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Study alongside British students at one of the premier universities in the United Kingdom, the University of Bristol! You will be fully integrated into the university scene, attending the same lectures, going to the same seminars and sitting the same examinations as British students.
In addition to having an authentic British experience, Bristol has students and staff from well over 120 countries who contribute strongly to the international feel of the institution. The cosmopolitan nature of the University is mirrored in the city too, with its restaurants, food shops, cultural societies and festivals all stemming from a large, permanently resident and highly participative international community. The University of Bristol has a student population of 15,000 students, with international students making up 16 percent of the student body.
Founded in 1876 as University College, the University of Bristol was the first higher education institution in England to admit women on an equal basis to men.
Bristol, located in the southwest region of England, is home to over 400,000 inhabitants. The city of Bristol is small enough to get to know well, but large and cosmopolitan enough to have an enormous variety of social and cultural events. Along with all the things you might expect (cinemas, theatres, concert halls, museums, galleries), Bristol also offers some unusual treats, including festivals of kites, hot-air balloons, short films and animation. It also has a famously dynamic music and club scene. Though it is a thousand years old, Bristol is dynamic and laid back, while being culturally rich but unpretentious.
Getting to Your Program
You are responsible for arranging your own transportation to Bristol, but are given arrival dates and guidelines.
At application, students should have a passport valid for 6 months beyond the end of the program.
A visa is required for students studying abroad in the UK. There are two different types of visas for studying in the UK: the Tier 4 General Student Visa OR the Student Visitor Visa. IAP will provide you with information and guidance regarding this process, but students are ultimately responsible for applying and obtaining the visa.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program. You will also receive an orientation when you arrive at Bristol. During the on-site orientation, students register for classes, learn about the University and the surrounding area, meet other students and attend a welcome reception.
With 3,500 residential places for undergraduate students, a wide variety of housing choices exist ranging from self-catered student houses in Clifton (near the University) to large catered halls of residence in Stoke Bishop (35 minute walk across open parkland).
You will be asked to choose between two main categories of accommodation - catered (meals included) or self-catered. Read more about the housing options in Bristol.
Students in residences have access to a variety of social and sporting facilities such as a TV room, bar, launderette, squash and tennis courts.
Excursions and Activities
The Study Abroad Office at the University of Bristol provides exchange students with an orientation program at the start of the semester. You are automatically a member of the University Union
, which provides facilities for over 150 clubs, societies and sporting teams as well as housing the International Centre and Study Abroad offices.
The area surrounding Bristol is filled with destinations that are great for day trips. Bath, Wells and Glastonbury, for example, are just a short train or bus journey away while London is just over two hours. If you like to travel in a group, a number of the Students' Union societies organize day trips and sometimes weekends away in pursuit of their particular interest, providing an ideal opportunity to see the countryside around Bristol.
All participants in IAP programs are enrolled in health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
Staff from the University of Bristol International Office.
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.Bristol International Website
(Fall - 2013-14)Bristol International Website
(Year - 2013-14)Bristol International
(Spring - 2013-14)
Returned Student Network
to contact a returned student.
How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Exchange programs may require you to apply directly to the exchange partner either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP.
After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the form instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the exchange partner.
Bristol Application Checklist and Proposed Study Plan
Bristol Letter of Recommendation
Bristol Official Transcript
Bristol Online Application Form
Bristol Visa Request Form
Passport ID Page
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The exchange university will make the final admissions decision.
The University of Bristol offers a broad range of courses which are arranged in six faculties. The six faculties include Arts, Science, Engineering, Medical and Veterinary Science, Medicine & Dentistry, and Social Science and Law.
The Faculty of Science is the largest Faculty in the University, and embraces disciplines across the environmental sciences, the life sciences and the mathematical and physical sciences. The School of Chemistry is one of the largest in the United Kingdom and an internationally recognized centre of excellence. Please note, however, that students studying in Bristol for just one semester will have difficulty finding science courses. If you wish to study science, plan to study abroad for the academic year.
You will be assigned an academic advisor who is familiar with non-British systems. A program of units (courses) is arranged in consultation with your academic advisor.
University of Bristol
Program Web Page(s)
Study Abroad at the University of Bristol
Your Studies at the University of Bristol
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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