Summer in Bristol
University of Bristol

LGBTQIA+ Friendly

Independent, artsy adventure in the birthplace of Banksy.

Choose Bristol for a summer and watch even more choices unfold. Do you spend the weekend in town for the music festival, hop a train into London, or cruise over to Wales? Wherever you feel drawn in your free time, you’ll find it easy to make Bristol your home for a memorable summer. With its own airport, Bristol is an easy hub to other European cities. Not that you need to travel far for new experiences: summer students enjoy embedded field trips two evenings a week, like a street art walking tour or private ferryboat around Bristol Harbour.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 3-6 U.S. Credits (depending on program)
  • GPA Requirement: 3.0


  • Soak up Bristol's lively summertime vibes, with concerts, festivals, and street performances on the regular
  • Enjoy a fully comprehensive program, even including meals
  • Hone your studies through focused academic tracks like Biological Science, Innovation, Archaeology, or Research
  • Embrace an authentically British city with an independent, creative spirit
  • Find your nature fix both near and far, between Bristol's bountiful green spaces and nearby coast and nature reserves

Program Details

University of Bristol

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.

Areas of study with fewer than 3 classes available

  • Natural & Applied Sciences
  • Art & Design
  • Health

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Business
  • Communications
  • Humanities

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

As a Summer in Bristol student, you can choose your own academic adventure!

Please note that some of these programs are highly selective, capping their numbers at 10 or 20 students, and as such, acceptance cannot be guaranteed, even for extremely qualified applicants. MOVE QUICKLY!


Want to observe true social justice movers and shakers at work? On the University of Bristol’s Arts, Activism, and Social Justice program, students will spend up to 70% of their three-week experience off-campus, meeting with and working alongside organizations and artist groups within the Bristol community.  For a class syllabus, click here!


ARCHAEOLOGY (10 UK credits)
If you want to get your hands dirty on a true archaeological dig, this may be the experience for you! Work with UK veterans and the University of Bristol team to excavate an 1100’s hunting lodge.  For a syllabus, For a day-to-day itinerary, click here!

Get three weeks of hands-on practical lab experience at one of the top-five research institutions in the UK. You will be inserted into a researcher’s current project. Projects cannot be chosen ahead of time, and specific subject areas cannot be guaranteed.  For a syllabus, click here!  For a detailed day-to-day breakdown of scientific topics and excursions, click here!

Get ready to enter the shark tank! Spend week one imagining your concept, week two planning your pitch, and week three pitching! This program will also include field trips around Bristol to expose you to the Bristol industrial scene. For a day-to-day itinerary, click here!


Work alongside a University of Bristol researcher for a full six-week term. This is a credit-bearing, academic opportunity, but most of your time will be spent in the laboratory assisting the Bristol faculty.  For a syllabus, click here!

For the Summer 2020 session, students can work alongside the faculty at the Bristol Dental School on the following three topics:

**The role of microbial ‘cross-talk’ on the emergence of antimicrobial resistance

**Deciphering the mechanisms of Streptococcus colonisation and pathogenesis

**Nanotopographical modulation of bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation

For more information on these research projects, please click here!

Why Life in Bristol

Bristol is a great size – at 450,000 residents, it’s big enough to have something new to explore every weekend, but you’ll still get to know the city. Located 90 minutes west of London, Bristol has a lot of surprises in store – including being 30% more affordable than its neighbor (hello, weekend travel!). With a vibrant mix of heritage buildings and modern street art, Bristol’s creative industries like media, film, and TV thrive alongside technology, electronics, and aerospace engineering sectors.

Bristol is the greenest city in the UK, both in its commitment to sustainability and its lush natural spaces (450 parks!). Explore Bristol’s botanical gardens, river, and harbor or venture to nearby nature reserves well-known for hiking and recreation. Whether you’re into music, movies, museums, or theatre, Bristol doesn’t stop with options for entertainment and adventure. And it’s easy to get around – Bristol’s walkability includes free citywide buses.

Locals are self-described as liberal, laid-back, and welcoming, and they know Bristol to be a hub of activism and LGBTQIA-friendliness. Between its vibrant arts scene, walkable layout, commitment to independent shops and local food-focused restaurants, (and remember that ease of access to London!), Bristol is an ideal study abroad destination. While you’ll likely find just about everything you could want in the city, if you’re getting the urge to travel, use Bristol’s convenient airport as your gateway to Europe.

Live La Vida Local

  • Independent Spirit

    From its abundant independent shops to its own community currency, Bristol is proudly independent. You'll find plenty of public artworks, performances, and a generally playful spirit, as evidenced by colorful buildings and houses.

