University of Bristol

University of Bristol

The University of Bristol is a prestigious institution with a powerful reputation for academic excellence and research impact. One of the most popular and successful universities in the UK and globally, Bristol offers more than 600 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a wide range of subjects. By studying with NCUK, international students can join this esteemed university and benefit from its commitment to both research and teaching excellence.

The University of Bristol is in a vibrant, friendly city to live and study with a thriving arts and culture scene, offering students a stimulating environment to live, learn, and grow. With state-of-the-art facilities, strong research collaborations, and a supportive community, international students at Bristol will find many opportunities to excel academically and personally during their study abroad experience.

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  • International Foundation Year
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  • Master's Preparation / Pre-Sessional

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Life at Bristol

Student Life at Bristol

The University of Bristol welcomes students from more than 150 countries, creating a rich and exciting international community. Bristol offers international students a stimulating student life, with numerous clubs, organisations, and events designed to enhance the study abroad experience. By studying with NCUK, you can access this prestigious institution and immerse yourself in Bristol’s vibrant, dynamic arts and culture scene.

The university’s commitment to providing a top-quality higher education experience ensures that students have many academic and personal development opportunities for academic and personal development, with the aim of equipping students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in their chosen career in a competitive global market. Furthermore, the University of Bristol is dedicated to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment, offering a range of support services and resources to help international students adapt to their new surroundings and excel in their studies. With its rich history, strong research collaborations, and state-of-the-art facilities, the University of Bristol offers an inspiring study-abroad experience for international students.

Careers at Bristol

Bristol graduates are highly regarded by employers in the UK and overseas. Whether you plan to stay in the UK or return to your home country after graduating, the university’s Careers Service can support you throughout your studies at Bristol and for up to three years after graduation. The university host’s one of the largest careers programmes of any UK university, offering presentations, networking opportunities and workshops. The university Careers Service’s online portal can help you find job vacancies and paid internships, and they provide practical advice and resources for CV writing, applications and interview preparation.

Additionally, the University of Bristol fosters a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, encouraging students to think creatively and pursue their passions, enhancing their career prospects and overall satisfaction in their chosen fields. With a wide range of resources and support services, international students at the University of Bristol can confidently navigate their career paths to succeed in the global job market.

City Life at Bristol

Bristol is the largest city in the South West of the UK and is only 1 hour 40 minutes from London, with easy access to beaches, countryside and nearby cities; with local people being laid-back, welcoming and kind. The University of Bristol offers international students a stimulating city life experience with a wealth of cultural, social, and leisure activities at their fingertips. By studying with NCUK, you can access this prestigious institution and immerse yourself in Bristol’s vibrant arts and culture scene, historical landmarks, and scenic waterfront.

The city’s diverse range of attractions, including museums, galleries, festivals, and live music venues, ensures that students have endless opportunities to explore and engage with the local community during their study abroad journey. Moreover, Bristol’s excellent transport links and proximity to other major UK cities, such as London and Cardiff, make it an ideal base for students to discover the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty of the United Kingdom.

Student Support at Bristol

The University of Bristol offers a dedicated support system for international students, focusing on wellbeing support, academic support, and overall student success. Through the University’s Request for Support service you can access the support you need, such as online peer-support resources; Student Wellbeing and Residential Life Services; the Student Counselling Service; and Nilaari, offering culturally appropriate counselling for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students.

The University of Bristol’s emphasis on creating a welcoming and inclusive environment ensures a positive and enriching study abroad experience for all students. The university’s Global Lounge is a cultural hub that celebrates all cultures and encourages community building among all students through social events, activities and a regular Language Café. The physical Global Lounge, situated at the heart of campus, is a place for international and UK students to connect, learn from each other and find out about global opportunities.

Student Accommodation at Bristol

The University of Bristol provides a diverse range of student accommodation options in the heart of the city. Residences are more than just places to eat and sleep – they are lively communities of students from around the world. They are a great way to enjoy your independence, make new friends and start your student life at the University of Bristol.

