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University of Chester

The University of Chester now has over 18,000 students, drawn from over 130 countries all over the world. You can study at the University of Chester as a 'Study Abroad' student for a semester, for a year, or for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree. But, whatever you choose, you will find that we uphold the highest professional standards and are committed to meeting the needs of our students and international partner organisations with sensitivity and care.

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About University of Chester

University of Chester- A Truly British Experience

Founded in 1839, the University of Chester is one of the oldest institutions in the country. Although we are a Church of England institution guided by Christian values, we provide an open and supportive environment to over 18,000 students from 130 countries.

The University of Chester offers in excess of 120 undergraduate courses and 80 postgraduate courses, across our campuses (Parkgate, Kingsway, Queen’s Park, Riverside, Thornton, University Centre Shrewsbury, University Centre Reaseheath, Warrington).The University of Chester has 8 Faculties and in 2013, we acquired the Shell Technology Centre in Thornton, which is now home to the Faculty of Engineering and Technology.

The University of Chester is a public institution and as such, is reviewed and audited regularly by numerous government agencies. We are committed to maintaining high academic standards and the quality of our educational provision has been praised by higher education evaluators such as QAA and OFSTED.

The University of Chester was awarded Silver status in the UK government first ever TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) ranking released in 2017, alongside prestigious institutions such as King’s College London and Durham University. The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017 placed the University of Chester in the top 10 for both Academic Experience and Student Welfare.

In addition, we are ranked in the top 15 for Student Experience by both the Times Higher Education Survey (2017) and the What Uni? Student Choice Awards (2016).

Some of our top subject rankings include:

  • Tourism and Hospitality 17th in the UK (Guardian League Table 2018)
  • Accounting and Finance 21st in the UK (Guardian League Table 2018)
  • Forensic Science and Archaeology 22nd in the UK (Guardian League Table 2018)

Our campuses have excellent teaching, study and recreational facilities including state-of-the-art lecture theatres, open-access computer facilities, modern science/skills/language laboratories, a modern library which holds approximately 350,000 books, a virtual library of more than 15,000 electronic books and 13,000 electronic journals, which is accessible off campus via any networked computer. Other facilities include numerous catering venues, 24-hour security, the Students’ Union Centre and bar/club, bookshop, chapel and faith space, a bank with ATM cashpoint and a launderette.

Students may participate in cricket, rugby, football, swimming, hockey and netball. Our campuses boast of a wide variety of sports facilities including: modern and fully equipped Sports Hall, Gymnasium, Fitness Centre; a two-lane 350-metre Athletics Track, a 25 metre indoor swimming pool and all-weather artificial turf pitches/grass pitches.

Upon enrolment at the University, students may access extensive career services such as work shadowing placements, CVs and job application assistance and mock interviews, designed to helps students with finding a part time job and preparing them for a graduate career.

  • Our graduates are the most employable in the North West of England (DHLE 2015)
  • Our Careers and Employability Department is declared “world class” and awarded 5 stars by the British Quality Foundation.
  • UniJob: recruitment bank of paid positions for students.
  • Work-based placements for undergraduate students.
  • A wide portfolio of undergraduate sandwich business courses including a 1 year placement.
  • Between 90 and 100 employers visit the University each year for various purposes.
  • A number of jobs and volunteering fairs are organised throughout the year.
  • International students can work up to 20 hours per week during term time and full-time during vacations.


The city of Chester is located very close to Manchester and Liverpool and is one of the loveliest and on every tourist’s ‘must see’ itinerary. Each year over 8 million people flock from all over the world to see one of the best preserved walled cities in Europe. It is a vibrant city that is as famous for its plenitude of shopping and dining options as well as for its expanding industries. Companies such as Airbus, Bank of America, HBOS, Coca Cola Schweppes, Marks & Spencer, TATA, General Motors, Bentley, and Electronic Arts Technologies have large-scale operations based in the immediate area of the University.

The city of Chester has been voted

  • 5th prettiest city in Europe (USA Today 2013)
  • 6th best city in the UK (Telegraph Travel Awards 2014)
  • 5th happiest city to live in Britain (Rightmove, 2015)
  • Best place to live in the UK (UK Hot Housing Index, 2015)
  • Safest city-based institution in the North West (The Complete University Guide, 2016)


Programs Offered

  • Arts and Media
  • Business and Management
  • Education and Children's Services
  • Health and Social Care
  • Humanities
  • Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences
  • Science and Engineering
  • Social Science

This school’s location

The University is based in six distinct locations, each of which offers you an exciting and unique environment in which you can pursue your specialist subject area.

