University of Bristol
Officially designated a 'Centre of Culture' and a 'Science City' by the Government, Bristol is firmly established as one of the premier universities in the United Kingdom, and has a world-wide reputation for its academic achievement and research.
All league tables consistently place Bristol in the top ten out of nearly a hundred universities in Britain, and for British students it is one of the most difficult universities to get into.
12,169 undergraduate and 2,113 postgraduate students study at Bristol.
Bristol is particularly strong in the field of social sciences, particularly in Economics, Finance and Management, and was recently rated 4th in the 2008 Guardian University Guide for Business and Management Studies.
Bristol is a multicultural city of festivals, architecture, beautiful parks, museums, artists, and music.
Partner university's areas of study
ELIGIBILITY + TIMING
Who can go?
Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study. Student must have a cumulative average of 70% or above to attend this partner.
UB semester 1: Late September to Late January**
UB semester 2: Mid January to Mid-June
**As of September 2015 alternative assessments may be arranged for Autumn term only. Your alternate exam will happen the same day as set in Bristol over two-weeks in January. There will be a £50 administrative charge to have an alternate exam arranged. If however an essay is accepted in lieu of an exam, there will be no fee.
Course equivalency formula
Bristol credit points divided by 4 = UBC credits
Degree/Class --- Bristol Number Grade --- American Letter Grade
1 --- 70 and higher --- A+
2.1 --- 69-65 --- A
2.1 --- 64-60 --- A-
2.2 --- 59-57 --- B+
2.2 --- 56-54 --- B
2.2 --- 53-50 --- B-
3 --- 49-45 --- C+
Pass --- 44-40 --- C
Fail --- Below 40 --- C-/F
Credit transfer process
The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)
* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.
Type of Go Global Experiences
Course information and restrictions
Courses in Arts and Social Sciences are in high demand and exchange students will have to be flexible with their course selections in these areas.
Law students - must go for a full year.
This information is subject to change. When selecting courses, ensure that they are available in the semester for which you are applying. Ultimately, students are responsible for researching applicable course restrictions.
Full course load information
A full course load consists of 60 Bristol credits per semester or 120 Bristol credits per year.
Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university
Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.
* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.
15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC. Some exceptions may apply.
Scholarships + awards
The Go Global award $1000
All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.
Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.
Information for US students
If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.
If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.
If you attend an ineligible institution:
- You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
- You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
- You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
- You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Types of accommodation available
October entrants to Bristol are guaranteed University housing for their time in Bristol, and January entrants, although not formally guaranteed University housing, almost always get in.
The accommodation ranges from self-catered student houses in Clifton (near the University) to large catered halls of residence in Stoke Bishop (35 minutes walk across open parkland). Between these two lie a whole range of housing situations, each of which has its own merits.
You will be asked to choose between two main categories of accommodation - catered or self-catered.
Past experience suggests that the catering plans on offer are rather more restrictive in both portion and menu than you may be used to, and not suitable for people who have any sort of dietary restrictions. Self-catering is very easy, and a popular choice for international students. Nonetheless, catered halls represent reasonable value for money and a good alternative for those who do not enjoy cooking. They also tend to be very sociable places as most Bristol first year students gather there, and if you fancy a break from cooking the University refectory offers meals at reasonable prices.
Your application for accommodation will be sent to you when you have been offered a place and given confirmation of your acceptance, and you should submit your form as soon as possible. The halls of residence will inform you directly when they are offering you a place and will send you the appropriate information.
Once you have been assigned accommodation, if you have any queries please contact the hall directly. Queries regarding Student Houses should be directed to the University Accommodation Office, email email@example.com.
All students in University accommodation are billed in the first two weeks of each term.