Advanced Studies in England: Summer School in Historic Bath

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Come and study for five-weeks in the beautiful World Heritage City of Bath. In this program, students take two classes; one taught by UK faculty and one taught by US professors from one of our fourteen affiliate colleges. The first class offers the following courses: The Romans in Britain (history/classics), Jane Austen in Bath (English Literature), and The Triumph of Georgian Bath (art history/architecture). The US-led courses change annually, covering a range of liberal arts subjects.

Students are housed in historic townhouses throughout the city centre, within easy walking distance of the Abbey, galleries, roman baths, museums, and an array of pubs and restaurants.

Each of the US-led courses includes an overnight study trip integrated with the syllabus, and the whole program spends a weekend in Cornwall, visiting Tintagel Castle, and St Ives and walking a stretch of the Lizard Peninsula. Other optional social and cultural activities are also offered throughout the five weeks.

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  • Academics 7
  • Support 10
  • Fun 8.8
  • Housing 9.8
  • Safety 9.8
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Catherine
10/10

A Fantastic Summer in a Beautiful City

I am so glad I made the decision to participate in ASE Summer School 2015. I enjoyed two challenging yet not overwhelming history classes that explored the city and used our location to enhance our learning (Romans in Britain and Domestic Soldiers). I lived in a beautiful 19th-century villa with 7 other housemates and we enjoyed living in a regular neighborhood of Bath, rather than a dormitory. The entire ASE staff was incredibly welcoming and supportive, from giving recommendations on the best pubs, to advice on good day trips, to figuring out the British grocery store. The ASE staff also organized fantastic social excursions for us to Cornwall, London, Oxford, Stonehenge, and Glastonbury--these trips are what make ASE stand out from other study abroad programs.
I will always happily remember my time in Bath.

How can this program be improved?
I think Summer School should be longer, at least 7-8 weeks--since we are completing semester length courses, this way we'd be completing a semester-length course in half the time rather than a third of the time. Also, it took a week or two to get settled and by that time it was almost time to leave! I would have liked to stay longer.
Yes, I recommend
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Jeremy
10/10

Life-changing

It's very hard for me to believe that it has been just slightly over a year since I was last across the pond and taking part in this wonderful program.

What I believe to be most difficult, especially upon my return, was trying to describe the program and all that had taken place in just the short five weeks. The only word I seem to keep coming back to is "perfect."

Advanced Studies in England (ASE) have put together one of the greatest overall experiences I've ever been a part of. The program sends students to some of the most incredible places that leaves you feeling as though you've seen the variety that's across England. In addition to some seriously astounding views that would even make the most pristine Instagram account blush. The staff is incredible from tutors Rob, Laura, and Bill to the office crew of Emma, Lindsay, Lucy, and Sue. Seriously some of the kindest people I've ever met.

If you choose to explore, make the most of your time, and put in the necessary work, you will be more than rewarded for the effort and will be forever changed for it.

Yes, I recommend
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Joshua
10/10

Great Life Experience

Honestly, this program was incredible. It did a fantastic job of both educating and introducing us as students to the country. In the day to day life, I got to eat fantastic foods at great little restaurants throughout the city, enjoy the fantastic sights, and immerse myself in the city.

Students also got to go on these awe-inspiring trips over the course of the summer semester. Each trip was very well planned and coordinated. The trips, despite being meticulously planned, were still absolute blasts. I can honestly say I have never personally had as much fun anywhere else.

Overall, I will always cherish the memories this program left me and I hope to revisit Bath again sometime in the near future.

How can this program be improved?
Teach students about the appliances when they move in. Some of us had difficulty transitioning to the new showers, washing machines, and other household utilities that because of the vast difference between Bath's utilities and American ones.
Yes, I recommend
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Jordynn
10/10

Best Decision I Could Have Made

Studying with ASE was the best decision I could have made. The immersion in the community- to go to the market, become familiar with local pubs and shopkeepers, memorize different running and hiking routes, and explore the city in general- was exactly what I wanted. The professors were so knowledgeable and passionate, I never resented having to go to class. The entire faculty and staff were so helpful as we got settled and continued to be actively involved in different events and outings. The city is STUNNING; it's the perfect combination of busy and fun while also being quaint and local. I found that the program did an incredible job matching students for housing; my housemates and I got along almost perfectly and had the best time traveling both in and out of England together (and we're still in touch back in the States!). I never wanted to leave and cannot wait to go back.

How can this program be improved?
While I enjoyed all of the trips we took as a program, I would have loved to stay one more week so that we had an extra weekend to ourselves for travelling but didn't have to miss anything the program organizes!
Yes, I recommend

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About Advanced Studies in England

Advanced Studies in England is a small study abroad program based in the World Heritage city of Bath, in southwest England (an hour-and-a-half's train ride from London). We offer single semester, full year and a five-week Summer School to a cohort of...