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University of Bristol International Foundation Programme

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University of Bristol International Foundation Programme

Prepare for a degree at the University of Bristol with a foundation course at the on-campus Centre for Academic Language and Development.  

How it works:

Step 1

Study the International Foundation Programme degree preparation course

at the Centre for Academic Language and Development. 

Step 2

Pass the programme  

at the required level with good attendance.  

Step 3

Enjoy guaranteed progression*  

to your chosen degree at the University of Bristol. 

*When you pass your course at the required level with good attendance.  

Applying from mainland China?

Your application will be processed by the expert staff at the University of Bristol’s own China office. You can find out more and apply on the University’s website.  


Where is the Centre for Academic Language and Development?

The Centre for Academic Language and Development is based on the University of Bristol’s Clifton campus.

  • Bristol is the largest city in south-west England.  
  • It’s a laid-back city with an artistic streak, with lots of culture to explore. 

What is it like studying the International Foundation Programme?  

The University of Bristol’s Clifton campus is close to the city centre, so you’ll benefit from being near everything Bristol has to offer.

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“I look forward to welcoming you to Bristol”

Elizabeth Allen, Head of International Foundation Programme

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Advice from international students at the University of Bristol



Why choose the International Foundation Programme?

46 nationalities 

represented by new students on the programme in 2022 

Comprehensive support 

from the Student Wellbeing Service and others 

Access to University facilities 

from the very first day of your programme 

Expert teaching 

designed to get you ready for university 

350+  

clubs and societies to join 

Great location 

close to Bristol city centre 

What can I study?

Your degree preparation course prepares you for a related undergraduate degree at university. Progression degrees at the University of Bristol are available in the following subject areas:  

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Business and Finance 

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Computing

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Education

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Engineering

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Law

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Marketing and Media 

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Mathematics

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Music and Performing Arts 

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Science and Health 

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Social Science and Humanities 

What University of Bristol International Foundation Programme students think 

We care about your experience! Learn more about student support.

Student satisfaction

4.4 stars 

out of 5 given by students for the quality of teaching. 

4.5 stars 

out of 5 given by students for the quality of support. 

*The University asked 54 students to rate their experience in 2022. 


What proportion of students get an offer to study at the University? 

90% 

of students who successfully passed the International Foundation Programme received an unconditional offer for the University of Bristol in 2022. 

Students who pass their degree preparation course but don’t meet the progression requirements for their chosen University of Bristol degree will be supported by the University in finding a place at another UK university. 

Download useful information

(6.98MB, PDF) 

Includes:

  • University of Bristol brochure 
  • Course information 
  • University of Bristol flyer 

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