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

That's why we welcome students from all over the world to spend a semester or a year studying with us. And we're here to support your application every step of the way.

You'll fully experience British university life and culture, studying alongside home students from across the UK. You'll normally be able to select from a range of 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 May 31.
  • Applications for the spring semester need to be submitted to us by October 31.

International Exchange

If you're studying at one of our overseas partner universities, we offer you a chance to spend a semester 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 should 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 student exchange or study abroad office at your home university to find out more;

  • complete the exchange application form in full, with your study abroad advisor's signature on the form;

  • complete the Bath Spa Exchange Health Form;

  • provide an academic Letter of Recommendation (LoR) from a professor (there is a LoR template at the end of your Bath Spa Exchange application);

  • provide us with a copy of current transcript (you can email a copy with your application and send the official copy to bsuexchange@bathspa.ac.uk at a later stage). You need to be in good academic standing - 3.0 GPA (minimum) or an equivalent grade;

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

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

Application deadlines

Dates and costs

You don’t have to pay us any tuition fees, but you'll need to purchase the Exchange package.

The Exchange package includes:

  • on-campus accommodation (single room)
  • a bedding pack
  • airport pick-up service
  • on-site support
  • UK excursions

The cost will depend on the length of your stay, and which semester you join. There may also be some additional costs related to your course, such as books or field trips. 

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

Spring 2016/2017
  • Arrive on 5 January 2017 and depart on 23 June 2017 at the latest
  • Vacation period
  • Cost: £4,050
Full year 2016/2017
  • Arrive on 22 September 2016 and depart on 23 June 2017 at the latest
  • Vacation period
  • Cost: £6,160

*Please note: all package costs are subject to change without notice.

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.

Partner Community College Scholarship

If you're a student at one of our Partner Community Collegesand you're achieving a 3.5GPA or higher, you're entitled to a generous scholarship to help fund your Study Abroad programme. 

  • If you're applying to study for one semester, you can receive $1,000.
  • If you're applying to study for a full year, you can receive $1,500.

How to apply?

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

  • complete the study abroad application form, with your study abroad advisor's signature on the form;

  • complete the Bath Spa Study Abroad Health Form;

  • provide an academic Letter of Recommendation (LoR) from a professor (there is a LoR form at the end of your Bath Spa Study Abroad application);

  • provide us with a copy of current transcript. You can email a copy with your application and submit the official copy to bsuexchange@bathspa.ac.uk at a later date. You need to be in good academic standing - 3.0 GPA (minimum) or an equivalent grade;

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

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

Application deadlines

Dates and costs

You don’t have to pay us any tuition fees, but you'll need to purchase the Study Abroad package.

The Study Abroad package includes:

  • on-campus accommodation (single room)
  • a bedding pack
  • airport pick-up service
  • on-site support
  • UK excursions

The cost will depend on the length of your stay and which semester you join. There may also be some additional costs related to your course, such as books or excursions. 

Here is a summary of key dates and costs for the Study Abroad programme. 

Spring 2016/2017

  • Arrive on 5 January 2017 and depart on 24 June 2017 at the latest
  • Vacation period
  • Cost: £9,850

Full year 2016/2017

  • Arrive on 24 September 2016 and depart on 24 June 2017 at the latest
  • Vacation period
  • Cost: £17,700

*Please note: package costs are subject to change without notice.

"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, the 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.

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 Fresher’s Week.

When will I get my transcripts?

After the end of the semester, your tutor or lecturer will notify you of your grade. At the end of your study period an official Bath Spa University transcript will be sent directly to 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 the International Relations Office 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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