Why Bristol?

Discover more about the University and why you should choose Bristol for your studies.

The University of Bristol is a UK top 10 university with an international reputation for high-quality education and research.

Academic excellence

Bristol is ranked 9th in the UK, and 54th in the world, in the latest QS World University Rankings (2025).

We offer more than 600 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a comprehensive choice of subjects. We also run foundation programmes, short-term study options and summer schools.

Browse our courses and programmes.

An international community

Bristol is a friendly and diverse place to study. The University is home to around 30,000 undergraduates and postgraduates. Over 28% of our students are international, with more than 150 countries represented.

The Global Lounge is a multicultural hub that hosts social events and cultural celebrations throughout the year. Find upcoming events at the Global Lounge. 

World-leading research

As a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, Bristol tackles some of the world’s greatest challenges, and we are proud to be ranked 5th in the UK for research (THE analysis of REF 2021).

The content of our courses and programmes is built around this innovative research. Join us to work at the cutting edge and learn from expert academics at the forefront of their fields.

Find out more about our research.

Career guidance

Bristol graduates are highly sought after by employers in the UK and overseas. The University is joint 7th in the UK in the latest QS Graduate Employability Rankings (2022).

Find out how our Careers Service can support you during your studies and for up to 3 years after graduation.

Generous funding

If you have the ability to succeed at Bristol, concerns about funding should not stop you from applying. Scholarship opportunities for international students include our Think Big programme. For students joining us in 2023, we are offering £3 million in scholarships that can help fund your tuition fees.

Browse scholarships for international students.

A leading city

The University is at the heart of Bristol, one of Europe's most exciting and creative cities. Bristol is a friendly, safe place to live and is home to people from 187 nationalities, speaking 91 languages.

Take a virtual tour of our campus and city.

Protecting the environment

Bristol is committed to sustainability. We were the first university in the UK to declare a climate emergency. Our environmental research has global impact, and we have an ambitious green strategy.

Find out more about our green initiatives.

The best of student life

Bristol is a great place to be a student. Our active Students’ Union (Bristol SU) helps you get the best from campus life, whatever your interests.

Bristol SU supports more than 350 student-run clubs and societies, including over 50 country-specific and religious societies.

Explore the societies you can join.

Supporting students

We understand the challenges of studying abroad. We will help you stay healthy, safe, and supported in your time at Bristol. Our Student Services support all aspects of university life, so you can make the most of your studies.

Find out how we support international students.

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Discover the wide range of courses and programmes available at the University.

Get in touch

Find out more about studying at the University of Bristol by contacting the International Office.

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