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University of Bristol

United Kingdom


Ranked 62nd in the world and 10th in the UK (QS World University Rankings 2022), the University of Bristol is internationally recognised for providing a world-class education. Around a quarter of the university's 25,000 students are from outside the UK, and international students are an integral part of Bristol's global campus community.

Bristol is the fourth most targeted university by top UK employers and one of the UK's top ten for graduate employability (High Fliers Research 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020). Combined with the university's dedicated careers support, this means students graduate with the confidence, skills and experience they need to succeed in their future career.

The University of Bristol takes great pride in its research, working to provide innovative solutions to some of the toughest issues facing society, from climate change to human rights. The university was ranked in the top five in the UK for research in the Times Higher Education analysis of the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

There is plenty to do away from lectures, too, with the active Students' Union running countless clubs and societies. The city of Bristol is regularly named one of the UK's best cities to live in. With a diverse population, vibrant culture and friendly neighbourhoods, Bristol is a great place to be a student.

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What's new

What's new

The university jumped four places to 15th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. In the 2019 National Student Survey, subjects at Bristol featured in the top quartile of universities in every question set, with 90 per cent of students stating that their course was intellectually stimulating. The University of Bristol was once again ranked in the top five most targeted institutions by UK employers (High Fliers Research 2018-20).

Work has begun on the university's new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus. The project will provide teaching, research and innovation space for staff, students and external partners, as well as on-site student accommodation. The university recently invested GBP 33 million in transforming the Fry Building to become the new home for the School of Mathematics, making it a world-class facility for research and teaching.

This year the university launched Global Lounge pop-up events, where both UK and international students can share experiences, integrate and be inspired to become global citizens. The physical Global Lounge, opening soon, will be a place for all students to connect, learn about other cultures and find out about global opportunities.

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The university offers state-of-the-art facilities and continually invests in its buildings, resources and technology to ensure students get the very best experience. On campus, all students have access to 24-hour libraries, extensive IT spaces and purpose-built study centres.

The university's extensive on-campus sports facilities include a fully equipped gym, large sports hall and swimming pool. The off-campus sports complex offers grass and artificial pitches, an Olympic weightlifting gym and an indoor tennis centre.

Bristol students can join more than 70 sports clubs or compete in inter-university leagues. Student athletes can join the Performance Sport programme, which helps them combine a sporting career with academic study.

More than 6,500 places are available for undergraduates and postgraduates across the university's three residential villages. There is accommodation to suit all tastes, from shared Georgian townhouses to large, modern residences right in the city centre.

Every university-managed residence provides internet, 24-hour security and pastoral support for residential life and wellbeing. Most residences have a common room, and many have study rooms, launderette and bike storage. The university also offers support with finding private accommodation in the city.

The main university campus and student residences are linked to the city centre and other places by frequent bus services, and most are within walking distance. Bristol is well-connected to other UK and European cities by train, coach and plane.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

A University of Bristol degree is highly regarded worldwide. As well as being among the most employable, graduates of Bristol are some of the highest paid in the country within three years of graduating, according to 2018 LEO data from the Department for Education.

The Careers Service at Bristol offers students advice and guidance to help them to get to where they want to be after graduating. The university provides support with CVs, applications and interviews, as well as employer presentations, internship schemes and careers fairs. Students can also work towards the industry-recognised Bristol PLUS Award.

The Careers Service recently launched MyOpportunities, a portal that empowers students to explore opportunities outside of their formal curriculum. From volunteering to internships abroad to hackathons, the new resource offers students a wide range of activities to enhance their university experience.

To help students gain valuable employability skills, many undergraduate courses offer students the option of undertaking a period in industry or studying abroad as part of their degree.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

The University of Bristol is committed to helping talented international students at undergraduate and postgraduate level with study and living costs. In 2020, the university is investing GBP 1 million to help the brightest and best international students come to Bristol.

Bristol's Think Big Scholarships are available to undergraduate and postgraduate students, offering fee waivers of up to GBP 20,000.

The university also offers awards and scholarships in partnership with national governments, alumni associations and industry partners. In addition to these awards, international students may be eligible for funding from their home country or for studying specific subjects.

There are no limitations on nationality or course for PhD funding, provided the university can offer supervision for the topic being researched. A limited number of studentships are available for each area of study.

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Student support

Student support

The university provides a range of services to help international students feel part of the community from the moment they arrive in Bristol.

The International Welcome Lounge is a great place to meet other students and offers support with finding accommodation and opening bank accounts. New arrivals can access the International Student Handbook, with essential information on living in the UK and the services available at Bristol.

The university's visa team is always on hand to offer support with visa applications and queries, before and after arriving in Bristol.

There is a range of academic support available to international students, including regular additional language development and study skills sessions. Peer support schemes aid learning, with older years facilitating sessions with first years. Most students are allocated an academic personal tutor or supervisor who meets with them regularly to monitor their progress.

At Bristol, there is always someone to talk to. A range of support services, such as Student Wellbeing Advisers, Student Counselling and the Residential Life Service, is available to help students look after their health and wellbeing.

With hundreds of societies and sports clubs, the university's Students' Union provides countless opportunities for students to connect with others from their own countries and around the world. There are activities to suit all interests, as well as cultural societies where students can meet like-minded friends.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The university offers hundreds of courses and programmes across a comprehensive range of subjects. Applicants can choose from a wide range of options:

Programmes and courses are taught across six faculties: Arts, Engineering, Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Science, and Social Sciences and Law.

Academic requirements

The University of Bristol invites applications from the brightest of international students and accepts a wide range of qualifications. Entry requirements vary from course to course.

The university's country-specific guidance gives further information on qualification equivalences, scholarships and education representatives in different regions.

Students should apply through UCAS for undergraduate courses, or through the university's online application system for postgraduate programmes.

English language requirements

International applicants must have a good standard of English to study at Bristol. Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of their English language proficiency. Requirements vary, depending on students' country of origin and chosen course. Applicants are advised to check their course listing for details of specific requirements.

International Foundation Programme

The university runs an International Foundation Programme, made up of both academic and English language preparation, for students who do not have the necessary language requirements for direct entry into undergraduate courses. Bristol also offers pre-sessional courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students to improve their academic English before starting a degree.

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International students

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Life in a leading city
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Students at Wapping Wharf
Wills Memorial Building
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One of Bristol's student residences
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