Bath, England: Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University in Bath, England is the university of choice for the study of creativity, culture, and enterprise.  It's a place of contrasts; history and heritage combine with a progressive outlook and innovative teaching methods, a tranquil environment and vibrant courses.  So students enjoy the best of all worlds, and find the space where ideas and great work flouish.  In this program, with permission from the academic departments at Bath Spa University, students will take regular semester courses alongside full-time students.

Fast Facts

Program Type:Semester Exchange or
Semester Study Abroad
Term/Duration:Fall Semester or Academic Year
Fall 2016 Program Dates:Arrive Bath: September 24
Orientation: September 26-30
Classes Begin: October 3
Depart Bath: December 16
Spring 2017 Program Dates:Arrive Bath: January 5
Orientation: January 6
Classes Begin: January 9
Break: April 7 - May 2
Depart Bath:  June 24
Supplemental Application Required:Yes
Application Fee:$20
Program Fee (for Exchange Students)See Cost Sheet (link at right)
Program Fee (for Study Abroad Students):See Cost Sheet (link at right)
Spring Application Deadline:October 1
Fall/Academic Year Application Deadline:March 1

The Program

Bath Spa University has been in existence for over 150 years and the reputation of this institution is built on a long history of tradition and success.  Bath Spa University ranked 7th in the UK for quality of teaching and learning in the Times Higher in 2010 and scored 88% in the National Student Survey in 2011.  Lecturers are engaged in the research and development of innovative and creative teaching and learning techniques and value the importance of excellent teaching, which is displayed by making themselves available to students to offer help and guidance.

Bath Spa University campuses are renowned and some are exceptionally beautiful and histortically significant.  

Permission from individual departments is required to take some courses but visiting international students will all study with matriculating English students as part of regular classes.


Courses offered at Bath Spa University are offered on a year-long basis.  Therefore, certain courses have been identified as available for students coming only for one semester.

Click here to wiew the list of courses available to one-semester students.

The Country and City

Bath is well known as one of the world's most beautiful cities.  It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site (England's only qualifying city) with stunning architectural sites such as the Roman Baths, Royal Crescent, Circus, Pulteney Bridge, and Bath Abbey.  

Just 90 minutes by train to London, Bath Spa is a great student city.  The compact city center has both grand Georgian streets and small picturesque passageways, packed with small independent shops and stylish boutiques as well as familiar big name stores.  Bath is well known as a city of festivals and the arts, with something for all tastes from Shakespeare to Jane Austen and books to boules!  Bath Spa students play a key role in many of the festivals (both mainstream and fringe) including the International Music Festival, Bath Film Festival, and Bath Literature Festival.

For sports enthusiasts, there's the famous Bath Rugby Club as well as the Bath City Football Club and Bath Races.

Getting around Bath is easy with abundant opportunities for public transportation or car hire.  Access to Europe is also cheap and relatively easy!

The College

The institution can trace its roots back to the foundation of the Bath School of Art in 1852, following the impact of the Great Exhibition of 1851. In 1946 Bath Teacher Training College was opened on the Newton Park campus, as part of the post-war initiatives to fill wartime teaching shortages by a one-year course for ex-service people. The present institution was formed in 1975 as Bath College of Higher Education by the merger of Bath Teacher Training College and Bath College of Domestic Science. In 1983 Bath Academy of Art also merged into the college. In 1992, the college was granted degree-awarding powers and in 1997 adopted the name Bath Spa University College. In March 2005 the institution was granted university status, becoming Bath Spa University in August 2005.