Cheltenham is a vibrant city with picturesque surroundings. You’ll enjoy natural beauty and local festivals, while living close to iconic English cities such as London, Birmingham, Oxford and Bristol, which are conveniently available via train or bus. With restaurants, theaters and cultural folk music, Cheltenham is full of things to do! Located in the county of Gloucestershire, in an area of outstanding natural beauty known as the Cotswolds, and within easy reach of London, Oxford, Edinburgh or Dublin and other major British and European destinations

  • Jazz, Music, Science, Literature — Take them all in at the Cheltenham Festivals (insert link) happening throughout the year!
  • Get in on the action and choose from more than 40 sports clubs and societies, from football and snowboarding to music, acting and film
  • Visit World Heritage sites including Stonehenge and Bath, as well as Stratford-upon-Avon and Cardiff
  • Choose from a wide variety of courses in a large number of disciplines including business, science, education, film studies, game design, history, journalism, exercise and sports science, communications, music, photography, social work, psychology and theater– and MORE!
 Language of Instruction: English
GPA Requirement: 2.6 or higher
Housing: University Housing
Volunteering: Opportunities Available


BCA Cheltenham students live in university-owned housing alongside British students.  Rooms are typically single, en suite rooms with shared kitchens on the hall. Typically, students purchase groceries on their own and cook in the shared kitchen or eat on campus in dining facilities. Students are responsible for their meals on the program.


Designed to enrich your understanding of local life and culture, BCA excursions are unique to each program and offer you exciting learning experiences you couldn’t get on your own. All costs are included in the program fee. Excursion destinations are likely to change from year to year, however, students typically visit a combination of the following: 



Bath is a town set in the rolling countryside of southwest England, known for its natural hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture.



Cardiff is a port city on the south coast of Wales. Visit locations like Millennium stadium and the medieval Cardiff Castle.



Portsmouth is a port city and naval base located south of London, and is home to the National Museum of the Royal Navy.



Oxford, a city in central southern England, revolves around its prestigious university and is home to the Blenheim Palace.



Cornwall is an English unitary authority on England’s rugged southwestern tip. It forms a wild moorland peninsula.



Visit Warwick Castle and the medieval market town in England’s West Midlands, Stratford-upon-Avon.



Visit Salisbury and Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument composed of a ring of standing stones each roughly 13 feet high.



The Cotswolds is a rural area of south central England covering Gloucestershire with rolling hills and grassland.



Say hello to the Queen Mum by visiting Windsor Castle, the official resident of the Queen of England.


As a BCA Cheltenham student, you will study alongside English students at the University of Gloucestershire, which offers a wide variety of courses in a large number of disciplines. A welcoming and supportive campus environment allows you to get fully involved in university life. UoG is ranked in the top 5 in the UK for international student support! 

The University

At the University of Gloucestershire you will study alongside British students and be among a diverse student body comprised of international students representing 44 countries. Like many universities in England, Gloucestershire is separated into several campuses located throughout Cheltenham and the nearby city of Gloucester. There are three main university campuses: two in Cheltenham (Francis Close Hall and The Park) and a third campus (Oxstalls) in Gloucester. Each campus is distinct in academic departments and programs, plus each has a Learning Centre or library, with computer labs.

Click the Academics button above to learn more about: Popular Departments, Terminology, Pre-Requisites, Teaching Styles, Assessments, Credits, and Course Registration

Fast Facts

  • University of Gloucestershire offers 83 different student societies and is the Top 6 in the People and Planet Green League and a longstanding leader in sustainability
  • Choose from a wide variety of courses in a large number of disciplines including business, science, game design, history, journalism, communications, music, photography, psychology and theater– and MORE!
  • Pre-Professional Studies: Education, Events/Tourism Management, Hotel & Resort Management, Social Work, Exercise & Sports Sciences, Television/Radio Production


Join tutors, staff and fellow students in maintaining the University of Gloucestershire’s edible garden. Participate in a RAG (Raising and Giving) event to support local Cheltenham charities.



As BCA Cheltenham Resident Director, I will be here to guide and support you every step of the way. Understanding what might be challenges for someone in a new culture is important, and having lived in Japan for five years, I have a very clear understanding of the challenges you may face, but more importantly how to overcome them. 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!


On-site support staff help you adjust to life in your new community and will be your cultural guide through the program.

Ask an Advisor

Our program advisors will answer your questions, provide guidance on courses and scholarships and guide you step-by-step through the enrollment process.

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What's Included

BCA Study Abroad offers a wide variety of services and activities as part of our comprehensive fee, including:

  • Full-time Tuition & Fees
  • University housing
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Educational excursions
  • On-site resident director
  • Volunteer and internship opportunities
  • On-site group activities
  • Seminars and guest lectures
  • University services
  • BCA courses taught by host institution’s professors and/or resident directors
  • Cultural and university orientation
  • Intensive language training
  • Academic advising
  • University official transcript
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-campus internet access
Comprehensive Fees

The comprehensive fees for the academic year are listed below. Please keep in mind that every school has a different financial policy for study abroad. Your university may pay BCA for all fees listed below, they may only pay for tuition while you pay BCA directly for housing, or they may require you to pay BCA directly for tuition and housing. It’s important that you talk to your study abroad advisor and financial aid office to learn your school’s approach to financing BCA’s program and what your financial responsibility will be.

BCA Scholarships

BCA offers a number of scholarships for students with financial need. See if you are eligible!

Application Dates

Fall Semester April 15
Spring Semester November 1

Program Dates

Fall Semester Mid-September to Mid-December
Spring Semester Early January to Early June


BCA strives to make studying abroad transparent and affordable for all students. The following budget sheet outlines program costs, as well as estimated additional expenses associated with your participation.

Prices subject to change without notice. All independent travel expenses are incurred by the student and are not included in estimated personal expenses.

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