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Study Abroad / Erasmus

This page gives details for our own (outgoing) students on G401 and G402, plus and our incoming students (either on the Erasmus Programme, the Science Beyond Borders Programme or from one of our overseas partners).

Outgoing Students

The International Office maintains a list of partner universities which you may be able to attend:

Computer Science Partner University Information

At the beginning of the academic year, there is an initial, Faculty-wide meeting for second year students to provide provide general information about the procedure to apply to go abroad (including a more detailed timetable), followed by a Departmental meeting to give CS specific information.

Incoming Students

General information about the department can be found at:

More specific information about the department, including its rules, regulations, and what is expected of students can be found at

The academic year in Bristol is organized in two Teaching Blocks (semesters), where a typical student would take 60 credits in each semester (in other words, 2 Bristol credits are equivalent to 1 ECTS). To avoid administrative and synchronisation problems, students may only come for both semesters.

Erasmus students coming under an agreement with the Department of Computer Science, and international students with the Department of Computer Science as their host, need to make their choices from the list of units

CS Units

(where you might need to first change the year you are viewing to see which units will run when you intend to come). You can click on the unit number to see details such as the unit's syllabus and pre-requisites. We expect visiting students to take predominantly Level H/6 (i.e., third year) units.

Erasmus students who are coming under agreements with departments other than Computer Science (and international students with another department as host) may take one or two COMS courses, but only by special arrangement. These need to be agreed before you arrive, and with the same restrictions as above. For further details about this please e-mail the Erasmus Coordinator, Michael Chappell at, or the Erasmus Tutor, Prof Julian Gough at

All Erasmus students who are coming under an agreement with the Department of Computer Science must attend an Introductory Meeting during Introductory Week, which is usually in the first week of October. Details of this, and further information, will be given to you when you register with the European Office upon arrival at the University of Bristol.

It is essential that all students have a good standard of both spoken and written English. This means that students must be able to write extended pieces of technical writing in English, and be able to converse freely with native English speakers before they arrive at Bristol. Experience shows that it is not possible for students to both improve their English to an acceptable level and reach the required standard in their technical studies at the same time.