Bournemouth University (BU) is located in the town of Bournemouth in the Dorset area of England in the United Kingdom. Known for its world-class facilities, exciting research projects, successful work placement program and excellent teaching standards, BU nurtures and guides students to think outside of the box and be active and helpful global citizens.

Bournemouth is well-known for its welcoming locals and is the most popular place outside of London for English language study in the UK. As more and more students travel here each year the town has become very socially diverse and multicultural.

- James Littlewood, Regional Manager (Middle East & Africa), Bournemouth University

Bournemouth’s Attractions

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The city of Bournemouth is only two hours away from London by train and tourists flock to the area to enjoy the sandy beaches and natural beauty. Bournemouth beach is known as the best beach in Britain, and TripAdvisor ranks it 14th worldwide. The area also features a picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast, and the New Forest National Park. Nearby are the coastal towns of Poole and Christchurch and also the world-renowned tourist site of Stonehenge.

Bournemouth boasts vibrant nightlife, international restaurants, live music events, excellent shopping, seaside cafes and plenty of water sports such as kite-surfing, scuba diving, kayaking, paddle boarding and more. Not only does Dorset receive more sunshine than other parts of the UK, Bournemouth is known for holding numerous annual festivals such as the Bournemouth Air Festival and the Bournemouth 7s, the world’s largest sports and music festival.   

Students Ready for the Workplace

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Bournemouth University yields graduates who are ready for the professional workplace, no matter what field they are pursuing. The school has obtained input from employers on their academic courses, ensuring that students are well-prepared for life after graduation.

Work experience is an important part of all Bournemouth courses, and all undergraduate students have the opportunity to take part in the school’s work-placement program during their studies. Students can obtain jobs all around the world with quality employers; Bournemouth has excellent networks with companies such as Apple, Xerox, Disney, BBC and JP Morgan. These work placements help students build their confidence, plan their future careers, enhance their academic and socials skills and provide them with crucial knowledge and experience in the real world.  

Numbers, Rankings and Achievements

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With all this emphasis on work experience, it is no wonder that Bournemouth University is in the top three universities in Great Britain for the most students on work placements. It is also no surprise that over 92% of undergraduates have jobs or are enrolled in further studies within six month of graduating.

In 2012, the school was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of its contribution, via the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA), to world-class computer animation teaching. BU ranks #8 in the world for Hospitality and Leisure Management in the latest QS World University Rankings and it is also home to leading journals including Tourism Management, the International Journal of Tourism Research and Tourism Economics.

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Many Bournemouth University graduates have been involved in Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films. BU graduates Andrew Lockley (Inception and Interstellar) and Mark Ardington (Ex Machina) have collected the Visual Effects Academy Award, while other BU graduates have worked on films such as Gravity, Avatar and the Star Wars series. Over 63 graduates worked on the films shortlisted in the Visual Effects category for the 2017 Oscars.

Services and Programs for International Students

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Bournemouth University has over 17,000 students of which 1,500 are from outside of the country. The school caters to its overseas students by offering many programs and services dedicated to their unique positions on campus. For those overseas students who require extra help with their English skills, BU offers flexible Pre-Sessional English courses to help students bring their skills up to the required entry level. The Pre-Sessional English courses can last from two to 39 weeks, depending on student needs.

Bournemouth University also offers numerous Pathway Programs. Once students complete a Pathway Program at BU, they are guaranteed entry to the university. International students can choose from Foundation Certificates, International Year One Certificates, Pre-Master’s courses and more.  

There are also informative services, lectures and workshops held on campus to aid international students from the moment they arrive at Bournemouth. From organizing a special international orientation to providing visa and financial assistance, the faculty and staff at Bournemouth University are ready to welcome overseas students to their new home away from home.

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