I Left My Heart in Bath, England Past Review

By (ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS., The College of William and Mary) for

Advanced Studies England: Bath - ASE Study Centre

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Completely. I feel so comfortable in Europe now. I got to travel a lot, but I also got to enjoy being a Bath resident. I loved it. I think every student should study abroad.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The workload was decent. We only had each class once a week, so I wasn't in the classroom as much, but we had enough work to make up for it. Two essays for each class and final exams at the end of the semester.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

It was a small program, so I got to know the staff really well. They really care about the students. I liked the amount of students and the mix of universities represented, but since we were split up among five different houses, I didn't get to know everyone as well as I would've liked.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved living in a house with six other students. We got to live on our own and I really bonded with the girls in my house. I loved the house itself- it was homey and really centrally located. I loved living there.

* Food:

It was interesting having to cook my own meals, but I feel it's actually prepared me well for life after college. I ended up having a grocery shopping routine and learning how much food I need to buy for myself ona weekly basis.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The program arranged many events that were optional, but huge bonding experiences for the students. We spent a week at Oxford University and three days in Stratford. In addition, many little trips were planned, such as a trip to the Cotswolds and a hiking trip in Wales.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Bath is extremely safe. I felt very comfortable there. I never walked alone at night, but I didn't feel threatened at all.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I ended up spending the most money on weekend trips outside Bath.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 300 level English courses

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Staff
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • Community Involvement
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I cannot recommend this program enough. I felt so at home in Bath and I truly loved getting to know the other students and staff members. I wish I could do it all over again!