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University of Gloucestershire
BCA Study Abroad


Have you ever wanted to live in a picturesque British town? Cheltenham, located in the peaceful Cotswalds region of England, provides an ideal setting for students to experience British culture!  Students take classes with English peers at the University of Gloucestershire, selecting courses from the school’s 40 academic disciplines.  Program participants live in student housing, which offers easy access to the university’s social activities.  The program, run by BCA Study Abroad, includes field trips to significant cultural and historical sites throughout the country.  Previous excursions include Stonehenge, Bath, nearby villages and countryside, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon.


The following links will give you a peek of the campuses:

Goals and Objectives
BCA Study Abroad attempts to integrate American students into an overseas university, allowing them to broaden their horizons, to experience different cultures, and to practice speaking another modern language.

Students must have completed one full years of college (completed 24 credits) and must have a 2.75 GPA or higher to qualify. Students are required to attend all Messiah-run pre-departure orientation sessions the semester before studying abroad as well as half-day reentry retreat upon returning to campus the following semester.

Credits / Grades
The 15 or 16 credits students earn each semester may meet some general education or major requirements. Courses taken will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades. Please refer to the grade conversion chart.

Students will meet their third language/cross-cultural requirement by participating in this program.  Students will not earn 3 credits, rather the requirement will be waived.

Costs: 2014-2015

Because of the high cost of this program, participation is capped at 9 students per academic year.

Messiah tuition, room, board, plus $1,700 off-campus study fee. Also a $250 deposit.

Fee covers tuition, housing, meals, educational excursions, pre-departure, and re-entry orientation.   Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees. 


Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from this program.

Messiah Application Deadlines

Spring 2015 – April 1, 2014

Fall 2015 - December 1, 2014


Begin the application process here!



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“I became close with the other Christians on campus, and made it a point to seek out friends in the local church I attended, Trinity Church. The worship there was a bit different than what I was used to, but it was a good opportunity for me to experience God in a new way.”

--Kaitlin Hiserote



To learn more about BCA Study Abroad program in Cheltenham, England, check out:

British Council Pre-departure Guide
CIA World Fact Book: United Kingdom
English Heritage
European Union: A Guide for Americans



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