Parkgate Road Campus
Previously referred to as the Chester Campus, Parkgate Road Campus is a short walk from the city centre and is the oldest of our sites, dating back to 1839 with a blend of old and new buildings. Many of the University's central services and facilities can be found here.

Kingsway Campus
The Kingsway Campus is home to the Faculty of Arts and Media, offering rehearsal and performance studios, gallery space, design studios and various workshop spaces.

Riverside Campus
Located right in the heart of the city centre, the Riverside Campus occupies a prestigious waterfront location and houses our Faculty of Education and Children's Services and the Faculty of Health and Social Care.

Queen's Park Campus
Our latest campus is located centrally on the idyllic banks of the River Dee and is only a short distance from the city centre. In addition to lecture theatres and seminar rooms, we also have open access PC suites, a dedicated business library, catering outlets, and formal gardens and walkways on campus.

Warrington Campus
The Warrington Campus is a modern self-contained 30-acre university campus that specialises in delivering innovative and employment focused courses within four main sectors: Media; Business; Public Services and Sport.

Thornton Science Park
Formerly the Shell Technology Centre, Thornton Science Park is a state-of-the-art facility that houses our Faculty of Science and Engineering, including the School of Computer Science and Mathematics.

What our students say

Stephanie San Jose chose to study in the United Kingdom rather than other English-speaking countries because it was highly recommended by her previous school ( Southville Foreign University). “As College is a time for new and exhilarating experiences as well as a time to discover varied and innovative ideas, studying abroad (specifically in the United Kingdom) is something I consider to help avoid ethnocentrism, to develop my horizons, and to be grateful for everything the world has to offer.”

Stephanie is participating in the undergraduate program offered by the University of Chester and majoring in Business Studies. The primary reason she wanted to study there was to one day attract the compensation related with attending a highly regarded educational institute. Gaining admission to prestigious college or university is frequently regarded as an accomplishment in itself, and many view obtaining a degree from a university in the United Kingdom as a gateway to a successful profession.

The anticipation is that such graduates have an edge over their peers in a vastly competitive job market. “Gaining a degree in Business Studies in the University of Chester will allow me to be in-demand in the job market. It is because well-known corporations vie to catch the attention of the fresh new talent who will assist attain corporate profitability at some point.”

To study abroad is not an easy decision to make, and Stephanie needed to consider all aspects, both positive and negative. The most common experiences encountered by international students are homesickness and culture shock. “Although I am independent and quite familiar with the culture in the United Kingdom, it was still really never easy for me, especially in terms of the language barrier”, she reports.

Living away from your family and friends for the first time is a significant event in any person’s life. Therefore, it is important to consider the best accommodations available (within reason), since there will be more freedoms (and more responsibilities) that arise from living independently. However, studying abroad is not just about obtaining a degree, you must be sure to have fun as well!

“Living abroad gave me the opportunity to explore not just the new country I’m living in, but also to get out of my comfort zone and explore other European countries. I studied in the United Kingdom, and I took the chance to visit other European countries such as Italy, Greece, and France. I shared photos and videos which served as my token of remembrance of my time abroad. I strongly recommend studying abroad as it will give you the opportunity to see the world.

Inter-Ed had been very helpful in organizing my choice of studying overseas. They provided assistance from the start, up until I obtained my confirmation of acceptance of studies in the University of Chester in the United Kingdom. Inter-Ed provided me hands-on and up-to-date assistance from my application to the university, to the acceptance of my offer, to meeting specific conditions, application of student visa, organizing my accommodation, booking my flight- until the day of my departure.

However, the job of Inter-Ed didn’t end there. I was able to communicate with the Inter-Ed team during my entire stay, and they made sure to keep in contact with me to ensure that everything goes smoothly. I couldn’t be more grateful to Inter-Ed for helping me grasp the opportunity of studying abroad.”

Upon completing her BA degree (Hons) in Business Studies at the University of Chester, Stephanie will either look for an employer that will sponsor her continued stay in the UK or return to the Philippines to seek employment in a multinational organization (or to take over her family’s business, hoping to expand its operations). She ultimately desires to be a successful, knowledgeable, responsible, and respectable business manager and/or owner in the near future. “I want to see myself as an important asset of an organization, where my position will reflect my hard work, acquired skills, and capabilities.”


Stephanie San Jose
University of Chester

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