Program Overview

When you choose CIS Abroad’s Semester in Bristol program, know you’re choosing the best of both academics and location. Bristol is the “greenest” city in the UK and a great launching pad for students looking for a more affordable alternative to London (just 90 minutes away). The University of Bristol, ranked among the UK’s Top 10 universities and among the Top 50 in the world, is a great match for independent, academically committed students who are excited to get out and explore.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Spring: October 1
Fall: June 15
Avg Course Load
60 UK Credits
Language(s) of Instruction
  • The city is super walkable (free citywide buses!) and provides an authentic English experience close to London
  • Bristol provides a cool city vibe (with lots of shopping) while also offering more than 450 parks and green spaces
  • Walk in the footsteps of revered historical figures, including Sir Winston Churchill, a former Chancellor of University of Bristol
  • Choose from hundreds of courses across all majors, creating a personalized academic program
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.



The University of Bristol offers both a rich academic and campus life. A great choice for interdisciplinary majors, the University of Bristol also offers unique and flexible research opportunities that focus on real-world outcomes. Campus is embedded in the heart of the city center, with historic buildings with modern updates.

The University of Bristol has been a beacon of positive change since opening in 1876, allowing women applicants to be accepted alongside men from its inception. It is a part of the prestigious Russel Group, and is considered one of the top 50 universities in the world, one of the Top 10 universities in the UK, and in the Top 5 in the UK for research.

On campus, get ready to get involved. The Global Lounge is an on-campus team dedicated to hosting events and creating space for international students on campus, and they offer day trips outside the city and programming during welcome week. Because the University of Bristol is committed to international education and increasing access, the campus of 18,000 undergraduate students is truly global and diverse. 

The Students’ Union is the social hub of campus and includes two theatres, a café-bar, photography darkroom, pottery and dance studios, rehearsal rooms and a swimming pool, making it is one of the largest Students’ Union buildings in the UK. The campus also boasts a recently renovated sports center and swimming pool. And, when you wish to explore the similarly vibrant scene off-campus, the University’s central location makes it easy to explore all that Bristol offers!

See the campus for yourself with University of Bristol’s Virtual Campus Tours.


Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.


Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.


If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.


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Choose Your Courses

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet in your portal.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

day trip to london river thames

Day Trip to London

Join us for a day-trip to the hustle and bustle of this cosmopolitan capital city. Meet students from our London programs and explore some of the most iconic sights the city has to offer. How about trying traditional Afternoon Tea?

stonehenge england uk day trip from bristol

Day Trip to Bath & Stonehenge

This is a day of not one, but two (!) World Heritage Sites! We’ll visit Stonehenge, one of the most iconic prehistoric monuments in Europe, and then stroll through the lively streets of Bath, the only city in the United Kingdom designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The world-famous Roman Baths date back to 43 A.D. and still give the city its unique feel. A visit here is almost like traveling through time!

scotland weekend trip for bristol and london students

Weekend Trip to Wales or Scotland

Why not spend a weekend exploring a completely different part of the United Kingdom? Depending on the semester, we’ll visit either Scotland or Wales, most likely with our London students. You’ll definitely want to bring your camera to capture the scenery!

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Maggie McCally
Senior Program Enrollment Coordinator - England, Ireland, Scotland, & Greece

Travel Tip: Forgive yourself for not always knowing exactly what to do in a new place; if you’re humble, people will be happy to nudge you in the right direction. And always have a deck of cards in your backpack!

Learn more about Maggie

Linda Hallbäck
Site Director London & International Operations Manager - Europe (North) and Africa

Travel Tip: Be patient with yourself and kind to those you meet along the way. Show gratitude daily, laugh often, and give thanks for the journey you are on. There will be hard days, but remember, the magic is in the journey and each day makes that journey complete. Smile!

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Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Fall 2020
    Application Deadline
    June 15
    September 19 (Estimated)
    December 21 (Estimated)
  • Spring 2021
    Application Deadline
    October 1
    January 18 (Estimated)
    June 5 (Estimated)
    $19,790 - $21,790 (Estimated)

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • University of Bristol transcript
  • CIS Abroad orientation
  • Excursions
  • On-site support
  • On-campus wi-fi
  • La Vida Local cultural program