Bath Spa University Introduction 16 / 17Help and advice Throughout your application we will take great care to make sure you have all the information and support you need to start your studies here confidently. This includes advice on immigration procedures, travel, accommodation or any other information you might need. Where do you want to live? You can choose from staying with a family (home stay) or on campus. As soon as we know what kind of accommodation you want we will arrange it for you. If you want to live in the city centre or anywhere else off campus we can advise you on how to find accommodation - but you will need to finalise the arrangements yourself. Language requirements If English is not your first language then you will need an IELT S of 6.0, TOEFL PBT 540, CBT 207, iBT 76 or Trinity College London's ISE at Level II.Fees and scholarshipsIn 2011 tuition fees for international students on most undergraduate courses were £9,360. Fees for 2012 when available Useful websitesfor fundingLeaving your own country to study in the UK is a big step, but you will be assured of a friendly welcome and plenty of support at Bath Spa University. An undergraduate degree from Bath Spa University will give you a quality qualification, and as with all UK education, you can be certain it will be recognised as world class. British Council www.britishcouncil.orgEducation UK www.educationuk.orgStudent Cashpointwww.studentcashpoint.co.ukUS Federal Aid www.fafsa.ed.govScholarships for Japanese students www.jasso.go.jp www.cwaj.orgDo you welcomeinternationalstudents?Can I study abroad?will be posted on our website. A single student with a modest lifestyle should budget around £6600 for a 40-week academic year (not including international travel, a car, or luxuries). Students are advised to contact the British Council in their own country to find out about scholarships which are available. Each year, we welcome students from around 40 different countries to our university.Any questions? Please do contact us if you have any further questions. You will find information on how to apply on page 21.Bath Spa University Newton Park Campus Newton St. Loe, BathBA2 9BN, United Kingdom Telephone: +44 (0)1225 875875 Email: email@example.com Studying in Europe Through the Erasmus programme, which is supported by the European Commission, you can apply for a study placement in one of our partner European universities or higher education institutions during your second or third year. Placements can be for the whole academic year or a shorter period, and your study abroad period will count towards your Bath Spa University degree. The Erasmus programme is a wonderful opportunity to live in a different country, gain new perspectives on your subject and experience different cultures. You can learn a new language or develop your current language skills, and you will develop an international network of friends. It is also a great way to enhance your CV. If eligible, you will receive an Erasmus grant towards the cost of the study placement (subject to continued EU funding). Accommodation is normally organised for you by the host institution or an agency - it could be campus accommodation, a shared student flat or house, or living with a host family. Erasmus placements have taken place at universities and higher education institutions in the following countries (your choice will depend on your subject area): Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (outside the Erasmus scheme, but operating under similar conditions), Turkey. For some placements, for example Italy, you would be expected to speak the host language, but many institutions offer courses that are taught in English, so there really are opportunities for all.Studying further afield If you are interested in spending time outside Europe, you can explore our exchange opportunities with international universities. In recent years our students have spent time studying in Japan, Korea, China and the USA, and further links are being developed with international universities (again, your choice will depend on your subject area).Spending time studying abroad is a great way to experience education in a different country and immerse yourself in a different culture. Bath Spa University has international links with universities and colleges around the world.
Bath Spa University Introduction www.bathspa.ac.uk How much will it cost?The funding of university education has been the subject of a major Government review and this will affect students starting in 2012. At the time of writing, some of the details relating to student funding have not been finalised, and you are strongly advised to check the Government website for the most up-to-date information - www.direct.gov.uk (from the home page follow the link to 'Education and learning'). All the information contained in this prospectus is based on the latest information available - but may be subject to change. It's important to stress that having a degree is a good investment - it will improve your chance of getting a job and you will earn more than non-graduates in years to come. What do I have to pay for? There are two main financial elements to being a student: tuition fees (sometimes referred to as a 'graduate contribution') and living costs. Tuition fees ('graduate contribution')Following the major Government review of university funding, most universities will charge tuition fees between £6,000 and £9,000 per year for full-time UK and EU undergraduate students starting in 2012. At the time of writing Bath Spa University has not finalised what tuition fees it will be charging, so please check our website for the most up-to-date information: www.bathspa.ac.uk The tuition fee does not have to be paid up-front or whilst you are studying - you can (if you wish to) take out a 'Tuition Fee Loan' from the Student Loan Company to cover your tuition fees. You will only start repaying this loan once you have left university and are employed and earning over £21,000 a year. A tuition fee loan will be available to cover the cost of the fees, and will be paid direct to Bath Spa University on your behalf. This loan is not means-tested, which means your household income is not taken into account. Living costs and other expenses For many students - particularly those living away from home - the biggest expense will be accommodation costs. However you will also need money for your day-to-day living expenses, such as food, laundry, travel, books, clothes and socialising. The amount you need will vary with