Language requirements

Study abroad in a foreign language

As part of a four-year degree programme

If you want to study abroad for a full year in a foreign language – and you are not studying a modern language degree – your department will generally require you to be registered on a ‘Study in Continental Europe’ degree path.  You will need to meet the following requirements:

  • have a GCSE or equivalent qualification in that language 
  • continue your foreign language study at Bristol during your first and second year at Bristol (through University-Wide Language Programme open units)
  • if you are a native speaker in the language of your host university, please get in contact with us

As part of a three-year degree programme*

If your department has the option to do a semester abroad and you wish to do this in a foreign language, you will need an A-level or equivalent qualification in that language (or approval from your department). You will need to arrange a language assessment as close as possible to the start of your first year. To do this, contact us.

 *Please note this option applies only to students studying in the following departments: Archaeology, Anthropology, Classics, English Literature, History of Art, History, Politics, Sociology, Religion & Theology.

Studying in Portuguese, Japanese or Spanish

If you have competent language skills and your department agrees, we can arrange undergraduate and postgraduate placements at the following institutions that teach in the native language;

  • Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
  • Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
  • Kyoto University, Japan
  • Niigata University, Japan
  • Nagoya University, Japan
  • Kyushu University, Japan
  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico

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