- 1 Where can I go?
- 2 How will I benefit from this experience?
- 3 Applications and More Information
- 4 Employment Opportunities
- 5 Internationalisation Funding
- 6 FAQ’s
Applications are now open! Please go to the Applications section below to find a link to the form.
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. Through our programmes you have the opportunity to travel to an exciting new destination or help us host students who are visiting Lancaster.
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 in Malaysia, China, Ghana and India in September, students are immersed in a new, exciting and different culture.
Where can I go?
If you are interested in travelling in September 2015, our Overseas Programme is a great opportunity for you to go abroad for three weeks to China, Ghana, India or Malaysia with other Lancaster University students. 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, including those in their final year. Please note, all trip details are subject to change.
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. 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 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.
2. Rural China and Environmental Issues in South-West China: Spend an interesting week in an area of rural China. Observe the quieter way of life away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. On your second to last day you will travel to Hong Kong, where you will spend 24 hours before flying home.
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.
This trip will likely depart during the weekend of 5 September 2015 and return on during the weekend of 26 September 2015.
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 two options:
1. Traditional Indian Culture and Heritage in Manipal: 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.
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.
This trip will likely depart from London’s Heathrow airport during the weekend of 29 August 2015 and will return during the weekend of 19 September 2015.
Join us for a trip to the new Lancaster University Ghana campus based in the capital city of Accra; a developing metropolis with lively people and vibrant locales. Over three weeks you will have the opportunity to explore the dynamic 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.
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.
This trip will likely depart from London’s Heathrow airport during the weekend of 29 September 2015 and return during the weekend of 19 September 2015.
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.
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 likely depart during the weekend of 29 August 2015 and return on the weekend of 19 September 2015.
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.
Applications and More Information
Apply for the Trips
If you are ready to sign up for a trip, please follow the link below. You will be taken to our online application form, where you will be asked a few questions about your travel preferences. You will also have the opportunity to apply for LUSU financial assistance on this form. A deposit payment of £100 will be due when you have completed your application. This deposit is refundable up until 7 days after you are offered a place on the programme.
Drop In Sessions
If you would like more information or if have any questions/queries about anything to do with the programme and internationalization funding, we will be running regular drop in sessions. The next ones are scheduled for:
- Wednesday, 29 October, 2pm – 4pm, Furness College Bar
- Wednesday, 5 November, 2pm – 4pm, Fylde College Bar
- Wednesday, 12 November, 2pm – 4pm, Grizedale College Bar
All LUSU Overseas September trips cost £675. 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 estimated below. The final flight costs will be confirmed to you after applications have opened.
- Malaysia: £900
- Ghana: £900
1. Teaching English in Guanghzou: £900
2. Rural China and environmental issues in South West China: £1,100 (including internal flight)
3. Politics and Culture in Beijing: £1,000 (including internal train travel)
1. Indian Culture and Heritage in Manipal: £900 (including internal flights)
2. Work with an NGO Dehli: £800
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.
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.
Cultural Exchange 2015
For three weeks every summer we invite students from our partner institutions in China, India, Ghana, Malaysia, Pakistan and Palestine to our Lancaster campus to take part in a cultural exchange. In 2014, 175 students took part and in 2015 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 2015
- 30-35 hours of work each week
- Free on campus accommodation and most meals
- Training during summer term
Working on this programme in the summer before you travel is an excellent way to gain a cultural connection before you travel. Applications for this exciting job will open in April 2015; check back here for more information about the application process closer to the time.
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.
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.
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.
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 to China and Malaysia offer a more strictly organised experience, while the trips to India and Ghana tend to be more flexible. 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
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