Drexel in England: Bristol University
About the Program
Bristol University is a large, research institution located in Bristol, England. Since its formation in 1876, it has become a leader in UK and is recognized globally for its academic excellence and research. Bristol is Drexel's highest ranked partner in all of Europe – standing at 9th in the UK, 19th in Europe, and 37th in the world according to the QS World Rankings.
Students fall in love with Bristol - small enough to remain friendly but large enough to offer lots of interest and excitement. With their central location, outstanding facilities and active Students' Union, at Bristol you can enjoy the best of student life.
This program is open to all Drexel undergraduate students. Study abroad students at Bristol are fully integrated into the university and study alongside British and other international students.
Bristol is the United Kingdom's 8th most populous city with about 400,000 people, and the most populous city in Southern England after London. Bristol is renowned for its current and historical art scene, including events and festivals which are offered all year round catering for an eclectic mix of interests.
Bristol is the kind of place where you can shut off a main street to install a public water slide
, watch a magic show while you eat dinner, and go to year-round festivals that celebrate everything from street art to sea shanties.
Located in southwest England, Bristol is about 1.5 hours away from London, and 30 minutes from Cardiff, the capital of Wales. With excellent shopping, a vibrant social scene, and glorious scenery, Bristol has been ranked the #1 place to live in Britain according to the Sunday Times, a British newspaper.
- 3.0 minimum GPA
- Sophomore status or higher
Use the Unit Catalog to search coursework offered at Bristol University. NOTE: business classes are in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law.
is a historical list of pre-approved courses Drexel students have taken at Bristol before. Students can choose to take courses from this list, but there is no guarantee that these courses will be offered in the future.
Students will need to get courses approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take at Bristol. For example, to take a sociology course at Bristol for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the Sociology Department at Drexel.
Students are taught and graded by UK faculty at Bristol. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR, students must earn a "C" or above at the host institution. Students must be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel.
Bristol University operates on a semester system. Click here for the academic calendar.
Fall Semester Dates and Itinerary
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Coursework ends before Christmas but exams take place in January. Students will need to work with Bristol to see if they can either take their exams early or have the Drexel Study Abroad Office proctor their Bristol exams in January. It is your responsibility to ensure that you can take exams early or at Drexel, and to make the appropriate arrangements with both universities.
Spring Semester Dates and Itinerary
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Drexel students will need to leave their fall/winter co-op early in order to be at Bristol in time for spring semester. Students will return to Drexel in time for summer term.
University accommodation is guaranteed for all Study Abroad students coming to Bristol for the fall term who complete the housing application on time. Accommodation for spring term students is not guaranteed, but Bristol will assist and will help students to find private accommodation should there not be space in university housing.
U.S. Citizens do not need a visa to go to the United Kingdom. Non-U.S. citizens can verify if a visa is needed on the British Consulate Visa
Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.
for students studying abroad in the UK at affiliated institutions.
Students who receive Federal Pell Grant should apply for the Gilman Scholarship
. Awards up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students that receive the Federal Pell Grant.