University of Bristol Academic Program

Academic
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Delivery Method:
In-Person
Duration:
Multi Term, Single Term

About the Program

In the heart of Bristol in some of its most exclusive residential neighborhoods, the award-winning University of Bristol is a core part of life in this popular city in the South West of England. Ranked one of the best places to live in the UK, and one of the best places to be a student, Bristol is a great destination to study, live, and have fun.

Enhance your Bristol experience at 300-plus student-led clubs or societies

Bristol is one of the happiest and friendliest cities in the UK

Explore the long and fascinating history of this vibrant city

Multi green-award winning, Bristol is a world leader in sustainability

Program Advisor

Saffy Winter
SAFFY
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
English
Language Prerequisite Level:
Advanced
GPA Requirements:
3.00
Academic Level:
Undergraduate
Academic Strengths:
Sociology, Computer Science, Law, Health & Pre-Med, Political Science
Housing:
On-campus dormitory
Visa Required:
Required
Credits:
60 UK credits

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WHAT STUDENTS SAY

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Cycling around Bristol is also one of my most unforgettable memories, and I can enjoy Bristol's natural beauty over and over again.

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About the University

University of Bristol

Physically in the heart of Bristol and in some of its most exclusive residential neighborhoods, the University of Bristol is a core part of life in this popular city in the South West of England.

Ranked one of the best places to live and one of the best places to be a student, Bristol is extremely popular with students both British and international, who attend to study hard and play hard. Bristol is cosmopolitan, bursting with history and culture for everyone. From its cinemas and galleries to its pubs and traditional English tea rooms; from its historic buildings to its modern environmentally conscience edifices, Bristol inspires students to honor tradition while looking to the future.

Learn more at the University of Bristol's official website

Academics

University of Bristol's Academic Approach

The University of Bristol’s Academic Program is flexible, encouraging you to enroll in classes from a wide range of disciplines across departments, helping you broaden your knowledge in other fields of interest.

Studying in Bristol requires an independent mindset, an inner drive, and a disciplined approach. Self-motivation to excel in your academic pursuits ensures you stand out during your studies at this prestigious Russell Group university.

Courses

You can customize your study abroad experience by selecting courses (1st/2nd year) from across various University of Bristol departments, either by combining different subjects or by immersing into one main subject of study.

Undergraduate degrees in the UK are three-year programs, and as a study abroad student, you can choose units from all three years. For subjects you haven’t studied at your home institution, we recommend first-year units. Second-year units are most common if you’re taking your major/minor abroad, and third-year units are suitable if you’re close to graduation in your major subject. We recommend you take at least 50% of units in your major subject. Some units are subject to pre-requisite checks with the academic department at the start of the semester. 

*Please note that unit choices cannot be guaranteed in advance and that you finalize unit registration when you arrive in Bristol.

Course & Departmental Restrictions

Certain departments are not open to study abroad students at all.

Certain departments have restrictions on higher level courses. You work with an advisor in the Study Abroad Office to identify any restrictions.

  • Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science. All postgraduate level units except those within our Faculty of Engineering which form part of a 4-year integrated Masters program.
  • Engineering: If you’re taking engineering subjects, you should come to Bristol for a full academic year as many of the units run from September to June. You will need to check the unit catalog to see if you can find suitable units for the spring semester (weeks 13-24) only.
  • Please note that Computer Science units are now only available at 3rd and 4th year level and therefore are only suitable if you have already completed 2 or 3 years of a Computer Science degree.
  • If you wish to take units in the School of Civil, Aerospace, and Mechanical Engineering, we strongly advise you apply for a year-long placement as many of the units in these departments are taught over the full academic year.
  • Computer Science: Only 3rd and 4th year units are available to incoming study abroad students, and most of these units have pre-requisites, so they’re only suitable if you’ve completed 2 to 3 years of a Computer Science degree.
  • Chemistry & Law is only available for full year students starting in September
  • Geographical Sciences: Most units are taught across the full academic year
  • Psychological Science is taught as an experimental science at Bristol, not a social science. If you’re taking psychology units, you should have a strong background in chemistry, biology and neuroscience.
  • Please note that School of Psychological Science units have limited capacity.

 

 

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university—and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

To prove your language proficiency, you can use any of the following:

  • Duolingo (DET): 115 *Minimum sub-score 105
  • IELTS: 6.5 *Minimum sub-score 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT: 90 *Minimum sub-score 20 *TOEFL Home Edition accepted
  • PTE: 67  *Minimum sub-score 60

*The tests must have been taken no more than two years before the program start date.

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Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Fall 2022

Program dates:
Mid September - Mid January
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
£
15,830

Fall 2022 + Spring 2023

Program dates:
Mid September - Mid June
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
£
28,040

Spring 2023

Program dates:
Mid January - Mid June
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
£
16,900

Housing Information

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On-campus dormitory

While studying in Bristol, you live in Manor Hall, an on-campus, self-catered dormitory less than 20 minutes from the campus. You have a single room in a shared apartment. The bathroom is shared, there are common rooms on every floor, and you have access to a shared laundry room. Your housing has sports facilities and bicycle storage, too.

About Bristol

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Why Bristol

Bristol is a cosmopolitan, dynamic city, bursting with history and culture and celebrated for its creativity and sustainability. As home to the BBC, the Ministry of defense, and Airbus, it has a competitive international workforce. Its strong engineering roots reach back to Brunel, who built the city's iconic Suspension Bridge across the Avon Gorge.

Learn more about Bristol

Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests

Orientation

On Arrival

Your SAF pre-departure process will arm you with all the information you need for a smooth arrival to your new campus, city, and country.

To Housing

Your SAF program will include a safe transfer from your arrival airport to your new study abroad housing. We'll even provide you with top tips to make the most of your new city!

Home Sweet Home

Your SAF Program Specialist will coordinate with you to ensure you have arrived safely and settled into your new secure housing.

Keeping You Safe

As you settle in, you will learn about the SAF emergency alert system, our 24/7 phone support, and any safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your new university and SAF will arrange social and cultural events so that you can meet other study abroad and local students. Make the most of your adventure!

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

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