The information below is applicable to 2021/22 entry.
Our Erasmus+ programme is open to students from our European exchange partners. If your university isn't one of our exchange partners, you could apply to our Study Abroad programme.
The Erasmus+ programme is best suited to undergraduate students in the third year of a four-year degree or the second year of a three-year degree.
Check your eligibility
You need to meet all of the following criteria:
- You must be currently enrolled in a European institution of higher education with whom we have an exchange agreement. Check with your home university if you are unsure;
- You must be nominated by your home university in the subject area that matches our exchange agreement;
- You must have completed at least one year of study at university level by the start of your Bristol studies or 2 years if you are enrolled on a 4-year undergraduate degree;
- You must have a 3.0 or B Grade Point Average (GPA) or equivalent.
English language requirements
You must meet one of the following conditions:
- English is your native language;
- English is the language of instruction at your home university;
- You can provide proof that you meet our English Language Requirements.
What you can study
Find out what you can study while you are here.
- Complete our online application.
- Refer to our Erasmus+ Study Guides for help filling out your European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) Learning Agreement. Your home university will provide you with an ECTS Learning Agreement template. Your Learning Agreement must be signed by you and an Erasmus Coordinator at your home university. It must also follow the unit guidance in our Erasmus+ Study Guides.
- Submit the supporting documents listed in the Application checklist (PDF, 30kB) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All supporting documents must be in English, or an English translation must be provided, including copies of transcripts.
Please also ensure you have followed all application procedures required by your home university's Erasmus office and liaise closely with them throughout the process.
Please note that we cannot accept late and/or incomplete applications.
Accept your offer
Offers are made on a rolling basis. We aim to make an offer within three to four weeks of receiving your completed application and supporting documents.
Once you are offered a place, you must formally accept it. We will confirm your acceptance by sending you an acceptance and pre-arrival letter, which will include information about living and studying in Bristol.
Apply for your visa
If you do not hold a UK/Irish passport and will be studying at Bristol for more than 6 months, you must apply for a Student visa. We will send you a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) around 3 months prior to the start of your programme. You will need the number on your CAS to apply for your visa.
One semester students
Non-UK/Irish passport holders who will be studying at Bristol for only one semester must obtain a Standard Visitor visa. Some nationalities can receive this visa at the UK border, but some will need to obtain it in advance of travel. You can use this online tool to check whether you need to apply in advance.
Irish passport holders do not need to obtain a visa and should follow the advice on the Common Travel Area webpage.
If you have any questions about applying for a visa, please contact Student Visa Services.
The University’s Accommodation Office can help you find a place to live in Bristol. You may be able to apply for University accommodation, but we cannot guarantee you a place in a hall of residence.
Renting in the private sector
If you’d like to share private accommodation with other Erasmus+ students, join the Bristol Erasmus Accommodation Facebook Group. Students use this group to post adverts when they are leaving rooms and to find other students to share with.
You can also use Bristol SU Lettings, a lettings agency run by the Students' Union.
If you’re planning to wait until you get to Bristol to start looking for accommodation, arrive early and give yourself plenty of time.
Further information on renting in the private sector can be found in the Erasmus accommodation factsheet (PDF, 354kB).
Prepare for your arrival in Bristol
Find information for new international students and details of our Welcome Lounge where you can meet other students and get practical advice.
You will be contacted by your academic department before your arrival to invite you to an orientation session. This usually happens during the first week of term and is an opportunity for you to finalise your unit registrations and learn more about the University.
We will only consider your application after we have received your online application and Learning Agreement. You must submit these by the following deadlines:
- 20 June 2021 for full year and autumn semester (September entry)
- 31 October 2021 for spring semester (January entry)
Getting your offer
We aim to make an offer within a maximum of three to four weeks of receiving a complete application. Applications are often processed more quickly than this, other than at peak times close to the application deadline.