The residences are located throughout Bristol and are grouped into three student residential villages – North, East and West villages. There are a range of residences to suit a variety of tastes and budgets, from shared Georgian townhouses in colourful Clifton, to modern flats in the city centre. There is catered and self-catered accommodation as well as a variety of room types including single rooms, en suite rooms and studio rooms.

In addition, many of the residences have social spaces and facilities such as a common room and a study room, with some having access to a garden area. University accommodation is a safe and supportive environment where you can make new friends and feel part of Bristol’s student community.

Facilities at Bristol

The University of Bristol boasts state-of-the-art university facilities, ensuring a superior study experience for international students. You can access Bristol’s innovative labs, media areas, and lecture halls, contributing to the university’s impact and reputation. The campus also offers impressive sports facilities, such as the Indoor Sports Centre and Coombe Dingle Sports Complex, providing opportunities for students to stay active and engaged during their study abroad journey.

Additionally, the University of Bristol features modern learning spaces, such as the Arts and Social Sciences Library, which offer extensive resources and support services to help students excel in their academic pursuits. Bristol’s commitment to innovation and excellence is further demonstrated by its specialist research centres, such as the Cabot Institute for the Environment and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory.

Sports & Clubs at Bristol

The University of Bristol offers an array of sports teams, clubs, and societies for international students. The university’s Athletic Union supports numerous sports clubs, such as the Bristol Jets Cheerleading Club and the Bristol University Swimming Club. Students can also participate in societies like the International Students’ Association and the Law Society, fostering a sense of community and engagement during their study abroad journey.

By getting involved in these extracurricular activities, students can develop valuable life skills, form lasting friendships, and discover new interests, enriching their time spent at the University of Bristol.

Sustainability at Bristol

The University of Bristol demonstrates a strong commitment to sustainability and environmental policies, making it an ideal choice for international students. The university’s efforts align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on reducing waste, conserving energy, and promoting sustainable transportation. Bristol’s sustainability team manages environmental initiatives to help reduce their negative impact by conserving energy and water, making finite resources last longer, and reducing the university’s contribution to pollution and climate change.

Bristol’s reputation for environmental impact was further enhanced by its declaration of a climate emergency in 2019, making it the first UK university and second in the world to do so. The University now mandates staff and students across every school and division to continuously develop and implement climate action plans, demonstrating its commitment to action.

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Think Big Undergraduate Scholarships

Scholarship awards for undergraduate international students are valued at £6,500 and £13,000 per year and can only be used towards the cost of tuition fees. Applicants may also be eligible to receive a £3,000 living cost bursary during their first year of study. Find out more information here.

Global Economics Undergraduate Scholarship

5 x £6,500 per year are available. These awards must be used towards the cost of tuition fees for a qualifying course in the School of Economics. Find out more information here.

School for Policy Studies International Undergraduate Scholarship

One scholarship of £6,500 per year is available. This award must be used towards the cost of tuition fees for a qualifying course in the School for Policy Studies. Find out more information here.

The Beacon Scholarship

Help for financially disadvantaged students from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, so that they can study at undergraduate level. This award covers two-thirds of the combined cost of tuition fees, living costs and one return economy airfare, and is jointly funded by the Beacon Equity Trust and the University of Bristol. In 2020, living costs were approximately £10,900. Find out more information here.

Think Big bursaries for sciences

45 bursaries of £3,000 are available for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Science. Find out more information here.

Additional Scholarship Options

Click here to view the full list of scholarships available to international students at the University of Bristol.

Think Big Postgraduate Scholarships

Awards are available of £5,000, £10,000 and £20,000 towards the cost of tuition fees for international applicants. Online application required. You are eligible to apply if you have applied to start any one-year, full-time master’s programme, or one of these eligible two-year programmes – Social Work (MSc) and Law (MA). Click here to find out more.

Additional Scholarship Options

Click here to view the full list of scholarships available to international students at the University of Bristol.

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