Information for new international students

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We are looking forward to welcoming you to our beautiful campus. We understand that living and studying in another country will be a very exciting experience, but we also know that you may find elements of it challenging at times.

We have designed our international pre-arrival and our international Welcome experience to ensure that you are given all the support and advice you need; before you leave your home country and when you arrive at the University. As part of your Welcome experience, you will get the chance to take part in activities, events and trips, meet lots of new friends and have fun as you settle into your academic study at the University of Birmingham.

Before you arrive

Visa advice

ISAS (International Students' Advisory Service) provide information on how to apply for a visa for students and student dependants, including detailed advice on the UKBA requirements


Before coming to the UK it is very important that you have sufficient money for your studies.


Choosing the right accommodation for your needs is very important. We have provided an overview of the types of accommodation available including University accommodation, private accommodation and hotels.

Online registration

Before you commence your studies it is important that you complete the University online registration form.

International student guides

Read our guides on how to prepare for and adapt to life in the UK as an international student.

Welcome timetable

Build your own interactive timetable of events for your first week and beyond.

Birmingham International Academy (international students)

If you are an international student whose first language is not English, the Birmingham International Academy’s (free) Lunchtime English classes, e-English, Book1-1English, AskEnglish and workshop schedule may interest you. 

If so, your first step should be to complete the BIA’s English Self-Assessment to diagnose your own strengths and areas for improvement and find out more about the insessional English programme.

Travelling to the UK

Advice on how to travel to the University of Birmingham.

When you arrive in the UK

Information to help you to prepare and adapt to life in the UK.

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