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  • Locations: Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: VCU applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Biology, Criminal Justice, English, Forensic Science, Graphic Design, History, Kinetic Imaging, Mathematical Sciences, Photography and Film, Psychology, Statistics Minimum GPA Required: 2.75
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Apartment, Off-Campus, On Campus Dormitory, Student Housing
Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:

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The University of the West of England (UWE) is a VCU International Partnership University, which allows students to study in Bristol, England for a semester or a year.

Students can choose from courses, known as 'modules' in the UK.  Students in the following majors are welcome to apply for the exchange:

Biological sciences
Forensic science
Forensic chemistry
English (literature)
International relations & politics
Geography and Geography & Environmental management
Urban & Regional Studies

Kinetic Imaging
Graphic Design
Interior Design
Fashion Design
Photography and Filmmaking
Communication Arts
Painting and Printmaking

Students study in one discipline area only. It is not possible to study across departments in most cases. 

Students in the sciences are strongly encouraged to study for the full year (both the fall and spring semesters), and may be considered for one-semester placements (fall only) on a case-by-case basis.

Arts students may apply for either a year or a semester at UWE (fall or spring).

Urban & Regional Studies and Geography & Environmental Management students may apply for either a year or a semester at UWE (fall or spring).  All other students must study at UWE for the full academic year.

Students pay tuition to VCU, along with a program fee, and pay their room and board directly to UWE.


Interested students are required to meet with Sarah Carrier prior to applying to this program. When contacting her for an advising appointment, please email her at and list the days and times you are available to meet over a two week period.

To Apply:

Students must have at least a 2.75 GPA to apply. Applications should be submitted to  the Education Abroad office by April 15 for the fall semester or full year and October 15 for the spring semester. Applicants should complete the online VCU Education Abroad application. Students will need to obtain a recommendation/nomination from their department.  Art students must submit a portfolio with their application.


The exact courses you will take should be discussed with your academic adviser. Modules at UWE typically run for the full year, so not all modules will be available to VCU students who study for only one-term. During the exchange period, VCU students will focus mainly on their major field of study. Students wishing to take classes outside their major field of study will be allowed to do so on a case-by-case basis. 

Forensic Science students are encouraged to participate in the UWE exchange for one semester and should go after they have taken FRSC 300 at VCU, but before taking capstone courses; sophomore spring or junior year (fall or spring) is the best time to go.  Forensic Science students should also review this table of equivalencies.

Urban & Regional Studies and Geography & Environmental Management students should review this table of equivalencies: GEOG-URSP equivalencies.xlsx

Please consult VCU's study abroad course equivalency database to view pre-approved courses.  

Transfer of credit:

Students must earn the equivalent of a C grade or higher in a given course to be eligible for transfer credit. Students are required to take the necessary steps to ensure that transcripts are received from the university upon return to VCU. Your grades at UWE will not be calculated in your GPA, unless you are attempting to graduate with Latin honors. Many classes at UWE are self-paced, which requires students to be organized and independent in their study habits.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: late September until early January
Spring semester: mid-January until mid-May


There are different types of housing at UWE
  1. University housing: including dormitories and apartments located throughout the city on the various campuses of UWE
  2. Off-campus housing: managed by the university and shared with other students; located around the city
  3. Rooms for rent in a private homes and other off-campus, non-UWE options
 For more information on accommodations in Bristol, visit the UWE housing website at

For more information about living costs in Bristol, visit this site:

Life in Bristol:

Bristol is a bustling city in South West England located on the River Avon.  Approximately two hours west of London (by train), and 1 hour from Cardiff, Wales, Bristol is a city filled with many international students and vibrant activities.

Most faculties at UWE are based on the Frenchay campus which is reachable by bus. Students can obtain bus passes for a fee.  Students are highly recommended to obtain a NUS Extra Discount Card upon their arrival which provides discounts at various businesses and restaurants.   

UWE offers international exchange students the opportunity to connect with a Global PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) Leader who will offer you support and guidance as you settle in at UWE and Bristol.

Tuition and fees:

Tuition for VCU students is based on VCU tuition and fees. Room and board are paid directly to UWE.

Visit the website for more information about UWE. Additional information for international students is also available on the UWE site. 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Registration Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/15/2019 11/15/2019 TBA TBA