overseas travel can help you develop many work skills that employers are looking for. After your trip, you will be invited to an employability session where you will learn how to express your new skills on your CV and in interview

What does the fee include?

The fee covers your accommodation, scheduled activities and the majority of your meals (your meals will be local foods, giving you the chance to try and enjoy something new!).

What isn’t included in the fee?
  • Flights (please see below)
  • Injections and medication: This will vary depending on which country option you choose. Participants should visit a travel clinic or nurse for advice before travelling. Many required injections are usually free of charge from your GP.
  • Spending money for shopping, some meals, weekends and free time.
  • Visa: You will need to complete your own visa application but LUSU can help you. If you have a UK passport you do not need a visa to travel to Malaysia.
  • Travel to and from the UK departure airport

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How much are flights?

LUSU will book flights on your behalf. Your flight costs will vary depending on the country and trip option that you have chosen.To make sure that everyone pays a fair price and to ensure everyone on the same option is on the same flight, we make a group booking. If researching for yourself, you may see that some flights are less expensive than the price we are asking you to pay; this is because when we make a group booking the airline charges individual participants the average price.

What happens with flights if I am travelling from another country?

If you are an international student you may choose to book your own flight for logistical reasons. You must tell a member of the team; we will need your flight information so that arrangements can be made with our partners. You will be given the group flight information and you should arrive at the airport before the group arrives and leave after the group departs. You may face additional costs to cover the individual arrangements made regarding your airport collections.

Can I access financial support?

We believe that students should not be excluded on the basis of cost alone; therefore financial support of up to £675 is available. If you are in need of financial assistance we will do everything we can to support you. Priority will be given to students in receipt of a means-tested bursary from the University, but we will consider applications from anyone with financial circumstances that would make it difficult to participate without assistance. Please indicate on your application form if you wish to apply for financial assistance and explain your reasons for doing so. We will discuss this with you at the interview stage. We will run a workshop for participants to help identify additional sources of financial assistance. In this session we will also help with applications for college grants.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

Yes £100 payment needs to be paid before your application is complete.

What do you look for in applicants?
  • Extent that the individual can gain new experiences and employability benefits
  • Extent that individuals can bring specific skills and energy to further the project:
  • Communicate effectively with people from other cultures and backgrounds
  • Team player
  • Ability to enthuse and motivate one’s self and others
  • Ability to overcome obstacles and creativity when problem solving
  • Good work ethic

ALL OF THE ABOVE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE Read the full terms and conditions of the programme and detailed FAQs in the my Union section.