The Birmingham International Academy (BIA) is suitable for you if you have completed your high school education to a high standard and you would normally require a foundation year before being eligible for first-year undergraduate entry to universities in the UK. Most education systems in the EU are similar to that of the UK and you would not normally require a foundation year before starting an undergraduate degree programme. However, if you meet our stated entry requirements for the BIA, you are welcome to apply.
You can also choose to join the BIA if you meet the stated entry requirements for direct entry to University of Birmingham undergraduate degree programmes but you would like to take a foundation year in order to improve your academic English and study skills and familiarise yourself with the UK.
If English is your first language, the BIA is not recommended for you, as you will still need to take modules in Academic English and Study Skills as part of your pathway. However, if you are a high-level English language speaker, with an IELTS score of 8 overall (or equivalent) you can replace the Academic English and Study Skills modules with Advanced Academic Skills module – this 20 credit module will enable you to extend your academic and communication skills intensively and to use you language flexibly for a wide range of academic purposes.
Please visit Entry requirements for the BIA.
The cost of the Birmingham International Academy Package for Home Students (EU) in 2015–2016 is £9,000.
- One year’s tuition fees
- Books and all classroom equipment
- Full access to all campus facilities and University services
- Accommodation fees are not included in the BIA package
- If you have received a BIA offer for a Bachelor’s Degree with Integrated Foundation Year (four-year programme) only, you are eligible to apply for financial support with the Student Loans Company. Unfortunately you are not eligible to apply with the BFA one year offer only.