Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for applicants and prospective students

We will do all we can to support applicants and anyone thinking of applying to Bristol during the coronavirus pandemic.

This page is split between undergraduate and postgraduate information.

If you can't find what you're looking for, please contact us.

Undergraduate applicants 

Applications for entry in September 2021 are now closed. Applications for 2022 entry are now open via UCAS. For the most up-to-date information on applying to university and key dates, we advise that you check UCAS guidance.

Extenuating circumstances

If you have been particularly and specifically disadvantaged, through the coronavirus pandemic or for any other reason, we encourage you to complete our extenuating circumstances form so we can consider your situation both when deciding whether to make an offer and assessing your performance against any offer made.

Gaining work experience during the pandemic

If your course needs work experience to support your application, you can find guidance for gaining work experience during the pandemic and advice on alternative ways to develop your understanding of these healthcare roles before and during the application process.

Events and visiting us

To help you decide your next steps we run open events to give you the opportunity to access our departments and residences, and experience student life in Bristol. 

Join for our virtual open week taking place 13-17 September 2021.

We hope to be able to welcome visitors to campus later in 2021. Find out more about upcoming events.

Postgraduate applicants

Applications for 2022 entry will open in October 2021. Sign up for further details. 

Our plans for teaching in 2021/22

Find out more about our plans for teaching, assessment and support.

International applicants

We are aware that travel restrictions may delay some students arriving in Bristol for the start of the 2021/22 academic year. Most international students who are unable to come to campus for start of term will be offered access to online learning until they are able to join us.

Find out more about our online study options

Dates for arrival

We understand that some of you travelling from overseas may not be able to arrive in time for your course start date. You will need to arrive and have completed quarantine before the dates below or you will need to defer the start of your course to 2022/23 unless your programme offers an online engagement option:

  • In the faculties of Engineering, Arts, Life Sciences and Social Sciences and Law, you must be able to attend teaching on-campus by 18 October
  • In the faculties of Science, and Health Sciences you must be able to attend teaching on-campus by 11 October

We urge you to keep up to date with the latest UK government guidance to ensure that your visa application and travel to campus takes place at the best possible time.

Support for international students travelling to Bristol in September 2021

The University of Bristol will support you when you arrive in the UK, whichever country you are arriving from.

Green, amber and red list countries

The UK government has placed overseas countries into three categories for coronavirus: green, amber and red. Each category has different conditions for people travelling to the UK from or through those countries.

Green list countries have the fewest restrictions on arrivals, and red list countries have the most. You can check which list your country is on, and find out the conditions for arrivals, on the UK government website.

Travel support from the University

We will help with the costs of coronavirus testing and quarantine where required. We are one of the first universities in the UK to commit to refunding the costs of mandatory quarantine for students travelling from ‘red list’ countries.    

List colour Financial support* Special information
Green The University will cover the cost of the test package you need.  
Amber The University will cover the cost of the test package you need. You will need to spend 10 days in quarantine. We will cover the cost of a 'Test to Release' package and provide basic essentials during your quarantine period, including meals.
Red We will reimburse you for the cost of your quarantine hotel stay (currently £2285)  You will need to spend 10 days in a manged quarantine hotel. 

* This support is available to all new international students who will be arriving in Bristol for the start of the 2021 academic year. 

If you leave the UK during the academic year, you may require a further period of quarantine or testing when you return. The University will not be able to provide support to you for any additional periods of quarantine.

The University is not able to provide support for quarantine or testing for any dependents or family members who travel to the UK with you.

If the government guidance and requirements change, the University reserves the right to review this support package.

Please be assured that if you are unable to travel to Bristol due to travel restrictions in your country, you can study online until you are able to join us (unless you are studying a course that requires in-person teaching, in which case we will contact you with further advice).

Further details of the support available, and guidance on how to book testing, will be provided to you by email before you begin your journey to Bristol.

COVID-19 vaccine

Every person living in England, including international students, is entitled to free Covid-19 vaccinations as well as other National Health Service (NHS) treatments. If you are living on campus or in the surrounding area you will be able to register with a doctor on campus.

Deposit refunds

If the coronavirus pandemic means you are unable to travel to Bristol, or if we are unable to deliver any of your programme on campus when the course starts, you will be entitled to a full refund of your deposit, minus a £200 admin fee. This applies in addition to the grounds for refund set-out in our International Deposit Refund Policy.

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