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University of Chester

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Chester is a small and beautiful city in the northwest of England, forty minutes from the large cities of Liverpool and Manchester. It is one of Britain's leading tourist centers; attractions include the Roman walls, a magnificent Cathedral, the world-famous Tudor 'Rows' (covered galleries of shops), and the River Dee. There is easy access to the famous beauty spots of the Lakes, North Wales.

Academic year or semester exchanges
ISEP Direct academic year or semester programs

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement is generally Fair.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students

ISEP Direct chance of placement is Excellent.

Program Dates
Academic year: September to June; Semester 1: September to January; Semester 2: January to June. Students requesting a Semester 1 placement will be able to sit alternative assessments and return home late December.

For more information go to ISEP Direct Fee page.

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Full Year 16-17: $26,700
Semester 1 16-17: $13,750
Semester 2 16-17: $15,250

For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: April 1, 2016
SM2: October 15, 2016

Fast Facts
Chester, England, United Kingdom (pop. 120,000)
Student Enrollment: 11,000
Language of instruction: English
University of Chester Home Page
International Office

Schools of Applied and Health Sciences (allied health professions, biological science, computer science & information systems, mathematics, sport & exercise sciences); Arts and Media (fine art, graphic design, media, performing arts, photography); Business Management, and Law (business, law, management, work related studies); Education (initial primary teacher training, education studies, teaching assistants); Humanities (English, history & archaeology, modern languages, theology & religious studies); Social Sciences (geography, psychology, social & communication studies).

Academic Notes
The University of Chester is a full-year institution. This means that courses start in October and continue throughout the year. Course selection, therefore, for full-year students is usually the easiest and most comprehensive. If you are coming for a full-year, then you will be taking 120cr of study, which could mean 6 20cr modules or 3 40cr modules or some combination thereof.

Single -semester students are more than welcome at the University of Chester. Each studentís requirements are evaluated individually as single-semester study requires the Chester ISEP Coordinator to review subject needs, whether the intake is September or January, and prerequisites.

Timetables are not released until late September so it can be very difficult for the ISEP Coordinator to determine an exact timetable before your arrival. Having alternatives is a good idea. You will be required to finalize your module (course/ class) choices with your home university within two weeks of arriving at Chester.

UK universities in general do not follow a core and liberal studies/open option style of learning. Students have specific core modules and then options within their area or areas of study. It is essential that you mark on your Course Request List courses that are key.


Students must complete all assessment before they leave and must re-confirm their choice of modules with Coordinator. Transcripts are sent to ISEP once a year (July) and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Applicants whose first language is not English must have an appropriate level of English proficiency certification. This should include the name and result of any English language test taken, as well as copies of the appropriate certificates.

UKVI Approved SELT Tests
IELTS* - 6.0 (Min. 5.5 in each-sub-skill)
Trinity College London ISE - ISEII - Pass in all 4 components

*IELTS tests must have been taken at a UKVI approved test centre for exams taken on or after 22nd April 2015.

Please note that UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will not accept TOEFL as proof of English ability for any student visa application.

Special Academic Conditions
Due to being a full year institution, certain modules are not amenable to single semester study. If you are only planning to study with us for one semester, and you list any of these modules on your course request list, the ISEP Coordinator will contact you in order to identify alternatives. It is imperative that you double check with the ISEP Coordinator that any compulsory courses that you must take during your exchange will actually be available for single semester study before accepting your placement with us.

Drama and Theatre studies must be studied on a full-year basis, and is not available to single-semester students. The following fields of study are available to semester one and full-year students only, and not available to semester 2 students: biological science, computer science, education, fine art, games development, graphic design, most mathematics modules, most modern languages modules, performing arts, and photography.

Hints for Researching Courses
You can obtain an idea of study possibilities by going to the main University of Chester web page.

Students, however, are unable to access specific module descriptors on-line. Students are asked NOT to get in touch with individual departments in their search for information but to email the Study Abroad office at studyabroad@chester.ac.uk. The ISEP Coordinator will then search out options and send information to you.

Housing and Meals
Full-board accommodation is mostly on-campus. The university also offers (on or near the campus) a range of self-catering flats and houses (single rooms with shared facilities). Single rooms might require additional fees. Meal benefits are not included for Direct students.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: £200

Upon arrival, students are shown their accommodation and aided in the process of obtaining their meal cards (if an Exchange student). A full tour of the campus and city centre is given. Students are given help obtaining library & student union cards and are shown where to pay their deposits. Students meet their coordinators and lecturers. Students will take part in an Orientation programme upon arrival. Optional evening and weekend activities are arranged.


Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet. Students arriving at either Liverpool or Manchester airports will be met at the airport if arranged with the Study Abroad Office.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Only students with a Tier 4 visa can work or volunteer. These restrictions do NOT apply to European students. Students with the necessary visas can work for up to 20 hours per week during each academic term. Work is often available in the city center and may be available on campus for those arriving in September.

Founded in 1839, and linked with the University of Liverpool for almost 100 years, the University of Chester offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree study to around 14,000 students. Chester has excellent teaching, study and recreational facilities, including a modern library, ample open access computer facilities, and a range of sports and fitness opportunities.