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University of Bristol
Bristol, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Bristol scores highly when it comes to the arts—look out for works by graffiti artist Banksy—while the local music scene gave rise to Portishead, Massive Attack, Tricky, and Tears for Fears. The harbor district is a major hub by day or night, with museums, galleries, cafés, bars, and nightclubs. And day-trips from Bristol might take you to the nearby spa town of Bath, to the caves of the Cheddar Gorge, the hills of South Wales, or even by train to London.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the University of Bristol website. Some departments are not open to visiting students and others only offer year-long courses. Rutgers students are not able to study at Bristol during the fall term due to the timing of Bristol exams.
When looking for courses, be sure that you are looking at courses for undergraduate students only and that you are looking at classes in the correct term of study. If you are studying at Bristol during the spring term only, you need to choose courses that are offered during weeks 13-24 (known as Teaching Block 2). If you are studying at Bristol for the academic year, you may choose courses that are offered during weeks 1-12, weeks 13-24, or courses that are offered for the full year.
Universities in the United Kingdom typically use a three-year curriculum; thus, courses listed as “Level 4,” “Level 5,” and “Level 6” do not necessarily translate into first, second, and third year courses in the American system. Students in the past have recommended taking courses at Level 4 or Level 5. Unlike the U.S. university system, universities in England offer upper-level courses at Levels 4 and 5. Courses at Level 6 tend to be rather advanced, much like our graduate courses, and students should pay particular attention to prerequisite requirements.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to University of Bristol and Rutgers University. That means that you will normally take 60 Bristol credits or 15 Rutgers credits per semester. The credit translation system between Bristol University and Rutgers University is 4:1, meaning a 20-credit course at the University of Bristol will be a 5-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Academic Year: Late September – Mid-June
Fall Semester: Late September - Late December (please note that not every major will be able to assess students in December. Please check with the UK advisor before applying for the Fall term)
Spring Semester: Mid-January – Early June
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the University of Bristol web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Students are normally housed in university residence halls in single or en-suite rooms with private or shared baths. There are no “American-only” residences. Accommodations are located on or near campus. Your particular placement is made entirely at the discretion of the University of Bristol. You may choose between housing that includes a meal plan (catered housing), or housing that provides kitchen space in which you can cook your own meals (self-catered housing).
Please note that accommodation is guaranteed for Academic Year students. The University is unable to guarantee housing for spring semester students, but will help students find private accommodation in the event that there are no available university-allocated residences.
You should not count on being able to stay in your room during official university breaks. You will need to visit the Bristol Accommodation office upon your arrival in order to reserve space during university breaks. You may be charged a fee per day for using rooms during the breaks. You may also be asked to change rooms during the breaks so that repairs can be done.
For more information about accommodation options, please visit the University of Bristol web page.
Financial InformationProgram Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
AASAP Scholarship - Each year the AASAP offers one 1000 pound scholarship. This application does take a bit of time to complete and is very competitive, so please give yourself ample time to complete it. Information about this scholarship and details about the due date can be found on the AASAP website.
BUTEX Scholarship- Each year BUTEX awards sixteen scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. For more information please visit the BUTEX website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.