We welcome applications from American students. More than 150 students from the USA currently study here, and we would love for you to join us.
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The following information is for guidance only. Competition for places at the University of Bristol is very strong, and the achievement of the qualifications listed does not guarantee that an offer will be made. We aim to respond to your application as quickly as possible to help you plan your studies.
If your qualification is not listed or you have any further questions, please contact us for advice.
International Foundation Programme applicants
The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is delivered by the University of Bristol to prepare international students for a degree programme at the University through tailored English language units and academic subject units.
You can find more information through Kaplan International Pathways, our trusted education partner for applications and admissions to the International Foundation Programme.
You can apply for undergraduate courses through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The UCAS institution code for the University of Bristol is BRISL B78.
Entry requirements vary for each course. Please check our undergraduate course listings for details of specific requirements.
The following qualifications are accepted for entry onto our undergraduate degree courses:
High school diploma
We will consider applicants with a high school diploma (or equivalent) with a GPA of 3.2 minimum (3.4 for competitive courses) and at least two AP tests with a score of at least 4 (more commonly 5). The final required qualification can be any of the following:
- New SAT (evidence-based reading and writing section only) with a minimum of 650
- ACT with a minimum score of 24
- A third AP with a score of at least 4 (more commonly 5)
Some courses require a specific test score:
- Any course asking for maths must have specifically AP Calculus BC at grade 5.
- If taking Physics we accept AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, or both AP Physics C tests. These can be used where courses ask for an additional Maths/Science related subject (e.g. some Engineering courses)
AP and SAT results can be sent to Bristol via the College Board code 5371.
Unfortunately we are not able to accept subject-specific SAT test scores.
We will consider Honors-level classes when taken in both semesters of Year 12- these can be used to fulfil one non-specified subject requirement.
Students who have successfully completed either the University of Bristol International Foundation Programme or an appropriate foundation/bridging programme such as those offered by our partners, and have met the entry requirements for their chosen degree, will be considered for admission to undergraduate courses.
An associate’s degree is acceptable for direct entry onto our bachelor’s degree courses.
- For courses with A-level requirements of A*A*A, a GPA of 3.6 or better is required.
- For courses with A-level requirements of A*AA, a GPA of 3.4 or better is required.
- For courses with A-level requirements of AAA, a GPA of 3.3 or better is required.
- For courses with A-level requirements of AAB, a GPA of 3.2 or better is required.
- For courses with A-level requirements of ABB, a GPA of 3.0 or better is required.
Check our undergraduate course listings for A-level requirements.
IB Diploma or A-levels
Applicants with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or A-levels will be considered for direct admission to our bachelor’s degree courses. Check our undergraduate course listings for specific requirements.
First year of university
Applicants who have successfully completed the first year of a US university degree will be considered for admission to the first year of our bachelor’s degree courses.
Study Abroad applicants
Students at university in the United States who are interested in spending one or two credit-bearing semesters as an undergraduate at Bristol should consult our Study Abroad pages for more details.
Study Abroad applications do not go through UCAS.
You should apply online for all our postgraduate programmes.
Entry requirements vary for each programme. Please check our postgraduate programme listings for details of specific requirements.
To be considered for admission to a master's degree programme at the University of Bristol, the minimum requirement for entry is an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree that is equivalent to a UK upper second-class degree (also known as a 2:1).
- A CGPA of 3.3 or above is considered equivalent to a UK upper second-class degree.
- Applicants who hold a two-year US master’s degree or a one-year UK master’s degree will be considered for admission to PhD study. A research proposal is required. To investigate research opportunities, please visit the postgraduate prospectus.
The University provides a range of international scholarships, including our Think Big scholarships which can help fund your tuition fees.
Search our full list of funding to find more scholarships offered by the University of Bristol and external organisations.
Find more information about funding your studies on our student finances pages.
In addition to University of Bristol scholarships, funding opportunities for US students include:
- American Association of University Women - the largest source of funding for graduate women in the USA
- Department for International Development - shared scholarship scheme
- Fulbright Scholarships
- Marshall Scholarships
- Rotary Foundation Scholarships.
US loans are also accepted.
Our student clubs include the International Students' Network and over 400 more catering to different interests and hobbies.
Our international alumni network includes more than 3,300 students from or living in the USA, who are employed at organisations including the US Geological Survey, the Campaign for Youth Justice, Facebook and the US Government.
Get in touch
If you have any questions about applying to Bristol, please contact our International Recruitment team:
Phone: +44 (0)117 39 40229
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