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University of Bristol International Officer Interview

The University of Bristol is one of the top UK institutions, well regarded both for teaching quality and research. Ranked highly both in UK and international league tables.

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The International Office offers scholarship schemes to three undergraduate students and two postgraduate students based out of India. PG research applicants are also eligible for scholarships.

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This is an interview by Ms Chloe Anderson - International student officer at University of Bristol.  In this interview she discusses about popular courses among Indian students, admission services, funding opportunities and much more...

Q. Is your institution popular amongst Indian students? How many Indian students do you have on your rolls?

A. The University of Bristol is popular with many international students. The international student body consists of approximately 3,000 students (roughly 20% of the entire student body) from over 120 different countries, of which 150 are from India.

Q. Do you have an International Office? What services do you offer? Are there any special services for Indian students?

A. The University of Bristol has an active International Office offering information, advice and support to prospective, new, and continuing international students. The Advice & Support Unit offers assistance with visa applications and organizes welcome and orientation activities for new as well as ongoing pastoral support to continuing international students.

Q. Why do you think Indian students should apply to your institution?

A. The University of Bristol is one of the top UK institutions, well regarded both for teaching quality and research. Ranked highly both in UK and international league tables, Bristol degrees have worldwide recognition and it is one of the most popular universities with employers. Indian students will find the University a relatively small, friendly place to study with a good staff to student ratio and a strong community feel. The University sits in the heart of the city of Bristol, a safe but lively city, with beautiful architecture and plenty of parkland to enjoy. Bristol is well connected to most of the UK’s major cities, with London a mere 90-minute journey by train.

Q. What advice would you give to Indian students who are applying to enroll?

A. As one of the most popular UK universities, competition for a place to study at the University of Bristol can be fierce. I would recommend prospective students to prepare as much as possible before making an application by researching the course and the department. The University selection process is holistic so admissions tutors will be looking at academic grades, references, relevant extra curricular or work experience and a strong statement of purpose in order to identify a student with the right profile for their programme. I would also suggest students to familiarize themselves with the application procedure, to make sure they submit all the right documents and meet any given deadlines.

Q. Any notable Indian alumni?

A. We have a significant number of Indian alumni working in high-level positions in the fields of law, media, medical and biomedical sciences, engineering and academia.

Q. Are there any funding opportunities available for Indian students who are applying to your institution?

A. The International Office offers three Undergraduate and two Postgraduate taught scholarships to students from the Indian Subcontinent region. Postgraduate Research applicants from India are also eligible to apply for the Zutshi-Smith Scholarship. For further information about these scholarships and other sources of funding, students can visit the University Funding Office and the International Office webpages:

Q. What are the popular courses amongst Indian students?

A. Programmes popular with Indian students include Accounting & Finance, Finance & Investment, Economics, Management, Politics & International Relations, Law, Mechanical, Aerospace, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Biochemistry, Medicine, Film & TV Production and Education.

Q. Is there an Indian student society/ association? What do they do?

A. We have the Asian Cultural Society which aims to promote and preserve Asian Culture amongst students and the local community. This society celebrates food, music, fashion and culture through organising and promoting a wide range of events such as fashion shows, dinners and music classes and club nights.

We also have the Hindu Society, which aims to increase awareness about the Hindu (or Sanatan Dharma) way, as well as make it fun with events and create a supportive, community atmosphere.

Q. What career services are open to Indians who graduate from your institution?

A. Students can continue to put into practice the key skills and advice they receive from the Careers Service whilst studying at the University of Bristol. We also encourage graduating students to join our extensive alumni networks in order to make contacts which can lead to job opportunities after graduation.

Q. Are there any companies that have recruited Indian students from your institution?

A. Our Indian students have been recruited by companies such as GE Capital Bank, HSBC, Kochhar & Company, Seth Dua & Associates, Philips Intellectual Property & Standards, XAD Communication Ltd, BBC India, Christie’s, Airtel, BP, Amity University and Bombay Veterinary College.


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