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  • App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Ben Briggs Program type: Exchange, Non-exchange
Area of study: Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology, Biomedical and health sciences engineering, Chemistry, Cinema, Classics, Computer Science, Contemporary European studies, Czech, Dental hygiene, Dramatic art, Economics, Education, Elementary education, English, Environmental sciences, Environmental studies, French, Geography, Geological sciences, German, German literature and culture, Germanic studies, Global Cinema Studies, Global studies, Hispanic studies, History, Italian, Management, Mathematics, Medieval history, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political science, Portuguese, Psychology, Public policy, Religious studies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0
Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Graduate courses available: No
Housing options: Student Residences Language prerequisite: No
Language of instruction: English
Program Description:
Location| Courses & Credits| Housing| Program Costs| Application Process | More Information|

University of Bristol

The University of Bristol was founded in 1872. As a city-based university, Bristol does not have a formal campus in the traditional U.S. sense; rather, university buildings are roughly grouped in a “University precinct,” alongside other, non-university buildings. For students tired of the "fishbowl" environment of U.S. campuses, Bristol is a refreshing departure.

On this program, UNC students directly enroll at the University of Bristol for a semester or academic year for an opportunity to fully integrate into the academic, social, and cultural life.  You may apply as an exchange or non-exchange student. No matter your classification, you will take courses alongside degree-seeking Bristol students, have access to student housing, and participate in all aspects of student life.


Though home to some 441,000 people, Bristol is a fairly compact city and many areas of interest are within walking distance of the city center and the University area. A student-friendly city, Bristol is home to thriving local art and music scenes including a wide array of graffiti and street art. Bristol is also a major center for media with plenty of venues for viewing films and theater performances. For students interested in exploring on the weekends, Bristol has excellent road, rail and air connections with the rest of the UK and is only 90 minutes from Heathrow airport and London.

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Courses & Credits

Academic offerings at Bristol
UNC students at Bristol are fully integrated into the university and have virtually the same range of classes to choose from as British students. Bristol is organized into six faculties, five of which offer subjects available to study abroad students:
  • Arts
  • Engineering
  • Medical and Veterinary Sciences
  • Science
  • Social Sciences and Law
In particular, Bristol may be a good fit for students interested in studying Chemistry, Pre-medical Studies, Geology, Physics, or Psychology as a hard science. View the full list of available subjects and restrictions. Studying at Bristol for the Fall-only term is NOT possible for Chemistry students.  If you want to take Chemistry courses at Bristol, you must study there for either the full academic year or the Spring.

The British Education System
The British educational system positions students to be more independent and pro-active in their learning. Rather than multiple assessments throughout the semester, students may be graded only on a final essay and/or exam. Students may find that they are spending less time inside the classroom, but the expectation is that they will spend increased amounts of time engaged in independent study. While this system may prove challenging for U.S. students, many students thrive on the freedom to direct their education and welcome the exposure to a Graduate School-style approach.

Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
  • You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
  • You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
  • These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
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Students who attend Bristol for a full academic year are guaranteed housing. Accommodation for visiting and exchange students for only the spring semester is more limited, though rooms are often available and the university can assist with locating private accommodation when needed. Bristol offers both catered and self-catered housing options. Catered housing provides meals during term-time and access to small kitchens for preparing snacks. Self-catered housing provides shared kitchen/diners for students. There are also various cafes on and around campus as well as supermarkets nearby.
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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.

Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad. 

Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
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Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  2. The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
  3. Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 02/24/2020
02/29/2020 TBA TBA
Spring 2021 09/10/2020
10/04/2020 TBA TBA

Indicates that deadline has passed

App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1