Current international students

International student handbook

‌Download the International student handbook 2019 (PDF, 3,751kB) for essential information on living in the UK and services available to support you.

Bristol Students' Union (SU)

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Bristol SU is independent from the University and is run by students for students. Find out about:

Global events

The below may be of particular interest to international and globally-minded students. Check the SU events page for more events that are open to all students. 

Language Cafe

Every Wednesday 20 November-18 December, 5-6.30pm, Senate House, 5.22

Join these friendly sessions and practice a variety of languages with native and fluent speakers. All levels, student and staff welcome. 

Faith Conversations

Every Friday in November (LUNCH PROVIDED)

We will be covering wellbeing, study, relationships and finance. Open to everyone, we will hear a short 5-minute talk from two chaplains about their take on a topic (wellbeing, study, relationships or finance) then open into a conversation in which everyone will be welcome to contribute. 

Islamophobia Awareness Month

Learn about Islamophobia and what you can do to support our Muslim community through the programme of events throughout November.


28 November

Celebrate fall with the Global Lounge team. In collaboration with the Bristol Veterinary School and the Faculty of Health Sciences, this year’s Thanksgiving celebrations take us out to the University of Bristol’s Langford campus for a day of fun, food and festivities.

Festive traditions from around the world

3 December

The Global Lounge team need your help exploring and celebrating traditions from around the world. On 3 December they will be showcasing a fair of international festive traditions and are looking for societies, groups, individuals and ideas about what this fair could look like. They are interested in any celebrations that take place across the world and across faiths throughout the December and January period.

Carol Service


The University Carol service is open to all and held in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building. Each year, there is a different theme and is a mixture of carols, readings and reflections. The service ends with the traditional mince pie! 

Live stream student Q&A recording

Watch a recording of the live stream for current international students from 17 October and find out more about the opportunities and support available.

Build your community

Bristol Students' Union (SU)

The Students' Union (SU) is run by students for students, and can support all aspects of your student life. Grow your network by joining a student group, volunteering or joining a wide range of events

International Student Network

Build your community and share your experiences through socials, campaigns, forums and more. There are also 12 other networks which you may like to join.

Bristol Doctoral College (for research students) 

Network with a community of over 3,500 postgraduate researchers. Find out about the Personal and Professional Development Programme, PGR Hub, upcoming events and join the BCD Bulletin for fortnightly updates. 

Global Lounge

A full calendar of events will be available for students, ranging from celebrating international festivals such as Diwali, Nowruz or Thanksgiving to visiting nearby UK places of interest, such as Stonehenge, Cheddar Gorge or Cardiff.

Bristol International Student Centre

BISC is an external organisation which supports international students living in Bristol through a programme of weekly events and trips. It is a charity with a Christian ethos open to students of all faiths and no faith. 

Multifaith Chaplaincy

The Multifaith Chaplaincy is a thriving supportive centre which welcomes all staff and students at the university, regardless of their belief.

Student blogs

Read about other students' experiences they navigate life in the UK and study in Bristol. 

Peer mentoring

Find out about getting support from students who have been here longer (this is available for first year undergraduate students only).

Supporting you

Find the help you need to succeed.

“I support international students to integrate into the University community and ensure that they have the best experience. So please reach out to me and the SU for support”

Julius, International Students Officer, Bristol SU

Su programme of events for Islamophobia Awareness month November 2019

Black Asian and Minority Ethnic students

Our work to support undergraduate Black Asian Minority Ethnic students is encompassed in our Be More Empowered (BME) for Success Programme.

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