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About UWE Bristol exchanges

UWE Bristol is an international university, with a worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Coming to study at UWE Bristol for one term, one semester or a full academic year is a great opportunity.

The University is located in the welcoming city of Bristol and is based over three main campuses. Find out what makes Bristol one of the best cities to live, work and study in Britain.

Options for exchange at UWE Bristol

We provide a supportive place to come to as an exchange student from one of our Erasmus+ or study abroad exchange partners:

Erasmus+ exchange

Erasmus logoIf you are coming from a partner institution in Europe, you can study at UWE Bristol through the Erasmus+ programme for a semester or academic year. Erasmus students do not pay tuition fees to UWE Bristol for their studies here. View our Erasmus policy statement.

Other study abroad exchange programmes

If you are coming from a partner institution outside of Europe, you can study at UWE Bristol for a semester or an academic year. Students do not pay tuition fees to UWE Bristol for their studies here.

View all Erasmus+ and study abroad exchange partners

Students from non-partner institutions are welcome to come to UWE Bristol on a Study Abroad fee-paying basis. For further information please see short-term study options.

Gain credits during your studies

Through the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), you can gain credits during your studies at UWE Bristol which can be transferred between the different universities that you attend.

How does it work?

  • 60 ECTS credits represent a full year of study (equivalent to 120 UWE credits)
  • 30 ECTS credits represent one semester (equivalent to 60 UWE credits)

Credits are awarded and a Certificate of Credit (also known as a ‘transcript’) is provided after the course has been completed and when all required examinations have been taken and/or coursework completed. We cannot award UWE Bristol credit for incomplete modules.

Term dates

Semester 1

  • Mid September – Welcome Week
  • Late September – The teaching term starts
  • Early December – The teaching term ends
  • Early January – Assessment period

Semester 2

  • Early January – Welcome Week
  • Mid January – The teaching term starts
  • Late April – The teaching term ends
  • Easter – Student vacation lasts two weeks
  • Early May – Assessment period

View our term dates

English Language requirements

To make the most of your time at UWE Bristol, you will be expected to have sufficient proficiency in English to be able to follow classes and submit all assessments in English. Proof of English language may be required for entry to the course or for visa purposes.

During your studies, UWE Bristol offers a range of support for international and EU students providing a variety of courses and skills sessions to help you get the best experience while at the University. These include:

  • English Language courses
  • one-to-one consultations with an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) tutor
  • study skills workshops.

Students at City Campus can be supported in workshops and by one to one appointments provided by the Arts, Creative Industries and Education (ACE) Faculty’s study support team.

Find out more about English language support

Funding your Exchange at UWE Bristol

Students who have been selected and nominated as exchange students do not pay any tuition fees to UWE Bristol. Incoming students may receive funding (such as an Erasmus+ grant) from their home university, but are not eligible for further support from UWE Bristol.

The UWE Bristol Study Abroad Team are able to provide assistance with any documentation which is required to confirm funding.

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