About the BIA

The Birmingham Foundation Academy (BIA) provides English courses and programmes for international students, providing English courses for students preparing to study at the University of Birmingham in addition to  English support for students who are already here. 

The BIA  has an excellent reputation for the quality of its courses and offers a friendly, welcoming and supportive study environment. BIA staff have high academic qualifications and extensive teaching experience.  The unit is also a  member of 'English UK' and is accredited by the British Council.   

English Presessional courses for students with conditional offers

Every year, over 900 overseas students, approximately 30% of the University’s annual international intake, attend the BIA's Presessional programmes. Successful completion of all Presessional course components allows students to progress onto their academic programme without having to retake IELTS. These courses help international students improve their academic English before they begin their academic studies and include longer year round courses, intensive courses running from May to September and shorter 10-week and  6-week courses.

English Presessional courses for students with unconditional offers

The BIA  runs a 4-week intensive course for unconditional students in August/September.

English support for current international students

The BIA provides free English language services to international students who are currently studying on postgraduate, undergraduate or foundation courses at the University of Birmingham.