We had been hesitant to include the Advanced Studies in Bath program on our Approved Options List because, traditionally, the only option for students who wished to study in the UK was directly at a British university. While there is great value in experiencing a distinct academic culture and immersing oneself alongside locals in the classroom, there is also value in a study abroad program facilitating academic study both inside and outside of the classroom for students that want to fully immerse themselves in academic learning at a high level. Just as a field-based biology program attracts like-minded students, the ASE program attracts like-minded students in the humanities and social sciences who are have chosen their program based on the academic content.
After speaking to colleagues at peer institutions who shared very positive feedback about the academics of this program, we ultimately included the ASE program as an option for Bowdoin students. We are now in our third year of sending students and they haven’t been disappointed.
Students provide consistently excellent evaluations to the academic content and methodology and demonstrate an academic engagement that one hopes for in a study abroad experience. The students’ academic satisfaction is slowly reaching faculty ears and provide a nice retort for those that sometimes equate study abroad as an academic vacation….ASE is clearly not.