• England
Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
Archaeology Art History Arts Classical Studies Communications Conflict Studies Creative Writing Education English Film History Humanities Journalism Liberal Arts Literature Medieval Studies Museum Studies Peace Studies Performing Arts Political Science Social Sciences Theater Visual Arts +13

Program Details

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Starting Price
Price Details
Fees include:
•Full tuition and administrative costs
•Accommodation in Bath, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon
•A food allowance (accommodation in Bath is self-catering)
•All obligatory course-related travel
•All obligatory visits to theaters, galleries, museums etc, directly related to the program
•All whole-program events in the cultural and social program
•Free bus travel to selected social and cultural activities

*A number of merit- and needs-based scholarships are available.
Oct 10, 2018
Dec 17, 2015
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About Program

Come and spend a stimulating and challenging semester in the World Heritage city of Bath in south-west England. We offer a wide-range of academically-rigorous courses across the liberal arts curriculum, taught as small class seminars (maximum size of 13 students and an average of 6 to 8) or one-on-one Oxford style tutorials, all taught by British professors. There's also an opportunity to take one of a range of fascinating internships - including such options as the Roman Baths Museum, the 44AD art space and gallery, The American Museum and Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights - or an education placement in a local school.

You'll live in the heart of Bath, housed in self-catered apartments in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century townhouses, and we actively encourage you to participate in the community. You also travel away from the city, with a week at University College Oxford and another at Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as a large number of course-related and cultural study trips.

Program Reviews

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  • Academics 4.3
  • Support 4.85
  • Fun 4.75
  • Housing 4.45
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best program out there!

ASE is a great program. Hands down, one of the best decisions I've ever made. I loved the trip to Stratford-upon-Avon the most - being able to see three Royal Shakespeare Company shows was life-changing. I formed a lot of close friendships while also gaining a lot of confidence, whether that be academically, socially, or personally. Bath is an absolutely beautiful city that is small enough that you can really get to know every single part of it and feel like a real resident, but big enough that there's still always something to do.

59 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

An Extraordinary Opportunity

I was part of this program for a full academic year, and the decision to apply was the best I've made in quite some time. Living in Bath is a uniquely special experience. It's a place where rich history lives alongside a hub of bustling tourism, meaning there's always something to do if you look for it. ASE puts a lot of effort into ensuring its students have as many opportunities as they want to take advantage of; your level of involvement in the community is almost completely customizable to your comfort level, but you have to take initiative. There are mandatory study trips to Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, and Stonehenge, as well as course-specific class trips (for example, to nearby Glastonbury), which means that every student will experience life beyond Bath to some degree. The three-day weekends also allow students an abundance of travel time, as the importance of fully integrating into and exploring the country is stressed early on in the program. In terms of academics, the workload is rigorous but not impossibly difficult, and the smaller class sizes allow for a more personalized learning experience. Every tutor I had was enthusiastic and incredibly knowledgeable about their subject of choice, and the way classes and essays were structured meant that I developed further as an academic. Equally dedicated and personable were the ASE staff members, who were genuinely friendly and supportive, and I found it hard to leave them behind come the end of my second semester. Altogether, this program offers a perfect blend between schoolwork, social activity, and cultural exploration, and I know that the lessons I learned (both academically and personally) and the friends I made will stick with me for a long time.

What would you improve about this program?
To be honest, there isn't much I would change about this program. While I would have liked more opportunities for involvement with the nearby universities, I'm also aware that this isn't a shortcoming that solely reflects on ASE, as the universities themselves must be open to communication. The student helpers went a long way towards bridging this gap, however, especially in the second semester.
49 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable Experience

Summer 2014 in Bath is something I will never, ever forget. I learned so much and made wonderful, true friends. It's been one year and my Linley Housemates and I still talk pretty regularly! I honestly think that I came out of my ASE experience a better version of myself because of all of the support I had from faculty and classmates, the beauty and history of the city and other travel destinations, and of course, all of the laughs and smiles. I wish my school schedule had worked out so that I could do a semester or even a year with ASE, but I am so grateful for my couple of months. I wouldn't trade my experience for the world!

49 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

ASE is Amazing

ASE's program was incredible. Bath is a beautiful city and by spending a semester there and involved with ASE you really get to the city. Everything that ASE does, from the housing to the trips to the activities to the staff's friendliness, creates a home away from home. I felt so comfortable living in Bath because of what ASE provided for me in the program. The academics were hard, but I thoroughly enjoyed my classes and the tutors are absolutely brilliant. They know literally everything about what they're teaching, and then some. It was so great to get to know them and to know their subjects so in-depth. The workload can feel overwhelming at times, but I came out of the semester knowing so much more than I did and inspired by everything that I learned. The program also takes you to Oxford for a week and to Stratford-upon-Avon for a few days and both of these trips are great. I was so grateful that ASE took us there, showed us the ins and outs of the towns and then gave us plenty of free reign to roam and explore. It's hard to encompass everything I did and learned and felt during my time abroad with ASE, but it was simply amazing.

What would you improve about this program?
I would have liked the Stratford-Upon-Avon trip to be earlier in the semester, because with it so close to the end it felt like we were squeezing it in and I had to remind myself to enjoy it and forgot about everything I had to do before flying back to the US. I also became closer to other students in the program during that trip because we have random roommates for those few days, so having those friendships earlier would have been nice.
56 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great program, great opportunities!

ASE was everything I wanted in a study abroad experience! The academics are more demanding than most programs, but with the right balance the classes can be really rewarding. The city is beautiful and feels surprisingly safe, and the ASE staff are all friendly and helpful. Definitely don't overlook the internship programme--my placement (at Mr B's) was one of the highlights of my semester!

51 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Go abroad- and do it with ASE

What a wonderful experience. I can honestly say the past semester was the best of my college career. I had never heard of Bath before applying to ASE and I'm so incredibly happy. The city is ever so lovely and the ASE staff, professors and students were unparalleled. Just apply!!!

What would you improve about this program?
I would allow students to give preferences to housing. It would have been nice to have a say in where we lived.
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Yes, I recommend this program

A great program in a great city!

ASE is a fantastic program. The academics are more challenging than you normally find on a study abroad program, so don't come on this program expecting to just party. You will learn and be challenged in great courses with excellent teachers. You really do have to put effort into your schoolwork, but they also give you plenty of time to explore Bath, the rest of the UK, and Europe, if you want to.The program staff is incredibly helpful, friendly, accommodating, wonderful...They go out of their way to make sure you're having a good semester.

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