Opportunities for incoming students

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.

Erasmus+ students for the 2020/21 academic year

For the next academic year, we are able to continue to receive Erasmus+ students from our European partner institutions. We pride ourselves on a diverse student body and acknowledge the positive contribution that mobility students make to Bath Spa life and the student experience. Fostering communication and connections which transcend borders has never been more important, and we would be honoured to host you at our University.

European students arriving at Bath Spa University as Erasmus+ students will be treated as full-time Bath Spa students, with full access to all of the University’s support services and facilities.

Following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, if you arrive from 1 January 2021 onwards, there will be some changes regarding visas. If you plan to come to the UK for more than six months, you will need to apply for the Student route visa.

For further information about entering the UK as a student, please contact our specialist Immigration Compliance Team on immigrationadvice@bathspa.ac.uk.

Your home university will guide you through the application process and funding available for Erasmus+. If you have any specific queries about mobility placements at Bath Spa University, please email erasmus@bathspa.ac.uk.

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).

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 bsuexchange@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).

"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.

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.

Contact us

We offer advice via email and phone. Contact us today if you have any enquiries about studying at Bath Spa as an international exchange student.

Email: bsuexchange@bathspa.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1225 875875

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