This program allows you to become fully integrated into the academic and social life of the University of Bristol. Fall, spring, and year options are open to you. This program offers studies in many departments. Mostly notably, there is a unique and outstanding course selection for Pre-Med students in the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Science.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 21-24 quarter/14-16 semester UC units per semester; usually 3 courses or 60 University of Bristol units. A total of 42-48 quarter/28-32 semester UC units are required per year.
Research and Independent Study
Independent study or research for academic credit may be possible. Arrangements are generally made after arrival at the host institution, although in some cases predeparture preparation may be required. A UCEAP Special Study Research Project would be in addition to a full course load. The History Department offers a Special Topic Project course (HIST1303). Linked to a Special Topic, this stand-alone 20-credit-point unit encourages students to undertake an extensive research project.
The University of Bristol is consistently ranked as one of the UK’s top universities. Particular areas of strength include Classics, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Finance and Management, Geography, Mathematics, Music, Policy Studies, and Psychology.
The University offers scores of clubs and societies for students to join: a great way to meet other students. The campus is located in the Clifton area of Bristol, within walking distance of the city center. Bristol has a strong arts scene. Its distinguished history, stretching from medieval to contemporary periods, has left a rich legacy in architecture, literature, and science.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
Important: Your ability to participate in any internship in the U.K. either for academic credit or life experience depends upon obtaining the correct Tier 4 Student Visa before departure. You must request a CAS number from the host university after acceptance. The CAS number is needed in order to apply for the Tier 4 Student Visa.
A UCEAP Special Study Internship Project would be in addition to a full course load.
1. Internships found through the UCEAP London Study Center
Become engaged in internships through the resources of the London Study Center. The Study Center has information on possible internships in the community, including some in the summer after the end of a year program. According to U.K. visa regulations, only year program students will be able to remain in the U.K. long enough to participate in a summer internship. However, fall or spring students can participate in an internship during the fall or spring term.
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact the London Study Center and submit a resume or CV and a cover letter. The Study Center can assist by writing a letter of recommendation for you, if needed by the internship provider.
2. Student - initiated internships
Be creative and design your own internship. Participants have interned at cultural events, at various city councils, and communication companies such as the BBC. These internships are frequently not for academic credit; however, if your internship is substantial you can request credit by following these three steps
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact companies and organizations that align with your interest. Career Development Offices on campus offer excellent guidance on resume or CV and cover letter writing. For students who wish to start the internship search prior to departure, we recommend looking at the host institution's online career resources.
1. "Just one year prior, I had browsed the Bristol Robotics Laboratory’s website with videos and publications for its projects, including aerial, medical, and interactive robots. I thought that there would be little chance that I would be able to gain an internship at the lab, but it was nevertheless the deciding factor in choosing Bristol University as my host university abroad. Due to being a Student Support Scholarship recipient and through my university’s connections, I was able to secure a summer internship with PhD student Maria Elena Giannaccini on her project in collision safety."
Michelle Freret, UCI (U.K.-England, University of Bristol, 2012/13)
2. "...I decided I wanted to go into public relations. I began by researching all the PR agencies located in Leeds, looking at their websites and blogs to get a sense of the company and whether they would be open to accepting interns. I eventually found a company called MCG PR, a team of women who specialized in public relations for consumer products. [...] Inspired, I started writing a cover letter to them, describing my goals and relating to the post about how it had solidified the notion of my wanting to try my hand at public relations. Working in a tea-induced frenzy, I attached my CV and sent an email to them. The next day, Sarah, one of the partners of MCG, emailed me and asked for my availability, beginning one of the best experiences I’ve had so far while studying abroad. "
Teresa Chang, UCI (U.K.-England, University of Leeds, 2012/13)
UCEAP students are responsible to make their own housing arrangements and payments to the housing provider of their choice. Most students choose on- or off-campus dormitories or university-owned housing in the community, while others choose private accommodations in flats or shared houses. All universities have resources to help you find private housing.
Full board and self-catering halls of residence are available at Bristol. Each hall is an academic community committed to providing a supportive student environment, promoting student welfare, and encouraging personal development. All halls are home to students from different countries and backgrounds, representing different faculties and different stages in their academic careers. You may choose the larger, more traditional hall, or a smaller environment such as a flat or student house. Stoke Bishop, a mini-campus of self-catering flats, is attractive but a 30-minute walk from the university. UCEAP participants recommend Clifton Hill House and Manor Hall, as well as The Hawthorns, which is in the center of the campus. Students report the UNITE housing is not well maintained. Private accommodations include lodgings
with meals, bed-sitting rooms, and flats.
Experience life in a culturally vibrant and environmentally sustainable English city with easy access to other parts of the country.
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Bristol is England’s sixth largest city (with a population around 1 million people) and is located in the Southwest near the Welsh border. Most famous for its art, music, and film industries, Bristol has a beautiful landscape, with rolling hills and several rivers running through it. Famous inhabitants of the city have included William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Cary Grant, Gene Wilder, and Patrick Stewart.
A popular cultural destination, Bristol is known for such sites as: the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery; Brunel’s ss Great Britain (the world's first great ocean liner); the Clifton Suspension Bridge; and St. Werburgh’s City Farm. Hometown of street artist Banksy, Bristol offers an eclectic mix of art galleries. Areas like Old City, Harbourside, and Clifton Village allow students to explore the different incarnations of the city and to become 'locals'.
On campus: With over 150 clubs, societies, and sporting teams, you can participate in basketball, rowing eights, women’s soccer, field hockey, water polo, rugby, swimming, and the many arts and cultural activities that the university offers.
In Bristol: The city hosts several annual boat races; the Zoo Gardens, with a long-established animal breeding and conservation program; the Wildwalk, a living rainforest; Explore-At-Bristol, an interactive science exhibits center; the Orange Imaginarium, a planetarium; and an IMAX theater. .