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There are so many reasons why International students love The University of Chester so we thought we'd put them all in one place.

We'll be updating this blog on a regular basis so keep an eye out for what we have to offer! Use #50ChesterReasons on social media to share what you love about us.

1. Historic City

With more than 2,000 years of history, Chester is home to a number of iconic landmarks. Students can follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and explore the city's famous amphitheatre which was the largest in the UK holding up to 7,000 spectators! 

2. Bordered by Beautiful North Wales

Chester sits right on the border with Wales which boasts some breath-taking natural attractions. Students are just a short journey away from brilliant beaches and thrilling mountain scenery. The International Centre organises trips to Snowdonia and students have the opportunity to climb Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales!  

3. Fantastic Psychology Department (From Jordan Olsen- Psychology student)

"My favourite part about studying in Chester is definitely the incredible members of staff! All of the professors in the Psychology department are excellent! I appreciate the personal attention I can access at any time, especially from my Personal Academic Tutor or dissertation supervisor. They are incredibly kind, funny and really know their stuff! They’ve really made the difference for me and have made my time in Chester incredibly worthwhile."


4. Vibrant International Student Society

The International Student Society is the perfect place to meet people from all over the world and build friendships that last a lifetime. The society organises a number of events all year round celebrating international traditions from all over the world.

5. Range of Combined Degree Options

Students who have a passion for more than one subject can choose from an array of combined degree options here in Chester. With knowledge and skills in multiple subject areas, our students can enhance their professional prospects in a more diverse range of sectors. Check out Ed’s experience below!

6. Chester Zoo

Chester is home to the third best zoo in the world (TripAdvisor 2017) and with 15,000 animals from over 500 species, it’s a must visit for nature lovers! The zoo is just two miles from the city centre and is easily accessible by public transport.

7. Creating Your Own Society (From Puja Chowdhury – MBA student)

The University of Chester gives an opportunity to create your own society based on your interests and passions. I was able to make my small Indian family away from home by creating the Bollywood society where Indians and other international students are able to embrace the culture, food and beliefs of my home country. Anyone student can create their own society and it’s a great way to share your interests with new and existing friends.

8. Award-Winning Business School 

In 2018, Chester was voted Business School of the year by Educate North and we were also nominated for the same accolade at the Times Higher Education Awards. Chester Business School offers outstanding teaching and our prestigious Queen’s Park campus provides international students with a platform to shape their future career.  

9. Work Based Learning

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to complete a five-week, professional work placement in their second year of study. International students can do their Work Based Learning at organisations in or outside the UK in degree and non-degree related fields. WBL is a great way to gain experience and significantly enhance career prospects. Lora, from Russia did her placement at price comparison giants, MoneySuperMarket in 2017.

10. Expanding Learning Horizons (From Mary Johnson – Photography and Graphic Design student)

I love studying at the University of Chester because the Art and Design department has given me the opportunity to travel overseas and expand my knowledge in different cultures. I recently went on a faculty trip to Barcelona and it was a truly amazing experience!

11. Campus Cat

Our main campus on Parkgate Road has become the adopted second home of Millie, the friendly tortoise-shell! Our students love meeting Campus Cat, who is never shy of receiving attention and she’s even been known to sit in on lectures! Millie does have a home nearby but loves wandering around campus and brightening up the lives of our students.

12. Airport Pickup 

We know that travelling to the UK can be a tiring experience! That’s why we offer an airport pickup service to take you straight from the airport to Chester to get you settled in as soon as possible.

13. Engaging Teaching (From Divine Oladimeji- International Business student)

My knowledge has increased dramatically thanks to my lecturers’ expertise, challenging assignments and thought-provoking coursework. The learning process here in Chester is simply amazing!

14. Feeding Your Passion for Sport

There are more than 70 Chester Students’ Union sports teams spread across Chester, Warrington and Shrewsbury. CSU Sports are a fantastic way to socialise, stay active and take a break from academic studies. Our Sports clubs welcome anyone regardless of ability and international students have the opportunity to represent Chester in competitive matches against other institutions.

15. Links to Other Cities

Whilst our international students love being in Chester, they can easily travel to other major cities when needed. Liverpool and Manchester are less than an hour away by public transport and London is just a two-hour direct train journey away!

16. Shopping Choices

In addition to a vast array of shops in the city centre, Chester is just a 15-minute journey from Cheshire Oaks - the largest outlet centre in the United Kingdom. Home to 150 stores and restaurants, it’s a hugely popular attraction for all students.

17. Safe City

We know the value our international students place on safety. In 2018, Chester was voted the safest city-based University in North West England (The Times). Our security team also provide 24/7 services on campus.

18. Unforgettable Graduation Experience

Our graduation ceremonies are held at the prestigious Chester Cathedral in the heart of the city- a special location for a special day.

19. Top Research Facilities

For the second year running, the University of Chester has been rated as one of the top 10 places in the UK to carry out postgraduate research (PRES).

