University of Bristol
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About the Program
Founded in 1872, and receiving its Royal Charter in 1909, the University has had plenty of time to build and maintain its strong reputation as a teaching and research institution. University of Bristol has an interesting array of Nobel prizewinners and fellowships and notable alumni. As a directly enrolled study abroad student at the university, Tulane students will study in a challenging, research-rich environment, learn from some of the best scholars in the world, and live in one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in Europe. Bristol is consistently ranked within the top 40 universities in the world. Members of Bristol’s academic faculty question orthodoxies, advise governments, develop and patent new technologies, and share their expertise and knowledge with their students. Along with Bristol’s world-class academics, Tulane students will also enjoy a flexible approach to your education where you can study multi-disciplinary themes from across the University, such as global citizenship, sustainable futures, and innovation and entrepreneurship.
The University is at the heart of the historic and lively city of Bristol, a highly sought-after place to live in a beautiful area of South West England. The University's sports grounds and Stoke Bishop halls of residence are in a beautiful, green and highly desirable residential district. The feeling is very much of a green, historic, yet vibrant maritime city. The countryside surrounding Bristol is beautiful and easily accessible, and the coastline is also close at hand. Most of what you will need as a student (with a few exceptions including the halls of residence and sports facilities at Stoke Bishop) at Bristol is located within a radius of approximately twenty minutes' walk!
You will be able to immerse yourself in the history and culture of the United Kingdom while becoming part of Bristol’s close-knit community.
Voted best for city life in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards, Bristol has a diverse arts, music and cultural scene. Like New Orleans, Bristol is known throughout the continent for our festivals throughout the year, holding more festivals than any other European city. There are many beautiful green spaces throughout the city and the city is nestled in the stunning countryside of South West England. The city is known for being a leader in sustainability and we are the only UK city to have won the European Green Capital award.
Bristol has a very large number of coffee and tea houses, bars, pubs and restaurants. Up and down Park Street, Whiteladies Road and Gloucester Road, for example, there are numerous places where you can meet friends for a chat over a nice cup of tea, an exotic coffee or a traditional British beer. There are all kinds of restaurants to suit all kinds of diets and budgets to be found around the city.
- 3.0 CGPA
- Completion of 3-4 courses within the chosen field or department of study
Study Abroad students at Bristol are fully integrated into the University and study alongside British students. We don’t have special courses reserved only for Study Abroad students and, with a few exceptions, you are able to choose from the same classes our full-time students take.
The British university system is renowned across the world partly because of the level of self-study students are expected to do. What makes Britain stand out from other university systems is how much our students are expected to plan and execute their own work. While this style may take some getting used to, more independently minded Study Abroad students thrive in this academic environment.
Along with other highly rated UK universities, Bristol has a decentralized academic system with each department responsible for delivering their own curriculum. Because of this, units students take may well be structured in different ways depending on the department they are in or even the year of study. Arts and Social Studies units may well have fewer contact hours than you are used to, but will have a greater emphasis on independent study. This is excellent preparation for the self-motivation and discipline needed for graduate study.
Units at Bristol are often composed of more than just the normal lectures. There may also be seminars – small groups meeting with a professor to discuss aspects of the course in greater detail – to compliment lectures. Tutorials are also quite common and in these you meet 1 on 1 to discuss projects, extended essays, or laboratory work. In the Sciences and Engineering, there will of course be labs, often called practicals as well.
Fields of Study
Anthropology, Art History, Biological Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Communication, Cultural Studies, Economics, Engineering Science, English, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, International Development, International Relations, Mathematics, Music, Natural and Physical Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Political Economy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Policy and Practice, Sociology, Theatre
Much of student life revolves around the Bristol Students’ Union (Bristol SU) which is led by students for all students. With a thriving society culture, diverse student body and a fantastic city as the backdrop, the Bristol SU is an important part of the student experience – Tulane students won’t be short of things to do. Study abroad students are welcome to get involved with as many activities as are available, and are encouraged to explore the University’s facilities and cultural life in order to participate in all of the different clubs and societies on offer. Former visiting students say again and again that joining a society makes all the difference to their experience in Bristol. Joining a society, sports club, student media team, volunteering project or fundraising group is a great way to meet like-minded people, have fun and develop skills relevant to your chosen career. With over 300 student groups, ranging from hot-air ballooning to photography, there should be something that takes your fancy.
The Richmond Building is home to Bristol SU and has recently undergone a significant renovation. The building houses the newly-refurbished Anson Rooms, one of the city’s largest gig venues. There are also two theatres, a café-bar, dance studios, rehearsal rooms, a pottery studio, a photography darkroom and a swimming pool.
The Accommodation Office provides a service throughout the year to all students, helping students find accommodation either in the University or in the private sector, and advising on any housing problems. There are a number of accommodation options at the University of Bristol. Some residences are made up of cluster-flats of five to twelve students living together. Single - sex and alcohol free accommodation is available. Undergraduates can select from either catered accommodation, where two meals a day are provided, or self-catered accommodation. All students should apply for accommodation as early as possible. Some may be found a space in University accommodation and others will get help with finding a private rental.
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