Current international students

International student handbook

‌Download the International student handbook 2019 (PDF, 3,751kB) for essential information on living in the UK and services available to support you.

Bristol Students' Union (SU)

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Bristol SU is independent from the University and is run by students for students. Find out about:

Global events

The below may be of particular interest to international and globally-minded students. Check the SU events page for more events that are open to all students. 

International Student Employability Week 

14 - 18 October 

A week of talks and workshops dedicated to supporting international students to plan their careers and improve their employability prospects.

International student life at Bristol live stream 

17 October

Join us online. We will be discussing what support are opportunities are available, and giving you an opportunity to send questions to a live panel. 


Poetry Evening with Tjawangwa Dema and Vanessa Kisuule

18 October

A night of poetry celebrating Black art with Bristol based poets. Part of the Black History Month programme


23 October

Join the Global Lounge and the Bristol Students’ Union’s Hindu Society in celebration of the festival of lights. Part of the Global Lounge programme for all students.  

Being Black and Politically Active: Desmond Brown, Asher Craig and Bristol Representatives

29 October

With a focus on the city of Bristol, join panelists in discussing politics, activism, and taking up space in political spheres as a Black individual. Part of the Black History Month programme

Pan-African Festival

30 October

With a focus on the city of Bristol, join panelists in discussing politics, activism, and taking up space in political spheres as a Black individual. Part of the Black History Month and Global Lounge programmes. 

Day of the Dead

31 October

Celebrate your departed loved ones with the Bristol Students’ Union’s Mexican Culture Society and the Global Lounge teamPart of the Global Lounge programme for all students

Build your community

Bristol Students' Union (SU)

The Students' Union (SU) is run by students for students, and can support all aspects of your student life. Grow your network by joining a student group, volunteering or joining a wide range of events

International Student Network

Build your community and share your experiences through socials, campaigns, forums and more. There are also 12 other networks which you may like to join.

Bristol Doctoral College (for research students) 

Network with a community of over 3,500 postgraduate researchers. Find out about the Personal and Professional Development Programme, PGR Hub, upcoming events and join the BCD Bulletin for fortnightly updates. 

Global Lounge

A full calendar of events will be available for students, ranging from celebrating international festivals such as Diwali, Nowruz or Thanksgiving to visiting nearby UK places of interest, such as Stonehenge, Cheddar Gorge or Cardiff.

Bristol International Student Centre

BISC is an external organisation which supports international students living in Bristol through a programme of weekly events and trips. It is a charity with a Christian ethos open to students of all faiths and no faith. 

Multifaith Chaplaincy

The Multifaith Chaplaincy is a thriving supportive centre which welcomes all staff and students at the university, regardless of their belief.

Student blogs

Read about other students' experiences they navigate life in the UK and study in Bristol. 

Peer mentoring

Find out about getting support from students who have been here longer (this is available for first year undergraduate students only).

Supporting you

Find the help you need to succeed.

“I support international students to integrate into the University community and ensure that they have the best experience. So please reach out to me and the SU for support”

Julius, International Students Officer, Bristol SU

Black Asian and Minority Ethnic students

Our work to support undergraduate Black Asian Minority Ethnic students is encompassed in our Be More Empowered (BME) for Success Programme.

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