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For the International Foundation Programme and the Pre-Masters Programme we ask all applicants to pay the GBP1,000 deposit, but only once they have been made an offer. An applicant will not be given an unconditional offer until the deposit has been paid. However, please understand that payment of the deposit does not automatically make your offer unconditional - applicants must meet all of their offer conditions listed on the Offer Documents.
Sponsored students - Your sponsor will be invoiced for your tuition fees. It is essential that you provide a guarantee letter from your sponsor, specifically supporting your English language course tuition fees. However, you (or your sponsor) will still need to pay the deposit on application.
Normally this should be one month before the start of the course. Due to the popularity of many programmes at CELFS we recommend that all students apply for their chosen programme as soon as possible.
If you are waiting for a decision affecting your application (e.g. if you are planning to re-take your IELTS or TOEFL, or if you are awaiting a result), we advise you to apply with all of your current documents, stating on the application form what documents you are missing and why. If you have any further questions about your personal situation please contact us.
The Centre may need to close applications at short notice - the closing dates will be advertised on our web site, please check regularly for updated information.
No, the tuition fee stated on this website is for tuition only. Information about University accommodation can be found on the Accommodation Office website.
Information about tuition fee payments can be found on the Finance Services website.
Before the start of your course, the Centre will send you an email to ask you to pay your course fees using an online payment system.
The remaining course fees are the total course fees minus the deposit that you will have already paid.
Unfortunately, there is no funding available for scholarships.
All students pay the same fee regardless of nationality, because the courses are self-financing.
Yes, you can apply, even if you do not yet have all of your supporting documents.
If you apply without the supporting documents, we will set a deadline by which you must provide them (by post, email or fax). This deadline is carefully considered and should give you enough time in which to obtain your supporting documents and send them to us. But the deadline is quite early, to leave enough time for you to apply for your visa, if your application is successful.
The Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies currently offer five variants on the International Foundation Programme.
The variants reflect the nature of the Programme you may to wish to pursue after completion of the programme.
For example, if you wish to pursue a subject which is financially-based such as Economics or Accounting, we would advise that you apply for the Economics and Finance variant. If, however, you would like to study Philosophy or Law after the International Foundation Programme, we would advise that you apply for the Arts and Humanities variant.
It is ultimately your decision as to which variant you would like to choose - the above examples are only guidelines. If you would like more information regarding which variant to choose, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you could contact your receiving department for advice on their preferred route.
The Pre-Masters Programme is designed to prepare international students, for whom English is a foreign language, for postgraduate study in the UK. This programme is only available to students who have already obtained a first degree (either in their home country or elsewhere).
No, completion of the International Foundation Programme or the Pre-Masters Programme does not guarantee entry to a degree programme at the University of Bristol.
However, approximately 95% of all International Foundation Programme students successfully complete and progress onto undergraduate and postgraduate study in the UK, around 65% of whom remain at the University of Bristol.
To gain a place on a degree programme, each student will be required to apply to the University of Bristol, and other universities of their choice. Students must apply through UCAS for undergraduate programmes, and to universities directly for postgraduate programmes. This is the same manner in which all students apply to UK universities. However, International Foundation Programme and Pre-Masters Programme students will be given advice and assistance by their Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies tutors in the application process.
We have a current progression rate from our International Foundation Programme onto further university study of approximately 95%. Around 65% of IFP students successfully gain a place at Bristol after their International Foundation Programme each year, whilst the remaining 30% take up offers from other top-ranking universities.
The University of Bristol does not have a pre-sessional course for International Foundation Programme or Pre-Masters Programme students.
The 2013 - 2014 International Foundation Programme is for students who are 18 years old before 31 December 2013. In exceptional circumstances we may consider applications from younger students. All decisions are final and at the discretion of the Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies (CELFS).
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