Student experience and study in 2022/23

Find information about studying at Bristol for the 2022/23 academic year.

Teaching and learning

In the academic year 2022/23, we will be delivering your programme in person, and for most students we expect you to be in Bristol for lectures, seminars, tutorials and practicals. We look forward to welcoming you to campus.

This does not apply to those studying a distance learning programme or those who have been approved to study a postgraduate research degree via distance learning

If you have been accepted onto our online 6-week or 10-week pre-sessional course, you will complete this course online and will not be expected to be on campus until the start of your main degree.

We’re always building on our innovative study experience, and we aim for you to benefit from the lessons we’ve learned through the pandemic. We will deliver additional teaching and learning activities online to enhance your study experience at the University of Bristol. Further course-specific information will be communicated by your school in September.

As we approach the next academic year, we know how quickly things can change. Should COVID-19 restrictions return in line with government guidance, we will ensure you continue to have a fulfilling university experience.

Study support

We offer a range of study resources and support for all students. The University's disability support team can also offer study and assessment support and specialist support for disabled students.

International students

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting many countries worldwide.

We will be teaching in-person on campus throughout the 2022/23 academic year, and we encourage all students to be in Bristol for the start of the autumn term (Welcome Week and Teaching Block 1).

Extended latest arrival dates (new, first year international students)

We know some international students have concerns about their travel plans due to COVID-19 restrictions and/or visa processing times. To help you plan your travel for the new academic year, some of our programmes have extended their latest arrival dates for new, first year students only. 

Click the button below to see if your programme has an extended arrival date. If it is not listed here, you should plan to arrive for the start of term.

Latest arrival dates

If your programme is on this list, you should still aim to arrive for the start of term as your programme will commence then. If you cannot arrive by the start of term, you must arrive by the latest arrival date.

Incoming Study Abroad students who are unable to arrive by the start of term must contact the Global Opportunities team at global-opportunities@bristol.ac.uk for further information. Please note that late arrivals on the Study Abroad programme cannot be guaranteed.

What to do if you are unable to join your course on time

If you are a student on a programme with an extended arrival date, we will contact you before the start of term to confirm your expected date of arrival. We will support with any necessary changes to your CAS.

If your programme does not have an extended deadline, and you know that you will be unable to arrive at the University on time for your first day, it is very important that you contact your school to discuss this. To contact your school, visit this list of schools and faculties. Click on your school name to get to their 'Contacts' page. You should then find the relevant contact information for current student enquiries.

If a late arrival has been agreed, our staff will do their very best to help you make contact with your course team and advise you how to access the work you have missed. You will however be expected to work hard to catch up.

Please also confirm your date of arrival with your accommodation provider to ensure they know when to expect you. If you do not inform them, it may not be possible for you to move in on the date you arrive.

Do I need to change my CAS?

If you need to arrive late, you must respond to our request for information about your arrival date (this will be sent to you in late August). We will assist with any necessary changes to dates on your CAS.

What if I can’t arrive in time?

Undergraduate courses

If you are unable to get to Bristol for the start of term or the latest arrival date for your undergraduate course, it may be possible to defer your place. See our deferrals webpage for more information.

Postgraduate programmes

For postgraduate programmes, it is no longer possible to request a deferred place. You are welcome to reapply for a place in the next admissions cycle from Monday 3 October 2022.

Late arrival additional information

For all the courses listed here, you must arrive in Bristol and complete registration to be able to start your course. Otherwise, you will not be able to join your course.

What are the arrival and registration deadlines?

Late arrival is permitted up to the dates listed for above programmes. If you cannot arrive and register by these dates, you will not be able to join your course.

Who should I notify if I am arriving early / late?

If you arrive before 7 October 2022, you do not need to notify the university. This includes your school, department and the visa and immigration team (or the UK Home Office).

If you are going to arrive after 7 October, you must notify us – all first-year international students have received an email with a link to a notification survey. Please use this to let us know you are arriving late, if you no longer have access to the link you can email us.

If you are a returning student or a new home student you should contact your Faculty directly if you do not think you will be able to arrive before 7 October 2022.

Catching up on study

Late arrival cannot be considered as an extenuating circumstance. You will be responsible for catching up on any work missed.

What if I arrive after the latest arrival date?

If you are a new entrant student who arrives after the latest arrival date, you will be treated as No Show students and your record will be closed.

If you are a continuing student who arrives after the latest arrival date, you will be treated as a Deemed Withdrawn student. Please note the latest arrival dates above ONLY apply to first year international students.

You will not be able to defer your entry to 2023/24 or to suspend your studies and return in 2023/24. For those programmes not already fully subscribed, you can re-apply for the following year, but no preferential treatment will be given to your application.

Health and wellbeing

To help you stay well and get the most out of your time at Bristol, there is a range of wellbeing resources and health services available to support you. 

Find out about living safely with respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19, including how to get vaccinated. You are not required by law to wear a face covering, but you are welcome to do so.

Life in Bristol

We have a wide range of information available to help you discover more about living and studying at Bristol. 

For more information

Contact our Student Services team.

Email: student-services@bristol.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)117 428 3000

Academic dates

Check the key dates for the next academic year and autumn term. 

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