University of Bristol Summer English Language Pathway Program

Language Pathway
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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.

Historic community: William Ramsey, Winston Churchill, and Dorothy Hodgkin

Join some of the best and brightest students in the UK at 350 clubs

A world-class research-intensive Russell Group university

Bristol tops the best place to live in Britain lists, year on year

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:
Intermediate
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:
20-40 UK credits

Stay Healthy & Safe While You Study Abroad

WHAT STUDENTS SAY

Hyunyoung Oh

The Advanced English Language Skill class was small with foreign exchange students, so there were many opportunities to get talk and build confidence because we mainly worked in pairs.

University of Bristol SAF Alumni

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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 pre-sessional English programs train you, as a high achieving English language learner, in small groups of 12 to 15 students. You are expected to take an active part in interactive classroom activities, including pair and group work, peer reviews, seminars, and presentations.

You prepare reading and listening texts in advance of class and complete homework as a follow-up to classwork. You are also encouraged to take advantage of any and all online learning environments offered, including the interactive academic grammar.

 

Courses

To progress to academic program studies, you need to successfully complete the pre-sessional language pathway program.

You apply for either a six- or 10-week pre-sessional program based on your English proficiency score at the time of application and considering the academic program department/major entry requirements, you hope to progress to.

(So if you have 6.0 (overall) IELTS score and want to take academic history courses (6.5 min. requirement), you need to complete the six-week pre-sessional program as a condition of your admission).

You take an end of pre-sessional program assessment to evaluate your English proficiency level improvement.

Classroom Hours

You have 20 hours of classroom time each week. The 10-week course offers 40 credit points; the six-week course offers 20 credit points.

*SAF program fee tuition rate is based upon 20 hours of language instruction per week

Language Levels

Bristol's 10-week course starts in June and the six-week course starts in July. After this, you may take regular university classes with other study abroad students in September.

Elective Courses

Lectures on life in Britain and subjects of academic and cultural interest will be introduced.

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:

Language (STABEL) program

6-week pre-sessional:

  • IELTS Academic for UKVI: 6.0 *This is a different test to the standard Academic IELTS and is required for the issuance of a combined CAS for your visa *From authorized test centers only *Minimum sub-score 5.5

10-week pre-sessional:

  • IELTS Academic for UKVI: 5.5 *This is a different test to the standard Academic IELTS and is required for the issuance of a combined CAS for your visa *From authorized test centers only *Minimum sub-score 5.0

Learn More About Language Requirements

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.

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.

The SAF program fee includes break-stay housing if you are continuing into the academic program, but it does not include early arrival housing.

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.

Commonly Asked Questions About Studying Abroad

Commonly Asked Questions About Academic & Concurrent Programs

Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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