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.
- 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
Study Abroad with English Language (STABEL)
If you do not meet the English language requirements for the Study Abroad programme, or you want to improve your academic English, you may be eligible to apply for the Study Abroad with English Language (STABEL) programme.
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.
- 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 18-19 (PDF, 69kB), all supporting documents must be in English.
- Email a PDF copy of your signed application form and your supporting documents to email@example.com.
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 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.
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 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.
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
What happens once you arrive in Bristol, the support and services you can use.
Study Abroad orientation will take place at the start of term, usually 1 or 2 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.
All Study Abroad students 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 2018/2019
- September entry: Monday 24 September 2018
- January entry: Wednesday 23 January 2019
All supporting documents must be received in the Study Abroad Office by the deadlines below:
- Full year, Bridge and Autumn semester Study Abroad (September entry)
- Spring semester Study Abroad (January entry)