Entry requirements for undergraduate courses

You can apply for undergraduate programmes either through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) or the Common Application. Please use only one method of applying. If you are using UCAS to apply for other UK universities, please also make your University of Bristol application through UCAS and do not use the Common Application.

The UCAS code name and number for this University is BRISL B78.

Applicants with the Bachillerato combined with a successfully completed appropriate foundation programme will be considered for admission to our Bachelor degree courses.

Applicants who have successfully completed the first year of an Ecuadorian University degree (Licenciado) will be considered for admission to the first year of our Bachelor degree courses.

Applicants with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or British A-Levels will be considered for admission to our Bachelor degree courses.

Please note that competition for places at Bristol is very strong, so the achievement of the qualifications listed above does not guarantee that an offer will be made. We aim to get you a response as quickly as possible to help you plan your studies.

Entry requirements for postgraduate programmes

You can apply online for all our postgraduate programmes.

The standard requirement for entry to a taught masters programme at Bristol is an undergraduate (Bachelor) degree that is equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class degree (also known as a 2:1).

Applicants who hold a Licenciatura (grade 8.0+) will be considered for admission to a Masters degree.

Applicants who hold a Maestria will be considered for admission to PhD study.

Scholarship information

SENESCYT Scholarships

The University of Bristol is delighted to have a partnership agreement with SENESCYT, Secretaría Nacional de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación. Information about the scholarships available to undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students can be found here.

Fundación Beca

Fundación Beca can assist Latin American postgraduate students with obtaining loans to study in any subject area (excluding postgraduate taught courses within Economics, Finance and Management). The University of Bristol offers Fundación Beca students a 10% discount on tuition fees.

Please note: this fee discount can only be applied to self-funded applicants. Students who have a scholarship or loan through another funding provider (eg Conacyt, Fiderh, Funed, Becas Chile, Colfuturo etc) are not eligible to receive the Fundación Beca fee discount.

Think Big scholarships - New for 2018, the University of Bristol is delighted to launch the new Think Big scholarship scheme. 52 scholarships are available to international applicants for undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes at the University of Bristol. Information on eligibility and how to apply can be found at If you have any specific queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Scholarships & Sponsors team at

Further information about scholarships is available from the University's Student Funding Office.

Our representatives in Ecuador

The University has agreements with a number of education representatives (also known as agents) around the world, who can assist you with your application. Please note that using a representative does not put your application at any advantage or disadvantage when the academic decisions are made within the department. Independent applications will be considered on an equal basis.

Please use the services of only one representative to avoid administrative complications. We only work with representatives listed on our website.

Our registered representatives in your country:

Anglo Latino Education Partnership
Tel: +52 55 3687 4477; +52 442 260-9090

Meet current students online

Find out what our current international students think about life in Bristol by reading our student profiles.

The University Students' Union has a number of cultural societies. You can check their website to see the whole range of clubs and societies that are here.

English language requirements

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If English is not your first language, please refer to our English language requirements.

Visits to your country

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You can meet and talk to our staff at exhibitions held in your country; find out when we are visiting you schedule of overseas visits.

Recent market developments

The University of Bristol has signed a co-financing agreement with SENESCYT, Secretaría Nacional de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (Ecuador’s National Secretariat of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation), which offers full scholarships (tuition fees and living expenses) to Ecuadorian students looking to study at all levels. As part of the agreement, the University in return offers SENESCYT students a 25% discount on tuition fees and pre-sessional course fees.

Details of the scholarship

Level: Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (one year) and Postgraduate Research programmes (up to three years)

Subject Areas: Undergraduate (Life Sciences or Natural Resources), Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research (any discipline)

Further information can be found at:

Undergraduate entry requirements

The Ecuadorian high school leaving qualification is called the Bachillerato, and this is equivalent to UK GCSEs, which means that students need to take an appropriate bridging/foundation programme before they can be considered for an undergraduate degree at Bristol.

The minimum grade we would be looking for in the Bachillerato is 15/20, which is the entry requirement for the University of Bristol IFP. Please note that the English taken as part of the Bachillerato is not comparable to GCSE English, so candidates would need to take a SELT.

Instead of a foundation programme, we would also consider the Bachillerato plus successful completion of year one of an Ecuadorian degree in a relevant subject. Grading scales for degrees vary, but generally we would be looking for a grade of 8.0/85% or a GPA of 3.2.

Postgraduate entry requirements 

Most undergraduate degree programmes take four years and lead to the qualification of a Licenciatura or a professional title.  Degrees in some professional subjects are longer, including engineering and architecture which are five years in duration. Law, pharmacy, psychology, medicine and dentistry last for six years.  

We would require a grade of 8.0/80% or a GPA of 3.2 in a Licenciatura for entry onto our Masters programmes.

We would require good grades in a Licenciatura plus a Maestría/Magíster from candidates interested in doing a PhD at Bristol.

Page last updated: June 2014

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