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University of Bristol EXC
Bristol, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
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Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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University of Bristol  

Location: Bristol, UK
Year Established: 1876
Student population: 25,000
Spend a year or semester at the University of Bristol, one of the UK's most popular and successful universities. Consistently ranked one of the top 10 universities in the UK (QS World University Rankings, 2018), the campus is in the heart of Bristol - a vibrant city, recently named England's best place to live (The Sunday Times, 2017). Bristol's Study Abroad & Exchange program allows you to customise your experience by selecting units from across their departments, creating an academic program that works for you.
Ranked among the top five British institutions for research excellence, it’s not surprising the University of Bristol is one of the country’s most highly selective institutions. Its research impact includes cot death prevention and 5G mobile technology innovation. The University’s current academics include 21 Fellows of Medical Sciences, 15 Fellows of the British Academy, 13 Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering and 44 Fellows of the Royal Society. It features six major faculties: Arts, Engineering, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, Medical and Dentistry, Social Sciences and Law. The University of Bristol counts the Cabot Institute and Elizabeth Blackwell’s Institute of Health and Research among its flagship institutions.
Unique Characteristics
Much of student life revolves around the main University campus and Bristol Students’ Union. You'll join a lively, close-knit community of students and have the opportunity to attend events and activities across the city. The Students' Union offers more than 300 student clubs and societies including 65 sports clubs, giving you lots of opportunities to get involved and make friends in Bristol.
Bristol was named among the top five best cities to visit worldwide by Rough Guides 2017. It's a cultural capital that will quickly feel like home. In south-west England, just 90 minutes from London, Bristol offers more than 1,000 years of history to explore. A thriving urban centre, the city is packed with green spaces. The countryside and coast are easy to reach by bus, bike or car. Bristol’s unique architecture, spectacular surrounding countryside and vibrant inner city have made it a popular location for filming including the Chronicles of Narnia and the House of Eliot.

Academic Information

Units of Study 
Information about how to create a program of study at Bristol. You can then review the Bristol unit catalogue here

Subject Area/s: 

Arts and Social Sciences






Exclusions: Health Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Exercise, Nutrition & Health, Graduate School of Nursing

- Please note units run by the School of Chemistry and the School of Law can only be taken by full-year students (commencing exchange in Sydney semester 2), as these units run across the full English academic year.
- History majors should not apply to Bristol.

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Teaching block 1: September - January
Teaching block 2: January - June

Year-long exchanges can only commence in September (Sydney semester 2), Semester long exchanges can commence in either. 

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University


60 credits

The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
1 – 70-100
2.1 – 60-69
2.2 – 50-59
3 – 45-49
Pass – 40-44
Fail – <40

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period.



Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English.
Language Requirements
See language requirements for non-native speakers of English.

UK Bristol


What is the host city like?
In south-west England, just 90 minutes from London, Bristol is a thriving urban centre and the city is packed with green spaces. Find out more information about the city of Bristol.

Living in a University of Bristol residence offers you the chance to join a student community. Residences organise their own sporting and social activities, and a team of staff and students is on site to offer you support and practical help. Exchange students arriving in September are generally guaranteed an on offer of a place in university accommodation.

Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas in Bristol.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.


Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the University of Bristol. 
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar.
For each intake of new Study Abroad students a special orientation is organised. The orientation is run by the Study Abroad team and is designed to help you not only settle into Bristol but also meet the people who will be working with you during your stay.
Support Services 
The University of Bristol wants you to make the most of your time on exchange, and there are a range of health, wellbeing and support services to support all aspects of your university life.
Information from the host university.
Information from the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration.


Student Experiences

Rebecca Staats
Bachelor of Arts, Semester 2, 2014
Host City Highlights
Bristol is a beautiful city - Clifton is a particularly pretty suburb to explore, with its famous Suspension Bridge. There is also a thriving harbour side area, museums, and plenty of local events.
Uni Life
Bristol was a vibrant student city with numerous opportunities to socialise across a wide range of activities. It had a great range of clubs and societies on offer, plus a cosy range of local pubs and several clubs.
The class structure was different at Bristol - I had fewer contact hours per week than at Sydney, the class sizes were smaller, and the lectures usually took more the form of seminars, encouraging discussion and participation. Assessments mostly took the form of research essays, with an end of year exam.
Bristol offered a range of cuisine - although it was expensive to eat out, the food was generally good. Pubs often offer local ales and ciders on tap, which are definitely worth a try if you want to experience the local culture! Mulled cider at Christmas time was a particular novelty.
I lived in self-catered student halls, sharing a flat with four other students. Almost all of the other students in halls were first years, but it was a great way to meet new people quickly and provided a good social environment. It also saved the hassle of organising privately rented accommodation, which was beneficial considering I was only there for one semester.
Money Matters
Living costs in the UK are fairly high, but providing you were thoughtful about how you spent your money, budgeting wasn't a problem. As I was only there on a student visa, I was not permitted to work whilst studying.
Getting Around
The transport system in Bristol is pretty good, with numerous bus routes connecting parts of the city and with a good train network connecting the city to places further afield. Bristol also has an airport, although I never used it.
I did most of my European travelling before I started my exchange, during the end of the European summer. I travelled through Ireland, France and Italy. It's worth looking at a number of different transport options to ensure you choose the cheapest option - when booked far enough in advance, trains usually were a good option, although generally more expensive than buses. A number of budget airlines such as Ryanair were also good options for travelling between countries. Train travel in England was expensive - again, the more in advance you booked, the cheaper it was.
Top Tips
Bristol is a fantastic university, and studying there was one of my best academic experiences to date. There are also heaps of opportunities to get involved in the local culture, so go and join clubs and societies and take all the opportunities you can! Be prepared for the study to be more self-directed than at Sydney, but it provides a great opportunity to take subjects not available at home. Bristol is a great city to live in, and an excellent base for exploring the rest of the UK. I would definitely highly recommend studying at the University of Bristol!

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