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Studying abroad is a fantastic opportunity and we know just how much it enriches the life and culture of our University.

We welcome students from all over the world to spend a semester or a year studying with us. 

You'll fully experience university life and culture in Britain, studying alongside home students from across the UK. You'll be able to select from a range of classes (modules) to suit your interests and learning needs.

What's on offer?

Erasmus+

If you're studying at one of our partner universities in Europe, we invite you to spend a semester studying at Bath Spa as part of the Erasmus+ student mobility scheme. 

If your university is not on our partner list, you may still be able to join Bath Spa either as a Study Abroad or a Credit Transfer student.

How to apply?

You'll need to meet the following conditions:

  • you need to be registered on an undergraduate programme at one of our Erasmus+ partner institutions
  • your home university needs to nominate you to Bath Spa University before we can consider your application. Please contact the Erasmus+ or International Office at your home university to find out more about being nominated.

  • you also need to meet our general academic and English language requirements.

Once we've received your nomination we'll email you an application form. You'll need to complete the form in full and return it to erasmus@bathspa.ac.uk by the application deadlines.

Application deadlines

  • Applications for the Autumn semester need to be submitted to us by 31 May.
  • Applications for the Spring semester need to be submitted to us by 31 October.

International Exchange

If you're studying at one of our overseas partner universities, we offer you a chance to spend a semester or academic year studying at Bath Spa University as part of the International Exchange programme.

If your university is not on our partner list, you may still be able to join Bath Spa either as a Study Abroad or a Credit Transfer student.

How to apply?

In order to apply, you need to be registered on an undergraduate course at one of our exchange partner institutions.

You'll need to complete the following steps in order to apply:

  • check that your home university has an International Exchange agreement with Bath Spa University. You need to be nominated by your home university before you can apply for the programme. Please contact the study abroad office at your home university to find out more;
  • wait to hear from our International Exchange team. You'll receive an application form with further information on what to do next
  • complete the exchange application form in full, with your study abroad advisor's signature on the form and submit to the International Exchange team along with the required supporting documents (please see below)by the advertised application deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

Supporting documents:

  • provide an academic Letter of Recommendation from a professor at your home university

  • provide us with a copy of your current transcript. You need to be in good academic standing - 3.0 GPA (minimum) or an equivalent grade;

  • provide us with a copy of the photo page of your current passport.

You also need to meet our general academic and English language requirements. For most undergraduate classes, this is an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent).

Application deadlines 2017/18

  • Applications for the fall/autumn semester or full academic year need to be submitted by May 12.

  • Applications for the spring semester need to be submitted by November 1.

Dates 

Here is a summary of key dates for the incoming exchange programme. 

Autumn 2017/18
  • International arrival day: 21st September 2017
  • Classes begin: 2nd October 2017
  • Term ends: 15th December 2017
  • Departure: 16th December 2017
Spring 2017/8
  • International arrival day: 4th January 2018
  • Classes begin: 8th January - 23rd March 2018
  • Vacation: 24th March - 15th April 2018
  • Classes: 16th April - 22nd June 2018
  • Departure: 23rd June 2018

Study Abroad

Our Study Abroad programme is open to students all over the world. You can choose to study for a single semester or a full year. You'll need to pay for the Study Abroad package which includes your tuition fees.

If you are a student at one of our partner universities, you can apply for an International Exchange or an Erasmus+ placement with us.

How to apply?

You need to complete the following steps in order to apply:

  • complete the study abroad application form, ensuring that your study abroad advisor at your home university has signed it. Email studyabroad@bathspa.ac.uk to request a copy of the application form.

  • provide an academic Letter of Recommendation from a professor at your home university.

  • provide us with a copy of your current transcript. You need to be in good academic standing - 3.0 GPA (minimum) or an equivalent grade;

  • provide us with a copy of the photo page of your current passport.

You also need to meet our general academic and English language requirements. For most undergraduate classes, this is an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent).

Application deadlines 2017/18

  • Applications for the fall/autumn semester or full academic year need to be submitted by May 12.

  • Applications for the spring semester need to be submitted by November 1.

Costs and Dates

Tuition fees for 2017/18

Semester 1 (September to December 2017): £5625.00
Semester 2 (January to June 2018): £6875.00

Please note that the above fees are tuition fees only. You'll need to plan your finances accordingly to ensure that you have enough money for accommodation and your cost of living.

Here is a summary of key dates for the Study Abroad programme:

Autumn 2017/18
  • International arrival day: 21st September
  • Classes begin: 2nd October
  • Term ends: 15th December
  • Departure: 16th December
Spring 2017/8
  • International arrival day: 4th January
  • Classes begin: 8th January - 23rd March 2018
  • Vacation: 24th March - 15th April 2018
  • Classes: 16th April - 22nd June 2018
  • Departure: 23rd June 2018

"I couldn't be happier with my experience as a student in the UK. Students and teachers were always pleased to help if you had any doubts."
– Marta Piqué Nolla, Spain, Erasmus+

What you'll study

Choosing your classes

At Bath Spa University, classes are called modules. Your home institution can help you select modules that fit in with your own academic programme.

Each module has a certain number of credit points allocated to it.

  • If you study for one semester, you'll need to gain 60 Bath Spa credits (30 ECTS in the European Credit Transfer System);

  • If you study for a full year, you'll need to take 120 Bath Spa credits (60 ECTS). This will usually meet the minimum requirement of your home university;

  • Modules labelled as ‘advanced’ should only be taken if your language proficiency is equivalent to or greater than IELTS 7.0.

It's your responsibility to gain pre-approval of the modules you'll study at Bath Spa before arriving at the University. Your home exchange or international team should be able to provide you with all the information you need.

View available modules

Choosing your level of study

You'll be required to engage in more independent study than you would perhaps do at your home university. Many UK Higher Education Institutions focus less heavily on in-class contact time and you should be prepared for this when you begin studying here.

UK/US Level Suitability

  • UK level 4 / year 1 or US level 200
    These modules are suitable for students who have little or no previous knowledge of the subject.
  • UK level 5 / year 2 or US level 300
    These modules are suitable for students who have good knowledge of the subject through previous study or experience. Some modules will require pre-requisites.
  • UK level 6 / year 3 or US level 400
    These modules are suitable for students with advanced knowledge of the subject and are ready for final degree assessment. Some modules will require pre-requisites.

Frequently asked questions

When will I get my module choices confirmed and see my timetable?

You'll normally receive your timetable just before you arrive at Bath Spa University. If you are taking any undergraduate Level 4 (Year 1) modules, then you are likely to receive your timetable after you arrive at Bath Spa University, as these modules can change during the first weeks of term (semester 1/full year students).

When will I get my transcript?

After the end of the semester, your tutor or lecturer will notify you of your grade. A few weeks after the end of your study period an official Bath Spa University transcript will be sent directly to the Study Abroad office at your home university.

How many hours a week will I study?

There is less in-class and contact time than some other countries, and you'll be required to engage in more independent study than you would do at your home university.

I’m coming to Bath Spa for the second semester. Can I leave early?

It is important that you take your final exams, because it will form a substantial part of your grade. The exam timetable is posted around Easter for the spring semester. The Exam Period lasts two weeks, usually during the end of May. If you are taking Art, Music, Drama, or Dance classes, you may also have assessments after this period. Please always check with your module tutors for full information before booking any return flights.

Get in touch. We offer advice via email, phone and Skype.

Email: international@bathspa.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1225 875777

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