University of Chester

Why Study Here?

  • Established in 1839, the University of Chester is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the country.
  • Currently, there are over 19,000 students from 140 countries undertaking a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
  • Located in the picturesque, historic city of Chester. Chester has been voted the 5th prettiest city in Europe (USA Today 2013) and the Best Place to Live in the UK (Hot Housing Index 2015).
  • Chester is a direct 2 hour train journey to London, and just 45 minutes from Liverpool and Manchester.
  • The University of Chester is the safest city–based university in the North West (Complete University Guide 2015).
  • 5 star rated Careers and Employability Centre.
  • Excellent record of employment – our graduates are some of the most employable in the North West at 95.1% according to the latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2015 survey.
  • The University of Chester has a national reputation for Work Based Learning. Most undergraduate students in Year 2 of their degree spend five weeks working for a local, national or international organisation as a part of their programme. Each year we successfully find placements for approximately 1,000 students.
  • Ranked 3rd in the region for overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2015)
  • A number of subjects have been singled out in the 2015 National Student Survey with nationally leading student satisfaction, including Theology and Religious Studies (100% - 1st in UK), Law, (98% - 3rd in UK), History (98%), Sociology (97%), Tourism (97%) and Psychology (95%).

What Do International Students Study?

English Language Requirements

  • We accept IELTS 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) for undergraduate study and IELTS 6.5 (with no element below 5.5) for postgraduate study or any other English Language test approved by the UK Home Office (such as Trinity)
  • We also accept a range of other country specific English language qualifications such as International Baccalaureate, WAEC, NECO, Indian Standard XII, etc.
  • Students who have secured lower IELTS score or do not have an official English language certificate may be eligible for a University of Chester English Language Test conducted via Skype or pre-sessional English course.

Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £10,500 £9,700
Mixed £10,500 £9,700
Laboratory £10,500 £9,700
Clinical £10,500 £9,700

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • £1,000 scholarship for all international undergraduate students.
  • £2,000 scholarship for all international postgraduate taught students.
  • In addition, there are a number of other, country specific scholarships available to international students.
  • Find more details on our website.

Pre-Arrival and Welcome

  • The University of Chester provides a free arrival collection service from either Manchester or Liverpool airports on specified dates and transports the students and their luggage to the Chester or Warrington campus.

The International Orientation programme is a week-long and includes sessions on:

  • Culture Shock and what this may mean for you
  • Banking and opening a bank account
  • Students’ Union – sports and societies
  • Study Skills to support your studying in the UK
  • An introduction to the facilities of the library
  • Personal Safety
  • Money saving tips for when you travel
  • Campus and Chester City tours
  • Tier 4 Visa Compliance
  • Registering with the police
  • Students will also be provided with a welcome pack full of useful information including maps, details on how to register with the local doctor, Student Rail Card and a UK SIM card.

Accommodation for International Students

  • The university ensures accommodation is guaranteed for all new international students whose accommodation applications forms are received by the stated deadlines for our September intake.
  • You will live on campus or locally within short distance to the campus.
  • Accommodation costs range from £75-£135 per week (2014) depending on individual student requirements.
  • Accommodation can be semi-catered or self-catered for 41 weeks, ensuring international students do not have to move out during holiday breaks. The cost covers all utility bills including internet access.
  • Our student accommodation is safe and secure with 24 hour security and CCTV in operation.

Organisations for International Students

  • Best SU in the North West for the third year running (National Student Survey 2015) and also recently won Student Union of the Year (North Educate Awards 2015)
  • Chester Students' Union represents every student at the university and is at the centre of all extracurricular activities.
  • There are more than 105 clubs and societies with over 1,500 members and a wide range of interests to suit all needs, passions and abilities.