University of Bristol

United Kingdom

Language of instruction


The University of Bristol is an internationally renowned Top 10 UK university. With seaside, scenery and culture, Bristol was recently ranked as the best place to live in Britain.

The University is ideally located for exploring many of the city’s cultural attractions, shops and green spaces. Bristol is a mere 90 minute journey from London, an hour from several famous beach breaks and close to heritage sights such as Stonehenge and Stratford-upon Avon (the birthplace of Shakespeare).

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Semester 2 January–June
Semester 2 Semester 1 September–January

Students wishing to study for a full-year at Bristol must commence their exchange in UQ Semester 2 (for Bristol's Semester 1).

Both the Law and Chemisty Departments only accept students for a full year exchange. 

View the Bristol academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Bristol has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

60 credits per semester at Bristol is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0 to study at Bristol.

Find courses

Create your programme with the Bristol course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Aerospace engineering
Animal studies
Art history
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil and structural engineering
Classical languages
Computer engineering
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Electrical engineering
English literature
Environmental studies
Film, TV and media
History and ancient history
International business
International relations
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Political science
Public policy
Software engineering
Aerospace engineering
Biological sciences
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil and structural engineering
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Electrical engineering
Environmental studies
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


Bristol has on-campus residences available for exchange students studying at the university or offers the option for off-campus private accommodation. Exchange students are guaranteed accommodation on-campus if they are studying at Bristol for a full year or for the autumn semester, but most students are allocated a room in University housing. 

Cost of living

The cost of living in Bristol can vary greatly depending on your habits and lifestyle. The University has provided a detailed guide to the average living expenses while studying and living in Bristol.

The Which? Student Budget Calculator is also a useful tool to help you create a budget and manage your finances while studying in the UK.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Students studying at Bristol can apply for a scholarship through BUTEX. BUTEX offers a number of £500 scholarships to students studying on exchange at member institutions


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

If you are studying in the UK for longer than 6 months you will be covered by the National Health Service (NHS), a publicly-funded system providing healthcare for UK residents. If you are studying at Bristol for less than 6 months you will need to organise private health insurance for the duration of your exchange.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Bristol provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the British High Commission for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.