International students

We have been welcoming international students onto our campus since our inception in 1900 - and with almost 5,000 international students from over 150 different countries, we now boast one of the largest and most vibrant international student communities in the UK.

The mix of people, nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment, ensuring that our students, academic staff and partners across the world benefit from the experience that the University of Birmingham has to offer. 

Support for international students
Studying in the UK as an international student can be a daunting prospect. In the School of Government and Society, to ensure that your time here is as comfortable as possible.

Birmingham International Academy
Our Foundation Pathways at the University of Birmingham combine the highest standards of one of Britain’s leading global universities with a fully integrated student experience. Designed for international students who require a preparatory year prior to UK undergraduate study, the foundation programme is equivalent in learning to year 13 of the UK education system.

Our history of welcoming international students means that we understand the type of support you need to settle in to life as a student in a country away from home. From our International Student's Advisory Service to our English for International Students Unit, you can be assured of a great experience whilst you study. 

Latest International student profiles:

Student report: Graciela Margareta Correia Magno, Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation training programme with ICCS (2017)

Description
Thank you for the funding support from the School of Government's Student Enhancement Fund to attend the training program in Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation.
Date:
08 June 2017

Student report: John Allison, Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation training programme with ICCS (2017)

Description
Thanks to funds from the School of Government's Student Enhancement Fund, I was able to participate in a 5-day training programme in Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation.
Date:
08 June 2017

Student report: Ciaran McDiamond, BA International Relations and Political Science with Year Abroad

Description
Whilst on my year abroad at The University of Hong Kong I was lucky enough to take part on a study visit to The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea).
Date:
08 June 2017

POLSIS students visit the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Description
As exchange students at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, one of our modules; Political Economy of the Middle East; included a "pressure cooker". A pressure cooker is an intense two and a half day assessment, where the class is split into groups and has to develop a 'policy solution' for a 'client'. For our pressure cooker, we had to develop foreign policy advice for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a current issue in the Middle East.
Date:
01 March 2017

Student report: Thies Kaetow - UK Security Expo 2016, London

Description
The two-day Global Counter Terrorism Conference featured representatives of the UN, Dr. Jehangir Khan, Director of the CTITF and UNCCT and NATO, Dr. Jamie Shae, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, addressing the respective organisations' role in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
Date:
28 February 2017

School Enhancement Fund supports Politics Society goes to Parliament

Description
Due to the society being able to access the funds provided by the School Enhancement Fund, POLSOC was able to take 40 members to parliament. At no expense to the participants.
Date:
06 February 2017

School Enhancement Fund supports Student attendance at international training seminar

Description
Thanks to funds from the School of Government's Student Enhancement Fund I was able to participate in an Executive Training Seminar on parliaments in regional organisations at the European University Institute in Florence.
Date:
14 December 2016

School Enhancement Fund supports Student attendance at Model UN

Description
The London International MUN HS took place this weekend where 100 high school students engaged in a simulation of the different committees at the UN. Through the different sessions they were able to come up with high-quality resolutions portraying their commitment and developing their diplomatic skills.
Date:
08 December 2016

Aris Yunandar, The 6th Prague Conference on Southeast Asia Studies

Description
With the funding from the POLSIS Student Enhancement funds, Aris Yunandar have traveled to Prague to present his paper in a forum full of scholars in Southeast Asia Studies
Date:
08 December 2016

Lilly Pye, Professional Development Module 2014/15

Description
If I hadn't got the placement at The Children's Hospital then I wouldn't have been able to progress within my role now. The module has also helped me build my skills such as time management and commercial awareness, so skills not just limited to the charity sector but skills that all employers are looking for.
Date:
22 March 2016

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Further information

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