|| QUICK FACTS
|| Bristol, United Kingdom
| Autumn Semester / Academic Year
| Spring Semester
|| 20-25 UW credits per semester
|| Junior standing or above by time of
departure; min. 3.0 GPA
|| Instruction in English
|| Mike Renes | firstname.lastname@example.org
| Jan. 15 (Autumn Semester and Academic Year)
Spring Semester priority deadline
| May 15 (Spring Semester)
|| Ranked among Great Britain's top ten
universities, Bristol has an impeccable
reputation for scholarship and research. The
exchange is particularly well-suited for
engineering and science students due to
Bristol's excellent reputation in these fields,
but is open to students of all disciplines.
| Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
Where You Will Study
Like many cities in Great Britain, charming Bristol's historical founding dates to the days of the Romans. Originally settled as a port in 55 AD, the City's commercial importance was second only to London's until the early 19th Century. Today, Bristol is an eclectic mix of old and new; the narrow streets of the old city, medieval churches, and historic tall ships, share ground with modern buildings and high-tech businesses. Currently, Bristol is home to the largest aerospace complex in Western Europe and Lloyds Bank International, helping the City to maintain its tradition as one of Great Britain's leading commercial centers. Bristol has a great site where you can get a great idea of what your experience will be like on the ground here.
With a student population of 26,000, Bristol is a mid-sized school with an active student life fully supported by the Student Union. Students automatically become members of the Union upon enrollment providing them with access to over 150 clubs, societies and sporting teams.
Having already begun their academic specialization in secondary school, British students enter the university with a solid foundation in their subject area. Rather than devoting the first half of their university careers to satisfying pre-requisites, British students launch into their specialized core courses from the onset. Once a student declares a specialization, there is little room for deviation from the core curriculum. When compared to American university courses, first and second-year courses in Great Britain are typically more advanced and akin to Junior and Senior-level courses in the United States. Due to the highly specialized and structured compositions of the British curricula, UW exchange participants should have a background in their proposed area of study and not plan to enroll for courses in more than one or two specializations.
In general, British universities place a greater emphasis on independent learning than most undergraduate programs in the United States. In contrast to American universities, where course syllabi delineate the professor's expectations of the student for each week of the academic term, most British professors rely on the student's self-direction, research and study of outside readings to guide the courses of their learning. In this way, the curricula are comparable to graduate programs' style of scholarship in the United States. (Students in the fields of science or engineering might find their course curricula to be more structured than that of the arts or social sciences with a strong emphasis on laboratory work). Although, the British pedagogical approach may appear somewhat relaxed it, in fact, provides a very challenging and invigorating environment in which to study. Students are responsible for their own learning and must be self-motivated and committed to their independent studies in order to succeed.
Although many British courses are designed as full-year units, most allow students the option to enroll on a semester or per-term basis. British university classes generally meet as large lectures, seminars, group discussions and/or tutorials. Lectures, seminars and discussions are similar to those taught at the UW in terms of size and general format. Tutorials are one-on-one or one-on-two discussions with the professor teaching the course.
You can begin your search for courses right here:
Bristol course information
If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database
to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.
For more information on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges
Students are responsible for securing and funding their own housing in Bristol but are encouraged to apply for university accommodations at the host institution. Student housing is an exceptional way to meet British students and to integrate into campus life. Although university housing is not guaranteed, most international student applications are accepted.
Housing options vary from on and off-campus residence halls, to shared flats and suites. Some accommodations include catered meal plans while others are equipped with full kitchens for self-catering. Students who do not to take advantage of university housing options generally find accommodations in private boarding homes or apartments.
More information can be found on Bristol's website.
Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships
As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and IPE administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form
For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances
To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.
University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad adviser following your selection for the exchange.
See Applications and Recommendations
for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.
for UW program withdrawal policies.
After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences.
To see past students' evaluations for the University of Bristol Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.
University of Bristol Exchange.pdf
Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email email@example.com.