University of Bristol
The University of Bristol is internationally distinguished as one of the most influential universities in the world. Situated in the heart of Bristol, the university is a world leader in research and is one of the 24 members of the Russell Group. It is also currently ranked as the 30th best university in the world.
Bristol is one of the original "red brick" universities - the six universities founded in the major industrial cities of England - and regularly ranks amongst the top 25 universities in the United Kingdom on most major league tables. Bristol also receives more applications than any other UK university. The most recent Research Assessment Exercise gave 15 departments a 5* rating. Entry standards are amongst the toughest in the country, and the university is often the alternative option to those wishing to apply to Oxbridge schools.
International students make up around 15 per cent of the 17,000 student population, coming from over 100 countries. Bristol International Airport is 20 minutes away from the city centre, and London – with links to Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted - is 90 minutes away by train. The drop-out rate at Bristol is also among the lowest in the country.
Services for International Students
All undergraduate and taught postgraduate students are assigned a personal tutor, a named member of academic staff within their department, to whom they can turn to for help and advice on both academic and personal matters. Personal tutors will meet their students regularly, either individually or in groups, and students may request a one-to-one meeting at any time.
International Student Advisers exist to help all international students get the most out of their time at Bristol, providing advice on a range of matters including immigration visa renewals, work permits and family issues. A reception and introductory programme for new international students is available upon arrival at the university, while a program of places to visit - with trips regularly organised by the university - is also part of the international student service.
- 19th in the Times University Guide 2015
- 34th in the Guardian University Guide 2015
- 18th in the Complete University Guide 2015
The University of Bristol is highly successful with the overall quality of its teaching, emerging as excellent from the rigorous UK government's independent teaching assessment process. It is also acknowledged by the UK government, research bodies, funding agencies and industry as a leading centre for enterprise, innovation and research. The UK government's most recent Research Assessment Exercise placed over 95 per cent of Bristol's subject areas in the top grades.
Bristol also ranks in the top ten for the subjects of Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science, Dentistry, Economics, English, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Politics and Veterinary medicine.
Accommodation is guaranteed for all new, full-time international students who accept an academic place at Bristol by the deadline.
The University of Bristol provides approximately 4,000 residential places for students, with almost two thirds of first year places in catered halls. Self-catering accommodation can be found in student houses and halls, some of which are arranged as flats. Some residences are in the city centre while others are situated at the edge of the city near parkland with lovely views across the Avon Gorge. A regular bus service connects the halls with the University and other parts of the city.
The University of Bristol is situated in a busy area of the city and, although it is not a campus university, the majority of its buildings are only a few minutes’ walk from each other.
Bristol's modern facilities are linked by a large public transport network. Bristol International Airport is 20 minutes away by shuttle bus or taxi and London is just 90 minutes away by train. There is easy access to the popular holiday destinations of the south-west coastal region, the Cotswolds and Wales. Bristol has been designated a 'Centre of Culture' by the Government and there is much to do in a busy city with over 400,000 people. It is the region’s leading centre for business, culture and education, and many students enjoy the fantastic standard of living. Bristol was also awarded the FDI magazine award in 2012-13 for best small city of the future.
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