Beyond my Wildest Dreams; Lifelong Memories from Bath Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 06/06/2015 to 07/11/2015 with

Advanced Studies England: Bath - ASE Study Centre

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to independently find my way in a new place and rely on myself.

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.

I really enjoyed how each of my courses made extensive use of Bath's resources and history. Often my courses met at historical locations in Bath for on-site study, or participated in walking tours/class around the city. I felt these courses were unique to ASE and I could not have found them anywhere else. My professors were very knowledgable and truly enjoyed teaching students.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The ASE administration is positively fantastic. I cannot say enough good things about the entire administrative team. The program was well run, from details of visas and travel tips to helping us find our way around the city to providing general support.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in a wonderful, picturesque, historical house in a residential neighborhood. I enjoyed feeling like a resident, while making friends with my housemates/fellow students. I also appreciated that ASE provided us with a welcome package of pantry/food supplies, plenty of cooking utensils and household items, and bed linens. I felt at home within a day or two.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Bath is the safest city in the UK, and I always felt safe.

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)

This will mostly depend on whether you cook or eat out.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Unique course offerings
  • Housing/location
  • Included whole-programme travel
* What could be improved?
  • A longer summer school would be ideal!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Finding your way in a new place is challenging, but is not quite as hard as you would think.