Why choose the Birmingham Foundation Academy?

BFA group outside Priorsfield

The Birmingham Foundation Academy provides an opportunity for highly motivated international learners with an excellent academic record and willingness to study hard to enter the university environment one year before the start of a UK undergraduate degree programme. This international foundation programme can be your pathway to successful undergraduate studies. 

With more than a century of academic excellence, the University of Birmingham has a global reputation and long experience of welcoming students from across the world.  

As a student at the Birmingham Foundation Academy, you will be fully immersed in student life at the University and will be a greatly valued member of the student community. You will live and study alongside our undergraduate and postgraduate students, free to take advantage of our wide range of academic, sporting and cultural facilities.

The Birmingham Foundation Academy offers you a range of distinctive benefits:

  • You will be taught entirely on the University’s stunning Edgbaston campus
  • You will study a range of academic modules, taught by respected Birmingham academics
  • You will be a fully integrated member of our student community, with access to all
    University facilities
  • An International Support Officer will live on-site and be your first point of contact for all your welfare concerns
  • Our high-quality Academic English and Study Skills modules are acrredited by the British Council 
  • More than 85% of our students from 2013 progressed to their chosen undergraduate degree

You will be taught in English and will be mixing with students from all over the world. You will be constantly improving your academic, linguistic and cultural skills, and by the end of the programme you will be fully prepared for UK student life.

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 Minh Duc Do, BFA Student from Vietnam "The staff are really helpful and always ready to listen to your problems; moreover the teachers are funny, which makes classes interesting. There are many day trips around the UK to help us to get to know each other. I'm good at chess, so I went to the chess society. People wanted to practise with me so I made friends with them. It's a worthwhile experience. My advice is to be strong and confident enough to talk to a lot of people, don't be scared. Not only me but a lot of my friends are also studying in the UK. Different people may have many kinds of experience but there's one thing for sure, they are all satisfied studying here "