With its cultural, intellectual and social resources, the United Nations has recognized Bath as a World Heritage City. Living centrally in this compact and cosmopolitan environment provides ample opportunity for students to interact with and discover the city, quickly becoming members of this dynamic community, rather than merely visitors.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges maintain an affiliation with Advanced Studies in England (ASE). ASE, in association with University College, Oxford, provides opportunities for students to participate in a semester-length program in England. This program is based in the beautiful 18th century city of Bath, where students are integrated into British culture through living in the city, joining selected clubs and societies at the University of Bath and Bath Spa University, and through volunteer and internship opportunities. This program incorporates a week-long residency at University College, Oxford University, and an extended excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon.
Students who participate in this program can select courses from classical studies, the fine arts, history, literature, philosophy/religion, politics, women's studies, and education. A special division of the ASE program offers two courses in education: “The Theory and Practice of Teaching in England” and a school placement practicum in a local primary or secondary school. Highly qualified students may also be able to participate in internships. These are primarily for students interested in architecture, town planning, journalism, museum work and social services. Individual tutorials may be arranged for qualified students (3.4 gpa and above) for an additional fee. All HWS students are also required to participate in ASE’s cultural enrichment program that involves volunteering with a local organization. For specific information about courses and the program, please pick up the ASE program booklet from the CGE.
Due to the wide range of courses offered through ASE this program can accommodate students from a variety of disciplines. It will be of particular interest to those studying architecture, the fine arts, education, literature, and those involved in the European Studies program.
This program is open to all juniors and seniors in good academic and social standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Please note that there are a limited number of spaces each semester for HWS students. Due to the challenging nature of study abroad, student academic and disciplinary records will be carefully screened.
Students reside in furnished residential flats in the City of Bath. All of the housing is on a self-catering basis so students can cook in their own shared kitchens as well as explore the many restaurants on offer in Bath.
In addition to the Oxford residency, all students on the program participate in an excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon where they will spend much of their time in one of three Royal Shakespeare theatres. Students will attend a number of plays and will visit other sites managed by the Shakespeare Trust. In addition, course-related excursions may include London and Hampton Court, Wales, the Lake District, Oxford, Cornwall or other locations.
Students will be charged standard HWS tuition and fees, room fees and a $550 administrative fee. This will cover credit for a four-course semester, housing, and all excursions required by the program. Note that no board charge is included. Students should plan to bring their board fee to England to cover meal expenses. Additional expenses not covered include airfare and ground transportation to/from Bath, books, visa, and personal expenses (laundry, entertainment and independent travel). We estimate airfare for this program at $1000-$1200 from the East Coast, round-trip train from London to Bath at $150, books at $250, and visa at $460. It is difficult to give an accurate estimate of personal expenses because student spending habits differ considerably. We would suggest a minimum of $1500 above and beyond meal expenses. However, students on a tight budget should be able to manage with less. If you are concerned about finances, we strongly encourage you to talk to the CGE staff who can offer information and advice based on your specific situation. NOTE: ASE has supplemental scholarships available to students who have been accepted on the Bath program. Please see Amy Teel at the CGE for information on how to apply for these scholarships.
NOTE: The information above is subject to change. Please see the CGE for more information.