Bristol, England

Course Information

Bristol, England | 2017 Spring

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Areas of Study Available at the University of Bristol

Through our agreement with the University of Bristol, an array of courses will be made available for you to take. Areas of study believed to be of most interest to USAC students are included below as a sample of what the University offers.
Courses are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites which are determined by the University of Bristol.

  • Courses are taught by lecture with complete study guides, tutorial sessions, and support.
  • Students may enroll in up to 60 Bristol credits in a semester or 120 credits in a full year, which typically is a schedule of two to four courses (approximately 15 US credits) each semester.
  • Please note: chemistry and law courses are available only to yearlong students due to their structure. Science and engineering courses will require fall students to sit for exams in January. Courses in Music and drama are limited to majors or minors in that subject area.

Keep in mind that you must enroll in the equivalency of at least 12 US credits per semester (even if host university requirements are lower). Be sure to have plenty of primary and alternate course options in mind as schedules are subject to change and registration in your preferred courses is not guaranteed.

Grades may not be ready until one or two months after exams are completed; in some cases it may take longer. Check your Credits, Courses, and Transcripts document in Gateway for details specific to your host university. The transcript evaluation and grade reporting process at your home university will also take time after your overseas transcripts arrives. If you plan to study here during your senior year, review your home university requirements carefully to allow enough time for grades to be posted for graduation. Plan to work ahead with your academic advisor if you will be using your study abroad coursework to meet prerequisites back at home.

Arts Course Areas

  • Anthropology
  • Drama: Theatre, Film, Television
  • History of Art
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Theology and Religious Studies

Business Course Areas

  • Economics, Finance and Management

Computing Course Areas

  • Computer Science

Engineering Course Areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering

Health Course Areas

  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • Pre-Med

History Course Areas

  • Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Historical Studies

Language Course Areas

  • English Literature
  • Modern Languages
  • Russian

Law (yearlong only)


Science Course Areas

  • Anatomy
  • Archaeology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry (yearlong only)
  • Earth Sciences
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Geographical Sciences
  • Pharmacology
  • Physics

Social Sciences Course Areas

  • Policy Studies
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Sociology

Course Descriptions

To obtain course syllabi, click on the link(s) below and follow the prompts to specific course information. Please contact the USAC Student Information department if you have difficulty finding the information.