The University of Bristol, founded in 1876, is one of the top 60 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2019). The University is at the heart of Bristol, a historic, lively and green city in the south-west of England. It attracts the best and brightest students from more than 120 countries, creating a rich and exciting international community.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

5,080 international students in 2016–17

Welcome Arrangements

  • A dedicated International Recruitment Team and Visa Advisers support international students throughout the application process; and the International Office offers tailored support throughout their studies.
  • A meet and greet service is offered to students arriving by plane, train or coach, and the International Welcome Lounge helps new students settle in.
  • International students are invited to attend a range of trips, tours and events in Bristol and further afield during their first term.

English Language Requirements

  • Students who do not have English as their first language, or who do not have an internationally recognised English qualification, will need to provide evidence of their English language ability.
  • Different courses and programmes need different levels of language skills. The required English language profile is shown on the course/programme page on the university website.
  • The university offers pre-sessional courses in English language and academic skills, and courses for current students to improve their academic language.

Accommodation for International Students

  • A place in university accommodation is guaranteed for all new first-year international students (subject to conditions).
  • A range of university accommodation includes historic Georgian townhouses and large, modern residences, all a short walk or a free bus journey from the main campus.
  • A small number of places are available for those with families or special requirements.
  • The university also offers advice on renting privately.

International Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2018–2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Undergraduate (£) Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 16,500 17,700
Mixed - -
Laboratory 20,300 20,500
Clinical 31,700 27,000
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.