Lancaster University Courses

The academic year at Lancaster consists of three terms. Fall students attend for one term, spring students for two, and academic year students for all three.

  • Make sure your courses transfer back for credit with your home school and that you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school policies – this is your responsibility.
  • Please be flexible about courses – we can’t guarantee placement in specific courses.
  • Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.


If you want to add extra credits to your fall program, learn more about the optional summer pre-session course taught over four weeks. The International Summer Programme (British Culture, Language and Society 1800 – present) is worth 4 semester credits and provides an opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the UK.

Special Considerations

Fall term students will take specially arranged examinations in order to end in December.

Academic year and spring two-term students will take examinations or final assessments during the end-of-year period.

Special Nomenclature

Under terms taught, you will see M, L, or S or some combination of these three letters.

  • M = Michaelmas = fall term
  • L = Lent = first half of spring term
  • S = Summer = second half of spring term
  • L and S must be taken together as they compose both halves of the mandatory spring two-term.

Choosing Your Courses

On the Lancaster website:

  • Click on individual subjects.
  • View a course list by number and title.
  • Listings also provide description, credits, terms offered, and prerequisites.

Year of Study:

  • Year 1 = Sophomore level
  • Year 2 = Junior level
  • Year 3 = Junior/Senior level

Total Credits:

  • Academic Year = 30-32 semester hour credits
  • Pre-session (optional) = 4 semester hour credits
  • Fall term = 12 semester hour credits
  • Spring two-terms = 16 semester hour credits

Enrollment Process

The preliminary course form students submit to Arcadia prior to departure does not guarantee approval or enrollment in those courses. There is a drop/add period at the beginning of each semester that allows students to make changes to course enrollments. If you make any changes, it is your responsibility to inform your home institution.

If your enrollment is conditional upon entry into a specific course or courses, it is very important that you indicate these requirements at the bottom of the preliminary course form on your Arcadia Passport.

Grade Scale

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Aggregate Grade Range Ranking Suggested U.S. Equivalent
18 - 24 First Class A
15 - 17 Second Class Upper B+
12 - 14 Second Class Lower B
9 - 11 Third Class/Pass C+
0 - 8 Fail F
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For  certain courses, you will need to submit a portfolio or audition tape to support your application. Portfolio is non-returnable.