International students

We welcome students from all over the world. We currently have students from more than 120 countries studying here at Bristol. Having a diverse cultural community provides a stimulating environment for both teaching and learning.

Before you apply

Our International Recruitment team can provide advice on your application and the admissions process. We also offer guidance and information on programmes, entry requirements, international qualifications and scholarships.

Our country-specific information will help you decide if you are suitably qualified for your programme of choice. Contact the International Recruitment team with any questions, and take a look at our student stories to read about the positive experiences of students from dozens of countries around the world.

Please note that part-time study is only open to international students who already have the correct immigration permission to be in the UK. Student visas are not usually issued for part-time study in the UK.

Language requirements

You need to achieve a certain level of English to qualify for a place on your chosen programme.

Different programmes need different levels of English language skills. We refer to these skill levels as ‘profiles’. The profile for your chosen programme is shown on the programme page. The qualifications you need to achieve each profile are on each profile page.

You do not need a GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) score for any application to the University of Bristol.

English language programmes

The Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies (CELFS) runs English language programmes for students preparing for postgraduate study. Our pre-sessional courses are open to those who have an offer from the University.

There are 14-week, 10-week or 6-week courses, and the course you choose will depend on your existing language level and the terms of your offer. For further information, please contact CELFS.

How to apply

Use our online system to make your application or visit our how to apply web pages to find out more about the application process.

Applying with the help of a representative

The University has agreements with education representatives, or agents, around the world. They can help you with your application. You can find a list of the representatives we work with on our country-specific pages.

Using a representative does not put you at any advantage or disadvantage when decisions are made about your application. We give equal consideration to independent applications and applications made using a representative.

After you apply

If you need a visa for your study at Bristol, our dedicated International Student Visa Advice and Compliance Team is here to support you in securing and ensuring you comply with your UK student visa – from the moment you accept an offer of a place right through to graduation. Read more about what happens after you submit an application for a postgraduate programme.

In September each year, the University organises a programme of welcome events to help you settle into University life.

Global partnerships

We have hundreds of research and teaching partnerships with universities around the world. The University is a member of:

These academic and cultural partnerships promote excellence in learning and research.

The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) has a research mobility programme. Second-year PhD students can spend a research period at one of the WUN research partners in Europe, Africa, the US or China.

Initially, I wasn't really sure when I needed to apply for a new visa and if it would be better to apply for it in the UK or my home country. The International Office was always there for me and helped me a lot with my questions. They kept me updated and also offered face-to-face meetings to discuss my situation.

Gozde (PhD Social Work)
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