  • Vibrant Arts & Culture

    Between film, theatre, music, and museums, Bristol boasts a vibrant arts and culture scene. There's also a zoo, aquarium, and roller disco, so you may not feel the need to visit London for all your entertainment interests!

  • Gateway to the South West

    From your base in Bristol, you can easily explore Bath, Cardiff, the coast, ancient forests, and national parks.

  • Foot-Friendly City

    Ranked among the most active cities in the world, Bristol is a delight to explore on stride. Marvel at the city's medieval architecture, soak in the tranquility of the plentiful green spaces, or walk to earn your fish and chips.

Housing in Bristol


CIS Abroad students stay in University of Bristol student residence villages within walking distance or a short (free) bus ride of campus.

Living in University of Bristol residential villages provides abundant social and sporting opportunities, similar to what you might expect from a residential campus in the US. Your residence may host activities such as theatricals, music, dance, exercise classes, sports coaching, recreational play, and more.


Breakfast and dinner are included! Gotta love a meal plan 🙂

Inclusions and Amenities

  • 24-hour security
  • Bathroom
  • Bed linens
  • Cleaning Service
  • CommutePublic TransportationWalking
  • Desk
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Laundry
  • Meal PlanPartial
  • Microwave
  • Printer
  • Private Room
  • Study Areas
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included


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

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Partial meal plan
  • 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 at Heathrow or Bristol airports
  • CIS Abroad orientation
  • On-site support
  • On-campus wi-fi
  • La Vida Local cultural program
  • University of Bristol Social Program

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in a comprehensive orientation program. We’ll show you the lay of the land and how to get around town. We’ll  discuss topics like how to stay safe, what to do in case of an emergency, and who to contact if you have any questions. We’ll also tell you all about our favorite places in town, like the best theatres, museums, parks, restaurants to visit during your stay. To end our day together, we’ll sit down for a traditional and delicious welcome meal  – perhaps fish and chips, which are a must in Bristol!

Farewell & Re-Entry Program

While you may perceive Bristol as your jumping-off point for London, the UK, and broader European exploration, you should come to appreciate all that you have right in your new home! Bristol has so much to offer for people of all walks of life and interests. We’re so excited to show you some of our favorite sides of this fascinating city.

Site Director

Travel Tip:

Save money on your Oyster Card and walk everywhere. There are so many different neighbourhoods that await to be explored and hidden treasures to be discovered. Get lost in the city and take time to enjoy the experience!

Travel Tip:

Save money on your Oyster Card and walk everywhere. There are so many different neighbourhoods that await to be explored and hidden treasures to be discovered. Get lost in the city and take time to enjoy the experience!


Anna holds a B.A. in English and German from Ca’Foscari University of Venice. The Italian village where she was born was never enough for her, and from a young age she decided she wanted to see the world and meet a lot of people from different cultures. Fascinated by foreign languages and traveling, she first studied abroad in London when she was in high school and then at Humboldt Universität in Berlin a few years after. New York City holds a special place in her heart, ever since he was an intern at the Italian Cultural Institute there. After volunteering and working for the not-for-profit association AFS Intercultural Program, helping hundreds of high school students enroll and prepare for their experience abroad, she moved to London and focused on working with university students. She has been part of the CIS Abroad on-site team in London for almost five years now and has extensive knowledge about all our London programs. She loves musicals, fashion, playing tennis, hiking, drinking green tea and matcha, and is an intrepid backpacker.

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 text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Hadley Byrne
Travel Tip:

When in doubt, reach out! More often than not, locals will respect and respond matching the effort that you put into communication. Practice makes perfect, and leaving your comfort zone means expanding your comfort zone!

Linda Hallbäck
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!

Dates & Prices

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

  • Application Deadline: Feb 1
  • Arrival: June 7
  • Departure: June 27
  • Price: $5,990
  • Application Deadline: Mar 1
  • Arrival: July 5
  • Departure: July 18
  • Price: $5,990
  • Application Deadline: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: July 19 (Estimated)
  • Departure: August 8 (Estimated)
  • Price: $5,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Feb 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: July 19 (Estimated)
  • Departure: August 29 (Estimated)
  • Price: $10,390 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Feb 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 7 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 27 (Estimated)
  • Price: $5,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: July 5 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 18 (Estimated)
  • Price: $5,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: July 19 (Estimated)
  • Departure: August 8 (Estimated)
  • Price: $5,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Feb 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: July 19 (Estimated)
  • Departure: August 29 (Estimated)
  • Price: $10,390 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

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

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