Apply to study abroad in English
Exchange spaces studying in English, both outside of and within the EU, are decided by a competitive process. Find out what you need to do to apply.
There are two main stages to the application process.
1. Apply at the University of Bristol
Before you apply
Do your research!
- Speak to your Study Abroad Academic Director about your intention to study abroad and check you meet your department’s academic requirements.
- Consider the fees, funding and budgeting.
- Read through our guides to:
Apply for a Semester Abroad (PDF, 115kB)
Apply for a Year Abroad (PDF, 113kB)
- Research your options and review their competitiveness using this table. This is based on the number of exchange spaces available and previous demand for these spaces.
Complete your application
The online application is available from the 1 Nov here.
All applications must be submitted by 23:59 (GMT), 22 November 2018.
Allocations are NOT made on a first come, first serve basis. However, applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
How your exchange place is decided
Year abroad spaces for 2nd year students only
Your average first-year mark is compare to other students within your department and across the university. The better your marks are in relation to your peers, the higher priority you have in our Study Abroad allocation process.
Semester abroad spaces for 1st year students only
You must submit answers to the below application questions:
1. Why do you want to study abroad? (max. 250 words)
2. Tell us about your top university choice and what has made you pick this university? (max. 200 words)
3. What do you think the biggest challenge of study abroad will be and why? (max. 150 words)
Please note Global Opportunities reserve the right to make small adjustments to the allocation process, in order to maximise the number of Study Abroad spaces offered to students.
Find out your allocation
All applicants will receive their outcome of their application via e-mail by 11 December 2018.
Respond to your offer
If you would like to accept the offer of your allocated place you must accept online by the deadline.
Final confirmation of any study abroad placement is subject to acceptance from the partner university. You must also continue to meet the academic requirements set by your department.
2. Apply directly to your host institution
University application deadlines outside of Europe, particularly North America, can be as early as mid-January until the end of May.
- We will confirm your placement at the beginning of December.
- We will invite you to an application meeting between December and February to discuss your application to your host institution. We will email you details of the meeting.
- After your meeting you will be expected to start working on your application to your host university.
Each university has different application forms, procedures and deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure your application is completed correctly and on time.
You must have the following available:
- An initial, flexible study plan, listing your class choices. Be aware that your classes will not be finalised until you register at your host institution. In some cases, you’ll register for classes online over the summer before you leave.
- Copies of your A-levels/IB certificates/qualifications (if you are currently in your first year)
- A University of Bristol transcript - this is a formal document which shows your year 1 results, if you are currently in year 2. You can order this from your faculty online shop. There is no charge.
- A copy of your passport photopage.
All placements depend on you being accepted to your host university, as well as meeting the minimum academic requirements set by your department in your first year and/or second year.
Study in the US, Hong Kong or Japan
If you are going to a US university, Hong Kong or (in some cases) Japan, you will need proof that you can financially cover your living expenses while overseas.
This usually means bank statements showing a balance that will cover the university’s estimated cost of living. The bank statements can belong to your family, and you can also generally use evidence of the student loan/grant you will receive when studying abroad.
Find out key dates, including information sessions and application deadlines.
If you need more information about studying or working abroad
Tel: +44 (0) 117 39 40205
In person: 3rd Floor, 31 Great George Street, University of Bristol, BS1 5QD
If an international placement during term is not right for you, there are still plenty of overseas options.