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  • Locations: Bristol, England UK
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Rice applicants only
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The University of Bristol is one of the premier universities in the United Kingdom with a worldwide reputation for academic excellence. Consistently ranked in the top 10 in the UK, it is generally the most difficult to gain admission to after Oxford and Cambridge. Bristol has over 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students and is at the forefront of research and innovation.  The University is located in the neighborhood of Clifton, a short walk from the waterfront with a wide range of student friendly cafes, pubs, galleries, and independent cinemas. 


Bristol offers full cross-registration across the University, allowing you to create a personalized academic program, so as to fulfill any major or minor requirements while you are abroad.  
A sample of course listings is as follows:
Biology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology, Classics, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, English Literature, Geography, History, Art History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Experimental Psychology, Policy Studies, Politics, Sociology, Theology, Languages, Engineering, Archaeology, and Music.

Student Life

Student life at Bristol is full and varied, and students are fully encouraged to integrate into the Bristol community. Students are automatically members of the University Union, which supports over 200 clubs, societies and sporting teams. Study Abroad students have a long tradition of participation in sports at all levels, and a number have represented the university during their year here. Bristol is one of the most popular and vibrant student cities in the UK, attracting students from across the country. 


Although not formally guaranteed University housing, incoming exchange students 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.


The city of Bristol is the regional capital of the English West Country, a region of rolling hills and quintessential English countryside.  It has a rich heritage of architectural, literary, social and scientific institutions, and enjoys a long history of links with North America.  Bristol has a population of around 600,000 and is located about 90 minutes west of London.
Bristol boasts a thriving music and arts scene that is easily accessible.  The city of Bristol was named as European Green Capital for 2015 and hosts more festivals than any European city.