University of Chester

Why Chester?

SUNY Plattsburgh has had a relationship with Chester for more than twenty years, and it remains a popular destination amongst our students. Chester offers a variety of academic programs, including history, English, geography, sociology, and TV/radio production.

  • Terms: Most of Chester's courses last the entire academic year, and they prefer that you plan to come for the year for this reason. However, there are a limited number of single semester courses available too that may work for certain students who want to study for only one semester.
  • Eligibility: Plattsburgh students only; minimum 2.8 GPA; minimum sophomore standing by the time of study in England.
  • Credits: 12-16 undergraduate per semester.
  • Application deadlines: March 15 for fall and October 1 for spring.  All application materials must be received or postmarked by the deadline. 

How to Apply

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Courses at Chester

In England, courses are referred to as modules and majors are called courses.  Chester offers mostly full year modules and limited single semester modules.  In order to find appropriate modules, Chester will review the proposed study form (above) and select available modules that most closely match those listed.  If you must take any modules in order to study abroad, please indicate that on the proposed study form.  Please note that the campus timetable may not be available until a few days before the semester begins, so students may not know which modules they are taking until they arrive on campus.  If you have any questions about this process, please contact Study Abroad and Exchanges.  


Chester offers work placements for students who want to gain hands-on experience.  Work placements are only available for students studying in the spring semester or for an academic year.  In some cases, you may not be guarenteed a placement until you arrive on campus.  Please note that in order to participate in a work placement, students must have a Tier 4 visa.     


You will pay for your accommodations directly to Chester. Chester has three types of accommodations, though availability is based on a first-come basis. They are catered, semi-carted, and uncatered. "Catered" means that there is a meal plan, "self-catered" means that there are cooking facilities on site, and "semi-catered" means that you would only purchase part of a meal plan and do some cooking for yourself onsite. For more information, please visit Chester's Accommodation website.


The City of Chester has a rich and fascinating history, from its beginnings as a Roman fortress 2000 years ago to the vibrant modern city of today. Popular attractions include the city walls and gates, the Cross (where four Roman streets converge and the Town Crier delivers proclamations), the largest Roman amphitheater in Britain, Roman Gardens, the magnificent Cathedral, the unique Tudor Rows (covered galleries of shops), the Eastgate Clock and the River Dee.

Semester Cost Estimate

Please note that all fees are subject to change without notice.

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Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about study abroad and exchange opportunities at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact us at:

Global Education Office
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Phone: (518) 564-3287
Toll-Free Phone: (800) 388-6784
Fax: (518) 564-3292

Location: We are on the second floor of the Kehoe Administration Building on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.