Bath Spa Global

Bath Spa University, with a 160-year heritage, is the UK’s university of choice for the next generation of global citizens looking to combine creativity, culture and enterprise into an exceptional university experience.

Bath Spa University shares the strengths and characteristics of many of the UK’s excellent universities: an understanding of the need to provide the best possible student experience and career preparation; a commitment to develop innovative and effective teaching and learning; and a mission to contribute to world class research in areas of strength. However it is also a university of unique contrasts, offering a blend of heritage and modernity, tradition and innovation, that students and staff find particularly attractive.

Based in a world heritage city and connected to a network of international partners, Bath Spa University will ensure that its graduates are socially engaged global citizens.

Access to Bath Spa Global: Programs for Academic Success

BSU selects, nurtures and prepares the next generation of global leaders from across the world, providing access to a world-class education to a diverse student body of 7,500 from over 40 countries.

Several options are available for international students to access BSU innovative degree programs depending on academic background, language skills, and career interests.

Our ultimate goal for students is to equip them with the learning experience, the international community, and the BSU degree to succeed in making a difference in the world as global citizens.

International First Year

Bath Spa University’s International First Year is an intensive 12-month academic programme for high school leavers that leads to progression into the second year of an undergraduate degree upon successful completion. The programme combines a suite of integrated language skills training, credit-bearing coursework, and concierge student services all in UNESCO World Heritage City, Bath, to prepare students for success at BSU and beyond.

There are currently two learning tracks offered in the International First Year (IFY) - Business and Management and Social Sciences - that can lead to a number of degree programmes at BSU.


International First Year at BSU provides a small-course teaching environment, giving you close support and personal attention from our dedicated team of Student Advisors.


Upon successful completion of the International First Year, you'll progress directly into the 2nd year of your course at BSU, prepared to succeed.


Unique British cultural experiences are integrated into your program. Alongside your classmates you will take part in activities such as:

  • Travelling with your peers to Central London to visit world-famous sites and companies
  • Experiencing the annual "Carols by Candlelight" at Bath Abbey
  • Visiting Stonehenge in Southwest England, a 4000+ year old UNESCO World Heritage Site


Being a university student is tough. It's even more difficult when English isn't your first language. International First Year's integrated English Language Program will help you read, write and speak English like a native.


International First Year Concierge Services make your transition to the UK easy and stress-free. We're here to help before you arrive and throughout your studies: Airport pickup, guaranteed accommodation in excellent fully furnished apartments , move-in services, mobile phone and bank registration support, in-depth orientations. We're on hand to make your BSU experience exceptional.


Access tutoring and academic support, tailored to international students, whenever you need it.


BSU selects, nurtures and prepares the next generation of global leaders from across the world, providing access to a world-class education to a diverse student body of 7,500 from over 40 countries.

Contact Us

We look forward to hearing from you. Please use any of the methods listed below to contact a counselor and learn more about selecting the right BSU program from you.



Twitter: @BSUGlobal

Phone: +44 (0)1225 856367

Mailing Address: Bath Spa Global, Main House, Newton Park, Bath BA2 9BN

Complete University Guide

Ranked 20 for ‘quality of teaching’ in the league table of UK universities (Complete University Guide, 2013)

The Guardian

Ranked joint #1 for teaching in Business and Management(Guardian University Guide, 2014)

Higher Education Funding Council

Designated as a national ‘Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning’ for the creative industries by the UK Government’s Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Eco-Campus Platinum Award

Bath Spa is one of the first UK universities to have won the Eco-Campus Platinum Award

People and Planet

Placed 33 out of 145 universities in the People and Planet’s 2013 ‘Green League’ table

Welcome to Bath

England’s only UNESCO World Heritage city

Bath is well-known as one of the world’s most beautiful cities and boasts stunning architectural and historical sites such as the Roman Baths, the Royal Crescent, the Circus, Pulteney Bridge, and Bath Abbey.

Bath welcomes thousands of overseas visitors every year to its diverse collection of museums and art galleries including the Holburne Museum, the restored Georgian townhouse at Number One Royal Crescent and the Jane Austen Centre.

Throughout the year Bath Spa University students play a key role in many of Bath’s festivals, including Bath Literature Festival, the Food Festival, the Songwriting Festival, and the world famous Jane Austen festival.

