Our Study Abroad programmes allow students taking an undergraduate degree elsewhere to spend a year or a semester at the University of Bristol. You can apply for any of our programmes through this page.
Study Abroad is best suited to students in the third year of a four-year degree or the second year of a three-year degree.
Check your eligibility
- be currently enrolled in an institution of higher education;
- have completed at least one year of study at university level by the start of your Bristol studies;
- have a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) or equivalent;
- meet our English language requirements.
If there are mitigating circumstances that have affected your grades and mean that you are very slightly below the 3.0 GPA or equivalent, we may still be able to consider your application. In order to do this, we will need an academic reference from your home university and a personal statement to explain any mitigating circumstances. Each application will be assessed individually.
English language requirements
You must meet one of the following conditions:
- English is your native language;
- English is the language of instruction at your home university;
- You can provide proof that you meet our English language requirements.
There are different English language requirements for each of our Study Abroad programmes.
Create your programme
Unlike many other British universities, we allow you to take units (classes) from across the University.
This flexibility allows you to create your own study programme by mixing units from different subject areas, or simply engross yourself in one subject. The choice is yours.
Please note, our Study Abroad Bridge programme has a set first semester. Students on the Study Abroad Bridge programme are able to choose units from across the university in their second semester, only.
- Complete our online application.
- Sign your completed application, then ask your Study Abroad Office or adviser to sign it.
- Submit the supporting documents that are listed in the Application checklist (PDF, 75kB). All supporting documents must be in English.
- Email a PDF copy of your signed application form and your supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When applying, make sure you have followed the instructions from your home Study Abroad office. We recommend that you work closely with them throughout the application process.
Accept your offer
Offers are made on a rolling basis. We aim to make an offer within four weeks of receiving your completed application and supporting documents.
Once you are offered a place, you must formally accept it. We will confirm your acceptance by sending you an acceptance and pre-arrival letter, which will include information about living and studying in Bristol.
Apply for your visa
If you are from outside the EU/EEA and are studying at Bristol for a full year, you must have a Tier 4 student visa. We will send you a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies). You need the number on your CAS to apply for your visa.
One semester students
Non EU-nationals who are at Bristol for only one semester will be given a short-term study visa letter. We'll email this to you a few weeks before you are due to arrive.
Brexit: immigration information for EU Citizens
Brexit negotiations are ongoing. The current date for the UK to leave the EU is the 31st of October 2019, or earlier if a Withdrawal Agreement can be agreed. The Withdrawal Agreement includes an agreement on citizens' rights during a transitional period from the day the UK leaves the UK. During this transitional period, EU citizens will be able to come to or remain in the UK on the same basis as they can now. The transitional period is currently likely to continue until the 31st of December 2020, but could be extended.
In the event that the UK leaves the EU with no deal, temporary transitional arrangements will apply to provide some continuity for EU citizens and businesses in the UK. EU citizens will be able to enter the UK by showing either a valid national identity card or a passport. They will be automatically granted leave to enter by order, which will mean they can stay for up to three months and will be permitted to work and study. This means they can start those activities on arrival. EU citizens who wish to stay longer than three months will need to apply to the Home Office for leave to remain within three months of arrival. This will apply to all Erasmus+ students at Bristol. Please see our Brexit pages and the UKCISA website for further information.
If you have any questions about applying for a visa, please contact Student Visa Services.
For more information about visas, please read our Study Abroad visa factsheet (PDF, 266kB).
Apply for accommodation
Once you have accepted your place on our Study Abroad programme, you will receive more information about accommodation and how to apply.
You are guaranteed University accommodation if you are coming to Bristol for a full academic year or the autumn semester.
We cannot guarantee you University accommodation if you are coming for the spring semester only, but we will make every effort to place you and will help you find private rented accommodation if no University accommodation is available.
Private rented accommodation
After the first year at university, most UK students live off-campus. If you prefer an independent lifestyle, you could look for rented accommodation in the private sector.
Most student rental agreements are for nine months, so we recommend this option for full academic year students only. If you are coming for one semester and wish to stay in private accommodation, contact us for help and advice.
Prepare for your arrival in Bristol
Find information for new international students and details of our Welcome Lounge where you can meet other students and get practical advice.
In September, you can use our arrivals service to make your journey to Bristol as easy as possible. Find out when and where we can meet you.
After you arrive
Find out what happens once you arrive in Bristol, including the support available to you and the services you can use.
Study Abroad orientation will take place at the start of term, usually one or two days after you arrive. Your orientation will help you settle into Bristol and give you a chance to meet other Study Abroad students from all over the world. Orientation will be followed by campus tours led by current Bristol students to help you find your way around campus, as well as a welcome party in the evening run by the Global Opportunities team.
You will also have a one-to-one meeting with a member of the Global Opportunities team during your first week, to help you finalise your unit registrations and timetable. More information about orientation will be sent by the Global Opportunities team shortly before the start of term.
Orientation dates for 2019/2020
- September entry: Monday 23 September 2019
- January entry: Wednesday 22 January 2020
All supporting documents must be received by the Global Opportunities team by the deadlines below:
13 April 2020
- Study Abroad Standard (full year and autumn semester), Study Abroad Bridge
01 June 2020
- Study Abroad Standard (spring semester)
25 October 2020