Why Bristol

A vibrant, friendly place to live and study.

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If you are concerned about the Coronavirus outbreak affecting your application, please read our Coronavirus update.

Are you from outside of mainland China?

You can find more information through Kaplan International Pathways, our trusted education partner for applications and admissions to the International Foundation Programme.

The University

The University of Bristol is one of the best universities in the UK. We consistently rank well in league tables that draw on information about research and teaching excellence.

The University has a rich history, dating back to 1876. Our graduates have made scientific discoveries, started businesses, written books and starred in films. We are also associated with twelve Nobel Laureates.

The programme

You will develop both your academic and language ability through tailored subject-specific pathways, which prepare you for the undergraduate degree of your choice.

You will also have the opportunity to be involved in Bristol Futures. This initiative will help you develop core academic skills and key personal attributes.

The city

You can get to know Bristol and the surrounding areas, and find out where to explore and places to visit.

Bristol is also within easy reach of other UK and European destinations with its own international airport and easy access to London.

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Take a virtual tour of the campus and the city with 360-degree views and photographs. Click on 'Students' Union' to explore the building where we are based.

The centre

You will be taught at the University in the Centre for Academic Language and Development which is located a short distance from the city centre, with some classes taking places in other schools across the campus.

The facilities

As a University of Bristol student, you will have access to all the academic, social and sports facilities. These include all school libraries computer rooms and study areas across campus, access to Blackboard, the University's online learning environment, and access to all student resources. The University also has a wealth of cultural and religious societies that can help you feel at home.

The people

You will get full support throughout the application process by expert staff.

When you arrive you will have an induction programme where you will learn about the University and systems, and meet the staff and other students.

View profiles of our teaching and support staff.

You will study with other international students from around the world. To date, on the International Foundation Programme, we have taught students from over 60 countries.

Support and guidance

You will get full support across all areas of life at Bristol:

  1. Residential: 24-hour access to Residential Life Support.
  2. Wellbeing: Support and guidance through the Student Support Service.
  3. Academic: Frequent tutorials with a personal academic tutor

Find more information about the support services available.

Dates and fees

The International Foundation Programme fees can be seen on our fees page.

The future

Find out more about the progression opportunities after the International Foundation Programme.

Read our guide

Our international guide (PDF, 3,340kB) provides information for all students coming to Bristol from overseas.

Ask a question

  • Contact mainland China:

Email: ifp-china@bristol.ac.uk
Phone: 00 8610 8515 1899

  • Contact from outside mainland China:

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