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ACES in the UK at University of Bristol
Bristol, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Program Description:
ACES in the UK at the University of Bristol
Semester or Academic Year
Bristol, United Kingdom
Program Overview 
University of Bristol allows you to study and live in a thriving modern city, only 90 minutes from London by train, and study at one of the top-rated universities in Britain. You can enroll for one semester or a full year in a range of courses in a variety of disciplines at the University of Bristol.  You can take a combination of courses from any department in the University to fulfill major, minor, or general graduation requirements while at Bristol.

Although the United Kingdom shares a common language with the US, it remains a foreign country, with diverse traditions, values, and views of the world. Time in the United Kingdom will challenge you personally, open your eyes to different ways of looking at the current problems of the world and enable you to directly experience the wonderful culture and history of the European continent.

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The City of Bristol
Located in southwestern England, Bristol is the largest center of culture, employment and education in the region.  Bristol is a short distance from Wales and Bath and is about two hours by train from London.  Rich in history and culture, Bristol is an ideal size, offering all the attractions of a big city set against the backdrop of a beautiful harbor that you can easily explore on foot or by bike. The cosmopolitan nature of the University is mirrored in the city too, with its restaurants, food shops, cultural societies and festivals all stemming from a large, permanently resident and highly participative international community
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Academic Environment
Where you will study 
The University of Bristol was founded in 1876 and was the first institution of higher education in England to admit women on an equal basis with men. It was granted its Royal Charter and university status in 1909. It is comprised of more than 40 academic departments and 15 research centers. Today the University is rated as one of the top ten universities in Britain—and ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2012—and has a student body of approximately 16,000, with students from more than 100 countries. The University is also a leading player in European Community-funded research fellowships and projects and is partnered with many companies that take advantage of its research work.

The University owns more than 900 acres of land and more than 370 buildings in and around Bristol. The Student Union building, where the International Office is located, also houses a swimming pool, two theatres, a café, three bars, a games room, a launderette, music practice rooms, a pottery room, two photographic dark rooms, a radio station, two recording studios, a film production area with a computerized editing suite, a dance studio, and computers dedicated to student use. This building is currently undergoing a multi-million pound renovation project due to be completed in the 2013-14 academic year.
Student Life
The Student Union is the largest union building in the country. It houses the International Centre as well as a swimming pool, a supermarket, a travel bureau, ATM machines, two theatres, three bars, a cafe, a game room, hairdresser, laundry room, study rooms, and music practice rooms. The old docks in the city center now serve as the locus of leisure and arts. Bristol offers a wide array of pubs and clubs like most major British cities. There is also the Theatre Royal for drama, the Hippodrome for musicals, and Colston Hall for live music.
International exchange students build their own program at Bristol by combining courses in a variety of disciplines; just a few of the choices include: Business, Environmental Science, Childhood development, Archaeology, Drama, Geographical Sciences, Economics, Physics, Social Policy, History, Earth Sciences, English Literature, Philosophy, Politics, Pre-Med, and Sociology. Some departments have restrictions, so students should review the University of Bristol Study Abroad website carefully before choosing classes to take abroad.

For a listing of courses offered that already have Illinois equivalencies, go to
 All classes in this program will be taught in English.

London Weekend
Not only will you enjoy a great educational opportunity while studying abroad at Bristol, you will also participate in a great cultural experience during the London Weekend!  This specially scheduled weekend in London with other exchange students in the UK, including other UIUC students, is included in your program cost, therefore; participation in this weekend is considered a part of your program.  Accommodation fees are included in the program fee as well.  Enjoy a guided tour of London, discover the London food scene and explore the historic Tower of London!
Bristol offers both self-catered and catered residence halls. There are six halls at Stoke Bishop, which is a 35-minute walk from campus through parkland.

Credit will be given for courses taken abroad with prior approval of the student’s advisor and the ACES Education Abroad office.  Credit earned abroad can be transferred to UIUC and used to satisfy curriculum requirements as approved.

