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England Study Abroad Program at University of Bristol

About University of Bristol in Bristol, England

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2 (4.0 scale)
  • Application deadlines: October 15 for spring semester (Jan-June)
  • Program advisor: Emma Diebold
  • Please note: We are no longer accepting applications for this program after the spring 2017 term. Please contact IFSA-Butler to discuss alternative program options for fall 2017 and beyond.

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Program Snapshot


We're so excited that you're considering IFSA-Butler's program at the University of Bristol for your semester or year abroad. The city of Bristol is known fondly by our staff as a "Little London." The city is filled with shops, cafes, restaurants and entertainment options. Students always find something exciting and enriching in this little big city. We're sure you're going to love studying there!

What the University of Bristol has to offer

  • One of Britain's premier universities, with highly competitive admission
  • A member of Britain's Russell Group of universities, similar to the Ivy League
  • A warm and welcoming atmosphere
  • An urban campus that is truly integrated into the city
  • An active Student Union brings music and events to campus and sponsors social, athletic and cultural clubs
  • Many social and cultural societies and sporting groups
  • Great athletic and recreational facilities through the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health


  • Housing is in university-operated residence halls and student houses in the city and adjacent suburbs, all within three miles of the university.
  • Some of the residence halls offer a meal plan, while students in the other halls or flats purchase or prepare their own meals


  • Unlike many English universities, Bristol allows students to study in several different departments to create a varied class schedule
  • Students take a varied number of courses, depending on course weight
  • A member of the prestigious Russell Group of major research universities in the United Kingdom

We look forward to working with you!



Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
1. Open the University of Bristol online course catalog.
2. Click on the "Unit Catalogue" link.

What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.

For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:

  • When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the England academic system is an intensive, three-year program.
    • First-year or "C" courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
    • Second-year or "I" courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
    • Third-year or "H" courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.
    • Fourth-year or "M" and "D" courses are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
  • Determining what semester (i.e. Teaching Block) a course is offered
    • Teaching Block 1-12 corresponds to the fall semester
    • Teaching Block 13-24 corresponds to the spring semester
    • Teaching Block 1-24 corresponds to a full-year course

What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.

Course Restrictions

The following departments are available only to students studying for the full academic year:

  • Chemistry
  • Law

The following departments/faculties are available only to students studying for the spring term or full academic year:

  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics

The following departments are available only to students studying for the full year or fall term only:

  • School of Economics, Finance and Management

The following departments have restricted offerings for study abroad students:

  • Drama and Music: Enrollment must be negotiated with Bristol's Study Abroad Office. Drama is available only to drama/theatre majors.

The following departments are not available to study abroad students:

  • Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Community-based Medicine
  • Applied Community Health
  • Exercise, Nutrition and Health
  • Fraduate School of Education
  • All postgraduate level units (Level M or D)


How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. At the University of Bristol, a full course load consists of 60 Bristol credits per semester or 120 Bristol credits per year. Each Bristol credit is equivalent to 0.25 U.S. semester credit hours. For information on the credit weight, please review the information below.

10 Bristol credit points = 2.5 credit hours
20 Bristol credit points = 5 credit hours
60 Bristol credit points = 15 credit hours


What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full University of Bristol course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.

You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.

The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Neither you nor the university is bound by your selections, and you will not officially register for courses until you arrive on campus.


What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at the University of Bristol. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for Bristol. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade appeal or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.


How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at the University of Bristol. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.


Housing Options

The University of Bristol offers numberous halls of residence and apartments for students, with both caterered and self-catering options available.

Clifton Hill House - Clifton (catered)
Clifton Hill House is a 15- to 20-minute walk to the main campus. Students mainly live in single-study bedrooms. However, some shared rooms are available. Some bedrooms with washbasins are available; no en-suite rooms. Adapted rooms for hearing impaired students are available.

The hall also includes:

  • Phone & ResNet link in all study bedrooms
  • Laundry facilities on site
  • Computer room
  • Music practice room

Hiatt Baker Hall - Stoke Bishop (both catered and self-catered options available)
Hiatt Baker Hall is a 35- to 40-minute walk away from the main university campus. The student bus service operates seven days a week between Stoke Bishop and the Clifton campus area.

