Founded in 1966, the University of Bath is unmistakably modern in both appearance and outlook. It is located over the hills of the city of Bath, a unique English city built and still maintained with the Roman and the Georgian architecture. As a completely purpose-built University, it is more compact than most universities in Britain, with all major facilities easily accessible from a central pedestrian parade. Shops, food courts, bars, labs, lecture theatres and the library are all grouped around this area and are interspersed with accommodation blocks, the whole creating a strong sense of social and academic community. Bath supports a community of over 18,500 students including over 3,500 international students. There is a predominant sense of participation across campus; social functions are usually sell-out affairs, music, drama and the arts are all flourishing and there is a justifiably proud record of achievement in sports.
A small, historic city, Bath is located in the south-west of England. While it is a popular tourist destination due to its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city offers much for students to enjoy. From historic sites, museums and galleries, theaters, markets, parks and gardens, to sports, festivals and the Bath Carnival, students can find many ways to explore the city and surrounding area. Outside of the city, students can access cycle routes and explore the English countryside.
Exchange students can take courses in the following departments only: Biology/Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Health, Mathematical Sciences, Natural Sciences, Politics, Languages & International Studies, Physics, Psychology, and Social & Policy Sciences.
Students can search for available classes (called "units" at University of Bath) in the Programme & Unit Catalogues. Students should focus their course selections on those offered within a single year and in a single program; courses chosen more widely are more likely to have scheduling conflicts with each other. Only select courses that are offered in the semester you intend to study abroad, and pay attention to any prerequisites. Explore course options at an appropriate level of study. Courses are based on availability and are not guaranteed.
Semester 1: Late September - Late January
Semester 2: Early February - Early June
The University of Bath owns a limited number of halls of residence and gives priority for accommodation in these halls to permanent full-time students in the first year of their degree. We regret that this means that only a limited number of Exchange and Visiting Students can be offered a place in University of Bath accommodation. Those who cannot be housed in University residences will be responsible for finding their own privately rented accommodation in the city (it is VERY STRONGLY ADVISED that students in this situation, starting in Semester 1(fall), come to Bath for one to two weeks in or before August to do their house-hunting).
Additional information on housing at the University of Bath can be found at the housing homepage. Where University accommodation is offered it will always be in off-campus halls of residence in the city centre.
UVA Student Experience at University of Bath
“The international student association at Bath did a great job bringing all of the international students together by arranging day trips and on-campus events—such as weekly Global Cafes, trivia nights, and occasional dinners.”
-Stephanie Faires, Alumna (Economics and Religious Studies)
This program is open to students from many majors but has been most popular with students studying Computer Science.
Would you like to contact a UVA student who has studied on this program? See our list of study abroad returnees who want to help you!
UVA students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Students are additionally responsible for housing and meals, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for housing. See the “Accommodation” section above for more information about housing.
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.
Cost of Living information:Most students from outside the United Kingdom would comment that it is quite an expensive country in which to live. Within the United Kingdom, Bath would be thought to be quite an expensive place, though less costly than London. It is important to be aware of this.
Tuition and Fees:
Students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Tuition and fees will be billed to each student’s SIS account and can be paid as normal.
Housing and Meals:
Students are responsible to pay for accommodation and any required or preferred meal plan. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation and meal plan choices, cost, and application procedures.
Travel and Travel Documents:
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa. Students should also budget for in-country transportation costs.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance. More information can be found on our insurance page
Students should be prepared to purchase required books and supplies. Students should also budget for additional personal expenses; examples include laundry, phone costs, personal travel, meals out, etc.
If you are not able to find accommodation costs or application, cost of living, or other information you need in order to prepare for your study abroad program, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor.
You can find detailed information regarding financial aid and study abroad on the following websites:
Please contact your Education Abroad Advisor with any questions.
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. All students must consult gov.uk for information about visa and other entry requirements. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.