International students

We welcome students from all over the world. We currently have students from over 100 countries studying here at Bristol. Having a diverse cultural community provides a stimulating environment for both teaching and learning.

Global partnerships

We have hundreds of research and teaching partnerships with universities around the world. The University is a member of:

These academic and cultural partnerships promote excellence in learning and research.

Before you apply

Our International Recruitment team can provide advice on your application and the admissions process. We also offer guidance and information on programmes, entry requirements, international qualifications, and scholarships.

Our country-specific information will help you decide if you are suitably qualified for your programme of choice. Contact the International Recruitment team with any questions, and take a look at our student stories to read about the positive experiences of students from dozens of countries around the world.

Please note that part-time study is only open to international students who already have the correct immigration permission to be in the UK. Student visas are not usually issued for part-time study in the UK.

Language requirements

You need to achieve a certain level of English to qualify for a place on your chosen programme.

Different programmes need different levels of language skills. We refer to these skill levels as ‘profiles’. The profile for your chosen programme is shown on the programme page. The tests and levels you need to achieve each profile are on each profile page.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

You do not need a GMAT score for any application to the University of Bristol.

Applying with the help of a representative

The University has agreements with education representatives, or agents, around the world. They can help you with your application. You can find a list of the representatives we work with on our country-specific pages.

Using a representative does not put you at any advantage or disadvantage when decisions are made about your application. We give equal consideration to independent applications and applications made using a representative.

How to apply

Make an online application and find guidance for the application process.

English language programmes

The Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies (CELFS) runs English language programmes for students preparing for postgraduate study. There are two main programmes:

Application is dependent on your English language ability at entry. For further information, please contact CELFS.

After you apply

What happens after you submit an application for a postgraduate programme. We tell you about receiving and accepting an offer and when you'll receive a CAS number for a Tier 4 student visa.

Support for international students

In September each year, the University organises a programme of welcome events to help you settle into University life.

Should you need a visa for your study at Bristol, our dedicated International Student Visa Advice and Compliance Team is here to support you in securing and ensuring you comply with your UK student visa – from the moment you accept an offer of a place right through to graduation.

Exchange opportunities for Bristol students

The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) has a research mobility programme. Second-year PhD students can spend a research period at one of the WUN research partners in Europe, Africa, the US or China.

Initially, I wasn't really sure when I needed to apply for a new visa and if it would be better to apply for it in the UK or my home country. The International Office was always there for me and helped me a lot with my questions. They kept me updated and also offered face-to-face meetings to discuss my situation.

Gozde (PhD Social Work)
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