Students mainly live in single study bedrooms. However, some shared rooms are available. Each bedroom includes its own washbasin, telephone and Internet connection. Students will share bathroom and kitchen facilities. There are two pantries on each floor of the hall, fitted with small cookers, refrigerators and a microwave for the preparation of simple meals and snacks.

The main building is the focus of Hall life. It contains the dining room, a common room, a bar with a large screen and satellite TV, as well as a game room with snooker and pool tables. There is also a library, table tennis room and a television room.

The hall also includes:

  • Phone and ResNet link in all study bedrooms
  • Laundry facilities on site
  • Computer room
  • Music practice room

Wills Hall - Stoke Bishop (catered)
Wills Hall is is a 35- to 40-minute walk from the main university campus. The student bus service operates seven days a week between Stoke Bishop and the Clifton campus area. Some single study bedrooms with washbasins or en-suite are available.

Adapted rooms for hearing impaired students and students with mobility difficulties are available, though the hall is not fully wheelchair accessible.

The hall also includes:

  • Phone and ResNet link in all study bedrooms
  • Laundry facilities on site
  • Computer room
  • Music practice room

Durdham Hall - Stoke Bishop (self-catered)
Durdham Hall is the newest of the university's halls of residence. Located at Stoke Bishop, the hall is a 35- to 40-minute walk from the main campus. The student bus service operates seven days a week between Stoke Bishop and the Clifton campus area.

Students reside in flats of six or seven single-study bedrooms. Each study bedroom has an en-suite bathroom. There are some flats suitable for students with disabilities, as are most of the facilities throughout the hall.

Every flat has a shared kitchen and dining area that is furnished and equipped with supplies.

Facilities include a large lounge with a pool table, various games, big screen TV and bar. The Badger Bar is open nightly during term-time and is the center of social activities within the hall.

The hall also includes:

  • Phone and ResNet link in all study bedrooms
  • Laundry facilities on site
  • Computer room
  • Music practice room

Goldney Hall - Clifton (self-catered)
Goldney Hall is a 15- to 20-minute walk to the main campus. Students live in single-study bedrooms and share communal kitchen and living area with four to eight flatmates.

Bedrooms are supplied with a bed, mattress, pillow, desk, desk lighting, chair, curtains/blind, drawers/shelving, wardrobe and waste receptacle. Students are responsible for providing bed linens, duvets and blankets.

The building hosts a lively bar, common area with TV, as well as historic gardens.

The hall also includes:

  • Phone and ResNet link in all study bedrooms
  • Laundry facilities on site
  • Computer room
  • Music practice room

University Hall - Stoke Bishop (self-catered)
University Hall is located at Stoke Bishop, a 35- to 40-minute walk from the main campus. The student bus service operates seven days a week between Stoke Bishop and the Clifton campus area.

The majority of students are accommodated in shared flats each providing five standard, single study-bedrooms with shared facilities. There are some en-suite rooms available.

The hall also includes:

  • Phone and ResNet link in all study bedrooms
  • Laundry facilities on site
  • Computer room
  • Music practice room

Favell House - Old Town (self-catered)
Favell House is a 20-minute walk from campus. Students live in single study bedrooms within flats of five to seven people. Students share bathroom and kitchen facilities. Some single-sex flats are available.

The hall also includes:

  • Internet access (StudentCom) in all study bedrooms
  • Laundry facilities on site
  • Common room
  • Study room
  • Bike storage

The Courtrooms - Old Town (self-catered)
The Courtrooms is a 15-minute walk from campus. These modern flats house three to six students in single en-suite rooms. Each bedroom is equipped with its own bathroom, desk and bed. Students share kitchen facilities and have access to the building's social spaces.

Some alcohol-free and single-sex flats are available. Adapted rooms for restricted mobility and wheelchair users are available.

