Alexsandra Yarkova, International Foundation Programme in Arts and Humanities 2011-12; now studying BSc Joint Honours in Psychology and Philosophy
I liked the Foundation Programme because you got lots of feedback on your work, and can have the teacher’s attention, which means you can improve your English tremendously. Also, Bristol has beautiful architecture. I think the buildings are amazing. It’s been a great year.
Edouard Blondel, International Foundation Programme in Economics and Finance 2011-12
I’ve been studying Economics and Finance. I really liked the teaching staff, who were really lovely. Their lessons were really enjoyable and they helped me to write really well in English. I think now I almost write better in English than in my own language! I also really like the city of Bristol. There’s a lot going on – loads of clubs, good restaurants. I have been living in halls of accommodation, which are a really great place to make loads of friends, and practice English as well.
Dan Luo, International Foundation Programme in Chemistry and Mathematics 2011-12; now studying BSc Honours in Biochemistry
I think the labs are really fascinating. The teachers were very helpful. I could talk to them about everything, not just about studying, but also about life. They were very nice. In this city there are many libraries, and there is also a sports centre. These were very helpful for me.
Klaudio Marku, International Foundation Programme in Physics and Mathematics 2011-12; now studying MEng Honours in Civil Engineering
This course prepared me for an undergraduate degree because I am used to the lecture and lab styles. Next year I am going to study civil engineering, and it will be much easier for me.
Pengchuan Wang, International Foundation Programme in Physics and Mathematics 2009-10; now studying BEng in Mechanical Engineering
The IFP provided me with a unique and happy experience. The English units in the IFP improved my essay writing skills which has been a big help with my current studies, because I have a lot of reports to write. During my first year, I joined many societies such as Model United Nations, Debating Society and the Football Club. This made my life very colourful and gave me the opportunity to make life-long friends.
Salah-Eddin Elmejrab, International Foundation Programme in Physics and Mathematics 2009-10; now studying BEng in Mechanical Engineering
The International Foundation Programme was very comprehensive and it proved to be very useful in my degree programme. I felt more prepared than a lot of the students who came straight from A level. Bristol is lovely; we get a mix of living in a big city and special attention from the lecturers and tutors. I am a member of Engineers without Borders; we work on lots of projects, including renewable energy developments.
Vinodhan Gunasekaran, International Foundation Programme in Arts and Humanities 2010-11; now studying LLB Law
The IFP helped me with my academic English, and has been very useful with my Law degree. I now have to analyse cases and statutes, and the IFP provided a lot of help with my essay writing. There is a good music scene in Bristol, with lots of different concerts and clubs.
Lerui Guo, International Foundation Programme in EAP with Chemistry and Maths 2010-11; now studying Biochemistry
I have really enjoyed this year, and have learnt a lot about Chemistry, as well as how to write academic essays and give formal presentations. I have also made a lot of friends from many countries!
Shengtao He, International Foundation Programme in EAP with Chemistry and Maths 2010-11; now studying Environmental Geoscience
It was a very good decision to come to Bristol for the Foundation programme; it has widened my horizons and I have had an amazing experience. I now know what I want to go on to study, and have successfully gained an offer at Bristol.
Dominic Ladanie, International Foundation Programme in Arts and Humanities 2008-09; graduated with First Class Honours in BA Archaeology
The Foundation Programme offered a diverse mixture of subjects that also allowed me to follow my own interests. I found it challenging but encouraging. I learnt new skills and proved that I have what it takes to succeed in my future studies.
International Students - Students from 130 different nationalities have studied at Bristol. The International Office are delighted to share the experiences and thoughts of some of these students with you on their web site.
Undergraduate Students - Undergraduate students have provided a unique insight into what it is like to study at the University of Bristol. Have a look at the Undergraduate Prospectus for interviews and photos.