Apply to universities outside the EU
Exchange spaces outside of Europe are decided by a competitive process. Make sure you understand what you need to do to apply.
There are two stages to the application process.
1. Apply at the University of Bristol
- Attend the Global Opportunities Fair on October 17 to find out about exchange spaces at partner universities.
- Check with your Study Abroad Academic Director that you have met all your department’s internal requirements to be allowed to apply for Study Abroad.
- Complete the Global Opportunities online application listing your top three choices. The application will be open November 1 to November 22, the link will be available from this webpage.
How your exchange place is decided
Exchange places are allocated using the following criteria:
First year students
You must write a short answer to three application questions about study abroad:
1. Why do you want to study abroad? (max. 250 words)
2. Tell us about your top university choice and what has made you pick this university? (max. 200 words)
3. What do you think the biggest challenge of study abroad will be and why? (max. 150 words)
Second year students
We take your average first-year mark and compare it to other students within your department.
The better your marks are in relation to your peers, the higher priority you have in our Study Abroad allocation process.
Please note that Global Opportunities reserve the right to make small adjustments to the allocation process, in order to maximise the number of Study Abroad spaces which can be offered to students.
Before you apply
Make sure you have thoroughly researched your partner university options. Global Opportunities have compiled information on how many spaces are available at each partner university, and how competitive each university is. All students should view this information before applying; you are strongly recommended to include less competitive universities in your application choices to increase your chances of being offered a space to study abroad.
Complete your application
The application form is available November 1 - 22 via the Global Opportunities Portal.
2. Apply directly to your host institution
University application deadlines outside of Europe, particularly North America, can be as early as mid-January until the end of May.
- We will confirm your placement at the beginning of December.
- We will invite you to a post-placement meeting between December and February to discuss your application to your host institution. We will email you with which meeting to come to.
- After your meeting you will be expected to start working on your application to your host university.
Each university has different application forms, procedures and deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure your application is completed correctly and on time.
You must have the following available:
- An initial, flexible study plan, listing your class choices. Be aware that your classes will not be finalised until you register at your host institution. In some cases, you’ll register for classes online over the summer before you leave.
- Copies of your A-levels/IB certificates/qualifications (if you are currently in your first year)
- A University of Bristol transcript - this is a formal document which shows your year 1 results, if you are currently in year 2. You can order this from your faculty online shop. There is no charge.
- A copy of your passport photopage.
All placements depend on you being accepted to your host university, as well as achieving the necessary marks in your first year and/or second year.
Study in the US, Hong Kong or Japan
If you are going to a US university, Hong Kong or (in some cases) Japan, you will need proof that you can financially cover your living expenses while overseas.
This usually means bank statements showing a balance that will cover the university’s estimated cost of living. The bank statements can belong to your family, and you can also generally use evidence of the student loan/grant you will receive when studying abroad.
Modern Language students
- Complete a School of Modern Languages Study Abroad Form and return it to the relevant Language Director from your department by the end of the autumn term
- Your Language Director will then confirm your university placement
- From December 2017 you will be able to register your placement with Global Opportunities via our online registration form.
- Apply directly to your host institution for admission, Global Opportunities will email you to confirm your application deadline and procedure.
Find out key dates, including information sessions and application deadlines.
If you need more information about studying or working abroad
Phone: +44 (0) 117 39 40205
In Person: 3rd Floor, 31 Great George Street, University of Bristol, BS1 5QD
If an international placement during term is not right for you, there are still plenty of overseas options.