FAQs

When are the deadlines to apply for this program?
The Fall semester deadline is April 15. The Spring semester deadline is November 1.


Can I study abroad as a freshman?
To study abroad with BCA Study Abroad, you must have completed at least one year of undergraduate study. If you are a first-year student, then we encourage you to jump right into planning for your study abroad experience. Your first year in school is a great time to figure out where you want to go and find out what your school’s policies are for study abroad, including financial aid, credit transfer and programs available to you. Good luck!


Do I need a visa to study in Cheltenham?
Yes. If you plan on studying abroad for the semester, you’ll need to obtain a short-term study visa upon entry into the United Kingdom. In the months before your departure, your resident director will share important documents and information needed when you land in England. Please continue to check your email. If you plan on studying in the UK for longer than 6 months or hope to work in the UK, you’ll need to apply for a visa prior to your departure. For more visa information please visit www.state.gov/s/cpr.rls/fco, http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html, and travel.state.gov/passport.


How many courses will I take?
Generally, students take four or five classes during a semester at the University of Gloucestershire, receiving three credits for each class. It is important to consult with your advisor prior to studying abroad to decide what classes are needed to meet academic requirements of your college or university.


I am worried my GPA may not be good enough. Should I still apply?
BCA aims to engage each participant in an appropriately challenging level of academic work while abroad. We acknowledge that an applicant’s cumulative grade point average is only one indicator of accomplishment and ability.

The BCA Study Abroad expectation is that most students would show at least a 2.6 GPA across their course work prior to their study abroad term. Certain host universities may have GPA requirements of their own, in which case the higher GPA requirement of the two would apply.

Our post-semester academic results reveal that students with higher and lower GPAs can excel in study abroad. We are open to discuss program selection and course of study for students who do not reach the expected 2.6 GPA.


Where is Cheltenham located?
Cheltenham is located in the Gloucestershire, England. Cheltenham is an attractive and peaceful town of 110,000 inhabitants, situated in the county of Gloucestershire and surrounded by the picturesque Cotswolds. This an area of outstanding natural beauty, which annually attracts six million tourists from all over the world. Cheltenham is centrally located, and not far from larger cities such as London (three hours by bus), Birmingham (45 minutes by train), and Bristol (45 minutes by train), as well as Cardiff, Wales (one hour and 20 minutes by train). The city dates back to Saxon times, but became “established” by the visit of King George III to the Cheltenham Spa in 1788. Modern businesses and the presence of a 7,000-strong student body at the University of Gloucestershire keep Cheltenham youthful and energetic. For these reasons, it is the ideal location for a well-rounded study-abroad experience.


Where will I live?
BCA Cheltenham students live in student housing. The student residences have single, en suite rooms with shared kitchens. Each flat includes eight to nine rooms. All linens are provided, so you don’t need to bring anything. The BCA Cheltenham resident director will send you an e-mail about housing preferences a few weeks before your arrival.


Why study with BCA?
BCA is one of the nation’s oldest independent organizations committed to promoting international understanding and academic excellence through college study abroad programs for U.S. students. Rooted in the values of peace and justice, BCA promotes international understanding, awareness of global citizenship and academic scholarship through educational exchange. Among the special qualities of BCA’s programs are: unique opportunities to study peace and justice issues in places where conflict has profoundly affected culture, history and daily life; opportunity for cultural immersion; and tremendous academic and administrative support.


Will my financial aid transfer?
Financial aid from an individual school is transferred at the school’s discretion, but all federal aid is transferrable. Students should consult their financial aid advisor for further information and advice.


Will my school accept credit from BCA Cheltenham?
Each university has its own policy for transferring credits, so you will want to check with your university registration and records office to determine whether BCA credits are accepted. Upon completion, BCA sends transcripts from the University of Gloucestershire and BCA course reports to you and your college or university. If your school requires a transcript from a US institution, BCA will provide you with a transcript from Elizabethtown College, which is BCA’s school of record.