Study Abroad

The University of Chester offers both current and prospective students the opportunity to study abroad through a variety of programmes.   

Every day was an adventure lived through seeing and breathing a complete new culture different to my own. I met friends I will have for life, connections which one day will be invaluable and memories which will last a lifetime.
Freya Flindell, Study Abroad USA

Deadlines 2016/7:

Pre-Application Consultations: Friday 13th November 2015

Outgoing Chester Applications: Friday 27th November 2015

Final Documentation Submission: 29th January 2016

*If you miss any of the above deadlines, you may become ineligible.

 

Globalize Yourself

International Exchange– Study abroad full academic year

Student exchange at the University of Chester gives you opportunity to study in destinations that you may only have dreamed about and the funding is available to make it possible**

Why study abroad?

For personal development:

  • Students who study abroad describe it as a life changing experience with noticeable differences in their confidence, self-reliance and all round abilities as an individual.
  • You will meet new friends from all over the world
  • Students report having made ‘countless’ friends with students from Australia to Zambia; South America to Sweden and in this digital age it’s easy to keep in touch. These friendships are often long lasting and deep as you are all experiencing the exhilarating challenge of study in a new country.

Exciting challenges:

  • From trekking to scuba diving; students who participate in exchanges have exceptional scope to try new interests.
  • Your grades could go up
  • Studies show that students who study abroad gain in decision making capabilities, academic interest and open mindedness, this has proven to make better students and higher grades.
  • Students in Higher Education Institutions 2012/13 show that there were over 2 million students studying at higher education institutions in the UK in 2012/13. Of these nearly half a million were students from outside the UK coming here to study.
  • The UK was the second most popular destination for international HE students, with 13% of the global total in 2011 coming to the UK to study. Those international students are your competition
  • You can be better prepared for the global job market than 98% of UK students, this means added earning potential and an advantage in the job market
  • With the world becoming increasingly globalised companies are increasingly investing in the international market, you will need transversal skills.
  • 92% of employers really rate ‘transversal’ skills when hiring

 What are these? Well in a nut shell they are qualities that you demonstrate by undertaking a project abroad, such as: openness and curiosity about new experiences; confidence to take responsibility, make decisions and problem solve.

 In fact graduates who have spent time abroad as part of their degree programme were 23% more likely to be employed in graduate level work 5 years after graduation

 Finally by proving your tolerance towards the cultural values of others you make yourself a 64% more likely to be promoted and given greater responsibility.

 Prove your flexibility and adaptability by having lived abroad, gaining key qualities in the employment market.

 What is the international exchange programme?

 You decide whether you go as an additional year between 2nd and 3rd year or as your 2nd year**.

 You study abroad at one of our partner institutions or at one of over 100 through ISEP**.

 You choose a unique study plan to suit your personality from our variety of study abroad programmes.

 You are in control of much of your exchange so you will research the exchange destination that you are applying for, including subject requirements and a Risk Assessment.  At this stage you will be expected to ask for advice from your academic and personal tutors.

 Finally you will be interviewed by the International Tutor and if you are successful we will support your application to help you embark on your exciting year abroad.

 

Would you make a good study abroad candidate?

 We carefully vet the students we send abroad and ensure are as prepared as you can be for a challenging year in another country.

 Before you apply ask yourself these questions?

 

  • Do you enjoy the thrill of new situations?
  • Do you expect to complete Level 1 with an overall average ranging from 50 to 55%?
  • Do you want a life changing experience?
  • Are you resilient and able to you use your initiative?
  • Do you like meeting new people?
  • Do you have Effective time management and organizational skills?
  • Are you culturally sensitive?
  • Are you willing and ready to learn from other people?
  • Do you have a thirst for adventure?

If you have answered yes to these questions then you may be eligible for an exciting and challenging opportunity to study abroad. ** We can help you decide which of these options are best for you.

Contact: The study abroad team for more information studyabroad@chester.ac.uk    

  

WB004 Learning in the wider world

Applications open 3rd September 2015 and close 3rd November 2015

Choose life!!

What is learning in the wider world?

This is a unique opportunity to gain credit towards your degree, and the chance of participating in projects around the globe. Engaging with issues of social justice, poverty, development and the environment.

 Why would I choose Learning in the wider world?

 There are too many reasons to list but for starters:

 Academic credit and a life changing experience

 Support: We will ensure you’re ready to go by providing you with an Orientation Support programme as part of your studies*

 No exams: This module is 100% course work- firstly a reflective essay on your destination and your experiences there and a briefing paper on a global issues of your choice**

Great gains in your Employability

 92% of employers really rate ‘transversal’ skills when hiring

 What are these? Well in a nut shell they are qualities that you demonstrate by undertaking a project abroad, such as: openness and curiosity about new experiences; confidence to take responsibility, make decisions and problem solve.

 In fact graduates who have spent time abroad as part of their degree programme were 23% more likely to be employed in graduate level work 5 years after graduation

 Finally by proving your tolerance towards the cultural values of others you make yourself a 64% more likely to be promoted and given greater responsibility.

 Prove your flexibility and adaptability by having lived abroad, gaining key qualities in the employment market.

 Taking part in a project in another country enables you to experience different a way of living, you will learn a lot about yourself!  Interacting with people with diverse perspectives gives you a better understanding of global issues and as you will be contributing to an education or community-based programme you will be making a difference in the world.

 Would you make a good Wider World candidate?

 We carefully vet the students we send to our projects and ensure the opportunities match the students.

 Before you apply ask yourself these questions? 

  • Do you enjoy the excitement of new situations?
  • Are you resilient and able to you use your initiative?
  • Are you both a leader and a team player?
  • Do you like meeting new people?
  • Do you have Effective time management and organizational skills?
  • Are you culturally sensitive?
  • Are you willing and ready to learn from other people?
  • Do you have a thirst for adventure?
  • Are you excited at the thought of making a difference to someone else’s life and your own?
  • Do you want a life changing experience?

If you have answered yes to these questions then you may be eligible for an exciting and challenging opportunity to take part in a project/placement of up to five weeks abroad.

 Contact: The study abroad team  studyabroad@chester.ac.uk

 * The Orientation Support programme is compulsory and students are expected to attend all sessions. Unsatisfactory attendance of the Orientation Programme and/or the overseas placement could result in the overseas placement opportunity being withdrawn. Students must complete and have a Risk Assessment approved before they are eligible for this module.

** The Learning Agreement/Action Plan must be submitted by the end of the Orientation Support programme and be agreed by the study abroad tutor and their PAT

***Students must have completed Level 4 successfully. Although available to all students as an alternative to WB5001 Work-based Learning, WB5004 must be applied for and participation is restricted to students who meet the criteria of interview, attendance and behaviour during Level 5.