Our Study Abroad programme allows students taking an undergraduate degree elsewhere to spend a year or a semester at the University of Bristol.
It is best suited to students in the third year of a four-year degree or 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. Or provide a statement on why your average does not accurately reflect your academic ability
- meet our English language requirements.
English language requirements
English must either be:
- your native language
- the language of instruction at your university
- at the IELTS or TOEFL level for the subject you want to study.
English language support
Our English language courses can help you improve your language skills and reach the level you need.
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 you can simply engross yourself in one subject. The choice is yours.
Have a look at the subjects we offer, choose the units you’d like to take, and include these on your online application.
- 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 2017/18 (Office document, 60kB), all supporting documents must be in English.
- Email 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 information pack on 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 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. We'll email this to you a few weeks before you are due to arrive.
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 Spring semester, but we 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 9 months, so we recommend this option for full academic year students. If you are coming for one semester, contact us for help and advice.
Choosing where to live
Read more about the accommodation on offer.
Contact us if you need help with finding a place to live.
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.
Orientation and Welcome Week
Your orientation will help you settle into Bristol and give you a chance to meet the people who will be working with you while you are here. It takes place during Welcome Week along with other academic and social activities. Full details and a programme of events are in the Registration guide for Erasmus and Study Abroad Students (PDF, 362kB).
Orientation activities include a mandatory meeting with the Global Opportunities team. During the meeting we will explain how and when to register for units in the subjects you want to study. Make sure you attend the meeting before you attempt to register for any units.
Orientation meeting dates for 2017/2018
- September entry: Monday 18 September 2017 at 12:30 in the Victoria Rooms
- January entry: Thursday 18 January 2018 at 10:00 in the Richmond Building (Students' Union).
All supporting documents must be received in the Study Abroad Office by the deadlines below:
- Pre-sessional courses (STABEL)
- Full year and Autumn semester Study Abroad (September entry)
- Spring semester Study Abroad (January entry)