BCA Cheltenham, England

BCA Cheltenham, England

WHY BCA CHELTENHAM
·  Pursue a true immersion experience by studying abroad in an English city not frequently visited by tourists or study abroad students! Cheltenham is known for Regency architecture, beautiful parks, fine shopping, live entertainment, a world-famous horse racing course, international festivals and proximity to the beautiful Cotswolds region.
·  Befriend British students as you live and study together and experience English daily life through the lens of your peers. Join one of more than 80 different sports clubs and student societies at the university from football and snowboarding to music, acting and film.
·  Become a part of the local community by participating in one of the many festivals that Cheltenham hosts each year or joining RAG (Raise and Giving) the official fundraising body of the University of Gloucestershire’s Students' Union that supports and connects you to local charities and initiatives.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Experience Cheltenham with the help of your Resident Director, who was born and raised there. Journey with your RD to different local treasures, historic sites and famous landmarks, while reflecting on your experience and deepening your understanding and appreciation of your new home. The BCA signature excursion may vary by semester but in the past included a multi-day visit to London. More than just visiting famous cultural sites students explore the often-hidden side of London through an experience with Unseen Tours, a social enterprise organization that works with homeless, ex-homeless and vulnerably housed Londoners to lead tours around specific neighborhoods.

ACADEMICS
At the University of Gloucestershire, you will study alongside British students and be among a diverse student body composed of international students from more than 40 countries. BCA students are often the only American students in their classes making it easy to connect to local students and faculty and create an opportunity for cultural exchange and dialogue. The university’s wide array of courses in many disciplines makes it an excellent location for you to fulfill major or general education requirements. Film studies, sport & exercise science and education are some of the top disciplines at the university.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Cheltenham is a cultural hub! The city hosts more than 40 festivals throughout the year, such as the fall literature and spring jazz festivals, attracting top international writers, musicians and professionals. Some BCA students have even presented original work as part of festival events! The city is also known for and very proud of its gardens, green spaces and sustainability efforts. You can connect to that passion for gardening and meet new people by helping to maintain the Edible Garden on campus alongside tutors, staff and fellow students.

Subjects

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Biology (General)
  • Creative Writing
  • Economics
  • Computer Science
  • English Literature
  • Fashion Design
  • Film
  • Finance
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • Journalism / Broadcasting
  • Kinesiology/Exercise Science
  • Law
  • Liberal Arts
  • Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations
  • Philosophy
  • Pre-Med
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Sports Science
  • Theater, Drama, Dance
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Sci. (Atmosph.)
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Geography
  • Illustration/Animation
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Pre-Law
  • Literature
  • Business Management
  • Media (Radio, Tv, & Film)
  • Tv And Media Production
  • Media And Cultural Studies
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Theater
  • Visual Arts

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WHY BCA MARBURG
• Spend the semester studying abroad in two countries! You will start in Vienna, Austria for an eight-week course focusing on developing your German language skills. Then transition to Marburg, Germany to enroll in courses with local students at Philipps-Universität, a renowned research and teaching university founded nearly five centuries ago. 
• Apply to live in Marburg’s Schloss Castle, which rests atop a hill that overlooks the city, with a community of local students. Practice your German language as you share meals, games of billiards and celebrations.
• Tailor your experience to your interests and needs by taking advantage of opportunities such as an education internship, joining the Lahn Model UN program or taking courses at the Center for Conflict Studies.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Your BCA Marburg Resident Director will meet you in Vienna to orient you to the city and connect you to the many cultural events and activities available. In Marburg, your RD will be there to show you all the local landmarks and cultural hotspots. Together you will also visit other locations in the area. The BCA excursion may vary by semester, but in the past included a weekend excursion to the cities of Salzburg, Austria and Frankfurt, Germany to take in the Alpine scenery, spend an evening at the Opera and experience the difference between the thick but melodic Austrian German dialect and the quick but nevertheless relatively easy to understand variant of German spoken in Hesse.

ACADEMICS
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COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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WHY BCA VALLADOLID
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CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
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ACADEMICS
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COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Enjoy churros and hot chocolate – a favorite snack in Valladolid – as you meet with your language exchange group which includes study abroad students and local English-language learners of all ages. You’ll quickly share your country’s customs, traditions, slang words and sense of humor with each other. Spend time with your host family sharing meals, learning about their traditions and experiencing some of Valladolid’s celebrations such as La Feria, a fall celebration dedicated to the patron saint of Valladolid, or the spring celebration of Semana Santa, one of the largest holy week celebrations in the world. You can also volunteer with organizations working in the community.

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