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The University of Bristol has an international reputation for high-quality education and research. It combines academic excellence with an independent, forward-thinking spirit.
Founded in 1876, Bristol is one of the 24 members of the research-intensive Russell Group. It is one of the original ‘red brick’ universities, which were founded in the major industrial cities of England.
The University is in the UK top ten and 62nd in the world (QS World University Rankings 2022). For graduate employability, it ranks joint seventh in the UK (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022).
Learn more about the University of Bristol by completing their enquiry form, where you can sign up for updates and download the international student guide.
More than 27,000 students currently study at the University of Bristol, from over 150 countries. Around 25% of students are international. The University supports international students throughout the application process and during their studies.
International students can access tailored careers support, whether you plan to stay in the UK or return to your home country. This is available throughout your degree and for up to three years after graduation.
If you need a visa, the Student Visa Services team is available before arrival and throughout your degree. Students can access academic support from their personal tutor or supervisor, as well as the Study Skills service.
Medical care is available on campus at the Students’ Health Service. Other support services include online peer support, the Student Counselling Service and the Multifaith Chaplaincy.
The University is investing £2 million in scholarships for international students in 2022. Please visit the University of Bristol website for the latest scholarship information.
The University is a major centre for enterprise and innovation, and a top five UK institution for research (THE analysis of REF 2014). 83% of its research is rated ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).
Bristol's student accommodation offers a ready-made community to help you settle into life in the UK. All new first-year international students are guaranteed a place (subject to conditions).
Both catered and self-catered accommodation is available. Some residences are in the city centre, while others are at the edge of the city with acres of grounds. A regular bus service connects residences with the campus and other parts of the city.
The University is at the heart of the city of Bristol. It is a vibrant and creative place, with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere that will help you feel at home.
The multicultural city is home to over 450,000 people from more than 187 countries, speaking 91 languages. The city’s modern facilities are linked by a large public transport network. Bristol International Airport is easily accessible, and London is just 90 minutes away by train.
Bristol is perfect for exploring on foot or by bike, and is home to over 400 parks and green spaces – more than any other UK city. There is always something to do, with streets full of colourful art, quirky independent shops and cosy cafés.
The city of Bristol shares the University’s commitment to protecting the environment. It is a former European Green Capital and has been named the greenest city in the UK (Compare the Market, 2019).
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