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The Alpha Group continues

Wednesdays 18 April - 6 June, 5.30pm @ BISC

The search for the meaning of life continues this term. After the very stimulating Alpha Course, we continue to meet at BISC to study the Bible. Anyone is welcome, even if you did not do the Alpha Course during the Spring term. We meet Wednesdays at BISC: 5.30 - 7.30pm. Evenings include a light meal, drinks, reading the Bible and time for discussion. All opinions are welcome!! FREE ENTRY. Book online or at BISC.


County Cricket: An English Tradition

Friday 20 or Saturday 21 April

Enjoy a spectacular day out as we experience the age-old tradition of English County Cricket at the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. Steeped in history, it is one of eighteen first-class county clubs. Join local guide and cricket enthusiast, Steve Goddard, who will guide you through a one-day cricket match. Cost of £15 includes entry fees and transport (bring a little extra for lunch). Leave BISC at 10am, return by 6:30pm. BOOK EARLY! Limited places!!


The Knitting Club

Wednesdays: 25 April & 23 May

Following on from our very successful Knitting Afternoons during the Autumn and Spring terms, we are continuing this great craft in the comfort of the BISC lounge. Join us on Wednesdays: 25th April and 23rd May. Whether you’ve been before or not, you are very welcome. Full instructions and materials provided with delicious refreshments and great company. Timings: 2.45-5pm at BISC. Costs £3 for each session. Book in advance! Limited spaces available!!



Saturday 28 April

Spend a day in the Cotswolds to see some beautiful British countryside. Visit the Corinium Museum in Cirencester, Britain’s second biggest Roman town. In the afternoon we visit the picturesque villages of Bourton-on-the-Water (voted prettiest village in England) and Broadway. Enjoy a perfect end to a perfect afternoon with Cream Tea in the English Countryside. Leave BISC at 8.30am, UWE at 8.45am. Return by 7.30pm. Costs £32. Book SOON for this great trip!


Tea & Tales

Wednesdays: 2 May, 2.45pm @ BISC

Following on from last term’s great event, come join the UoB CU students and hear stories of faith through the eyes of international Christian students. All backgrounds and viewpoints are welcome, so please join in the interesting discussion while enjoying delicious refreshments. Join us from 2.45pm - 4.15pm in the BISC Lounge, whether you’ve been before or not. FREE! No need to book!


A Farm Visit

Saturday 5 May

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime! Join BISC and journey to Severn Beach where local guide John Miller will take us on a walking tour along the beach to view the magnificent Severn Bridge Crossing. We then visit a beautiful farm in the nearby British countryside to enjoy a buffet lunch. Cost of £8 includes train ticket and meal. Leave BISC at 8.30am. Back at 2.15pm. BOOK SOON. Limited places available!!


Meal with a Message: Students Talk Faith

Wednesday 9 May, 6.30pm @ BISC

Come and enjoy a delicious two-course meal in the comfortable lounge of BISC while exploring the topic of Christianity Today: Students Talk Faith. Share your own ideas as we talk, listen and explore together in a relaxed and informal setting. All opinions and viewpoints are very welcome!! This wonderful evening is hosted in partnership with the CU of UoB. Starts 6.30pm at BISC. FREE ENTRY! Book in advance.



Saturday 12 May

Visit the city of Cambridge, best known for its famous University. The trip includes punting on the river Cam (great fun indeed!) in the morning; a guided walking tour where you’ll learn about the origins of the city, hear fascinating stories of famous people who studied at Cambridge and visit a college. Enjoy free time before and after the walking tour. Cost of £36 includes entry fees & coach fare. Leave BISC at 7:30am, UWE at 7:45am, return by 9:30pm. BOOK EARLY!!


Dr Helen Pankhurst: Supporting For-Ethiopia

Saturday 12 May, 10.30am @ BISC

In this 100th year of celebrating the right of British women to vote, Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst (both leaders in the British suffragette movement), joins us at BISC. Dr Pankhurst shares with us her extraordinary family history and her experience of growing up and working in Ethiopia. Cost of £10 (Students £7) includes talk, delicious Cakes and an Ethiopian coffee ceremony. BOOK EARLY!!


