University of Chichester

University of Chichester


Based on two beautiful and quintessentially English campuses in West Sussex in the South Coast of England, the University of Chichester has a great range of courses based around the liberal arts. We have a fantastic reputation for student experience and each year welcome students from North America and all around to study challenging and fun courses taught in small group environments by dedicated and experienced tutors.

We invite you to look through our profile, our website, or contact us directly to learn how studying a modern globally recognized course at Chichester, close to the sea, beautiful English countryside, just 70 miles from London, can enrich your life and your resume.



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Yes, I recommend this program

Hi! I'm from Wisconsin in the US and I so enjoyed my time at Chichester University! The school and surrounding town are phenomenal and I miss them both everyday. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. I am counting down the days until I can come visit again.
The train station was right down the street from my living accommodation and it made travel so easy. This experience allowed me to meet so many wonderful people and learn to be more independent.

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Yes, I recommend this program

I had a really great experience at the University of Chichester. The study abroad staff and all the tutors were really helpful. The campus is beautiful. I lived in Stockbridge Residence Halls, and while I felt they were a little expensive for what was offered, they were nice and clean, and I had my own ensuite bathroom and plenty of room to cook and store food in the kitchen. There are a lot of great places to travel by train that are within day-trip distance from Chichester, so you can take lots of travel opportunities while you're there. I loved the town and the atmosphere, and I will definitely visit again some day!

What would you improve about this program?
More information in the beginning of the program would have been really helpful, especially concerning what paperwork you need to bring to get through customs and when you need to bring your passport for them to scan.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Everything about the university has been absolutely phenomenal - from the staff and administration to the students, everyone has gone out of their way to ensure I was safe and happy and warmly welcomed. The teachers have made a point of checking in with me and making appointments if needed, and the students have included me in their facebook groups for our classes and year. The campus is small enough that everyone seems to know everyone, which is very exciting, as you know someone almost anywhere you go! Even in town, there's always someone you know passing through the shops and it's nice to know that I have become part of such a small but amazing community. The dance program has been especially amazing, pushing me further beyond what I ever thought was possible, both physically and mentally.

What would you improve about this program?
The communication at the beginning of the summer could be improved.. when the acceptance goes out I believe it could have been more clear as to what the next steps would have been for students requiring a visa. (i.e. sending a scanned picture of your passport, requesting a CAS document and number, etc)
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Yes, I recommend this program

I don't live on campus, and I find this a lot better than living in halls. I've only been to a couple of the halls, but I find them quite basic and not really 'homey'. I love living on Winterbourne, because it allows me to feel a little more at home. Rather than living on campus, as if I was a first year again.

What would you improve about this program?
I would say helping the students find jobs whilst being over here. I struggled really hard finding a job over here, and if there was an "International Job Service" available, I don't think I would have stressed as much as I did.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I absolutely love studying at the University of Chichester! The town itself is beautiful, and the campus is even better! I find myself having plenty of time to get school work done, as well as having copious amounts of time to go on adventures! I live off campus, and walking through town after class is the best way to end the day and relax. All of the lecturers at Chichester are so friendly and always there to help me out with anything that I need. I also feel very welcomed into the student community, as well as the community of other study abroad students. Living right down the street from the center of town makes it so easy to walk around and shop, and living down the street from the train station makes traveling very easy. After only a month, Chichester already felt like home and I am so glad that I got this opportunity!

What would you improve about this program?
The only problem that I came across was actually being enrolled into modules. However, this was easily fixed up when I met with my advisor and got it all sorted out!


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Heather Carter

Heather is a Dance Major from York University in Toronto, Ontario studying for the year at the University of Chichester in Chichester, England. She's a sucker for dessert and loves to hit the dance floor.

What do you tell your friends who are thinking about going abroad?

DO IT! You will never have an opportunity like this again... to immerse yourself fully into the young population of a culture and experience it so honestly and wholly. You get challenged in ways you would never imagine possible, and will become a much stronger person in the end.

It will allow you to discover who you are as a person in extremely unexpected and unique ways, and it also gives you the opportunity to build a life for yourself, surrounded by people who welcome and support you. I don't think I have ever made a decision in my life that has been so beneficial and significant as when I decided to go abroad.

What was the hardest part about going abroad?

I think the hardest part about coming abroad was learning the fact that people’s lives back home continued on without me there. As much as I know my friends and family have missed me, their lives haven’t stopped because I have left.

As odd as that is to think about while I'm having such a great time and opportunity while I’m here, it does make me a little sad to think about them making memories without me; as much as I knew it would happen, its always a bit of a shock to hear such great stories from them, even though I’m having such a good time while I’m here (and wouldn't change it for the world!), it does pull on the heart strings a little!

