Dear Student,

ASE has been an intrinsic part of my life since I first joined the Programme as a tutor in 1995. I was struck then by the welcoming, conscientious, good-humoured attitude of the staff and by the vigour and creativity with which learning – both inside and outside the classroom – was pursued. It is these things, I am sure, that lie at the heart of ASE’s unique and continuing appeal.

As you browse our website, you will discover the many other contributing factors: our location in the beautiful, vibrant heritage city of Bath; our impressive range of challenging seminars, tutorials and internships; the attractive properties that will become your homes; and the various inspiring places we will take you to see. (These may include Oxford, Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Dorset, the Cotswolds and Wales, depending on whether you join us for a full year, a semester or a summer.) Many other destinations, in England and beyond, you will have the opportunity to discover for yourself. In ASE you will find a small, supportive programme that combines a friendly, informal style with the highest standards and expectations.

Along with our alumni, who now number well over 2800, I can attest to the life-changing experience ASE can bring. I hope you, too, will decide to become a member of the 'ASE family'. In doing so, you will not only be enrolling for a study abroad programme, but joining an increasingly active community of current and former students, UK and US faculty and study abroad professionals who share a deep and lasting affection for the Programme.

I look forward to welcoming you to Bath!

JONATHAN HOPE
Dean and Director