Bath, one of the most elegant cities in Europe, stands on the River Avon, surrounded by rolling hills. With its striking architecture of Roman remains and sweeping Georgian terraces, Bath has been designated a UNESCO Heritage City. According to legend, the waters of Bath healed the ailing son of a British king in the year 800 B.C. The Romans, soon after they invaded Britain in 43 A.D., recognized the unusual qualities of the springs and named their settlement here Aquae Sulis (Waters of Sul), after the Celtic sun goddess Sul. Today Bath is a modern city with a cosmopolitan atmosphere, appreciated by more than 3 million visitors each year. The main attractions include the Roman Baths Museum, the Georgian Pump Rooms, the Museum of Costumes, the Circus, and the Royal Crescent. However, there are also other places of interest and annual events, such as the Summer Music Festival, that offer citizens and visitors an excellent range of commercial, social, and educational facilities. It is within easy reach of places like Stonehenge, Oxford, Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, Bristol, and Salisbury.
Founded in 1966, the University of Bath is situated high on the hills overlooking the city, but is still within easy reach of the town's center. The Students Union at Bath supports more than 70 activities, clubs, and societies. The campus is compact and self-contained, with frequent bus service into the city. This institution offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in engineering, business, and sciences. Use the on-site course catalog to find more information about specific courses. Students on this program cannot take any Business Administration, Accounting & Finance, Architecture and Mechanical Engineering courses.
You will take regular courses with local students at this institution. Course registration takes place during your on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses cannot be guaranteed in advance of arrival. You may enroll in any courses for which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements or prerequisites. You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load (generally, the equivalent of 12-15 Penn State credits). This is about 30 units at the host institution per semester.
Education Abroad Credits
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Bath Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
Housing and Meals
You will live in either a dormitory or a student apartment, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.Please note that tuition rates above may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please see Funding Study Abroad.
For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you're not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Nimisha Thakur, the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.