Study at UWE Bristol

Known as ‘The Partnership University’, UWE Bristol works with over 1,000 business and community organisations to deliver high-quality teaching and a great overall student experience.

It has a truly international student community, with students from over 140 countries.

The University of the West of England, Bristol’s International College offers high-quality university preparation courses for international students looking to study a bachelor’s or postgraduate degree in the UK. Students who successfully complete their preparation course are guaranteed a place on a related degree at UWE Bristol. Our courses cover broad subject areas, including business, law, social sciences, science and engineering. Integrated English courses are also provided for students who need to improve their English skills before starting their preparation course.

Foundation certificates

The International College runs foundation certificates for international students who are looking to take a bachelor’s degree at the University. We run the following courses:

International Year One

Taking an International Year One course is a great way for international students to progress directly to the second year of an undergraduate degree at UWE Bristol. We run two International Year One courses:


Pre-Masters courses provide excellent preparation for a postgraduate degree at UWE Bristol:


The Pre-Doctorate is a carefully designed course with specialist modules that equip you with a broad set of academic and research skills needed for a doctoral degree at UWE Bristol. It is taught at KIC London, Kaplan’s London-based international college.

In addition to helping you develop transferable skills and language abilities, you will benefit from our expert academic counselling, which will help you decide on the university and doctoral degree course that is right for you.

Doctoral-level students are guaranteed an interview with the university where research areas match, upon which they may be offered a place of study.

Find out all you need to know about our Pre-Doctorate course.

Great work experience opportunities and prospects
Every year 4,000 students enter work placements and internships. UWE Bristol is ranked 7th among the UK’s modern universities for graduate prospects (The Times/The Sunday Times University Guide 2015). It is also ranked as 7th among the UK’s modern universities for highest percentage of students graduating with first class and upper second class degrees (The Times/The Sunday Times University Guide 2015).

Teaching quality
Courses at UWE Bristol are run by academics who are experts in their field. The teaching at UWE Bristol receives consistently high quality assessments and levels of student satisfaction.

Advice and support
The International College and the University provide a wide range of support for international students, including English language teaching, advice for partners and families, and dedicated teams on campus to answer your questions.

Top facilities
Students at UWE Bristol benefit from excellent facilities and equipment, including professional standard IT services, an extensive library, a health centre and learning facilities that allow students to practise specialist skills in real world situations.