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Contemporary Challenges Credits

University of Bristol (England)

Bristol, United Kingdom

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Spring 2021
Jan 19, 2021
Jun 04, 2021
Oct 01, 2020
Academic Year 2020
TBA
TBA
Mar 01, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
English
No
No
No
Class Standing
Junior
Second semester Sophomore
Senior
3.2 | 3.5 for Engineering and Science Majors
Credits

12-15

Program Advisor

The Program

Located right in the city, University of Bristol allows for a fluid continuity between campus and real city life.

Established in 1876, Bristol was Britain’s first institution of higher education to admit women on an equal basis.  Today, the university boasts more than 12,000 undergraduates and offers 150 clubs and societies, as well as a modern sports and recreation center. The University of Bristol is in the first rank, competing with the likes of Oxford and Cambridge. The University is in the heart of the historic and buzzing city of Bristol, with its shops, restaurants, bars, cinemas, theatres, parks, museums, galleries and harbourside.

University of Bristol

Program Locations

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Bristol City

England, United Kingdom

Bristol

Bristol scores highly when it comes to the arts—look out for works by graffiti artist Banksy—while the local music scene gave rise to Portishead, Massive Attack, Tricky, and Tears for Fears. The harbor district is a major hub by day or night, with museums, galleries, cafés, bars, and nightclubs. And day-trips from Bristol might take you to the nearby spa town of Bath, to the caves of the Cheddar Gorge, the hills of South Wales, or even by train to London.

Academics

In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the University of Bristol website.  Some departments are not open to visiting students and others only offer year-long courses.  Rutgers students are not able to study at Bristol during the fall term due to the timing of Bristol exams.

When looking for courses, be sure that you are looking at courses for undergraduate students only and that you are looking at classes in the correct term of study. If you are studying at Bristol during the spring term only, you need to choose courses that are offered during weeks 13-24 (known as Teaching Block 2). If you are studying at Bristol for the academic year, you may choose courses that are offered during weeks 1-12, weeks 13-24, or courses that are offered for the full year.

Universities in the United Kingdom typically use a three-year curriculum; thus, courses listed as “Level 4,” “Level 5,” and “Level 6” do not necessarily translate into first, second, and third year courses in the American system. Students in the past have recommended taking courses at Level 4 or Level 5.  Unlike the U.S. university system, universities in England offer upper-level courses at Levels 4 and 5. Courses at Level 6 tend to be rather advanced, much like our graduate courses, and students should pay particular attention to prerequisite requirements.

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to University of Bristol and Rutgers University. That means that you will normally take 60 Bristol credits or 15 Rutgers credits per semester.  The credit translation system between Bristol University and Rutgers University is 4:1, meaning a 20-credit course at the University of Bristol will be a 5-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar

To view the current academic calendar, please visit the University of Bristol web page.

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.


 

Academic Year

Late September

Mid-June

Spring Semester

Mid-January

Early June

Housing and Meals

Students are normally housed in university residence halls in single or en-suite rooms with private or shared baths. There are no “American-only” residences.  Accommodations are located on or near campus. Your particular placement is made entirely at the discretion of the University of Bristol. You may choose between housing that includes a meal plan (catered housing), or housing that provides kitchen space in which you can cook your own meals (self-catered housing).

Please note that accommodation is guaranteed for Academic Year students. The University is unable to guarantee housing for spring semester students, but will help students find private accommodation in the event that there are no available university-allocated residences.

You should not count on being able to stay in your room during official university breaks. You will need to visit the Bristol Accommodation office upon your arrival in order to reserve space during university breaks. You may be charged a fee per day for using rooms during the breaks. You may also be asked to change rooms during the breaks so that repairs can be done.

For more information about accommodation options, please visit the University of Bristol web page.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $12,760 $15,960
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition 
•    UK Excursion
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,400
Housing (average: cost will vary by accommodation type) $3,000
Meals $2,500
Books and Classroom Materials $320
Local Transportation $300
Personal Expenses $2,500
Total $10,020.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad. 
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.


 

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost per Semester $11,780 $14,980
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition
  • UK Excursion
  • Administrative Fees
  • International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,400
Housing (average: cost will vary by accommodation type) $6,500
Meals $5,300
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $530
Books and Classroom Materials $640
Local Transportation $600
Personal Expenses $5,000
Total $19,970.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad. 
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $12,760 $15,960
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition 
•    UK Excursion
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,400
Housing (average: cost will vary by accommodation type) $3,000
Meals $2,500
Books and Classroom Materials $320
Local Transportation $300
Personal Expenses $2,500
Total $10,020.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad. 
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Scholarships

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

 

Each year the AASAP offers one 1000 pound scholarship.  This application does take a bit of time to complete and is very competitive, so please give yourself ample time to complete it.  Information about this scholarship and details about the due date can be found on the AASAP website.

Each year BUTEX awards sixteen scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university.  For more information please visit the BUTEX website.

Student Spotlight

Claire Marcil

"My first couple of days were rough. I cried the entire first day and spent lots of time on Skype with my best friends and family. It was hard, at first, to force myself to go out and explore, but doing so made all the difference. I went on multiple walking tours of the city with the sole purpose of getting to know my way around, but it turned out to be the best decision I could have made that first week. I got to know so many other study abroad and Erasmus students on the tours and made the majority of my friends that way. Making the effort to go out and meet people early on is the most important thing to do, as having people to share your experience with helps to both eliminate homesickness and make your time abroad much more enjoyable. I also took advantage of all the bus trips that the University of Bristol set up for study abroad and Erasmus students. One of my favorite trips was to Cheddar Gorge, a beautiful valley (with a cave!) and village where cheddar cheese is made. The area is quite small and difficult to get to, and had I not gone on the trip, I would have missed out on an awesome but lesser known landmark."