University of Bristol Biomedical Sciences Lab Summer School

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or above
Location: Europe, United Kingdom, England
GPA: 3.0
Program Overview

Designed for undergraduate students studying medicine, pre-med, health sciences, biomedical sciences, biological sciences or aligned subjects, this program is ideal if you are looking for a hands-on study abroad experience in STEM subjects. This three-week summer school focuses on three main academic themes: biomedical sciences techniques, exploring the systems of the body, and clinical and scientific inquiry. This is a hands-on summer school - you will complete supervised experiments and research in small groups in one of the UK’s leading research institutions.

In addition to your academic work, the University of Bristol will also organize a variety of fun social activities around Bristol, led by current University of Bristol students. This may include dinners out, a local boat tour, and evening socials. You will also have the opportunity to join day trips to popular tourist venues in the local region.

Bristol is the United Kingdom’s eighth most populous city (approximately 450,000) and the most populated city in South West England. Located about two hours by train west of London, Bristol is one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the South of England, hosting a wide variety of visual arts, theatre, specialty shopping and live music. It 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

Over three weeks, you will complete lab sessions focused on:

  • Biochemistry
  • DNA workshop
  • Histology
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Developing your communication and teamwork skills
  • Learning advanced techniques in scientific presentation and tissue preparation
  • Undertaking project design and problem solving
  • Learning about human physiological recordings.

Please note that some of these sessions include the use of animal tissue.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive 10 Bristol academic credits, equivalent to 4 UO quarter credits.

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.

Housing Description

You will stay in a single room in a University residence with shared bathrooms. Bristol's secure residences have laundry facilities on-site and 24/7 duty teams, and linens and towels are provided. A meal plan is also included.

Additional requirements

Students must be studying medicine, pre-med, health sciences, biomedical sciences, biological sciences or aligned subjects in order to be eligible for the program

Application process

Note: Admissions decisions are made by Bristol on a rolling basis and may close early if all spaces are filled.

Applying for this program involves 2 steps. First, you will complete the GEO application. Selection for this program is based on a review of your online written application and academic transcripts. After your initial application is complete, GEO will review it and select successful candidates for nomination to Bristol. Nominations are made in March for the summer program.

Next, you will need to complete a secondary application for Bristol. After being nominated by GEO, students will receive instructions regarding the secondary exchange application for Bristol. Bristol makes the final decision regarding acceptance into the program.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer 2022 03/01/2022



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