Teaching in the ASE Summer Program was one of the genuine highlights of my career. I can honestly say there was not a single negative aspect to the whole experience; it was intellectually stimulating, culturally rewarding, and socially enjoyable. This was in large part owing to the wonderful ASE staff, who stand out as a remarkably personable team truly dedicated to doing everything they can to make your time in England both incredibly worthwhile and extraordinarily memorable.
As an educator, I definitely appreciate that ASE courses are academically rigorous, not some sort of window dressing for a glorified vacation (which other study abroad options seem to offer nowadays). Still, ASE decidedly does not take an “all work and no play” approach, either; the quality of the social and cultural opportunities it has built into its program is simply outstanding. The sponsored trips to Cornwall, London, and Oxford were simply marvelous; plus, Bath is an absolutely ideal location for a home base. As a World Heritage site, it is steeped in history, yet it is also a lively contemporary city with a vibrant cultural life. Bath knows how to welcome visitors, and thus affords plenty of chances for social interactions with its residents in a safe and easily navigable setting.
I am aware I have used a lot of superlatives in this testimonial, but it is actually quite difficult to convey the essence of the ASE experience without them. In the end, though, it is the people who made the program such an indelible memory for me—the ASE staff (whom I now count as friends) and my students (whom I remain in contact with, each and every one, to this day). Whether faculty or student, I recommend ASE to you in the highest possible terms, without any reservation whatsoever.