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  • Locations: Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: BCA Study Abroad 
  • Restrictions: None
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Housing options: Dorm
Minimum GPA: 2.6 Class eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Number of credits: 12-16 Volunteer: Yes
Program Description:
Picture of BCA students on the Cheltenham program's Bath excursion, in front of the Royal Crescent 

About Cheltenham
Cheltenham is a small city of about 110,000 situated in the picturesque Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty, centrally located, and not far from much larger cities such as London (two hours), Birmingham (40 minutes), Bristol (40 minutes) and Oxford (40 minutes), with direct rail links to all.

Cheltenham has an atmosphere and culture all its own, mainly due to the many festivals that are held here every year. Its size and diversity make it the perfect place to enjoy being a student:

Festivals of Jazz, Literature, Music, Science, Cricket and Folk Music
Two indoor shopping centres and many shops
Over 35 restaurants, 25 coffee shops and 85 pubs and clubs in the town centre
Eleven screen cinema complex
Seven screen Odeon Cinema in town centre
Cheltenham Racecourse
Elegant Regency architecture

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 including business, science, education, film studies, game design, history, journalism, exercise and sports science, communications, music, photography, social work, pyschology and theatre. In addition to your courses at the university, all BCA students take the BCA Signature Course: British Life and Culture.

To learn more about course offerings, visit for an indepth review of courses and information about the university. Also, review BCA's list of Recommended Courses chosen by the BCA Cheltenham resident director. You can search the BCA course database to view courses BCA Cheltenham students have taken in the past. Please keep in mind that these courses may not be offered when you are planning to study, as course offerings can change from year to year. 

Student Life
With a population of 110,000, Cheltenham is big enough to host a variety of cultural and social events, while maintaining a "small town" feel. Many BCA students get very involved in extracurricular and social activities at the university. Some choose also to participate in internships or volunteer experiences in local schools, businesses, government and non-profit organizations. The BCA Cheltenham director identifies appropriate placements for students.

BCA Cheltenham students usually live in Regency Hall, student housing near the Francis Close Hall campus. Regency Hall offers single, en suite rooms with shared kitchens. Students receive a meal card that be used at any of the university cafeterias. In addition to the card, you will receive a cash food stipend every two weeks that you can use to purchase groceries.

Educational Excursions
BCA excursions are offered throughout the semester and include locations chosen to supplement BCA's Signature Course: British Life and Culture. Students typically venture to a selection from the following sites: 

Stonehenge and Salisbury
Bath (usually during orientation)
The Cotswolds
Blenheim Palace and Oxford
Cardiff: Millennium stadium and castle
Warwick Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon