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The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is based in Preston, in the north west of the UK. In addition to main city centre campus, it has facilities in Burnley, Westlakes in Cumbria and Llangollen Outdoor Centre in North Wales. 24,000 students from 100 different countries are enrolled, making it one of the largest student bodies in the country.
UCLan became the first modern university to be named in the QS World Rankings in 2010, and is currently in the top 4% of global universities. Over 400 undergraduate and 200 postgraduate courses are available, and the University has been a leader in developing emerging disciplines such as Fashion and Forensic Science, as well as newer additions such as Dentistry and Aerospace Engineering.
The University has a reputation for scientific research and utilises two observatories in the UK and one in Africa in order to conduct astrophysics research with NASA, as well as being a partner in a nanotechnology research team in China. UCLan maintains a strong focus on employability, ranking in the top three in the UK for the number of graduate start-up businesses, with many degree programmes developed in collaboration with and linked to industrial partners.
The University of Central Lancashire offers a range of support services designed to make the transition into student life as easy as possible for new students. This includes a free orientation programme and airport pickup, free English language support throughout the first year and free membership to the International Students Society. Students are assigned a buddy who is already familiar with life in the UK, and international students do not have to move out of University accommodation during holidays.
The University of Central Lancashire has over 2,000 places available in Halls of Residence for first year students and each hall is self-catering and many en suite. Self-contained flats are also available, as is private accommodation in and around the city of Preston.
UCLan is based in Preston, Lancashire, on a campus just a short distance from the city centre. The beautiful scenery of the Lake District is not far away and the city itself hosts numerous cafes and museums, as well as a shopping centre, world-class sporting facilities and historic architecture.
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