Surrounding Bath you will find many picturesque English villages, the countryside of the Cotswolds and historic Stonehenge. And you are still connected to the UK’s major cities. By train, Bristol is 20 minutes away, Oxford is 70 minutes, and London is 90 minutes.

undergraduate degree Programmes for IFY Students

On successful completion of the IFY, you can progress onto Year 2 of any one of the following degrees:

School of Society, Enterprise and Environment

  • BA (Hons) Business and Management
  • BA (Hons) Business and Management: Accounting
  • BA (Hons) Business and Management: Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) Business and Management: Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Business and Management: Tourism Management
  • BA (Hons) Business and Management: International Business
  • BSc (Hons) Geography
  • BSc (Hons) Global Development and Sustainability
  • BSc (Hons) Sociology

School of Business and Entrepreneurship

  • BBA (Hons) Business and Entrepreneurship: Enterprise Innovation
  • BBA (Hons) Business and Entrepreneurship: Design Management
  • BBA (Hons) Business and Entrepreneurship: Social Entrepreneurship
  • BBA (Hons) Business and Entrepreneurship: Technology Ventures
  • BBA (Hons) Business and Entrepreneurship: Business and Finance

(All degrees subject to approval)

Undergraduate Degrees for Standard Entry

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Entry Requirements

Bath Spa University offers access to a dozens of exciting undergraduate degree programmes. Depending on your academic background and test scores, you can enter into each of the programmes through a variety of tracks listed below.

Pre-Sessional English
High School Completion
70% or equivalent
4.0 IELTS or equivalent
International First Year
High School Completion
70% or equivalent
5.0 IELTS or equivalent
Standard Entry
High school completion + Foundation Year
80% or equivalent
6.0 IELTS or equivalent
Academic History High School Performance Standardized English Scores Academic Performance to Progress
Pre-Sessional English High School Completion 70% or equivalent 4.0 IELTS or equivalent C or better in all classes
International First Year High School Completion 70% or equivalent 5.0 IELTS or equivalent C or better in all classes
Standard Entry - UG High school completion + Foundation Year 80% or equivalent 6.0 IELTS or equivalent C or better in all classes
Standard Entry - PG Completion of Recognized Bachelors Degree 2:1 equivalent or above 6.5 IELTS or equivalent N/A

Standard Entry admissions will additionally require a professional recommendation, essays, and an admissions interview.

Listed performance score linked to Chinese high school results. Please contact for the equivalency information for your country.

High school completion equivalent to High School Leaving Certificate 3 in China. For most up-to-date entry criteria, please email

IELTS is a registered trade mark of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, the British Council and IELTS Australia Pty Ltd.

Key Dates & Programme Fees

Pre-Sessional English
Application Deadline:
Programme Start Date:
Length of Programme:
6 week terms
Progression Into:
International First Year
Tuition + Fees:
£1,350 per 6 week term
International First Year
Application Deadline:
August 29 (2014)
Programme Start Date:
September 23 (Autumn 2014)
Length of Programme:
12 months
Progression Into:
Year 2 of Degree Programme
Tuition + Fees:
Standard Entry
Application Deadline:
August 29 (2014)
Programme Start Date:
September 23 (Autumn 2014)
Length of Programme:
36 months
Tuition + Fees:
£10,950 annually
Pre-Sessional English International First Year Standard Entry - UG Standard Entry - PG
Application Deadline Rolling August 29 (2014) August 29 (2014) August 29 (2014)
Programme Start Date Varies September 23 (Autumn 2014) September 23 (Autumn 2014) September 23 (Autumn 2014)
Length of Programme 6 week terms 12 months 36 months 12 months
Progression Into International First Year Year 2 of Degree Programme --- ---
Tuition + Fees £1,350 per 6 week term £15,500 £10,905 annually £10,905 annually


Bath Spa University is offering a number of academic scholarships to qualified students for the International First Year in 2014-15. Contact us at to find out more!

Application Process and Policies

Applicants may complete the online application form and email it to, along with scanned copies of their academic transcripts and certificates.

Original academic transcripts may be submitted in person upon arrival.

All applicants whose native language is not English must submit an original standardised English exam score.

Once admitted to a programme, students must additionally submit financial documents and a copy of their passport pages to receive required documentation from the university for visa processing.

Students must pay an initial deposit of £3000 to reserve their place in the programme. This should be within two weeks of being offered a place on the programme.

Deposits are non-refundable unless the Student is unable to meet visa entry requirements.


All International First Year students will be guaranteed student housing at one of the newest accommodations in Bath, Charlton Court. Charlton Court has 294 en-suite study bedrooms with the finest facilities (including free WIFI & 24-hour security), living space and location, only a 10-15 walk from central Bath and a short bus ride to BSU’s Newton Park campus. The 2014-15 price for ensuite accommodation at Charlton Court is £7048 for 51 weeks.

For more information about accomodation, CLICK HERE.