We welcome applications from American students. More than 150 students from the USA currently study here, and we would love for you to join us.

Download your Bristol Guide

Get a quick introduction to the University of Bristol with our guide for students from the USA 2021/22 (PDF, 3,126kB).

The following information is for guidance only. Competition for places at the University of Bristol is very strong, and the achievement of the qualifications listed does not guarantee that an offer will be made. We aim to respond to your application as quickly as possible to help you plan your studies.

If your qualification is not listed or you have any further questions, please contact us for advice.

International Foundation Programme applicants

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is for international students whose first language is not English. Run by our Centre for Academic Language and Development, the one-year programme will prepare you for the undergraduate degree of your choice through tailored English language and academic units.

Please visit our International Foundation Programme web pages for information about entry requirements and English language requirements for your country.

Undergraduate applicants

You can apply for undergraduate courses through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The UCAS institution code for the University of Bristol is BRISL B78.

Entry requirements vary for each course. Please check our undergraduate course listings for details of specific requirements.

The following qualifications are accepted for entry onto our undergraduate degree courses:

We do not generally require any standardised tests, but Law applicants will need to take the LNAT and applicants to Medicine and Dentistry are required to take the UCAT.

Study Abroad applicants

Students at university in the United States who are interested in spending one or two credit-bearing semesters as an undergraduate at Bristol should consult our Study Abroad pages for more details.

Study Abroad applications do not go through UCAS.

Postgraduate applicants

You should apply online for all our postgraduate programmes.

Entry requirements vary for each programme. Please check our postgraduate programme listings for details of specific requirements.

To be considered for admission to a master's degree programme at the University of Bristol, the minimum requirement for entry is an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree that is equivalent to a UK upper second-class degree (also known as a 2:1). 

  • A CGPA of 3.2 or above is considered equivalent to a UK upper second-class degree.
  • Applicants who hold a two-year US master’s degree or a one-year UK master’s degree will be considered for admission to PhD study. A research proposal is required. To investigate research opportunities, please visit the postgraduate prospectus.


The University provides a range of international scholarships, including our Think Big scholarships which can help fund your tuition fees.

Search our full list of funding to find more scholarships offered by the University of Bristol and external organisations.

Find more information about funding your studies on our student finances pages.

Säid Foundation Scholarships aims to provide exceptional students with educational oppurtunities that will help with their career development. Applicants must hold the equivalent of an UK undergraduate 2:1 degree or higher. 



In addition to University of Bristol scholarships, funding opportunities for US students include:

US loans are also accepted.

Student societies

Our student clubs include the International Students' Network and over 400 more catering to different interests and hobbies.

Our alumni

Our international alumni network includes more than 3,300 students from or living in the USA, who are employed at organisations including the US Geological Survey, the Campaign for Youth Justice, Facebook and the US Government.

Our alumni networks for Bristol graduates in the USA give you the opportunity to make social and professional connections, share advice and expertise, and access exclusive activities.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about applying to Bristol, please contact our International Recruitment team:
Phone: +44 (0)117 39 40229

British Council

The British Council can give guidance and information about higher education in the UK. Find out from their website if there is an office near you and what services are available.

My programme and the University have far exceeded my expectations. Bristol has a wonderful community feel that encourages you to get involved with a wide variety of clubs, activities and events. I received excellent support while preparing for my studies as an international student.

Edythe (MSc Global Wildlife Health and Conservation), USA

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Visa advice

Our Student Visa Services Team provides extensive guidance on applying for your study visa.

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