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University of Bristol

Program Overview 

Location: Bristol, United Kingdom
Culture: Student-centric, collaborative
Neighborhood: Urban, cosmopolitan
Housing: On-campus 
English level: Intermediate - advanced 

The University of Bristol is an active university led by the Bristol Students’ Union (Bristol SU). As such, the university is known for its vibrant society and diverse student body.

Through the academic program, SAF Scholars choose their course of study from a variety of classes within a selection of wide-ranging disciplines. In this way, SAF scholars are welcome to take courses outside of their major and to explore new areas of study.

The University of Bristol is located in the heart of the eponymously named city with great public transportation, offering students easy access to all the dinning, shopping, artistic and touristic activities that define an urban center.

Bristol is cosmopolitan, bursting with history and culture. In 2015, The Sunday Times named Bristol as “the best place to be a student” -- and it's evident. Bristol has something to offer everyone. From its cinemas and galleries to its pubs and traditional English tea rooms; from its historic buildings to its modern environmentally conscience edifices, Bristol inspires students to honor tradition while looking to the future.

Student Profile

The right-fit SAF Scholar for this program would be a student who is able to engage in independent studies and be disciplined in their self-motivation to excel in the academic courses. This program is designed for international students to be fully integrated in smaller-sized classes alongside British students.

Other Programs at University

Presessional English Program; Concurrent Enrollment

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Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall (September – January)
Spring (January – April)

Progression or Concurrent Notes

In order for SAF Scholars to progress to academic program studies they need to successfully complete the pre-sessional program. An assessment is given at the end of the pre-sessional program to evaluate their English proficiency level improvement over the 6 or 10-week program.

Students apply for either 6 or 10-week pre-sessional program based on the English proficiency score at the time of application and considering the academic program department/major entry requirements, which a student hopes to progress to. (i.e. If a student with a 6.0 (overall) IELTS score wants to take academic history courses (6.5 min. requirement); then completion of the 6-week pre-sessional program would be a mandatory condition of their admission.

Program Strengths

The study abroad program is very flexible, allowing SAF Scholars to enroll in units from different departments across the university. SAF Scholars may essentially build their own study abroad program based upon their needs and interests.

# of Credits (per term)

60 credits per semester

Course Registration Policies & Procedures

SAF Scholars enroll in courses online at a designated date and time, provided prior to their arrival.

Course/Departmental Restrictions

The following courses are not available: Faculty of Health and Sciences, Community-based Medicine, Graduate School of Education, all postgraduate level units (Level M or D). Additionally, there may be further restrictions for students studying for just one semester.

Graduate Courses
Graduate courses are not available at Bristol.

Housing Type

University residence halls



Type of Room

The University offers SAF Scholars single-standard rooms
Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

SAF Scholars are welcome to get involved in as many activities as they want from their first day on campus. Students are encouraged to participate in any of the university's the more than 300 student groups and clubs. Participating in the campus community could make all the difference for SAF Scholars who wish to have a comprehensive and successful study abroad experience at Bristol.

From societies, sports clubs, student media teams, volunteering projects or fundraising, every SAF Scholar should find it easy to identify a student group they would like to join.

Lastly, the Bristol Student Union (Bristol SU), housed in the Richmond Building, has undergone a recent renovation to include the Anson Rooms, which is one of the city’s largest “gig” venues. Here, SAF Scholars will find two theatres, a café-bar, dance studios, rehearsal rooms, a pottery studio, a photography darkroom and a swimming pool, all available to them.

Last Updated: 1/9/19