Judith C. Mueller

When I have students interested in studying in the UK, I always encourage them to check out ASE. Simply put, it’s a wonderful program. Its relationship with Oxford affords students opportunities and connections with faculty that are rare in other study abroad programs. Jonathan and his staff have developed impressive resources for student research. What’s more, they make available a range of interesting internships in for our students in Bath, affording both cultural immersion and valuable work experience. The course offerings are always enticing and take full advantage of the program’s location in that splendid city.

ASE’s staff is a pleasure to work with. When I visited a few years ago, I was impressed and touched by their devotion to making ASE the best program of its kind.

When my students return from ASE, they positively glow with gratitude for the experience. They praise the staff and effuse about tutorials at Oxford, field trips to historic sites, and a wonderful community of students with whom they form fast friendships.

ASE is a gem in the study-abroad landscape.

Daniel A. Nathan

I taught an ASE summer seminar in 2011 and it was a terrific learning experience, for me and more importantly for my students. The program was well organized and thoughtful, and the ASE staff was knowledgeable and professional, gracious and supportive. My course was about sport in a global context and without question one of the highlights was the field trip my students and I took to Wimbledon, the oldest (and most prestigious) tennis tournament in the world. Being at an icon mega-event, up close and personal, was exciting, fun, and certainly educational, on many levels. (Even the queue was a good time.) For most of us, it was an once-in-a-lifetime experience. The same could be said of living and learning in Bath, with its wide array of sights and resources. I have been fortunate to stay in touch with several of my ASE students (who are thriving) and we all agree that our time in Bath enriched us in myriad ways. Thank you, ASE.

Dawn Rainbolt

ASE was hands-down my favourite semester of undergrad. Not only did I fall in love with Bath, but I also discovered and fell in love with several things that shape my goals, passions, studies, career and life choices today.

Namely, it was here that I first discovered travel, and first developed my passion for European art, history, culture and cuisine. It was here that I became independent and adventurous. It was in Bath that I had my first tourism jobs (tour guide at Bath Abbey and intern at the Holburne Museum), and in Bath that I first discovered photography as an art form—and where I wrote my first travel blog post.

In effect, ASE not only constituted a “fun semester abroad,” but it shaped me into the person I am today. Without ASE, I doubt I’d have been brave enough to try to realise my dreams—in fact, I’m not sure I’d have the same dreams! One day, I hope to move back to the UK (though this will have to wait a few years until I get my French citizenship) because 5 months here was not enough. Some of my closest friends were made in connection with ASE—in fact, I recently visited one who just immigrated to England and two other ASE friends are visiting me in France this summer!

While I realise not everyone dreams to become a permanent expat, a semester spent at ASE will give you unforgettable experiences, it will teach you more than you ever learned in uni, it will give you access to travel the world’s most beautiful continent, and in addition, the classes were some of the most interesting I’ve ever taken. I would not be on my current path of living abroad, studying in France, or writing for a travel association if I did not study abroad.

I will always hold my semester abroad with ASE (not to mention the city of Bath) very dear to my heart.

Madeline Raynor

I chose to study abroad with ASE because it takes academics seriously, and I was not disappointed. The classes were just the right level of difficulty. I enjoyed taking the Jane Austen class and immersing myself in Jane Austen. For class, we visited the Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton and her grave in Winchester Cathedral, and I independently went back to Winchester to see her house, went to all the places she wrote about in Bath, and even visited Lyme-Regis.

I loved the city of Bath. It’s just the right size so that I felt like I really got to know it and felt like I really lived there. There was always something to do, whether it be walking parts of the Skyline trail, going to museums, or reading in the sun in the Parade Grounds. It’s incredibly convenient to travel by train: I would often go to London to see theater and museums, and I made several train journeys into Wales to see castles. For spring break, I went with a group of students to Italy and Greece to take in the rich tradition of art and architecture. The ASE programs and trips were great: nothing can top visiting Oxford and staying in one of the Colleges.

My internship at Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights was one of my favorite parts. This is where I learned the most about the locals, not to mention contemporary British literature. ASE was a wonderful, happy, stimulating experience for me. Because of ASE, I formed a lifelong obsession with all things British.

Warren Rochelle

All right.
What do I think is significant and special about ASE as a program?

ASE is in Bath, for starters: a beautiful, friendly city in which I have felt at home each time I taught there, in 2007 and 2013. I miss being there and walking its streets, tea at the Pump Room, gelato across the street from Nelson House, walking by the river, Tibetan food in that little place down below (Yak Yeti?), tea at a bookstore as I browse, going to church at the Abbey, afternoon tea at the Abbey Hotel, the Roman Baths—I could go on and on.

