Credits and transcripts


If you are visiting from within the EU

European Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS)

ECTS is a scheme operated throughout Europe that enables you to transfer credits between the different universities you attend. All the work you do at Bristol will count towards your final degree.

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

For example, if a course/unit has 20 Bristol credit points, it has 10 ECTS credit points. You need to enter your course/unit choices and number of ECTS credits on your Learning Agreement, which you will get from your home university.

If you are visiting from outside the EU

Amount of credit points you should study

  • A full year's work equals 120 Bristol credit points.
  • You should study 60 credits per semester and 120 for the full year, unless you have written permission from your home university to take a reduced workload. 

If you are studying in a range of departments, it may not be possible to take precisely 120 units. It may be possible for full year students to take 50 or 70 credits in any one semester. The Global Opportunities team will meet with every Study Abroad student individually to help you create your academic programme. 

Grade conversion table

The grading system at Bristol might be very different from the grades you usually see at your home university. The table below is an indication of how the Bristol grading system might be equivalent to the grades at your home university. Please note that this is only a guide.

Grade conversion table
Bristol scoreLetter grade
68 and higher A- to A+
58 - 67 B- to B+
50 - 57 C- to C+
40 - 49 D- to D+
Below 40 F


We will automatically send your home university your transcripts after you finish. If you need transcripts for graduate school applications, please contact us.

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