Term ProgrammeView and book for trips and events.

A Night at the Opera: Madam Butterfly

Friday 19 January

One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madam Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results. Tickets cost £27 (usually £32). The show starts 7.30pm at the Hippodrome Theatre. Pre-show drinks, 6.15pm at THE COLSTON ST BAR or simply arrive in time for the show. BOOK SOON!! Limited spaces!!!

Tickets are currently sold out for this event. By filling in the form you will be put on a waiting list.


Conversation Café

@ Redland Parish Church Hall, BS6 7HE
Tuesdays, 23 January - 20 March

Join us and let’s practise native English-speaking in a fun and informal way for 9 weeks on Tuesdays between 23 Jan - 20 March. Delicious refreshments included! Hosted by native English speakers at Redland Parish Church Hall, BS6 7HE from 7.30-9pm. Meet BISC at the venue or make arrangements to go by bus. FREE ENTRY!


The Alpha Course

Wednesday 24 January - Wednesday 21 March

Over 24 million people worldwide have now attended the Alpha Course in 169 countries and 112 languages. Alpha is an opportunity for ANYONE to explore the Christian faith and the meaning of life in an informal, fun and friendly environment over nine weekly sessions. We meet Wednesdays, 6.30pm at BISC. Evenings include a delicious meal, a short talk on a different topic each week, time for discussion and questions. All opinions welcome!! FREE ENTRY, but book on-line or at BISC.


Stratford Upon Avon

Saturday 3 February

Step back in time and visit the beautiful birthplace of Shakespeare, England’s most famous playwright. Visit the Shakespeare Centre and 3 Tudor houses: Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Hall’s Croft and Nash’s House to find out more about Shakespeare’s life in this picturesque town. Trip includes a delicious Cream Tea and some free time to explore. Leave BISC at 8am, UWE at 8.15am, return by 8pm. Cost £31: incl. admission fees, Cream Tea and return coach fare.

Tickets are currently sold out for this event. By filling in the form you will be put on a waiting list.


Jungle Rumble: Crazy Golf & an Evening Meal

Monday 5 February @ 6.30pm

Jungle Rumble plays host to two astro turf multi-themed 18-hole golf courses. The course features an array of adventurous holes including a live volcano - a great place to enjoy a night out with friends. Start with a meal at BISC at 6.30pm, followed by an evening of crazy golf in town with CU friends. Meal costs £2.80. Jungle Rumble costs only £6.50 with NUS card (or £7.50 without). BOOK EARLY!!!


Guided Walk 1: Brunel and The Harbourside

Wednesday 21 February @ 2pm

Join local guide John Watson to find out more about the talented genius, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. A Hero to many, he became an Adopted Bristolian and was also known as a Great Briton! Not just an engineer, Brunel was also an inventor, a problem-solver and a risktaker. Hear about his achievements and discover the best of Bristol’s harbour-side. We leave BISC at 2pm. Costs £3. BOOK SOON!!


Stonehenge & Salisbury Cathedral

Saturday 24 February

Join us as we visit Stonehenge, erected 3000BC - 1600BC, one of the Wonders of the World and best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Stonehenge now has a transformed world-class visitor centre, housing museum-quality exhibitions, a shop and café. We then journey to Salisbury for a guided tour of the finest Medieval cathedral in Britain, with the tallest spire in England; plus free time! Leave BISC at 8am, UWE at 8.15am, return by 7pm. Costs £32.

Tickets are currently sold out for this event. By filling in the form you will be put on a waiting list.


Fairtrade Fortnight

Monday 26 February - Sunday 11 March

Fairtrade is about bringing positive changes to the lives of millions of people in the developing world. Fairtrade Fortnight aims to promote Fairtrade products and raise awareness of Fairtrade issues. Use the opportunity to taste delicious Fairtrade food and buy Fairtrade goods at a small pop-up shop set up in the BISC entrance hall. Drop in and FIND OUT MORE..

Mauritian Evening

Saturday 3 March, 6.30pm @ BISC

The Mauritian society have decided to cancel the event due to the uncertain nature of the weather. We will be reimbursing all paid for tickets, please do come to the office once we are back open on Monday (5th March) at 1pm. (weather permitting).

Experience the very best of Mauritius without even going there!!!! Join us for a very popular evening of Mauritian food, music, dance and customs here in the BISC lounge. Whether you are Mauritian or simply interested in the culture, please do join us. Kindly organised by the UoB Mauritian Society. Come and enjoy an evening like no other! This event starts at 6.30pm. Costs £4. BOOK SOON at BISC or online!!



Saturday 10 March

Visit Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, world-famous for its University. This exciting trip includes a guided walking tour and a visit to an Oxford college. Also free time for lunch and exploring this bustling, cosmopolitan town. Costs £30. It includes the guided tour, entry fees and the return coach fare. Leave BISC at 8am, UWE at 8.15am. Return by 7.30pm. BOOK EARLY to avoid disappointment!!!


Easter Lunch

Christ Church Clifton, Clifton Down Road, BS8 4AH
Sunday 18 March @ 12.45pm

@ Come and enjoy a very special lunch with friends!! As BISC students, you are warmly invited to a free Easter lunch for all Internationals at Christ Church Clifton. The delicious two-course meal will be followed by a short explanation of the Christian celebration of Easter. The event starts at 12.45pm. The lunch is FREE but please BOOK SOON and collect your tickets at BISC!! Limited places available!

Tickets are currently sold out for this event. By filling in the form you will be put on a waiting list.


Bowling (at The Lanes) & Evening Meal

Monday 19 March @ 6.15pm

The Lanes offers an upscale venue with a refreshing style. Enjoy 5 bowling lanes with a lounge for post-bowling relaxing. We start the evening with a delicious two-course meal at BISC. Then walk down with CU friends to The Lanes and try your hand at the art of bowling. The meal costs £2.80. Bowling costs £7.80. BOOK SOON for this POPULAR event!!!


Hope Bristol & The Noise

Wednesday 4 - Saturday 7 April

Hope Bristol & The Noise is all about Showing Love in Practical Ways to our community. Join forces with a 1000 volunteers to bring joy to our city. Youth clubs/cafes, sports activities, kids’ clubs and senior events are happening each day in different areas. To find out more or to sign up, go to www.thenoise.org.uk/volunteers OR ask for a paper registration form at BISC. Cost of £10 (£5 before 31st January) includes a T-shirt.

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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