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

Michaela Butorova, Alternative Careers Fair, London (2014)

Thanks to Student Enhancement Fund I was able to participate in the "Alternative Careers Fair" that took place on 29th November in London and was run by Escape the City. The experience I gained was truly fascinating and helped me enhance my career prospects in various ways.

Zara Sultana, The Muslim Jewish Conference, Vienna (2014)

With the help of the Student Enhancement Fund I was able to travel to Vienna from 7 August 2014 to 14 August 2014 to attend the Muslim Jewish Conference (MJC). The fifth annual interfaith and intercultural MJC conference provides a framework for self-defining Muslims and Jews from all over the world to engage in dialogue about divisive issues.

Ioana Cerasella Chis and Rory Scott, ESRC Research Methods Festival (2014)

Every two years, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) organises the Research Methods Festival where researchers from within and outside academia showcase and discuss their projects, in order to exchange ideas and discover new possibilities for social research.

More student profiles in the School of Government and Society.

International students at the University of Birmingham:

Students from Indonesia

Students from Brunei

Students from Thailand

Students from Vietnam

Students from Malaysia

Further information

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