The hall also includes:

  • Internet access (StudentCom) in all study bedrooms
  • Laundry facilities on site
  • Common room
  • Study room
  • Bike storagee room


Catered residences provide meal plans. Self-catered residences and student houses do not provide meals plans, so students will have to purchase and prepare their own meals. See the Housing Options tab for additional information.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for the cost of your meals (whether a meal plan or self-catered) and any commuting costs you may incur. Some university housing requires students to move out during winter and spring breaks. If you wish to remain in residence during the vacation period(s), you must notify the university housing office upon arrival to make necessary arrangements. Staying in residence during university breaks may incur additional costs not covered by the IFSA-Butler program fee.

Are bed linens provided?
The distribution of bedding and bed linens varies year to year at each hall of residence and student house. Some will provide bedding and linens free of charge while others will allow you to rent a bedding package at a very reasonable rate. We suggest that you wait until you arrive in England to buy your bed linens (if necessary) because it will save you room in your luggage.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in England for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Yes. IFSA-Butler requires a refundable housing deposit of $300 before going abroad. We will return this deposit to you after March 1 for fall programs or September 1 for spring and year programs, less any fines, damages or outstanding debts in your name.

Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.

Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.

Location Info

Living and Studying Abroad in Bristol, England

About Bristol
Population: 500,000
Location: Southwest England, ninety minutes from London

City features

  • A port city that received its royal charter in 1155
  • An interesting combination of medieval churches, Georgian crescents and major financial institutions and industry
  • Trendy neighborhoods that cater specifically to students with a mix of pubs, clubs, theatres and cinemas
  • An active arts scene with music, galleries, opera, ballet and theatres, including the Theatre Royal, home of the famous Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company
  • Enthusiastic support for cricket, rugby and soccer
  • A great jumping-off point for travel

Do more!

  • Visit the beautiful town of Bath nearby
  • Ride the train to London, just 90 minutes away
  • Enjoy the lovely coastal resorts of the surrounding West Country and rustic charms of the Cotswolds
  • Take advantage of low-cost airlines that offer flights between Bristol and the Continent

Visit Bristol
Bristol News
Interactive map of Bristol

Dates & Fees

Program Dates

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Important: Once you are abroad, please verify the program end date with the department(s) in which you are studying. Ending dates may vary from department to department, and you will be expected to complete all course obligations prior to your departure. Program housing is available only until the program end date.

Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.

In the United Kingdom, exams are taken under formal conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals. Exams must be taken where and when scheduled.

*Alternate assessment may be offered in December for some modules. It is the student's responsibility to verify the exam schedule and program end date upon arrival at University of Bristol.

Program Fees

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What's included in our England program fees
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Spring Payment Due:
November 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.

The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.

† Housing Deposit
This program requires a housing deposit of $300. This payment is in addition to the program fee but is due on the same date. The deposit is held separately from the program fee and should be paid separately. The deposit is refunded to the student after the program, less any damages, fines or outstanding debts in the student’s name.

Personal Cost Estimates

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Expense calculator

These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. Rates are current as of 12/9/2016.

They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out.  If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate.  If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.

The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.

*Student Visa: U.S. citizens studying in the U.K. for less than six months (180 days) do not need to apply for a visa, but can instead enter the country as a student visitor at no cost. Student visitors are allowed to remain in the U.K. for up to six months but are not allowed to undertake any paid work or unpaid volunteer activities. Citizens of some countries may be required to obtain a student visa. If this applies to you, your IFSA-Butler program advisor will notify you. Detailed instructions regarding U.K. visas will be sent to all students upon acceptance.

Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.

All costs are in U.S. dollars.

Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Bristol, England:

emmaProgram Advisor Emma Diebold assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Emma completed her undergraduate degree in Geography: Travel & Tourism at Ball State University. She went abroad with the BSU Geography Department to Eastern and Central Europe and has enjoyed personal travels to several destinations including Belgium, France, Ireland, Peru, Ecuador and The Bahamas. Emma joined the IFSA- Butler team to aid students who want to explore the world and advises students planning to study abroad in England. Emma can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4258.

altStudent Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.




altStudent & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.

Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident directors. Click here to read more about Resident Director Lynne Alvarez.

abbyAcademic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.

Get Connected

Connect with IFSA-Butler Students

If you really want to know what it's like to study abroad, connect with IFSA-Butler alumni and students who are currently abroad on an IFSA-Butler program. Check out the following:
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