Current international students

International student handbook

‌Download the International student handbook 2019 (PDF, 3,751kB) for essential information on living in the UK and services available to support you.


We understand that this situation may be worrying for many students, especially if you have family or friends in China. If you’d like to speak to somebody, please get in touch with our Student Information Point who are there to support you.  If you have assessments or deadlines coming up that you think may be affected, please contact your School for personal advice on your circumstances. For more information please see the coronavirus information page


For information on Brexit, how it will impact on you and your study here in Bristol see our Brexit pages.  


There is lots happening throughout the year and the below are just a selection of globally-minded events. Check the SU, Careers Service and Multifaith Chaplaincy webpages for more events at the university and the Visit Bristol page for city-wide event listings

The Global Lounge is a place for all students and staff to come together to celebrate cultural diversity of our global community. Check the Spring/Summer 2020 events programme (PDF, 114kB) for more information. 

Fairtrade Fortnight 2020

Monday 24 February - Sunday 8 March

Fairtrade Fortnight is coming!   The Global Lounge has joined forces with University of Bristol Sustainability in order to celebrate and raise awareness of all things Fairtrade, as part of Fairtrade Fortnight (Monday 24 February - Sunday 8 March).


Saturday 14 March, 5 pm to 7:30 pm, Anson Rooms, Richmond Building

Global Lounge invites you to Afrocentrik 2020, a beautiful theatre production with music and dance performances in partnership with African and Caribbean Society, Bristol SU, East African, Caribbean, Somali, Afrolit societies and BME Network.

Malaysian and Singaporean Night

Sunday 15 March, 6 pm to 9 pm

In partnership with The Malaysian and Singaporean Students’ Association and Malay Cultural Society, the Global Lounge invites you to their exclusive theatre show with unforgettable dance and music performances. 

East Meets West

Saturday 21 March, 6 pm to 9 pm

In partnership with the Global Lounge, the NHSF Hindu Society invites you to East Meets West, an award-winning cultural production and the first of its kind in Bristol. 

Faith Crawl

Wednesday 25 March, 1 pm to 7:30 pm, Multifaith Chaplaincy, 1 Woodland Road

Come along with the Global Lounge team as we join the University of Bristol’s Multifaith Chaplaincy on their annual faith crawl.   Visit different places of worship, explore different religions, and finish off the day with a well-earned meal together! 

Bristol Students' Union (SU)

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Bristol SU is independent from the University and is run by students for students. Find out about:

Build your community

Bristol Students' Union (SU)

The Students' Union (SU) is run by students for students, and can support all aspects of your student life. Grow your network by joining a student group, volunteering or joining a wide range of events

International Student Network

Build your community and share your experiences through socials, campaigns, forums and more. There are also 12 other networks which you may like to join.

Bristol Doctoral College (for research students) 

Network with a community of over 3,500 postgraduate researchers. Find out about the Personal and Professional Development Programme, PGR Hub, upcoming events and join the BCD Bulletin for fortnightly updates. 

Global Lounge

A full calendar of events will be available for students, ranging from celebrating international festivals such as Diwali, Nowruz or Thanksgiving to visiting nearby UK places of interest, such as Stonehenge, Cheddar Gorge or Cardiff.

Bristol International Student Centre

BISC is an external organisation which supports international students living in Bristol through a programme of weekly events and trips. It is a charity with a Christian ethos open to students of all faiths and no faith. 

Multifaith Chaplaincy

The Multifaith Chaplaincy is a thriving supportive centre which welcomes all staff and students at the university, regardless of their belief.

Student blogs

Read about other students' experiences they navigate life in the UK and study in Bristol. 

Peer mentoring

Find out about getting support from students who have been here longer (this is available for first year undergraduate students only).

Supporting you

Find the help you need to succeed.

Black Asian and Minority Ethnic students

Discover our Be More Empowered (BME) for Success Programme

Nilaari is a culturally appropriate counselling service providing help and support for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people. 

If you feel Nilaari would help you you can receive up to 5 free counselling sessions.

Report and Support

We believe that bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, assault and discrimination are not acceptable. Students and staff can report something anonymously or get advice.


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