Our Study Abroad programmes allow students taking an undergraduate degree elsewhere to spend a year or a semester at the University of Bristol. You can apply for any of our programmes through this page.
Study Abroad is best suited to students in the third year of a four-year degree or the second year of a three-year degree.
Check your eligibility
- be currently enrolled in an institution of higher education and studying towards a Bachelor's degree;
- have completed at least one year of study at university level by the start of your Bristol studies. If you're studying towards a 4-year Bachelor's degree, we strongly recommend that you have completed at least 2 years of study;
- have a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) or equivalent;
- meet our English language requirements.
If there are mitigating circumstances that have affected your grades and mean that you are very slightly below the 3.0 GPA or equivalent, we may still be able to consider your application. In order to do this, we will need an academic reference from your home university and a personal statement to explain any mitigating circumstances. Each application will be assessed individually.
English language requirements
You must meet one of the following conditions:
- English is your native language;
- English is the language of instruction at your home university;
- You can provide proof that you meet our English language requirements.
There are different English language requirements for each of our Study Abroad programmes.
Create your programme
At the University of Bristol, Study Abroad students are able to take units (classes) from across different faculties at the University.
This flexibility allows you to create your own study programme by mixing units from different subject areas, or simply engross yourself in one subject. The choice is yours.
- Complete our online application.
- Sign your completed application, then ask your Study Abroad Office or adviser to sign it.
- Submit the supporting documents that are listed in the Application checklist (PDF, 31kB). All supporting documents must be in English.
- Email a PDF copy of your signed application form and your supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When applying, make sure you have followed the instructions from your home Study Abroad office. We recommend that you work closely with them throughout the application process.
Accept your offer
Offers are made on a rolling basis. We aim to make an offer within four weeks of receiving your completed application and supporting documents.
Once you are offered a place, you must formally accept it. We will confirm your acceptance by sending you an acceptance and pre-arrival letter, which will include information about living and studying in Bristol.
Apply for your visa
If you do not hold a UK/Irish passport and will be studying at Bristol for more than 6 months, you must apply for a Student visa. We will send you a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) around 3 months prior to the start of your programme. You will need the number on your CAS to apply for your visa.
One semester students
Non-UK/Irish passport holders who will be studying at Bristol for only one semester must obtain a Standard Visitor visa. Some nationalities can receive this visa at the UK border, but some will need to obtain it in advance of travel. You can use this online tool to check whether you need to apply in advance.
Irish passport holders do not need to obtain a visa and should follow the advice on the Common Travel Area webpage.
If you have any questions about applying for a visa, please contact Student Visa Services.
Apply for accommodation
Once you have accepted your place on our Study Abroad programme, you will receive more information about accommodation and how to apply.
You are guaranteed University accommodation if you are coming to Bristol for a full academic year or the autumn semester.
We cannot guarantee you University accommodation if you are coming for the spring semester only, but we will make every effort to place you and will help you find private rented accommodation if no University accommodation is available.
Private rented accommodation
After the first year at university, most UK students live off-campus. If you prefer an independent lifestyle, you could look for rented accommodation in the private sector.
Most student rental agreements are for nine months, so we recommend this option for full academic year students only. If you are coming for one semester and wish to stay in private accommodation, contact us for help and advice.
Please note that if you are living in privately rented accommodation, you will be liable for paying council tax for any dates outside your official university registration. You may be exempt from council tax during university term dates, but you will need to apply for this exemption. More information can be found here.
Prepare for your arrival in Bristol
Find information for new international students and details of our Welcome Lounge where you can meet other students and get practical advice.
Study Abroad orientation will take place at the start of term, shortly after you arrive. Orientation is compulsory and will provide you with the information you need to help you settle into Bristol and finalise your unit registrations. More information about orientation will be sent by the Global Opportunities team shortly before the start of term.
All supporting documents must be received by the Global Opportunities team by the deadlines below:
13 April 2021
- Study Abroad Standard (full year and autumn semester)
30 May 2021
- Study Abroad Standard (spring semester)
17 October 2021