The Bristol 10k Run

Sunday 13 May

The Bristol 10K attracts 12,000 runners and it is a fascinating race to watch. This year 10+ BISC students and staff will be running to raise money for some great new lounge furniture. Why not join in this extraordinary effort to contribute to the life of BISC and YOUR home away from home!! If you are not running, why not cheer on or sponsor those who are running the Bristol 10K on behalf of BISC? Ask at BISC about how to join the RUNNING TEAM, cheering on or sponsoring the TEAM. Sponsor the team HERE


Exam Lunches

weekdays from 16 May - 1 June @ BISC

Take a break from revision to relax in the friendly BISC lounge or peaceful garden. Enjoy a tasty lunch every weekday at BISC from Tuesday 15 - Thursday 31 May. Lunch is served daily from 12-2pm and includes a variety of delicious dishes, fruit and freshly baked cakes. Monday Afternoon Tea continues as usual, except for Bank Holiday Monday 28th May. Costs £2.80. Arrive Early!!

Noah’s Ark: A Zoo Like No Other

Saturday 19 May

Noah’s Ark offers an incredible up-close experience with a host of impressive animals indoors and outdoors, including African elephants, white rhino, feisty big cats and a family of gentle giraffes. You’ll be amazed at the variety of nature you’ll see within the biggest Zoo in the South West. Cost of £8 (usually £19) includes transport and entry fee. Leave BISC at 10am. Return by 4pm. BOOK SOON. Limited places available!!


The Theatre: Miss Saigon

Friday 25 May

Join us to witness the sheer beauty that is Miss Saigon, now showing at The Bristol Hippodrome. This beautiful performance tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance, with sensitivity and grace. Don’t miss this great opportunity to share a special evening with BISC friends. Tickets cost £27.50. Show starts: 7.30pm at The Hippodrome. Pre-show drinks: 6.15pm at Colston St. Bar or simply arrive in time for the show. BOOK EARLY for this GREAT SHOW!!!!


Farewell Garden Picnic

Friday 1 June, 6pm @ BISC

“So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye...” However you want to say it, come and say it at BISC. Join us and say your goodbyes before you leave Bristol. Enjoy a good selection of delicious picnic food freshly prepared and cooked by our expert chefs. During the evening there will also be a short farewell talk and some fun outdoor games. Relax in the BISC garden and reminisce about your time here in Bristol. Starts 6pm at BISC. Costs £6. BOOK SOON!!!


International Feast

Tuesday 5 June, 6.30pm @ BISC

Enjoy a fabulous evening of international cuisine and a variety of very entertaining games! Bring a main course or dessert from your own country for us all to try. And why not bring the recipe too so others can re-create your dish at home! NO CHARGE because you bring the food and the University of Bristol CU provides the entertainment! Starts 6:30pm at BISC. Please BOOK IN ADVANCE for this fabulous evening!


Term Programme

Each term BISC arranges a programme of events and activities for international students in Bristol to enjoy. We believe that it is important to take a break from your studies to explore the country that you are studying in and BISC provides the perfect opportunity to explore historic cities and places of interest, as well as promoting cross cultural understanding and exchange through weekly events and cultural evenings.

Our trips and events are open to all international students studying at any of Bristol's Universities, colleges or language schools. Whilst we do invite others to join in our events (including husbands/wives, visiting family or friends of international students), priority is always given to international students studying in Bristol.

Our trips are also very popular, so booking early is highly recommended. If you book on-line, you will receive an email to confirm your booking. You must pay within 7 days of booking to confirm your place or we may offer it to someone else. We accept cash or cheque only. You can pay at the BISC office (Mon-Fri between 1-5pm) or at International Cafe (Thur 12-2pm at The Octagon, UWE Frenchay Campus). During the last week before an event, all tickets become available and are sold on a first come, first served basis.

We hope you enjoy the activities and trips that we have arranged. If there are any places that you think we should arrange a visit to, or if there are other activities you'd like to do, then please let us know!

Weekly Events

During university term time, BISC hosts a Monday tea, Wednesday lunch and Friday lunch at the BISC Centre.
Also, International Cafe is held at the Octagon, UWE Frenchay Campus on Thursday lunchtimes.

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