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|Program Type:||Exchange / Direct Enroll||Minimum GPA:||3.2|
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|About the Program||Accommodations|
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- The University of Bristol is one of the premier universities in the United Kingdom and has a worldwide reputation for its scholarship.
- For British students, it is generally the most difficult to gain admission to, after Oxford and Cambridge. It has over 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
- The University is adjacent to the city center.
- Click here for a campus map.
About the city
- The city of Bristol is the regional capital of the English West Country. It has a rich heritage of architectural, literary, social and scientific institutions. It is a thriving modern city with a lively artistic community as well as leisure and sporting facilities.
- Bristol is situated on a harbor on the Avon river.
- Bristol has a population of around 400,000 and is located about 105 miles west of London.
- Bristol is a hub for EasyJet.
- London is just 90 minutes away by train.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better (3.5 for the sciences)
- GPA in the major is especially important
- Participation may be denied, or acceptance may be revoked, if a student's conduct prior to departure raises doubts as to his or her suitability for the program.
- This program is available for the full academic year (preferred) or for spring semester only. Fall semester applications cannot be accommodated because fall term finals are scheduled in late January, after the start of the Richmond spring semester.
- Robins School of Business students may transfer back credit from only one (1) business course taken while enrolled on this program to count towards their business degree. Specific course approval must be given by Dr. Tom Cossé. RSB students may transfer courses back from non-business subjects to count towards any non-business majors/minors and general education requirements (pending departmental approval) and towards the total units needed for graduation.
Bristol offers full cross-registration in most departments. Subjects areas include the sciences (full year only), classics, computer science, earth sciences, English, geography, Hispanic Studies, historical studies, history of art, Law, mathematics, philosophy, policy studies, pre-med (taught from a humanities persepctive), politics, sociology, theology, medieval studies, languages and women's studies. Psychology, music and drama are not recommended for study abroad students. Click here for Bristol's online course catalog.
The normal course load is 60 Bristol credit points per semester or 120 credits for the year. If you are studying in a range of departments, you may not be able to take precisely 60 credits (or 120 for full year), so margins of 55-65 are acceptable for a semester (or 115-125 for full year).
Beginning with students abroad in the spring 2008 semester, all credit will be transferred back to UR using the newly adopted Unit System. Therefore, the conversion will work as follows:
60 points = 15 UR credits = 4.5 units
40 points = 10 UR credits = 3 units
20 points = 5 UR credits = 1.5 units
10 points = 0.75 units
Credit conversion to units. Please see this page on the website of the Registrar for an explanation of how academic credit earned abroad is converted to UR units.
Bristol Mark Equivalent UR grade 70+ A+ 65-69 A 60-64 A- 57-59 B+ 54-56 B 50-53 B- 45-49 C+ 40-44 C 40 or lower C-/F not eligible for UR transfer credit
Students who apply by the stated deadlines for study abroad for the academic year are guaranteed on-campus housing at the University of Bristol (spring only applicants cannot be guaranteed housing). Halls are self-catering (students cook themselves) or catered (with meal plans). Students on the exchange are fully integrated with students from the University of Bristol. Single rooms are the norm, and all residences have communal kitchens and shared bathrooms. Basic furniture is provided.
Click here for the University's accommodations site.
See Dates and Costs for Bristol for program dates and a budget sheet for Bristol.
Since Bristol is affiliated with the British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX), students approved to study there are eligible to apply for the BUTEX North American Scholarship.
NOTE: Travel allowances, reimbursements, health insurance premiums and other payments above tuition costs paid by Richmond on behalf of its semester and year abroad students are available only to Richmond degree-seeking students accepted to participate on UR-affiliated abroad programs.
Students who are citizens of the US (or many other countries) who will study in the UK for one semester, who do not plan to work while in the UK, and who do not plan to extend their stay in the UK beyond one semester, are encouraged to enter the UK with Student Visitor status.
Students who will study in the UK for more than one semester, or who plan to work while in the UK, or who go there for one semester but could possibly extend their stay in the UK beyond that period of time, must obtain a Tier 4 UK Student Visa.
Click here to read about both options.
Contact Chris Klein in the Office of International Education.
This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.