The City of Bristol is one of the largest cities in England. Located 120 miles west of London, Bristol is the largest city in Southwest England. Once a thriving port city, Bristol now prides itself in being the artistic and cultural hub of the West Country. Recently named Britain’s “Best City to Live in”, student will find a thriving food, art and theater scene, a harbor bursting restaurants and attractions, music venues, picturesque medieval and Georgian buildings, as well as many parks and squares,
The University of Bristol is one of the top universities in Great Britain. Located in the heart of the city, the university is home to over 19,000 students and welcomes students from allover the world. Bristol has many high quality academic departments including the biological sciences, chemistry, economics, mathematics, politics and history. Students have the opportunity to have both a campus environment and to have the city as their campus.
Bristol is open to many academic majors. Students can choose to study for the full academic year, fall semester only or spring semester only. Students may take classes in many academic departments. Students are fully integrated into the University of Bristol.
University of Bristol
The Richmond Building
105 Queen's Road
Bristol BS8 1LN
Academics & Support
The academic system at Bristol is different than what students find at Boston College. Students will take a total of 60 credits per semester. 60 credits is typically 3-4 classes per semester. Courses or modules are less structured than courses at Boston College. Students are expected to do much more independent reading. Students' grades will be based on a limited number of assignments.
Course information for Bristol is available here
Students should consult the host university’s course pages to review any course requirements, restrictions or limitations. Students should review and understand the information provided by the host university.
- Fall Term: Starts in mid-September and ends in mid-December.*
- Spring Term: Starts in late January and ends in early June.**
* Some fall exams may take place in January. Students can, with permission from Bristol, take these exams at Boston College. Information will be provided by Bristol at the start of the fall semester.
**The spring semester exam schedule is not released until late spring semester. Spring term students should be prepared to stay at Bristol until the end of the term. Taking exams early or outside of established Bristol regulations is not allowed.
Students pay housing costs directly to Bristol. Housing costs may include a meal plan. Students live within the halls of residences at Bristol. Residences are located throughout the campus. For more information, please visit the Accommodations' Office website.
Bristol accommodation is self-catering; students will have access to a kitchen. Students may also choose to dine on and around Bristol's campus.
BC students have full membership to the Bristol Student Union
, which also offers varies activities and events. Bristol is a vibrant city. Students are encouraged to take advantage of its amenities, including harbor tours, boat trips on the Avon River, the City Museum and the hilly shopping areas of Bristol's West End.