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Tea & Tales

Wednesdays 1, 8, 15 May & 12 June

Join the UoB CU Society and hear stories of faith through the eyes of international students. All backgrounds and viewpoints are very welcome! Please join in these interesting discussions, hosted in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, while also enjoying delicious refreshments. Join us from 3pm - 4.30pm in the BISC Lounge. FREE! No need to book, just turn up!


Indonesian Night

Thursday 2 May, 7pm @ BISC

Immerse yourself in Indonesian culture for a night out with BISC. Enjoy a variety of delicious dishes and fun-filled activities, ranging from an informative quiz to learning more about traditional dance - all while enjoying the beautiful sound of Indonesian music. Hosted at BISC with the help of friends from the UoB Indonesian Soc. Only £4. Book early to avoid disappointment!!


Ballet at the Theatre: Beauty & The Beast

Friday 3 May

Join us to witness the sheer beauty that is Beauty & The Beast, now showing at The Bristol Hippodrome. Witness transformations, wild waltzes, soaring birds and a special relationship between Belle and the Beast that is ultimately serene and beautiful. Don’t miss this great evening with BISC friends. Tickets cost £29.50 (usually £34.50). Show starts: 7.30pm with pre-show drinks at 6.15pm in the Piano Bar at The Hippodrome. BOOK EARLY!!!!

This event is now sold out!


Saturday 4 May

Spend a day in the Cotswolds to see the 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 £30. Book SOON for this great trip!


Love Running & The Bristol 10k Run

Sunday 5 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 the BISC centre. 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.

The Noise

Monday 6 May

The Noise is all about Showing Love in Practical Ways! Join this extraordinary project and make a difference, joining forces with a 1000 volunteers to bring joy to our city. Be a part of the BISC Team on the 6th May and help with doing a family BBQ, games, face-painting, maintenance and gardening. Costs £10 (£5 before 18th March) will include a Noise T-shirt, lunch and treats. Entry forms at BISC!! This event is now sold out!

The Alpha Group continues

Wednesdays 8 May - 12 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.


A Farm Visit

Saturday 11 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

Monday 13 May, 6.30pm @ BISC

Come and enjoy a delicious two-course meal in the comfortable lounge of BISC while exploring the topic of Finding Rest: 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 Christian Union of UoB. Starts 6.30pm at BISC. FREE ENTRY! Book in advance.



Saturday 18 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 £33 includes entry fees & coach fare. Leave BISC at 7:30am, UWE at 7:45am, return by 9:30pm. BOOK EARLY!


Afternoon Tea: with a Difference

Sunday 19 May

Enjoy an Afternoon Tea in true British style with all the trimmings. It is an experience like no other. Local host Liz Timms invites you to her lovely home and gardens where you can enjoy a selection of freshly made sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and a variety of cakes to accompany your choice from a tea selection. Meet at BISC at 2.30pm, return by 5.15pm. Costs £3. Limited places!

This event is sold out!

Exam Lunches

weekdays from 20 May - 6 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 Monday 20 May - Thursday 6 June. Lunch is served daily from 12-2pm and includes a variety of delicious dishes, fruit and freshly baked cakes. During exams a lunch will replace the Monday Afternoon Tea, except for Bank Holiday Monday 27th May. Costs £2. Arrive Early!!

Picnic at Tyntesfield

Saturday 1 June

Tyntesfield is a spectacular National Trust Victorian Gothic Revival estate situated near Wraxall, North Somerset. Join BISC as we are transferred to a by-gone era. Explore this wonderful Grade 11 listed building and the wonders of its beautiful gardens. It is a unique and ideal setting for a countryside picnic in true English style. Cost of £18 includes entrance fee and picnic. Leave BISC at 10am. Back at 3pm. BOOK SOON. Limited places available!!

This event is full but by filling in the form you will be put on a waiting list.


Farewell Garden Party (BBQ)

Friday 7 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 BBQ 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 £8. BOOK SOON to not miss out!!!


International Feast

Tuesday 11 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 The Octagon, Community Hub on Frenchay Campus (Wed 2-4pm). 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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