Another tough thing in the beginning was just not knowing anyone! Being a very social person I found it very difficult not to have people to talk to or hangout with (but this stage was very short and ended as soon as classes started up and I began meeting people!)

Tell us about an experience you had that you could not have had at home.

Traveling Europe! From Canada, Europe is extremely far away, so I never would have had the opportunity to take trips to the different places I have been lucky enough to visit (Amsterdam, Paris, Lanzarote, Rome/Venice, Ireland, Barcelona) because everything is so close here it has made these adventures not only easier, but made my dreams of visiting these places much more attainable!

Seeing all of these places has opened my mind up to the different possibilities, cultures and opportunities that there are across the world. It has also greatly shifted my view of the size of the world and the amount of beautiful people and places there are within it. I don't think I was fully able to comprehend just how spectacularly large a place we live in until I traveled to all of these places and was able to experience the vast differences they had between them.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Go with an open mind. As scary as it is to move to a new place with no clue about what to expect, I think it made my experience much richer in the end. Because I had no expectations or assumptions of what was to come, I think I was much more open to any and all new experiences and opportunities that presented themselves to me.

If you go into it thinking it is going to be one way and it turns out to be the complete opposite, not only will you be completely thrown off and overwhelmed, I think those feelings could perhaps make you bitter and unable to see the great possibilities to come of the new situation. I think along with being open-minded comes the need for a certain go-with-the-flow attitude; being eager to try new things and meet new people and see new places will also go an extremely long way!

What made this trip meaningful to you, or how did this trip change your perceptions, future path?

There are so many things and people that have made this trip meaningful; it has truly been the best year of my life so far. The fantastic people I’ve met (because I’m learning that people love foreigners… especially their accents) have truly made all the difference in being here.

Everyone has been so welcoming and helpful from the moment I stepped off the plane. At the university, all of the other dance students are always eager to lend a hand and, in the beginning, walked me through the ins and outs of the department, and life on the campus. All of my travel experiences have been absolutely unforgettable.

There is something to be said about the independence and freedom that I have found both from planning the trips (and not having to ask anyone’s permission) and making it successfully to the destination (which has been quite questionable at times) that makes me so proud!

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Ian Jones

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Regional Manager, North America
Ian is the Regional Manager for North America, at the University of Chichester. He handles recruitment from the USA and also the university’s study abroad program and relationships with its university partners. Ian is very familiar with Delta Economy cabins and would like an aisle seat.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Cycling a borrowed pedal rickshaw at 2 in the morning in Mandalay.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current university?

I’ve worked for Chichester since 2010. In that time we have really increased the number of exchange partners we have in the U.S., so there are a lot more options for our students as well as more Americans on campus.

We now work with Louisiana State, Mercer, Columbus State, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, St. Norbert's, Queens College, and University of Northern Iowa.

It's been fantastic receiving their students and seeing the other study abroad program grow, and also very challenging. As a university we’ve learnt lots about the U.S. and the needs of American students when choosing study abroad in the UK.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

It’s too difficult to choose one! There are so many sides and experiences to studying overseas, and everyone has a different perspective.

My favorite insight about study abroad is that you often don’t realize how big an influence some experiences have had on you until long afterward.

I think everyone knows that going overseas to study for a semester of a year is “a thing”. What is nice is when you reconnect with study abroad alum much further down the track after they’ve graduated, and they’re able to reflect on their experience and say “my life went differently because of that, in a good way.”

If you could go on any program that your university offers, which one would you choose and why?

The university offers a range of broad portfolio courses that study abroad students can slot into. We work with students to help them choose what’s best. There’s a lot to choose from; from music to engineering.

We provide accommodation and there is a fantastic support team to help students find their feet.

What makes your university unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

One thing I am really proud of is that the university is such a welcoming place. As a study abroad student you have a relatively short amount of time to fit in, and our visiting students just have such a good time here.

There is a real personal feel to Chichester. Everyone meets their tutors when they start, takes part in the induction activities. Then there are lots of tours and excursions to enjoy. As well as being a very beautiful place to live and study, the campus community is so nice. And we’re only 70 miles from London.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful university?

We strive to give our students the best start possible when they apply to us, and talk to everyone personally about their course choices and accommodation, and arrival procedures. We want people to be happy with their study abroad choice before they get here.

Most of our students are pretty happy when they are here, there is a lot to do, the academic quality is very high, and it’s a friendly place. If there are any problems then we have a great support team to help out. We also want students to feel part of the university as alumni, and stay in touch via our alumni team.

Travel is very important to our U.S. students too. If you want to jump in your helicopter then France is only about 100 miles away over the Channel. Or (for most of us) an hour’s journey to Gatwick and then a short flight.