Bournemouth University (BU)
Bournemouth University (BU) welcomes students from around the world. Situated on the beautiful south coast of England, less than two hours from London by train, the BU community includes over 17,000 students of which 1,800 are international students from around 130 countries.
We have plenty to offer our international students with enthusiastic, committed staff, excellent facilities and a strong record of graduate employment. We have incredibly strong, professional orientation, helping to prepare you for your future and to set you up with a fulfilling and financially secure career.
Here are just some of the reasons you should study at BU:
BU has increased its ranking in all four major UK league tables over the last year (2009-2010) and is ranked as the UK’s number one new University in The Guardian University Guide for 2009 and 2010
Our research offering is amongst the best in the country. In the recent Research Assessment Exercise, 8/10 of our areas of research were listed as ‘world leading’. These results place us 65th of all universities and in the top ten new universities for the first time
BU has one of the highest graduate employability rates in the UK with 91%* of our graduates proceeding to employment or further study within six months of completing study. 71%* were in graduate level jobs or further study within six months, a figure comparable with the best in the sector; (*figures quoted are from BU's annual survey of graduate destinations for 2008)
Approximately 70% of our undergraduate courses include work placement opportunities
BU is home to the UK’s National Centre for Computer Animation (www.bournemouth.ac.uk/ncca) whose graduates now work for major companies in the entertainment industry, working on films such as Avatar and Star wars
BU has been designated as the only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice in the UK by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (www.cemp.ac.uk)
BU is a member of the Bournemouth Screen Academy, one of six Skillset Screen and Media Academies in the UK and the only one in England outside of London
Our library team won the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award for ‘Outstanding Library Team’ in 2009, in recognition of the excellent service they provide
BU’s professional teaching is cutting edge and closely linked to modern industry. We offer courses in professional subjects such as law, taxation, business, computing, hospitality, management, tourism, multimedia communications, engineering, design, computer animation, marketing and media. We also offer science-related courses in archaeology, forensics and the environment.
English language requirements for the majority of our courses are a minimum of IELTS (Academic) 6.0 or equivalent, although for some courses the grades required may be higher.
BU offers a range of preparatory programmes which gives you the opportunity to study in Bournemouth and prepare successfully for entry onto your chosen course.
Facilities and Services
We guarantee accommodation to all international students starting their course in September/October who apply before the middle of August. Assistance is also given to students who begin their course in January.
Open access computing centres are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and all students are provided with free access to the internet and a free email address
The Libraries have extended opening hours to maximise your study time and house over 500 networked computers
The Medical Centre, Religion and Faith Service, Counselling Service and Sports Department are based on the Talbot Campus and available to all students. There are also cafés, clubs, and social facilities. A subsidised University bus service operates between the campuses
We organise an Orientation Programme for all new international students starting in October.