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Advanced Studies in England
Bath, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring,
Summer
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: F&M applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring,
Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/29/2018 05/19/2018
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of F&M approval for this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Apartment
Class Standing:
3-Junior
Term: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Partner Institution:
Advanced Studies in England
Program Advisor: Dean Ali Janicek Area of Study: Art and Art History, Classics, Creative Writing, English Literature, Government, History, Philosophy, Theatre, Women's & Gender Studies
Program Type: Internship Opportunities, Study Center
Program Description:

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Advanced Studies in England

Whether you choose to study in England for a semester, a full year, or just for the summer, ASE promises to offer you a challenging and unique educational experience, encouraging you to develop your academic skills and to widen your range of scholarly and cultural interests:
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  • Single semester, full year and summer courses for US undergraduates
  • Located in the world-heritage city of Bath, England
  • Challenging liberal arts curriculum
  • Small seminar classes and tutorials
  • Course-related study trips
  • Residentials in Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Varied social programme
  • Genuine opportunities for cultural enrichment



The World Heritage City of Bath

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Our study centre is situated at the heart of the beautiful, eighteenth-century city of Bath, 90 minutes west of London. All students are housed in historic properties throughout the city centre, within walking distance of the Roman Baths, the Abbey, galleries, museums, and an array of cafes, restaurants and pubs.




 

Academic Excellence

Established in 1987, ASE is proud of its reputation for academic excellence. Teaching takes place in small seminar groups (maximum 13 students) and tutorial-style classes. Courses are taught by highly-qualified British faculty, many from Oxford University, and the Programme enjoys ongoing academic ties with University College, Oxford. Our Academic Adviser, Professor Christopher Pelling - who appoints ASE's faculty - is Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford University.
 

Residentials and Study Trips

We aim to give all our students an insider's view of Britain, its history, landscape and culture. Each semester includes a week-long residential at University College, Oxford and three days in Stratford-upon-Avon, where we attend performances by the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, and organized day trips to some of the hidden rural treasures of England and Wales. Many of our seminars also include study trips to course-connected locations and events.


Cultural Integration

An exciting and carefully structured social and cultural programme encourages students to learn about, and immerse themselves more fully in the life of the city. A team of Bath-based student helpers organizes weekly events and helps facilitate links with local volunteering agencies, clubs, sports teams and societies. ASE's Certificate of Cultural Enrichment structures and encourages cultural integration.
 

Summer School

ASE2 - group over BathThe Advanced Studies in England Summer School offers students the opportunity to undertake a five week course of study for credit in the world-heritage city of Bath, England.  Summer School comprises two courses. The first is a Seminar Course taught by a professor from one of ASE's US Affiliate Institutions; the second is a Core Course taught by British faculty. Seminar Courses vary from one summer to the next; the Core Courses are The Triumph of Georgian Bath, which explores the architectural history of the city, Jane Austen in Bath, examining those novels by Jane Austen which make significant use of Bath, and a history and archaeology class, The Romans in Britain.

Theatre Summer School: Students with a passionate interest in theatre and performance can choose to enroll for the Theatre Summer School where they learn, rehearse and perform with both British and American students. Theatre Summer School comprises two courses: a core course - Not Just Shakespeare: British Theatre History and a practical performance course - Acting, British Style. Theatre school students spend two days in Stratford-upon-Avon, attending performances by the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, visiting the properties connected to Shakespeare's life and enjoying a backstage tour of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. They also visit London, including The Globe, to get a taste of theatre in the capital and they see a rich variety of amateur and professional productions at Bath- and Bristol-based venues throughout the program. 



For the Summer 2018 semester, F&M faculty member Nicholas Montemarano, Professor of English, will teach the following course: 
Novel Writing in England

Flannery O’Connor wrote, ‘Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay.’ Writing a novel can be challenging, but it can also be exhilarating and rewarding – unlike anything else you will ever try to do. If you have ever dreamed of writing a novel, this course will help you get started.
Writing a novel is a long journey; this course is about the start of that journey: producing early material and developing a relationship with the work. Emphasis will be on the novel’s potential as displayed in the opening 25 pages—the novel’s point of departure. The professor will lead students through a ‘pre-writing’ process of conception, character development, setting, point of view, narrative structure, inciting events, obstacles, turning points, and voice. Students will have opportunities to workshop and revise the early pages of their novels. We will also read three contemporary British novels and ‘reverse storyboard’ them, i.e. read them actively to figure out their blueprint, thereby demystifying some of their ‘magic.’ The task of building your own novel seems slightly less daunting once you have taken apart other novels and reassembled them.

The professor will share his own process with novel writing, hoping to illuminate strategies and challenges, as well as demonstrate that all novelists, whether beginners or published authors, go through similar journeys filled with promise, excitement, and doubt.  A Writer’s Retreat takes us into the beautiful rural landscape between England and Wales. Here, we will visit Tintern Abbey, made famous by Wordsworth’s poem, and explore the wealth of used book shops in the idyllic town of Hay-on-Wye.


 

ASE5 - NelsonFranklin & Marshall Academic Policy

F&M requires all students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution or off-campus study program. For the ASE semester program, you are required to take four courses (the equivalent of four F&M courses.) For the ASE summer program, you are required to take two courses at ASE (equivalent to two F&M courses.)
Courses on off-campus study programs must be taken for a letter grade, not on a pass/no pass basis. For the ASE program, students should note that grades from ASE courses will appear on your Franklin & Marshall transcript and will be calculated into your cumulative GPA (this is different than many other off-campus study programs).
Courses taken off-campus may be able to satisfy major, minor, language or distribution requirements (Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Non-Western Cultures or Natural Science Lab) in addition to general elective credit. Courses may fulfill more than one requirement. Please note that Franklin & Marshall cannot issue transfer credit for a course taken in a department that is not represented at the college. If a course does not clearly fall under a department, the off-campus study advising staff can help you determine whether or not it can be accepted for credit.

Franklin & Marshall Housing Policy

Housing options during your off-campus study program will vary by program. Some programs may allow students to choose their housing option; other programs require all students to live in a certain type of housing. Typical housing arrangements may include apartments, home-stay, or on-campus housing at a local university. Please visit the program homepage to determine your program's housing options or requirements.

Please note that some programs may offer students the option to pursue independent housing (outside of the regular housing options provided by the program). F&M does not allow students to choose independent housing unless there is a significant academic or cultural reason (such as wanting to live in a homestay when only apartment housing is provided). Independent housing carries many risks and F&M and the program provider cannot provide any support to students who pursue independent housing. Students who are interested in pursuing independent housing will need to contact their off-campus study adviser to petition for approval to pursue this option.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

During the academic year, students will continue to be eligible for financial aid during a term of off-campus study. This includes federal and state loans and Franklin & Marshall merit scholarships and need-based grants. In general, eligibility for financial aid is based on Franklin & Marshall tuition, cost of housing and meals from the off-campus study program, and an allowance for books and personal expenses. Your annual estimated family contribution as generated by your FAFSA will remain the same regardless of program costs. Students who receive Grant-in-Aid benefits will continue to access these benefits for the semester off-campus. This benefit is only available to students of eligible full-time F&M faculty and staff.

Students may be eligible for additional scholarships outside of F&M, please review the SCHOLARSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS section of the website for more information.