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University of Cumbria


The University of Cumbria was formed in 2007 from an amalgamation of St. Martin's College, Cumbria Institute of the Arts, and the Cumbrian campuses of the University of Central Lancashire. The University offers a very high-quality learning experience in a supportive environment which enables you to achieve your personal and professional potential at whichever campus you choose to study within the University of Cumbria system.  You may choose to study at any campus with Lancaster or the Carlisle campus being the most popular.

Lancaster is known as the "Big little city" because the city has both a significant, student-dominated atmosphere and a respected cultural scene rooted in theater, music, and the arts. Theater aficionados will enjoy the Dukes Theater year-round performances and the nationally acclaimed summer Promenade theater season.

If you prefer an active, outdoors lifestyle to the city, you may choose to study at the Carlisle campus. Carlisle is located at the base of the Lake District and the Solway Firth, bringing the great outdoors to your doorstep and making it your playground. The city has a distinct outdoors feel and there are many local (as well as university clubs) for outdoor pursuits. Particularly popular are fell running, cycling, fell walking, sailing in Morecambe, and potholing just over the border in North Yorkshire. If you prefer to be a spectator more than a participant, Carlisle many exciting football and rugby games as well as a race course. 

City, Country 

Lancaster OR Carlisle, U.K.


Summer, Semester and/or Academic Year 


Tentative Spring 2014 Dates:

Departure Date from U.S.: January 3, 2014 - - Arrive in U.K. January 4th, 2014  Orientation: Week of January 5th, 2014
Departure Date from University of Cumbria:  May 17th, 2014

Summer 2014 Dates:

Departure Date from U.S.: Thursday, July 17, 2014 ---Arrive in U.K. Friday, July 18th, 2014
Departure Date from University of Cumbria: Friday, August 8th, 2014

Tentative Fall 2014 Dates:

Departure Date from U.S.: September 12th, 2014 - Arrive in U.K. September 12th
Orientation: Week of September 14th
Departure Date from University of Cumbria: December 20, 2014


2.5 GPA, Must be second semester sophomore or higher

Application Deadline


Fall Admission: April 15, 2014
Spring Admission: October 15, 2013
Summer Admission: February 15, 2014

To apply, please complete and submit to SUNY Cortland:

  1. SUNY Study Abroad Application
  2. University of Cumbria Study Abroad Semester Application Complete sections #1,3,4,5 and sign.
    University of Cumbria's Lakeland Summer School Application Complete sections #1,3,4,5
  3. Copy of Passport Biographical page.

The Course Approval Form (due May 1st) is to be submitted by SUNY Cortland students only. Non-Cortland students must speak with their home campus study abroad office for information on the course approval process.

Non-Cortland students must return completed Judicial Review and Code of Conduct forms.

Travel Information

Flight booked by participant.
Students will be given specific flight information after the application deadline.
Students are encouraged to book and travel with other participants

Program Costs

Spring 2014 Budget **Tentative and Subject to Change**

Fall 2014 Budget **Tentative and Subject to Change**

Summer 2014 Budget

Accepted students will receive an updated budget as a part of their acceptance packet.

This program may qualify for an Exchange Award, which can result in considerable savings on the total program cost. The Exchange Award is available to SUNY Cortland students only. Please contact International Programs to obtain an application for the award and an exchange budget for this program.


Summer Program

The University of Cumbria's Lakeland Summer School is a 3 week- 3 credit program which includes guest lectures and excursions to some of the Britain's best-loved tourist destinations. You will visit local sites of interest in and around the Lake District as well as visiting Chester, Edinburgh, and a weekend visit to London!

Course Options: English Literature in the Lake District, Transatlantic Politics, Outdoor Education, History: Roman Britain
Please go to Course Descriptions for more information

Located in the heart of the Lake District National Park, the University of Cumbria in Ambleside offers a quality summer program in an idyllic setting on the shores of Lake Windermere.

Summer 2014 Budget **Tentative and Subject to Change**

Summer 2014 Application Deadline: February 15, 2014

Program Course Information

Due to the distance between campuses, students may only select courses from one campus.

Courses are available in Arts and Humanities, Business and Computing, Humanities, Law, Forestry, Conservation, Science, Social Sciences, Criminology, Creative Writing, English Literature, Psychology, Religious Studies, Graphic Design, Exercise Science, Journalism,  Film and TV production and Outdoor Studies.

When selecting courses, students must be sure to enroll in a total of 60 CATS (equivalent to 30 ECTS or 15 US credits). 

Select courses from: 2013 Spring Module Catalog

Please note: the course catalog is not all inclusive of all course offerings. If you do not see courses within any of the disciplines above, please contact the program advisor to inquire about additional offerings.

Complete and Return:
Cumbria Course Selection/Learning Agreement form


Accomodations will be in on-campus housing (Lancaster or Carlisle) if full year students only.
Semester only students will be housed in local apartments or with host families- depending on availability.

Learn more about Carlisle campus housing and Lancaster campus housing

Host Website

University of Cumbria

Explore Carlisle!

Explore Lancaster!

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Student Mentors

Email one of our student mentors to learn more about the University of Cumbria from a student's perspective.

Paloma Bido studied Communications during the Spring 2013 semester at the Carlisle campus.

Rebecca Sullnger studied Exercise Science during the Spring 2012 semester at the Lancaster campus.

Program Advisor

Contact Gonda Gebhardt, SUNY Cortland Study Abroad Advisor, for any questions you may have.