20. The Chester Difference Award

We reward our international students who volunteer and take part in extra-curricular activities. Students who challenge themselves outside the classroom receive a Chester Difference Award which looks great on any CV! 

21. Student Ambassadors

There are a host of Student Ambassadors at the University who can help international students settle in and answer questions about living in Chester!

22. English Language Support 

Our English for Academic Purposes team offer English language support to international students. Those requiring help with tutorials, academic writing, presentations, vocabulary or pronunciation can access this service for free.

23. The Great British Weather

Yes, the weather in Chester can be unpredictable at times! However, international students get to experience warm and dreamy summers in addition to picturesque winters. Many of our students experience snow for the first time in Chester!

24. Warrington

Located 20 miles north of Chester, Warrington Campus is home to many of our international students who love living in a thriving and welcoming town.

25. Students' Union

Our SU operates to enhance the experience of all our students! In 2019, Chester Students' Union was ranked top 10 in the UK by WhatUni?

26. Royal Approval

Chester was the chosen location for Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle’s first royal engagement together. In June 2018, they visited the city to officially open Chester’s Storyhouse theatre.

27. Wellbeing Support

Our Student Futures team provide a range of termly, wellbeing sessions aimed at improving mental and physical health, meeting new people and having fun!

28. Meeting New People

With 20,000 students from 130 countries, it's very easy to make friends for life in Chester. Temitope and Pamela met on the MBA course in 2014 and later became husband and wife!

Read more about their story on our blog

29. Guaranteed Accommodation

University accommodation is guaranteed for all new international students whose application forms are received by September intake deadlines.

30. Welcoming City

Chester has been voted one of the top 10 UK cities with the best hosting skills by

31. Regular Trips and Visits 

Our International Arrivals team organise numerous trips for international students throughout the year. The Lake District visit is always a popular trip!

32. Strong Graduate Prospects

Our Careers team attach the utmost importance to securing excellent employment prospects for our international graduates. It's no surprise our graduate employment rate is 95.6%. 

33. Accredited Courses

Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies including our Chemical Engineering programme which is accredited by IChemE.

34. Vibrant Nightlife

Chester was recently ranked the third best student night out in the UK! With a variety of options, the city has something to offer all tastes.

35. Shrewsbury Campus

Situated in a beautiful and medieval town, our Shrewsbury campus offers high-quality teaching, learning and research.

36. Diversity

The University is home to 20,000 students from 130 countries worldwide. In Chester you'll get the chance to share traditions with people from around the world 

37. Prestigious Law School

Our Law School specialises in the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes and shaping tomorrow's industry professionals.

38. Supportive International Officers

We have a dedicated team of country specific International Officers who can help with your application and support you throughout your time with us. Ali is our International Officer for Pakistan

39. Professional Medical School

Chester Medical School offers a range of programmes which are delivered by highly qualified, research active staff with academic and clinical expertise. Check out Tulika's experience studying MSc Cardiovascular Disease here.

40. Storyhouse Theatre

Opened in 2017, Storyhouse is a library, theatre, cinema, community hub and cultural centre located in the heart of Chester. With one million annual visits, its a cultural hotspot for students!

41. Employment Opportunities

International students can work up to 20 hours per week during term time. There are lots of job opportunities in Chester and our Employment team can help find the right role for you. This is in addition to our fantastic Work Based Learning placements!

42. Programme Field Trips

Our courses have an emphasis on practical learning and many incorporate field trips throughout the academic year. Watch Events Management student Malin talk about her trip to Manchester City

43. Join our International Alumni Community

Our graduates have achieved great success working at renowned organisations on a local, regional and international scale.

Charles studied Public Health Nutrition with us in 2014 and now works for the United Nations. Check out his profile here 

44. Exciting First Week

We organise a range of fun, informative and engaging events for international students throughout 'Welcome Week'. Free pizza parties, sports days, city tours, film/games nights and much more!

45. The International Centre

Located in the heart of Chester, students can visit the IC for support and guidance on a number of issues. Our International Officers are based here and we always welcome visits from students.

46. Thornton Science Park

This state-of-the-art facility houses our Faculty of Science and Engineering. The 66-acre site features purpose-built laboratories and industrial facilities to provide the best practical experience and learning opportunities for our students.

47. Wide Range of Societies

We have more than 75 societies running across our campuses. Societies are a brilliant way to socialise, meet new friends, develop your skills and take a break from your academic studies during your time at University. See a full list of University of Chester societies here. 

48. Practical Learning (From Ho Li Fong- International Business Management Graduate)

Studying at Chester Business School allowed me to develop my knowledge through coursework and projects rather than exams and tests. This gave me freedom to express my own thoughts and ideas. Soon after graduating, I landed a role at Standard Chartered and this was thanks to my experience in Chester!

49. 180 Years of Teaching Excellence

We are one of the longest established English higher education institutions of any kind. The college, which, would become the University of Chester, was founded way back in 1839!

50. The Whole Experience!

To end the campaign, we thought we’d let Zainab guide you through the memorable journey our international students experience here in Chester!


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