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.
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 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.