Students must be 2nd semester sophomore level or above, have completed the basic engineering requirements and show a strong commitment to academic achievement.  They must have at least a 3.2 GPA to participate in this program.  Students applying with less than a 3.2 GPA must provide a letter of recommendation from a faculty member and also a statement explaining the circumstance around the lower GPA.

Students wishing to study abroad during a fall semester only will be allowed to leave by December 19th and would need to choose units running weeks 1-12 only.  Students may take units across different engineering departments.

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Program Cost and Advance Fees
For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets” and click on the semester during which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information which also includes information on Financial Aid and Scholarships.
See Budget Sheets at the top of this page!
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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with the study abroad financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package.  Their email and more information on Financial aid can be found at
Eligible students may receive additional scholarships toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination.  Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.  Non-ACES students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, go to
ACES Students are eligible for additional funding through their college. More information about ACES scholarships including the application can be found at 
For more information about general costs, please watch the First Steps Cost, Financial Aid, and Scholarship videos found here for tips and advice:

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Changes, Withdrawing and Refund Policy

To change to a different program during the application process, please e-mail

To withdraw or cancel your participation in a study abroad program, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy (
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Passport/Visa Information
You must have a valid passport to participate on this program with at least two blank VISA pages. If you do not already have a passport, or if it needs to be renewed, you must begin that process now, even before program acceptance. 
You may also be required to get a visa for your program.  Please consult the host country’s consulate website or a visa agency to determine whether or not a visa is required to travel to your destination country or countries.
More information about passports and visas can be found at

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Application Process

First Steps Info Session 
Watch the First Steps videos found on our website or attend a First Steps Info Session in person.  These resources will get you thinking about important themes to consider before selecting a program including: academics, housing, duration, location, and cost.  You will learn how to research a program, understand cost (with a segment on scholarships and financial aid too), and even how to apply!  
Application Process
Click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable application fee by clicking "Apply Now".
You may only apply to one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application.  Each time you click "Apply Now" you will be charged a non-refundable application fee.
Application Components
The Study Abroad Office Application may include:
  • Letter of Recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA, or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Signature verification form
  • Official Transcript
  • Online questionnaires
After you are accepted into your program by the Study Abroad Office, you may be required to complete post-decision components such as the host university’s application. 
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines listed below.  Online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date while paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.  The Study Abroad Office reviews program applications as a batch after the deadline has passed. The decision dates listed below indicate the earliest possible date that a student's application may be reviewed. Most decisions will be released two to three weeks after each deadline.
See Dates and Deadlines at the bottom of this page.

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Health, Safety, Pre-Departure

The UIUC Study Abroad website ( and the ACES Study Abroad website ( both provide a variety of pre-departure information.  Explore both sites for more information on the topics below or logistics such as travel plans and what to pack.

Pre-Departure Course, LAS 291 1 credit 
All students are required to enroll in a second 8 weeks pre-departure course, LAS 291 for 1 credit.  During this course, topics such as culture shock, health and safety scenarios, and other helpful pre-departure information will be presented. 
Course Approval
Before you study abroad you must get the courses you plan to take abroad approved by your college’s study abroad office.  ACES Students should view the “Academic Information” section of the ACES Study Abroad Website.  This section provides information on the course approval process and a link for the pre-approval database which contains all courses with UIUC course equivalents.
Health and Vaccinations
The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty.
Once you have been accepted into the program you may need to get a health consultation at McKinley Health travel and immunization unit to discuss what immunization you need, get a travel kit, etc. See also  

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ACES Education Abroad Office
123 Mumford Hall, MC-710
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3380
Walk-in hours: 2-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30-11:30am Wednesdays.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017
09/22/2017 01/22/2018 06/01/2018
Fall Semester 2018 02/15/2018
02/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/15/2018
02/15/2018 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 TBA TBA

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