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. Unlike most British universities, as a completely purpose-built University, it is more compact than most 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.
The University places a strong emphasis on education for the "real world" - an emphasis reflected in the consistently high demand for its graduates. Most courses contain a practical methodology. Bath supports a community of some 9,500 students including over 900 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.
Although it may on first impression seem that Bath has taken the tourist too much to its heart, closer inspection will reveal that there is also plenty for students. Besides the rather exclusive Antiques Markets, there are lots of small idiosyncratic shops, second-hand emporia and rummage havens like the bustling flea market. In addition to the renowned Pump Rooms, famed for their trio-accompanied afternoon teas, there are many inexpensive and interesting cafés, tucked away down lanes or side streets, and oft used by those really in the know.
Besides the Bath Music Festival (now recognized as one of the most prestigious in Europe) there are countless other arts activities throughout the year. Mainstream films are shown at 3 cinemas, and art house theatrical productions at the Little Theatre Cinema. Sport in Bath is extremely well participated, and for those feeling the need to get out of the City, London is only 1½ hours away by Inter-City (trains run hourly), and Bristol, with its additional local attractions, is only 15 minutes away.
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: less costly than London, but more costly than Leeds or Manchester. It is important to be aware of this. For current information regarding the cost of living in Bath, check out this blog post and the Numbeo.com database.
UVA Student Testimonial
University of Bath, Spring
“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.”
Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, Management.
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.
Student budgeting information
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 room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation choices, cost, and application procedures.
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.
- UVA Tuition and Fees
- Host institution Room and Board
- International Airfare
- CISI insurance
- Books and Supplies
- Local Transportation
- Passport and Visa
- Personal Expenses
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.