Student/Alumni profile 

Course studied: BA (Hons) Psychology
Graduating year: 2017
Country of origin: United States of America

Jeffrey Lilley is a mature, international student returning to education after spending 8 years in the U.S. Marines. He is currently in his third year studying psychology and is in the Global Citizenship program. He hoped to pursue a MA in Psychology next year. 

Jeffrey's Bath Spa story

I first had the opportunity to study at Bath Spa in the autumn of 2014. I was able to do a semester abroad here from my University back in America. After completing that and going home I realized that Bath is such a beautiful and wonderful place and it's where is wanted to be, and transferred here to complete my degree in Psychology.

I enjoy the course work at Bath Spa, although the differences from the American system of education is challenging. There is a much deeper focus here as to the breadth of focus back home. I have had many different discussions on the pros and cons of both structures of education, and have been able to find both positive and negative factors in each. I believe that being able to exist in and learn from both methods had given me a far more rounded outlook into how to accomplish my goals.

Being an international student in a country where you don't have to learn a new language has had more cultural differences that I had ever realized. I try to describe living here as living in an alternate universe where everything is just a little bit different. Nothing major, nothing glaring, but many different little everyday things. It’s such an ineradicable experience not only to be able to attend university here but to do it alongside so many other international students with different cultures and views and experiences gives me so much more insight into the world around me and lets me see and do things I never would have otherwise.

"It’s such an incredible experience not only to be able to attend university here but to do it alongside so many other international students with different cultures, views and experiences."

What country are you from?

United States of America.

Why did you decide to study in the UK at Bath Spa University?

Transferred to Bath Spa after having the opportunity to so a semester abroad.

What is your advice to other international students considering studying at Bath Spa University?

One of the best decisions I have ever made, if you have the opportunity, take it.

''The best thing about the course I studied was ...''

Is how diverse the courses of study are here, it creates such an interesting and wonderful student population.

''I recommend Bath Spa because ...''

It’s fun, while yes the work is difficult and challenging, the most important thing is that being here is fun which makes everything else just a little easier.

Qualifications, experience and achievements

  • United States Marine - Sergeant
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Combat Action Ribbon
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal - 3rd award.

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