Resident Director

Ian SuttonThank you very much for considering The University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, England, as your BCA Study Abroad destination! Whether you are looking to immerse yourself in traditional surroundings or looking for the opportunity to study in high quality, state-of-the-art facilities, you will find Cheltenham a safe, welcoming and stunning part of the world.


Cheltenham, found in the county of Gloucestershire, is nestled in the West Midlands of England only two hours from the bright lights of London, 45 minutes from the young and modern city of Bristol and one hour from the historic city of Bath. Cheltenham is a regency town and feels like “a town within a park” because of its use of green spaces. Cheltenham can be considered the gateway to the majestic Cotswolds, where you can easily access those traditional English villages such as Bourton on the Water, situated in peaceful countryside and boasting some of the most beautiful architecture. Created in the traditional methods and with local Cotswold stone, this culminates in some of the most picturesque scenery found in England.

However, don’t be fooled that Cheltenham is just a sleepy town, with its fantastic range of shops, the newly developed Brewery Quarter, as well as the town centre itself, you can find restaurants and bars from around the world, two cinemas, a wonderful theatre, all within short walking distance of your accommodation. Cheltenham is also a cultural hub, with its world famous Jazz, Literature, Science & Technology and Food & Drink festivals throughout the year, attracting some of the top professionals in their fields. These are, of course, all discounted for students. We are also home to the most famous horse race on the calendar, “The Cheltenham Gold Cup”. Lasting for one week, this meeting attracts over 200,000 people from around the world who all descend on Cheltenham, turning the whole town into one big festival!

Culture and History Exploration

At BCA Cheltenham, we try to provide the most rounded and comprehensive learning experience. With this in mind, learning is not just bound to the classroom. We will take our learning to different environments, visiting historic sites and famous landmarks designed to enhance and deepen your understanding of British life, history and culture.

We realise that when anyone first arrives in a new environment, finding your place within the culture can feel difficult and can take time. At BCA Cheltenham, we aim to make this as easy and enjoyable as possible. We will be there every step of the way from meeting you at the airport, when you first set foot in England, to our comprehensive orientation program. We hope that by the end of your first week, you will feel ready and excited to begin your studies.

University Life

It is also important to know that from the moment you arrive at the University of Gloucestershire, you will be seen as and have all the access that a full UK or international University student has. We have an all-inclusive and welcoming community spirit and with over 100 sports clubs and societies to join, you will be able to maintain those activities you do back home, as well as learn new skills and take up new interests. This will quickly allow you to build friendship groups and life-long bonds which will turn this opportunity into a life-changing experience!

BCA Cheltenham Resident Director

Lastly, I would like to assure you that whether it is before you arrive, during your course or after you have returned home, as BCA Cheltenham Resident Director, I will be here to guide and support you every step of the way. Being able to understand what might be challenges for someone in a new culture is important and my 5 years working in Japan has given me a very clear understanding of the challenges you may face, but more importantly how to overcome them. For the past two years, I have been working for a joint venture institution with the University of Gloucestershire, assisting international students from around the world studying at the university.  Having been born and raised in Cheltenham, I am extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the town and its surrounding area. Although I have traveled the world, the thought of the picturesque scenery of home always has me coming back. I can’t wait to welcome you to and share with you my beautiful home town as you start your next exciting adventure with BCA Cheltenham!

Ian Sutton

BCA Cheltenham Resident Director