Bournemouth University

Why Study Here?

  • The first university to be commended for quality of student learning opportunities by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (September 2013).
  • BU was recognised for its contribution to world-leading excellence and pioneering development in computer animation.
  • The only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice in the UK and home to the internationally recognised National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA).
  • A UN World Tourism Organisation Centre for Excellence in Tourism.
  • 96% of our research was rated as internationally recognised in the most recent REF (2014).
  • The university has more full-time undergraduate students on a sandwich course than any other English, Welsh or Scottish university.
  • The opportunity to take part in the Postgraduate Development Award, designed to help you in your personal and professional development, away from your academic studies.

What Do International Students Study?

English Language Requirements

  • Typical English language requirements include the following. Please note that higher levels will be required for some subjects and specific minimum component scores will also be applied.
  • GCSE English grade C.
  • IELTS (Academic): 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in each component)
  • TOEFL internet-based test (iBT): 80.
  • For research degrees we ask for a minimum of 6.5 IELTS.
  • Successful completion of our pre-sessional English for university study programme will also allow you to study for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.

Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £13,500 £12,500–14,500
Mixed £13,500 £12,500–14,500
Laboratory £13,500 £12,500–14,500
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Bursaries and Scholarships

  • BU offers a range of scholarships to international students, both in general and for specific BU entry routes.
  • Read more about scholarships and bursaries on our website.

Pre-Arrival and Welcome

  • We organise an airport transfer service from Heathrow airport to Bournemouth on the main arrival days to try to make your journey as easy as possible for you. We also offer Meet and Greet services from Gatwick airport (London’s second biggest airport) to ensure you have a warm welcome to the UK and are signposted to the right bus or train to Bournemouth.
  • To help you adapt to life at BU you will have the opportunity to be involved in a range of both social and academic activities at the start of term. Some of it is serious, lots of it is fun – but all of it is important to ensure that you have all the information that you need – and most importantly, to be happy here!
  • Activities will include settling in to your accommodation, enrolling on your course, workshops, course introduction sessions, study skills, sports activities, clubs and societies introductions, excursions and social events.
  • There will also be specific sessions for international students on topics such as immigration, cultural transition and the UK education system as well as a comprehensive International Information Fair where you can register with the University Medical Centre, find out about student support at BU, talk to many organisations, including banks, insurance companies and mobile phone companies and meet the police officers from the university’s Safer Neighbourhoods Team.
  • We hold an International Commencement Ceremony, to formally welcome our new international students to the university. This is a formal celebration at the place where you will graduate once you complete your studies.

Accommodation for International Students

  • We have a lot of accommodation for students both on and off campus at BU, as well as running our own private accommodation service if you would prefer to live in a more residential house.
  • Students may make arrangements to stay in their accommodation during vacations.

Organisations for International Students

  • There is an International Students’ Association, a Chinese Students’ and Scholars’ Association, an Islamic Society, and various other groups which represent particular nationalities or faiths.

There are over 200 different clubs and societies within the Students’ Union, including:

  • Rowing Club
  • Snowboarding Club
  • Baking Society
  • Dance Society
  • Photography Society
  • Wildlife Conservation Society

All clubs and societies are open to ALL students, so as well as providing an opportunity for students to socialise with other like-minded students, they are also a great way of meeting new people, finding a new hobby and making new friends.

  • The Students’ Union also offers a variety of other opportunities including volunteering, fundraising and being a student representative. Every year an international student is elected as International Officer on the student Welfare Council.