University of Oregon

University of Bristol Exchange

Program Overview

The Bristol program provides an opportunity to enroll directly in courses taught at the University of Bristol, a prestigious research university in southwest England. Bristol is best known for its cutting-edge research center, but also offers many courses in the humanities, social sciences, and certain professional areas.

Located about two hours by train west of London, Bristol is a thriving, modern city that takes pride in its long history. Bristol is also a vantage point for seeing many of England’s famous sights. Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Stonehenge, Bath, and the southwest coast of England are all within a day’s travel.

Academic Details

Take courses across disciplinary lines. The British system stresses in-depth study of a few subjects and provides a level of specialization that is not generally part of the American undergraduate experience. Learning in this system is self-motivated, with instructors serving more as guides than as teachers, in the traditional sense. A typical course load is three courses per semester, seven to eight credits each. You will be assigned an advisor at Bristol and will also be able to consult with designated persons in your respective departments for general academic questions. 

For further information about course descriptions, please visit the University of Bristol.

Housing Description

Residence halls are equipped with Internet access and fully furnished study bedrooms, single or shared. Some halls are catered (meal services in a dining hall) while others are self-catered (includes a shared kitchen in each flat). The housing contract generally covers only the academic periods. You may stay in your room during vacation periods for an additional charge (included in budget, below). Arrangements are made through the University’s Accommodations Office. The Student Accommodation prospectus is available on-line at If you are arranging your own housing, you are advised to arrive in Bristol early.

Application Process

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process. After the initial application is complete, you will later fill out an application for the exchange university.

Student Life

This is a student exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at one of the University of Oregon’s partner universities.  Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and do not necessarily include significant on-site student support services, such as academic advising, health & counselling services, planned excursions or social events.  Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

Additional Requirements

  • Completed WR 121 and 122 or 123 with grades of B- or higher
  • Math/Science students: completed 200-level Math/Science sequences

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall/Winter Semester2017-1802/01/201709/18/201701/19/2018
Academic Year2017-1802/01/201709/18/201706/01/2018
Spring Semester201802/01/201701/22/201806/01/2018

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.