I felt at home there.

I do believe I would kill for real English scones. I have been trying to make myself ever since. Mixed results, to say the least.

The ASE staff are just great folks. They made me feel welcome and at home from the very start. Sorry about losing that key, Peta! I hope the one I had made worked. They take care of you, student and staff.

The academics—not last or least by any means, are indeed significant and special. I wish I could have taken the Bath-centred classes. The study trips, particular for each class, add another layer of meaning and learning. I tell UMW students who are considering studying abroad to be sure they try to take something they cannot ever take at home, and ASE classes are just that. However, make no mistake: these courses are demanding and rigorous.

When students talk with me about studying abroad, ASE is always one of the programs I recommend. I tell them they will study and work hard, and they be in one of the UK’s loveliest and most interesting cities and will have the chance to see a good deal of an amazing country, a country that is the ancestral home of so many Americans. They will be part of a program that will be good for them and to them.

I tell them their lives will be changed.

Sandy Runzo

ASE is one of Denison’s most popular study abroad programs.  Every part of the Bath Program is arranged with expert care:  excellent courses, students who are excited to be there, the best study trips that one could ever imagine, housing in beautiful historic buildings. Our students have loved all of this as well as the seemingly endless beauties of Bath. The ASE staff are fantastic. The whole program is fantastic!

Dr Gabriel Schenk

I’ve been through both the American and British university systems, and A.S.E. Bath is a very attractive combination of the two. You get the smaller classes and intimacy of British seminars with an American-style marking structure that will directly transfer to credit at your home institution. As a teacher, it was a pleasure to give my students the feel of the British system without worrying about anyone’s grades suffering because of unfamiliarity with how their course was marked.

It was especially gratifying to teach the legends of King Arthur and then, the next day, hop on a bus to visit the site of his grave (if you believe the stories!) We also went to Cadbury Castle, the original Camelot, and Oxford, where Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote The History of the Kings of Britain in 1136. Studying British myths and legends feels very different when you’ve got the locations practically in your back yard.

The programme also has an advantage over other ‘Study Abroad’ schemes I’ve taught for: Nelson House, full of useful facilities and friendly staff, providing a base of operations for all the students; a home away from home. I know that some study abroad students can feel displaced, thrown into another city and university without having their own space, but with Nelson House, the students are able to socialise, go to the library, and talk to the administrators all in the same building.

Shane Simon

ASE is a unique experience that impacts lives in a way that any other study abroad program cannot—students become part of British culture rather than simply learning about it. My time abroad with ASE undoubtedly played a major role in my decision to pursue an enriching and rewarding career in the law. I can honestly say that my only regret about ASE is that I won’t have the chance to do it all again!

Dr. John Stevenson

There are three great reasons I have and hope to share with others for enjoying teaching for ASE at Bath.

First and foremost the subjects I cover are amongst the most interesting in History. The Tudors and Stuarts are endlessly fascinating, exciting attention on stage, screen, novel and TV series, from Shakespeare to Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, peopled by some of the most famous names in all of History: Richard III, Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I, Charles I and Cromwell. And not just rulers but also artists, writers and intellectuals: Holbein, Thomas More, Christopher Marlowe, Van Dyck, Newton and Aphra Behn. Similarly my course on ‘Women and Society in the Eighteenth century’ is remarkable for the galaxy of female talent to which the century gave a voice. Not for nothing is one of the books we use called ‘Brilliant Women’, as educational opportunities and a new cultural world of fashionable society, theatre and the rise of the novel produced a string of famous women writers, actresses, and society figures. By its end, Mary Wollstonecraft was making the first claims for the Rights of Women, pioneering what today we call feminism.

Second, Bath is an incomparable setting to explore these periods of history from its magnificent Abbey, a monument to the changes brought by the Reformation, to the very Pump Room, North and South Parade and Assembly Rooms where eighteenth century fashionable society and many of the people we discuss socialized. Nearby the magnificent Tudor mansion of Montecute House and the great house of Dyrham Park provide us with real examples of the worlds of the past.

Finally, ASE means its students, almost invariably keen to take on new things, often almost from scratch, and willing to explore for themselves the riches on offer in the ASE library, Bath and much, much further afield.

Kieron Winn

For 20 years it's been a pleasure to come to Bath by train from Oxford. I've taught for many American programmes, and there is a distinct quality to ASE students: intelligent of course, but also confident and open to humour and delight.