individual circumstances, but you can work on the basis of between £200 and £225 a week for a single student living away from home during term time. Obviously if you live at home while you are studying, your living costs will be adjusted accordingly. There will also be costs attached to your course itself - items such as books, stationery, photocopying and printing. Certain courses involve additional costs for items such as field trips, art materials and specialist equipment. Some art and design courses are subject to a studio fee, which is compulsory (and not normally refundable) but is subsidised by the University. You will find details of studio fees on the relevant course pages.What financial support can I get? Student Maintenance Loan A maintenance loan is available to help cover accommodation and other living costs for students normally resident in the UK. This is in addition to the student tuition fee loan described above - although both are paid by the Student Loan Company. Your exact entitlement to the maintenance loan will be calculated by Student Finance England (the main funding provider). Some of the maintenance loan entitlement will be non-means tested, and the remainder will be calculated on the basis of your household income. If you live with your parents while you study, you will be entitled to a smaller maintenance loan. You will start repaying both your Maintenance and Tuition Fee Loans once you have graduated and are earning at least £21,000. You pay back 9% of any earnings above £21,000 a year - for example a graduate earning £25,000 per year would repay their loan at a rate of £6.92 per week. Higher earners will pay more - so as your earnings increase, so will your contribution.Student Maintenance Grant If you're from England and doing a full-time higher education course in the UK, you may be able to get help with accommodation and other living costs through a Maintenance Grant. The Maintenance Grant does not have to be repaid, and you will be automatically assessed for any entitlement when you apply for your student finance (there is one student finance application). The grant is means-tested, so whether you qualify - and the level of grant you'll get - depends on your household income. If your household income is up to £25,000 you'll be eligible for a grant up to £3,250, and those from households with incomes between £25,000 and £42,000 will receive a partial grant. Previous study - if you have a higher education qualification If you are a UK/EU student and already have a UK honours degree or other higher education qualification you should note that your funding arrangements may differ. You may, for example, be ineligible for the same student loan arrangements as students who are undertaking their first undergraduate degree. Full details will be posted on our website www.bathspa.ac.uk, and on the Government website www.direct.gov.ukPart-time students Part-time students who are studying at least 25% of a full-time course will be eligible for the same financial support as full-time students in the form of a tuition fee loan, payable on a pro-rata basis. This support is administered by your main funding provider. Part-time students will not however be eligible for maintenance support.Other sources of incomeInterest-free overdrafts As a student you will find that almost all banks offer you a student account. This usually means that you will be entitled to an interest-free overdraft to a prescribed limit. Short-term emergency loansThe University may be able to offer emergency short term loans to eligible students who are experiencing a financial crisis, most frequently if a student loan instalment is late. You will be asked to make arrangements for the repayment of this money within 30 days. Access to Learning FundIn previous years Bath Spa University, like all higher education institutions, has received money from the government in the form of an Access to Learning Fund. This can provide additional (non-repayable) financial support for students experiencing financial difficulties. Students with dependants Students with dependants should contact their main funding provider to establish whether or not they will be eligible for additional non-repayable support, such as Adult Dependants Grant, Childcare Grant and the Parent's Learning Allowance. Trusts and charities Some trusts and charities offer limited financial support to students, and it may be worth enquiring. The Student Support Office at Bath Spa can give further guidance. Useful sources of information The Student Support Office at Bath Spa University can offer further guidance on financial matters - tel: (01225) 876543 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For queries about tuition fees, contact the University Finance Office on email@example.com. PLEASE NOTE This information is correct at the time of print, but many aspects of student funding for 2012 are not yet finalised and applicants are strongly advised to visit www.direct.gov.uk or the Bath Spa website for the most up-to-date information.Managing your finances You'll need to plan ahead and our advice is to work out a budget to help manage your finances successfully - but remember that the Student Support team is there to provide information and guidance. The key is not to ignore problems when they arise, as this will only make matters worse; don't hesitate to ask for advice.MoneyTips01 Plan ahead! Work out a budget in advance and try to stick to it. 02 Make sure you get all the money you're entitled to - come and talk to us if you're not sure. 03 Shop around and choose a student bank account from a bank offering good terms such as interest-free overdrafts. 04Plan for essential expenses first - such as accommodation (the largest you'll have to pay) and remember bills for heating, lighting and water if you're renting privately. 05Buy a bus pass from the Students' Union - it works out much cheaper. Think about buying a Student Railcard too. 06 Don't buy too many ready meals or take-aways. Home cooking is cheaper and better for you. 07 Make the most of the social events on campus.08 Use your NUS card to get student discounts wherever possible.09 Ask about part-time work at the Job Shop (but don't work more than 15 hours a week), and sort out vacation work (see page 14). 10 Don't ignore financial difficulties. Come and talk to us BEFORE things become a problem. studentsupport @bathspa.ac.uk0103020401 Reading a book on campus02 Students bikes on campus03 The regular bus service from the Bright Orange Bus04 Working on campus