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ENGLAND - ISEP University of Chester

The University of Chester has been making history since 1839 when it was founded by such pioneers as the great 19th-century prime ministers, William Gladstone and the Earl of Derby and a former Archbishop of Canterbury.  It is one of the oldest English higher education establishments of any kind, pre-dating all but Oxford, Cambridge, London, and Durham, and its original buildings in the ancient city of Chester were the first in the country to be purpose-built for the professional training of teachers. Education degrees are now just a small part of the 477-course combinations on offer.

Recent projects have included helping to develop England’s first ‘carbon neutral’ village, discovering a vitamin compound which reduces the risk of heart disease and dementia and translating the Bible into British Sign Language.

Development of well-respected courses in Health and Social Care, Humanities, Business and Management, Arts and Media, Social Science, Applied Sciences and Education and Children’s Services has further extended the University’s work and connections with industry, commerce, and the professions.

Millions of pounds are being invested in the accommodation and resources to support this work and there is a strong emphasis on making students feel at home.

This program is best for a student that is independent.  A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus and comfortable with the local language to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed.  Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College and may be difficult for some students to adjust.

Learn More about the University of Chester here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  

Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up. Direct options may have an additional cost (see a financial section for more information).


Chester is a small and beautiful city in the northwest of England, forty minutes from the large cities of Liverpool and Manchester. It is one of Britain’s leading tourist centers; attractions include the Roman walls, a magnificent Cathedral, the world-famous Tudor ‘Rows’ (covered galleries of shops), and the River Dee. There is easy access to the famous beauty spots of the Lakes, North Wales.

Main Campus (Chester, England)

Our on-campus facilities include a Learning Resource Centre, modern lecture theatres, open-access computer facilities, state-of-the-art science/skills/language laboratories, a range of catering outlets, the £2 million Chester Students’ Union centre and CSU bar/club, bookshop,chapel and faith space, cashpoint and launderette.

Because university life is not just about getting a degree, social and leisure activities are an important and long-established part of life at our Chester sites. On-campus sports facilities include a fully equipped sports hall, gym, swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, sprint track, floodlit 3G multi-use pitch and floodlit astroturf pitch.

Most of our student accommodation is also on or near campus. 

Only a short walk from Chester city, the campus also boasts an abundance of green space, and beautifully kept gardens, which provide you with an exciting environment in which to live and study.

Here you can find more information about life at the University of Chester’s Main Campus .

Warrington Campus

The Warrington Campus provides a close-knit community, innovative courses, and a strong focus on employability and transferable skills.  The thirty-acre site provides excellent academic and social facilities for both residential and commuting undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Here you can find more information about life at the University of Chester’s Warrington Campus.


The University of Chester is a full-year institution. This means that courses start in October and continue throughout the year. Course selection, therefore, for full-year students is usually the easiest and most comprehensive. If you are coming for a full-year, then you will be taking 120cr of study, which could mean 6 20cr modules or 3 40cr modules or some combination thereof.

Single -semester students are more than welcome at the University of Chester. Each student’s requirements are evaluated individually as single-semester study requires the Chester ISEP Coordinator to review subject needs, whether the intake is September or January, and prerequisites.

Timetables are not released until late September so it can be very difficult for the ISEP Coordinator to determine an exact timetable before your arrival. Having alternatives is a good idea. You will be required to finalize your module (course/ class) choices with your home university within two weeks of arriving at Chester.

UK universities, in general, do not follow a core and liberal studies/open option style of learning. Students have specific core modules and then options within their area or areas of study. It is essential that you mark on your Course Request List courses that are key, using an asterisk as per the instructions.

You can obtain an idea of study possibilities by going to the main University of Chester web page and following this LINK. Students, however, are unable to access specific module descriptors online. Students are asked NOT to get in touch with individual departments in their search for information but to email the Study Abroad office at The ISEP Coordinator will search out options and send information to you.

If your purpose in coming to Chester is to take advantage of a variety of liberal studies options than both the History and English Departments offer a variety of subjects in both terms of study. Media students - TV and Radio Production, Communications - are particularly welcome at our Warrington Campus. A free shuttle runs between the Chester and Warrington campuses for those students taking classes on both. 

Warrington Campus

At Warrington, we offer a number of different courses facilitating a wide range of future careers. The courses available can be broadly separated into three main subject areas: the Creative Industries, Warrington School of Management, and Public Sector.

Program Website

Course Description

Available modules in Business and Media.

Fields of Study

  • Business
  • Communication:

    Advertising,  Digital Communication and Media,  Journalism,  Mass Communication/Media Studies,  Radio and Television

Before arrival students will be given a link which will enable them to find when all available modules are running and then are expected to create their own timetable. This entails thoroughly working through the module times for lectures, seminars etc and finding modules that fit together with no clashes. This is an expectation of students and thus the co-ordinator will only be able to facilitate the process.

Website for Course Availability


Due to the nature of the modules, Drama and Theatre studies must be studied on a full-year basis and is not available to single-semester students.

Please review the ISEP country handbook for more information on the education system.

Student Life

Founded in 1839, and linked with the University of Liverpool for almost 100 years, the University of Chester offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree study to around 14,000 students. Chester has excellent teaching, study and recreational facilities, including a modern library, ample open access computer facilities, and a range of sports and fitness opportunities. 


Upon arrival, students are shown their accommodation and aided in the process of obtaining their meal cards (if an Exchange student). A full tour of the campus and city center is given. Students are given help obtaining library & student union cards and are shown where to pay their deposits. Students meet their coordinators and lecturers. Students will take part in an Orientation program upon arrival. Optional evening and weekend activities are arranged.

The host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet. Students arriving at either Liverpool or Manchester airports will be met at the airport if arranged with the Study Abroad Office.

  Experiential Opportunities
Only students with a Tier 4 visa can work or volunteer. These restrictions do NOT apply to European students. Students with the necessary visas can work for up to 20 hours per week during each academic term. Work is often available in the city center and may be available on campus for those arriving in September.
Housing and Meals

Full-board accommodation is mostly on-campus. The university also offers (on or near the campus) a range of self-catering flats and houses (single rooms with shared facilities). Single rooms might require additional fees.

Meal benefits are not included for Direct students. 

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange to Chester includes orientation, on-site director, university fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week.  

ISEP costs for Exchange are usually the most cost-effective, as it is intended to promote mobility of students around the world. Direct options are available for those students that prefer to attend a school with limited availability for Exchange, though costs may be different as they are set by the host school. For students that participate in ISEP Direct, the program fee includes all of the above plus insurance. However, the program fee may be different than that of Exchange.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 programs:

Budget Item





Lake Forest College Tuition



Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost



Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College



ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application



ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance (estimated, $90/mo)

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP



Additional Meals



Estimated Airfare

*Students placed on ISEP Exchange may be eligible for up to $750 airfare award



Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)



Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses






Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of January 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

  • Contact:

    For Questions About the Initial Application Process:

    Alexandra Olson
    Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office