How to apply


The Study Abroad programme is best suited for undergraduate students in the third year of a four-year degree or second year of a three-year degree.

Entry requirements

All applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled in an institution of higher education;
  • Have completed at least one year of study at university level by the start of their Bristol studies;
  • Have a 3.0 GPA or its equivalent. If you do not meet these GPA requirements, please provide a statement on why your average does not accurately reflect your academic ability.
  • Be proficient in the English language, satisfied by one of the following:
    1. English is your native language or the language of instruction at your university
    2. To study most subjects 6.5 IELTS in all bands, TOEFL IbT 92 minimum 23 in writing.  
    3. To study Law, Economics, or Theatre & Film 7.0 IELTS with 7.0 in writing, TOEFL IbT 100 minimum 27 in writing. 
    4. To study English Literature IELTS 7.5 overall and minimum 7.0, TOEFL IbT 109 minimum 29 writing. 

We are able to accept non-SELT IELTS tests, TOEFL IbT, and many others.  Please contact us if you have any questions.  

If your English language result is not at this level, you may be able to study at Bristol on our STABEL programme.

Application procedure

  1. Complete the online application 
  2. Print off your completed application form, sign it and get your Study Abroad office to sign it
  3. Submit the required supporting documents, listed in the Application Checklist 2017/18 (Office document, 60kB). All supporting documents must be in English
  4. Scan in and email your supporting documents to

Application deadlines

All supporting documents must be received in the Study Abroad Office by the deadlines below:

STABEL programme: 1 May
Full year and Autumn Semester (September entry): 15 June
Spring Semester (January entry): 25 October

Applications will only be considered after all supporting documentation is received.


Offers are sent out on a rolling basis. We aim to make an admissions decision within four weeks of receiving a completed application. Once offered a place, you will be required to formally accept your place. Accommodation, immigration and pre-arrival information is sent after you formally accept your offer.

You should also ensure that you have followed any and all application procedures required by your home Study Abroad office, and liaise closely with them throughout the process.


Tuition fees

If you are a nominated student from one of our exchange partners, you will not need to pay tuition fees to Bristol. 

All other students will be responsible for the Study Abroad tuition fees.  Tuition fees can be paid once you arrive and full-year students can pay in installments. There are no additional fees in any department, and no ‘bench fees’ for practical/laboratory based courses.

Full tuition fees for the academic year 2017/18:
Full Year: £14,100
One semester: £7,050

You should check with your home Study Abroad office and/or programme provider regarding the payment of fees to the University of Bristol. In many cases your home institution, or programme provider, will be paying the tuition fee on your behalf, or may have a special agreement with us which affects your fee status. If your Study Abroad office is not able to advise you, then you are welcome to contact us on  for further information.


We offer a scholarship in the form of a tuition fee reduction of 30% for:

  • Students studying at an EU institution who are unable to come through the Erasmus programme.
  • Students studying at US public institutions who are classed as in-state.
  • Students receiving Pell Grants.

Fees for 30% scholarship students for the academic year 2017/18:
Full Year: £9,870
One semester: £4,935

Students from colleges or universities in the USA or Canada are also eligible to apply for the BUTEX Scholarship.

Cost of living

Full details of University accommodation costs are given on the Accommodation Office residences web pages. Accommodation fees are split into three equal portions payable at the beginning of each term. Invoices showing the breakdown of costs are issued, and students are expected to settle their own accounts unless their programme is paying accommodation costs. Estimated costs of living expenses are available.

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