The University of Bath is home to a Binghamton exchange and study abroad program that features math, science, and social science disciplines. Binghamton students are fully integrated into the university, taking courses with British and European students. They live in residence halls off-campus and can participate in any university activities they choose.
With less than 9000 undergraduate students, the Bath campus is both accessible and friendly. The smaller size of the university allows for a more intimate interaction with British and other international students. The beautifully landscaped campus is centered around "the Parade," a wide, elevated walkway framed by the library, student union and other important university buildings. A ten minute bus ride takes students down the hill into downtown Bath.
Founded in 1966, Bath is one of the United Kingdom's most highly rated universities and the research conducted on-campus is internationally recognized. The University's close ties with industry and the excellent quality of teaching draw students from all over the world-about 25% of the University student population comes from outside the United Kingdom.
Bath is an architecturally exquisite English city, one and a half hours west of London. First explored by the Romans who were attracted to the hot spa baths, Bath became an elegant resort city in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Today it is a cosmopolitan, small city with a rich cultural life. Students will find a variety of boutiques, antiques and cafes in the lively shopping district. Bath Abbey, and the baths themselves, are among the many popular attractions. There is also a lively cultural scene offering theatrical performances, films and concerts. The city's several lovely parks provide gathering places at which to unwind, play a game of football, sunbathe, or stroll. Bath is surrounded by beautiful countryside with the famous Cotswolds to the north and the larger city of Bristol just a 15 minute train ride away.
Students on exchange will choose two courses from the Faculty of Science at Bath, while two other courses may be from outside schools within the University (the electives). *Students may also choose to take electives in Economics and International Development, European Studies and Modern Languages, Psychology, and Social and Policy Sciences
Students considering this program should look at the programme and unit catalogue. To view a list of courses, select the current year's catalogue, select a department and then click on "index of units" to see a list of courses currently offered in the department. Don't forget to look at the other courses offered specifically for visiting students: on the main catalogue page there is a link on the right to "units for visiting students." In Britain, students work on their degrees in much more concentrated fashion without the general education components of U.S. education. Binghamton students who are juniors or seniors will discover that some of the courses that are best matches with the courses they still need, may be second or even first year courses (Level 4 and Level 5 courses).
To see a list of courses students have previously taken at the University of Bath and how these classes were shown on Binghamton transcripts, check out our Study Abroad Course Equivalencies page.
Credits A full course load at Bath is to be equivalent to a full load of Binghamton credit. Binghamton students can expect to take 4 or 5 courses and earn 15 to 18 Binghamton credits. Exchange and visiting students will normally be expected to take between a minimum of 24 and a maximum of 30 credits per semester. Most units carry 6 credits, but some carry fewer or more.
Students are placed inBath University residence hallsin downtown Bath, where they live with other international students and some British students. The residence halls are only a 15 minute bus ride from the University. Students are provided with a single room, and prices vary depending on whether the bathroom is shared or private. The halls are self-catered: students prepare their own meals in shared kitchens. Resident tutors provide advice and assistance for any problem or question.
Campus Life Bath has up-to-date computer laboratories open 24 hours daily, and students are assigned email accounts. The Students' Union on a British campus is a very active organization-much more so than its American counterparts. Bath Students' Unionsponsors over 100 clubs and societies and organizes many evenings of entertainment. Arts, drama and music groups are numerous. A new Sports Village offers superb facilities for athletics including a gym, track, pool, and basketball, squash and tennis courts. Sports clubs include football, soccer, volleyball, rugby and cricket!
The International Office at Bath provides student support and also assists with many other arrangements. For example, during the spring semester there is a shorter orientation and advice is provided about traveling to Bath. The International Office also provides academic support and basic advising, and organizes low-cost day trips to locations of interest around Bath. They also offer courses specifically designed for visiting students such as: Contemporary Literature and film of the British Isles and Britain’s International History.
The Student Union at Bath is the hub of student activity on campus and includes club offices, a convenience store, student Support offices, counseling services, event space, a cafeteria and a pub. There is also a bank, a travel agency, an insurance office and other cafes and restaurants right on central campus. Long breaks, particularly during the spring semester, provide opportunities for travel and exploration in the UK and around Europe. Refer to the University of Bath'sacademic calendar for a more detailed schedule.
To learn about the program costs and related expenses, see the cost sheets linked below. There currently ARE exchange positions available at Bath. Exchange positions significantly lower the cost of the program.
**Cost Comparison: Binghamton University estimates the average cost for a full time student one semester on campus to be $13,050 in-state and $20,590 out-of-state.
Withdrawal Policy: When a student commits to an education abroad program in their Terra Dotta online program application, the Office of International Programs (IEGI) mirrors the Binghamton University Student Accounts refund policy for tuition, tuition differentials, and all program fees.
Here is a helpful website on the University of Bath website to help you further understand the cost estimates: Living Costs Estimates
Financial Aid Students who are eligible for financial aid may apply it. The amount of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive is of an individual nature. All students should print out this Estimate of Costs Sheet, bring it to the Financial Aid office, and consult with a counselor there about what the implications of this cost would be for them individually. Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Financial Aid Services is able to consider only the application of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study.
Binghamton and SUNY Scholarships Students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for the Myers Family Scholarship if eligible. This provides an award of $1,500. For more information about this scholarship, click here.
For more information about scholarships and financial aid in general, click here.
Applicants for the Bath program should have completed at least two semesters at Binghamton University at the time of participation and have a strong academic background. Students with a 3.0 GPA or other academic strengths are encouraged to apply.
Applications for spring semester are due October 1st.
This information is subject to change without notice. The State University of New York at Binghamton is strongly committed to affirmative action. We offer access to services and recruit students and employees without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or national origin.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.