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Bristol pre-arrival information

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the University of Bristol International Foundation Programme. This page explains the next steps on your path before your arrival in Bristol:

Next steps

  1. Choose and book your accommodation
  2. Prepare for your visa credibility interview (if applicable).
  3. Prepare for your arrival and give us your arrival details


1. Your accommodation

At the University of Bristol, you’ll stay in modern, secure, Kaplan-arranged student housing. Our great-value accommodation packages provide the ideal environment for studying and enjoying student life.

You can see what options are available in the guide below, and if you have any questions, our dedicated accommodation team will be here to support you and help you make the best choice.

Accommodation guide for courses starting in Autumn 2022

2. Your visa credibility interview

When applying for a UK study visa, some students will have a credibility interview. This is so UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) can be sure that you are a genuine student.

View a list of sample questions here, plus tips for answering them to the best of your ability.


Course and module information

During the interview, you will also be asked about your course. It is important that you become familiar with the relevant course structure and module information, which you can find below.

  • International Foundation Programme details and module information

    Key facts

    Preparation for…Undergraduate-level study in the UK
    LevelRegulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 3
    Programme contentA selection of:

    - Subject modules
    - English language and academic skills modules
    Hours per weekThe number of hours per week will vary during your programme, but on average you will have 15-24 hours per week of class contact time.
    Progressing to universityTo progress to your chosen university, you will need to achieve a certain academic score and English language score. You also might be asked to submit a specific piece of work or attend an interview.

    Any requirements for your degree choice will be detailed on your offer letter.

    What will I learn on the International Foundation Programme?

    On your International Foundation Programme or International Foundation Programme Plus, you will learn how to:

    • Understand and demonstrate basic knowledge in your chosen subject
    • Successfully use English to communication in speech and writing, using subject-specific terminology
    • Create structured arguments using a broad range of academic resources
    • Develop your confidence as an independent learner, in preparation for your future studies


    What modules will I study?

    See the course modules that you’ll study on your path to the University of Bristol.

    Where can I find out more about my degree and university?

    Visit our Degree Finder, locate your degree and click through to learn more on the University of Bristol website.

3. Your arrival details

If you’ve booked accommodation with us, our arrivals team can meet you at the airport and take you directly to your new home. If you plan to find your own transportation from the airport, it is important that you complete our pre-arrival form to notify us of your arrival details.

Welcome events

During the first few weeks after you arrive, the University of Bristol organises a series of welcome events and activities. These are designed to help you meet other students, become familiar the local area, and settle in quickly.

We strongly recommend that you take part in some of these welcome events, so that you have the best possible start to your International Foundation Programme!

Find out more about what to expect after you arrive using the resources below.

Need assistance?

If you have any questions about anything on this page, you can get in touch, and our staff will be happy to help.