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At UCLan

Academic excellence means as much to us as developing student-athletes on the field and as such, Macclesfield FC International Academy are proud to work alongside the world-renowned University of Central Lancashire in order to facilitate this.

Winner of a record three categories at the 2018 Times Higher Education Awards, UCLan secured the coveted accolades of Best International Collaboration of the Year, Excellence and Innovation in the Arts and Most Innovative Contribution to Business - University Collaboration.

Through this symbiotic partnership, we not only guarantee your place at one of the most innovative educational establishments that the United Kingdom has to offer - but also one of the most accommodating when it comes to international students.

Indeed, UCLan is widely-recognised as one of the most cosmopolitan universities in the UK, winning The Guardian University Awards Internationalisation category in 2018.

In addition to enjoying the very best in educational guidance, International student-athletes are also able to access a variety of support services from UCLan - such as visa advice, bursaries, scholarships, accommodation and degree information. (See UCLan International below).

MFC International students enrolled at UCLan can opt to study towards one of the below degree programmes -


UCLan offers an eclectic and inspiring environment for student-athletes to develop their talents - both within the classroom and on the football pitch.

Perfectly situated a mere stones throw away from the centre of Preston, their modern campus offers the perfect surroundings for all student-athletes to become immersed in what represents an experience of a lifetime.

This is furthered by the fact that UCLan's luxurious and spacious student accommodation is impeccably placed right at the centre of the campus network.

Allowing easy access to all University facilities and local amenities, all student-athletes are accommodated within a salubrious settings - right at the heart of UCLan and the vast transport networks serving it.


We liaise closely with the relevant university staff to plan the students’ schedule in order to seamlessly blend the programme of study and football.

Undergraduate: The three-year degree courses are delivered by the University of Central Lancashire, where students study towards one of the degree courses listed below -

(Please click on the link for details of the degree)

Postgraduate: Students can study for a master’s degree in Sports Coaching

(Please click on the link for details of the degree: MSc SPORTS COACHING

  • A blended programme of study and football development.
  • UCLan professors are regularly on hand to support each individual student.
  • Accommodation management team in place to ensure each student’s stay is safe and enjoyable.
  • Every student will have access to all the university’s campus facilities.
  • Students will participate in a graduation ceremony held on campus.
  • UCLan student union membership


The cost per academic year, per student player is £29,950. This is payable in full via bank transfer to secure your place.



School Number for FAFSA : G35153


When considering whether the Macclesfield FC International Academy's prestigious and unique offering is right for you, then it is natural to ask questions about how safe you will be and the standard of accommodation that you will receive.

In fact, not only are these incredibly valid questions - they will be of paramount importance to all prospective student-athletes and their families.

This is also something which we recognise whole-heartedly and is why the safety of all our student-athletes remains our unwavering priority at all times.

One of the incredibly engaging features of the UCLan campus network is the fact that student-athletes are able to enjoy all the University has to offer right on their doorstep. Whether it be academic tuition and football development sessions or local amenities or the local transport networks - all are on hand within a matter of minutes.

This nurtures a unique experience for all UCLan's students, as well as exemplifying the true University lifestyle in a way which is safe and enjoyable for all.

In addition to this, the city of Preston was recently voted as one of the safest cities - not just within the United Kingdom, but in the world.

UCLan is also widely-commended as one of the most cosmopolitan universities on earth and is the home to students from over 125 different countries.


We are passionate in providing all of our student-athletes with the best university experience possible and this is furthered in respect of the fact that you will be accommodated within the Halls of Residence at UCLan.

In keeping with the distinguished settings of the University in general, the perfectly-located accommodation facilities include the below as standard -

  • Fully furnished rooms - including a luxurious double bed, desk, chair and wardrobe.
  • A private ensuite bathroom.
  • All utilities covered within initial payment.
  • Complimentary access to a state-of-the-art on-site gym.


Peace of mind in knowing that Preston is one of the safest and most cost-effective places to live in the United Kingdom.

  • 24-hour security within the Halls of Residence accommodation.
  • On-call maintenance support as and when required
  • Transportation from the airport on day of arrival - taking you directly to your accommodation.
  • UCLan staff and support team will be on site on the day of your arrival in order to assist all new students to settle in quickly.
  • Upon arrival, students will go through a two-week induction programme which will introduce them to the city and help them feel both comfortable and confident in their new surroundings.