Bath - CIEE London Study Tour
Study tours are an integral part of the learning experience at the CIEE London Open Campus Block program. Specially designed excursions are built into the curriculum of every academic track so you can take your coursework out of the classroom and into the host community.
About the Destination
Bath is the largest city in the county of Somerset, England, known for its Romanbuilt baths and 18th- century Georgian architecture. Bath is in the valley of the River Avon, 97 miles (156 km) west of London. The city became a World Heritage site in 1987.
Honey-coloured Bath stone has been used extensively in the town’s architecture, including at Bath Abbey, noted for its fan-vaulting, tower and large stained-glass windows. Bath Abbey was founded in the 7th century.
In the 17th century, claims were made about the purported curative properties of water from the springs, and Bath became popular as a spa town in the Georgian era. Georgian architecture, crafted from Bath stone, includes the Royal Crescent, Circus, Pump Room and Assembly Rooms where Beau Nash presided over the city’s social life from 1705 until his death in 1761. Many of the streets and squares were laid out by John Wood, the Elder, and in the 18th century the city became fashionable and the population grew. Jane Austen lived in Bath in the early 19th century. Further building was undertaken in the 19th century and following the Bath Blitz in World War II.
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We will visit Salisbury Cathedral, which pilgrims have visited for over 750 years. You will have an opportunity to see Britain’s tallest spire, the best preserved of only four surviving 1215 Magna Carta documents, and the world’s oldest working mechanical clock.
Meet at the coach after lunch at Salisbury to continue our journey, stopping at the National Trust Estate: Stourhead.
CONTINUE JOURNEY TO BATH
Arrive in Bath with free time to relax and explore.
WALKING TOUR OF BATH
We will break into smaller groups to enjoy a walking tour of Bath. You will learn more about the development of Bath as well as the city’s unique architectural history.
Explore the Roman Baths Museum with optional hand-held audio guides. You can see the original Roman Baths and end the tour by tasting the healing waters from the spring.
After arriving at Stonehenge by coach, you will have time to explore the Stone circle and Neolithic Houses.
Free Time Suggestions
The Fashion Museum is housed in the Assembly Rooms in Bath, Somerset, England. Doris Langley Moore, who gave her collection to the city of Bath
in 1963, started the collection.
The Holburne Museum is located in Sydney Pleasure Gardens, Bath. The city’s first public art gallery, the Grade I listed building, is home to fine and decorative arts built around the collection of Sir William Holburne.
VICTORIA ART GALLERY
Historical and contemporary European and British artworks including Bath artists and Gainsborough.
JANE AUSTEN CENTRE
Small museum chronicling the life and times of the famous writer Jane Austen, plus Regency tearoom.
The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Bath, commonly known as Bath Abbey, is an Anglican parish church, a former Benedictine monastery, and a proto Co-cathedral in Somerset, England.
Historic bridge built in 1774 with notable architecture & rows of stores lining each side.
THE ROYAL CRESCENT
Landmark row of 30 Georgian-era residences arranged in a crescent shape overlooking a huge lawn.
WHAT ARE THE STUDY TOUR LEARNING OBJECTIVES?
The intercultural learning objectives of the study tour curriculum—delivered in two parts, pre- and post-tour—are to promote cultural self-awareness, cultural literacy, and the ability to bridge cultural gaps. Through activities and exercises, students are encouraged to consider issues of culture, identity, values, beliefs and assumptions. Ultimately, students develop competencies to experience new and unfamiliar experiences without relying on stereotypes and heuristics.
Each study tour should achieve learning objectives in each academic track whereby students can:
ARTICULATE some of their own values and beliefs, and explain how these values and beliefs, as well as their experiences, have shaped their own views surrounding politics and international relations in general.
RECOGNIZE diversity and difference within the local cultural context, and be able to compare and contrast this with the diversity that exists in other contexts with which they may be familiar.
IDENTIFY at least two ways in which practices surrounding media in the host environment are culturally-influenced and/or ways that media practices in the host environment impacts culture.
EVALUATE at least two ways in which social and cultural factors in the host environment have influenced values, beliefs, assumptions, or practices surrounding local healthcare.
DECONSTRUCT their own assumptions and values and analyze how these shape their views on international business. In addition to achieving learning objectives in the academic tracks a study tour presents opportunities to support students understanding the cultural beings of Self and Other. These include developing abilities to self-reflect and become more self-aware, increase their understanding of the salient values in their previous and current environment, and develop their capacity for the awareness of others in their previous and current cultural context.