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University of Bradford


Program Snapshot

The University of Bradford is a traditional institution with a long history of high-quality research, learning and teaching but also forward-thinking, modern and student-orientated. The University has won awards for sustainability and provides state of the art facilities for students on campus. Academically it has one of Europe's leading business schools plus the world's largest Centre for the study of peace and conflict. Students are taught by academics from around the world, which is backed up by high-quality research spanning over almost 50 years.

The city of Bradford has many notable places of interest, from the National Media Museum (the most-visited museum in the UK outside of London), Bradford Cathedral, Bradford 1 Gallery, the Saltaire World Heritage Site, and many others. Bradford has also been given the distinction of being the first city designated a UNESCO city of film.

Surrounded by spectacular English countryside, Bradford is situated in the heart of the UK and is 20 minutes from Leeds and one hour by train from Manchester. There are excellent road, rail and air links to other parts of the UK.

Just a short bus ride away from the city centre is Saltaire, a perfectly preserved Victorian village and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is home to Salts Mill, which houses one of the largest collections of artwork by Bradford-born David Hockney. The picturesque village of Haworth, once home to the literary family the Brontes, lies among magnificent countryside, and the dramatic surroundings of Ilkley Moor provide a wonderful setting for the elegant spa town of Ilkley. The Yorkshire Dales are very popular with tourists from all over the world.

The local community, a diverse mix of 486,000 people from around the world, is known for its friendliness and welcoming attitude.

With a thriving urban center, Bradford offers a booming social scene, historic heritage, and a host of exciting cultural venues such as the fascinating National Media Museum, which is the most visited museum outside of London. Bradford is also the UNESCO first city of film.

Academic year and semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement is generally Limited.

For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students.

Program Dates
Academic year: late September to late May
Semester 1: late September to mid January
Semester 2: late January to late May.

Fast Facts
Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom (pop. 500,000)
Student Enrollment: 11,700
Language of instruction: English
University of Bradford Home Page
Course Information
International Office

Faculty of Engineering and Informatics (graphics for design, film studies, TV production, media studies, intelligent systems and robotics, mobile computing, software engineering, computer animation, digital technologies, IT, Web design, automotive engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and telecommunications engineering, mechanical engineering, medical engineering, product design), Faculty of Life Sciences (chemistry, forensic sciences and archaeology), Faculty of Management and Law (accounting and finance, human resource management, international business, law, marketing), and Faculty of Social Sciences (criminal justice, development studies, security studies, economics, international relations, peace studies, history and politics, psychology).

Academic Notes
Strong or unique academic fields most recommended for ISEP students include: peace studies and politics; archaeological sciences; engineering: civil, chemical, mechanical, medical, automotive, electronics and telecommunications; product design; business and management; chemical and forensic sciences; economics; computer science / ICT; and media studies. Students study 60 Bradford credits (between 3-6 modules per term).

Courses are weighted as follows:
M: 10 credits
D: 20 credits
L: Typically 20 credits

Please note: "L" modules are assessed at the end of each academic year and are not appropriate for semester students.


Transcripts are issued to ISEP Central in February for Semester 1 students, and July for Semester 2 and full year students. However, if there are any outstanding debts to the University such as library fines, etc. these may cause delays. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
If your first language is not English, you will need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be admitted onto any of Bradford's undergraduate courses. The following qualifications are accepted: IELTS (a minimum overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each sub test), Pearson Academic Test of English. There are other English language qualifications which may be accepted upon request. Please note that UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will not accept TOEFL as proof of English ability for any student visa application.

Special Academic Conditions
Courses in biomedical sciences, clinical sciences, nursing, and pharmacy are not available to ISEP students. Students who request courses in these fields will not be considered for placement at this institution. Availability may be limited for psychology courses accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Some modules have pre-requisites which will need to be met by equivalent modules taken at your home institution. This question will usually be answered by your transcript.

