ABOUT THE SCHOOL
Cheltenham is located in 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.
There are about 10,000 students at the three Gloucestershire campuses with 10% comprised of international students. Additionally, there is also a language School based on Park Campus, increasing opportunities for cultural exchange.
There are usually around 16 students per class, but some classes are combined into a larger, lecture-style format with more students.
In the UK, you will find 3-year university programs rather than 4-year programs. Most courses will meet once a week for a two to three hour period. Plus, your lectures and seminars for one class may take place on different days. Fostering student engagement is a focal point in many UK classrooms. As for assessments, you may be assigned essays, projects, presentations, lab reports, and exams. Smaller modules may only have one assessment at the end, whereas core modules will normally have one assessment due in halfway through the module and then a final assessment at the end.
The University has over 100+ clubs and societies for you to get involved in. The website for the University of Gloucestershire outlines plenty of options for getting involved, including sports, societies, and events. Learn more here!
BCA students live alongside British students in co-ed university housing with single rooms, a private bathroom, and a shared kitchen. 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. Students are responsible for the cost of their own meals. Typically, students purchase groceries at their own cost and cook for themselves.
There are no internships set in stone for this program, but please contact BCA if you are interested and we will see if we can find a placement for you.
There are also plenty of volunteering opportunities available such as teaching children to swim, helping adults with learning disabilities, and organizing dances for the elderly. If you’re interested in volunteering while abroad, please contact BCA’s Program Advisor, as volunteering in the UK may require a different type of visa.
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 the U.S. State Department website, http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html, and/or travel.state.gov/passport.