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Bristol Courses – 2025 Spring

If you have questions about the academics or courses available on this program, locate the Program Advisor to email them your questions directly.

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.


USAC's partnership with the University of Bristol provides you with the rich opportunity to study at one of the top 10 universities in Britain and in the top one percent of universities in the world. At Bristol, you're able to choose from a wide array of academic courses from across the university to make a personalized study program that's flexible enough to work for your degree at home. Courses are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites which are determined by the University of Bristol. Students will enroll in approximately 60 Bristol credits per semester. Courses are typically 20 Bristol credits each, or approximately 5 U.S. credits, and students usually take 3 courses per semester.

Areas of Study at the University of Bristol (subject to change):

Arts and Humanities

  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Cultural Studies
  • English Literature
  • Film and Television
  • Hispanic, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Innovation
  • Modern Languages and Linguistics
  • Music (majors/minors only)
  • Philosophy
  • Religion and Theology
  • Theatre

Life Sciences

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Psychological Science

Science *

  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences
  • Geographical Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Engineering and Computer Science *

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science (majors/minors only)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Engineering Mathematics and Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering

Social Sciences and Law

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Law
  • Management
  • Policy Studies
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Sociology

* - Limited capacity; difficult for study abroad student to get approved for these courses.

Courses of Interest to Study Abroad Students

The University of Bristol offers several Bristol-inspired study themes, which enable students to study a common theme from multiple academic perspectives. Current study themes include:

Global Citizen: The British Experience: This study theme explores the many facets of British history, culture, and society, from the celebrated to the unknown, the innovative to the destructive. Topics within the study theme are drawn from literature, poetry, theatre, cinema, art, visual culture, society, health care, education, youth justice system, decolonization, colonialism, and empire.

The World We Live In: Environment and Sustainability: This study theme brings together courses from the sciences, social sciences, and arts to investigate the world we live in and explore how we might engage with it more sustainably. Topics within the study theme are drawn from environmental science, data, pollution, resource management, sustainable technologies, social justice, activism, policy-making, and education.

Social Justice and Activism: This study theme explores the pursuit of social justice and effective activism through identifying what, where, and why systems are breaking down and discovering how to effect change from within and outside these systems. Topics within the study theme are drawn from policy development, crime, justice system, political frameworks, race and ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, migration, and citizenship.

Course Descriptions

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