Hints for Researching Courses
The International Office appreciates that sometimes it is hard for students to be able to find courses on a university's website. Therefore, wherever possible we will add the course lists to the Study Abroad page to show what courses are available to ISEP students here. Once you have obtained the list you can look up the descriptions in the Module Catalogue (see link below) by entering the code number. However, please feel free to contact the International Office directly for a list of courses if you require our help at international-office@bradford.ac.uk.

You can look up the module descriptors using the module catalogue:
  • Go to the Module Catalogue
  • Scroll down and select "Search by Code"
  • Enter the module code in the box "Module Code to search for" and press "Search"
  • Select "Add to Basket"
  • When you've found and added all the modules you want to see - select "View Basket" and you will be able to open up the course descriptions, which you can then print off or save as pdf.
Please do not search by keyword or provider in the module catalogue as you may be shown modules that are not currently running.

Housing and Meals
ISEP students are housed in private residence halls, which are less than 10 minutes walk from the Universityís city campus area and close to the Universityís Health Centre. The library, sports centre, studentsí union, teaching areas and social areas are all nearby. The halls have self-contained single study flats of six or eight bedrooms, with internet access, a shared kitchen, dining area, and bathrooms. ISEP participants receive a meal stipend to prepare their own meals or to purchase meals. There are many supermarkets and restaurants nearby.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Living costs are calculated for visa purposes as being £820 per month for students who live outside of London (including housing and meals, from 1 July 2014).

In semester 1 the University holds a general orientation programme over a period of one week before the start of teaching. A specific International Student Information Point is the focal point for new international students and this is organised by the International Office with the assistance of student helpers. During orientation students will attend an induction session with the International Office as well as the academic department. Students will formally register with the University and receive a student ID card, IT and library access and e-mail address. Once students formally register with the University they can then register for classes. Students will be able to finalise the timetable with the academic advisor during the week and the International Office will register students for their choice of courses. This will be explained at the Induction meeting with the International office. A wide range of activities will take place during the one week orientation which will be organised by the Students' Union, the International office and academic departments. These will include a series of daily lunchtime talks including student safety, how to open a bank account etc. There will be daily local walking tours to the shopping area, campus tours, visits to local places of interest including York, Haworth, Skipton and Bolton Abbey. Students may also go on a trip to Ikea to purchase items for their rooms!

Many social events such as the Freshers Fayre organised by Students' Union will take place during the first week specifically for new students joining the University.

In semester 2, orientation is a one full day and comprehensive induction which will consist of: welcome meeting by International Office staff, induction to key students services, meet students' union, key personnel, formal enrolment, registration of classes including refreshments. A trip to a place of interest will be organised on the following weekend and new students are strongly encouraged to take part to integrate with other students.


Airport pickup will be provided upon coordination with the International Office. Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Student Activities
The University campus offers a variety of social activities for students, including over 70 clubs and societies, many shops, and numerous cafes. The Theatre in the Mill and the Tasmin Little Music Centre offer professional performances and provide activities for all students.

The Studentsí Union offices make up the social center of the University with three bars, pool tables, jukebox, video games, vending machines, a nightclub, and an independent student radio station.

The Athletic Association oversees the activities of about 33 clubs, each dedicated to the promotion of a particular sport. The University is one of six national Centres of Excellence for Cricket. Bradfordís geographical position also makes it an ideal center for outdoor sports such as climbing, orienteering, potholing, mountain biking, hang-gliding, and even canoeing and sailing on local rivers and reservoirs.

The International Office organizes regular trips to various parts of the country such as York and the seaside, providing an ideal way for students to make new friends and see more of the UK.

The University of Bradford began as Bradford Technical College in 1882. In 1966, it was granted its Royal Charter, making it one of Britainís traditional universities.

Bradford is invested in looking toward a future that continues to build on its foundations of academic excellence and inspires students, scholars, and teachers alike. Currently, it welcomes students from over 110 nations