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Last updated December, 2018

Academic Information

Course Information

Bristol 2. You may choose classes from a variety of departments or concentrate in just one or two areas.

Please note:

  • Some departments require full-year exchanges (e.g. Law), whilst others can only accept exchange students for a particular semester (e.g. Economics only accepts full year or Autumn term exchanges).
  • Classes in Music are extremely limited, and you may not be admitted to classes within the Music Department even if you have secured academic entry to the University of Bristol.
  • Spring term only: specific classes cannot be guaranteed, some departments may restrict classes to "majors-only" and in many cases Bristol won't be able to determine which classes are available until the students arrive in January.
  • Students are encouraged attend Bristol for their full academic year if at all possible, or their first/Autumn semester if your academic calendar permits.
  • Course available at Bristol
  • Bristol courses FAQs

Semester Dates

  • Academic Year: September - June
  • Fall semester: September - January
  • Spring Semester: January - June

Bristol Semester Dates

Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

  • One semester's work is 60 Bristol credit points and students are expected to take a full load. Margins of 55 to 65 are considered acceptable.
  • A full year's work is 120 Bristol credit points and all students are expected to take a full load.

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Accommodation and the Cost of Living


  • Bristol. Accommodation options range from self-catered student houses in Clifton (near the University) to large catered halls of residence in Stoke Bishop (35 minutes walk across open parkland).
  • Students applying for Autumn entry are guaranteed a place in University halls of residence. Unfortunately, Bristol cannot guarantee places for Spring entry, but most students are allocated a room in University housing.
  •  Bristol Accommodation

Estimated Cost of Living

  • £4,500 to £7,000 per semester.
  • £1,015 per month is the minimum cost of living as recommended by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for studying outside London.
  • Bristol Cost of Living

Scholarships available for students going to the UK

BUTEX Scholarships

Student Visa and Insurance

Information on Student Visas and Insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.

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Exchange Experiences

The University, City and Region

The University

The University of Bristol is firmly established as one of the premier universities in the United Kingdom, and has a world-wide reputation for its academic achievement and research. Bristol consistently rates in the top 10 out of nearly a hundred universities in Britain and for British students it is one of the most difficult universities to gain entry to.

University of Bristol 

The City and Region

Bristol grew up around a harbour on the river Avon and is one of the most attractive large cities in England. It was founded 1000 years ago and quickly became the second city of England, a major teaching centre and an important port. Today, Bristol is a modern thriving city-effectively the capital of the West Country. It has a population of 500,000 and is situated 120 miles west of London. The city is a rich mixture of buildings of all ages and is surrounded by leafy suburbs. The city's extensive docks now serve as a focus for cultural and leisure activities, including cinemas, shops and art galleries. The city also has a lively arts scene including drama, music, ballet and opera, film and galleries and also a wide selection of cafes and restaurants offering culinary delights from around the world.

The City of Bristol

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Further Information

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