Indian students at the University of Birmingham


The University has a long and proud history of engaging with India.  We welcomed the first students from India to our Edgbaston Campus in 1909 to study for degrees in Mining and in Commerce. Since then we have provided education for more than 1000 Indian alumni, including high ranking government officials who study Public Policy in the International Development Department.  There are currently over 130 Indian students at the University following undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a range of subjects .  

Entry requirements
Student life at Birmingham
Student experiences  
Birmingham alumni activities in India
Visits to India
Get in touch 

 Entry requirements

The following information is for guidance only and should be used together with the University's general entrance requirements and any specific degree programme requirements. 

Please note: If you have taken exams which are from another country's national education system (eg the Arbitur from Germany or SAT and AP exams from the USA) you should consult the country specific section for that country for qualification equivalence information. If you are unsure about the acceptability of your qualifications for entry to Birmingham please contact us for further details.

Level Entry requirements

Holders of the Indian Standard XII with an overall score of 75%, or higher will be considered for entry to the first year of our undergraduate degree programmes. Please see grade equivalencies below. 

AAA = 80% to 90% depending on exam board

AAB = 75% to 85% depending on exam board

ABB/BBB = 75% to 80% depending on exam board

Students achieving an average of at least 65% in the Standard XII Higher Secondary Certificate, can be considered for entry to the Foundation Pathways

Postgraduate Either:
A four year Bachelors degree (first class or very good upper second class)
A three year Bachelors degree (first class)
from recognised institutions in India.

For MSc programmes, the Business School will consider holders of three-year degree programmes (first class or very good upper second class) from recognised institutions in India.

For entry to LLM programmes, Birmingham is happy to accept applications from 3 or 5 year LLB holders from India from prestigious institutions.
English Language You may be required to provide evidence of your English ability. The most commonly accepted qualifications are the IELTS exam (minimum scores from 6.0-7.0) and TOEFL (minimum from 550-600 paper based, 213-250 computer based or 80-100 Internet based). Minimum requirements vary according to the chosen programme. See the English language page for specific programme requirements.


The University of Birmingham offers a range of part-fee scholarships for international students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. For full information and to apply, please see the Scholarships section.  

 Student life at Birmingham

There is a thriving student community at Birmingham and we very much look forward to you being part of it. To hear what student life is like for our students, have a look at what our students say. Also, if you are unable to travel to campus yourself, visit our You Tube Channel to watch films of our beautiful campus.

Student societies


Many nationality groups form student societies during their time at the University of Birmingham. This is an excellent way to keep in contact with home and also provides an opportunity to highlight your culture and customs in the UK.

Student societies are also a useful point of contact for prospective students to Birmingham who may want to contact current students for information.

Current Indian student society groups at Birmingham include Indian Cultural and Bharat Parivar (Indian Family).

Bharat Parivar was set up with the objective of providing advice and guidance to new students as well as offering an informal platform for interaction. The group organises events throughout the academic calendar and provides an opportunity to students to meet their peers from India. Bharat Parivar has close links with the Indian Consulate in Birmingham, and other societies such as Tamil People and Telugu People in the UK. Bharat Parivar has also organised events in partnership with external private organisations such as National Indian Students Union (NISU), UK and Incredible India, UK. In addition to the website there is also a Facebook page


For a full list of student societies please visit the Birmingham Guild of Students website.

 Student experiences

The video below provides an insight from a few Indian students, discussing their own student experiences of the MSc Molecular Biotechnology course in the School of Biosciences.  

Read students' memories of their time at Birmingham.

 Birmingham alumni activities in India

Indian alumni


The University of Birmingham has many strong alumni groups all over the world. Alumni groups are an excellent way of keeping in contact with the University and with other graduates from Birmingham who live in your country. Some alumni groups meet on a regular basis for social and professional events. 

If you would like to meet up with University staff when they are in your country or you would be willing to help promote the university at education exhibitions, we would also like to hear from you.

You can find out if there is an alumni group in your country or join our alumni mailing list on the Alumni website.

Visits to India 



Staff from the University of Birmingham visit different countries throughout the year to meet with students, schools and universities. As well as having a permanent office in New Delhi, University staff, led by Regional Manager Emma Mylett, visit India throughout the year to participate in a variety of events to provide you with a chance to meet with them. For full details of visits, please see the Meet us in your country section. 

 Get in touch / University of Birmingham India Office 



We have an office in New Delhi and our team - Aprajita Kalra (Country Officer) and Pinkyla Wazilingpa (Executive Assistant) -  will be happy to answer any queries you might have. Please telephone the India Office directly on +91 11 2370 6237/38 or send an email.

University of Birmingham (India Office) 

1007 Mercantile House
15, Kasturba Gandhi Marg
New Delhi - 110 001
Tel. +91 11 23706237/38
Fax +91 11 23706243

Remember to check our events page for forthcoming recruitment activities. We also have a Facebook page, which has details of upcoming events and is an opportunity for you to interact with students.

For further information about the Office please see the welcome video below:

University of Birmingham Representatives in India

The University of Birmingham works with a network of representatives based in cities throughout India. Click here for their contact details.

British Council offices in India

The British Council has offices in many countries throughout the world which are able to provide you with advice about studying in the UK. Most offices also have an education library and Internet facilities where you can consult university material. The British Council can also provide advice about funding opportunities.

For more information visit



Visit our Facebook page to see the latest news from our India Office and to find out more about the University of Birmingham.

Careers Network

The University has one of the largest careers and employability centres in the UK, with dedicated specialist services for international students. Visit our website to find out more about the opportunities offered to you whilst at Birmingham to assist you in developing your skills for a successful career. 

The UK/India GradLink is a useful careers resource aimed at helping Indian students and graduates to research and access graduate opportunities in their home country.


Student Profiles


Rohit Farmer, PhD Biosciences, 2011-2014

"I joined the University of Birmingham mainly because of its reputation as a research oriented university along with the funding opportunities available for international students.

I like the university environment which is very open and is represented by a variety of students from all over the world. 

Apart from my research I also got the opportunity to enhance my transferable skills through various courses organised by the Graduate School and Entrepreneurship and Innovation Department. Talent Pool and Leading Academics were my favourite, this introduced me to the necessary skills and motivation required to become an Entrepreneur and a Leader in my field.

And yes I also run a student society, organised a conference and did Cha Cha and Tango in Strictly Brum Dancing! Therefore studying in the University of Birmingham has been a wholesome development in my career and personal life."


Swati Ganeshan, MA International Studies (Security Studies), 2007-08

"At the sight of the clock tower and the spectacular view of the Aston Webb building, I felt that my stay in UK and specifically Birmingham might turn out to be one of the most interesting phases of my life.

My fear of being alone in a new country swiftly faded away with a warm welcome from the International Office, the POLSIS department and some smiling new faces who became my friends for the rest of the year and for life."

Damayanti Bhowmik Masters in Corporate Governance and Corporate Responsibility, 2007-08

Damayanti Bhowmik
Masters in Corporate Governance and Corporate Responsibility, 2007-08

"The University of Birmingham will forever hold a place in my heart - not only for its professional excellence but for the home it created for me. Though one among thousands, I felt special, I felt recognised and I felt I was respected for being unique. The University helped me bring out my best, my limitless potential." 


Dr Vinayak M Prasad 
MBA (Public Service), International Development Department, 1998-99

 "The University of Birmingham allows for freedom of thought and expression, and provides a wide degree of latitude in the learning process."


Saurabh D Kulkarni
LLM in International Commercial Law, 2008-09

“After graduating from the University I started my law practice in the High Court at Mumbai. It has been a great experience as it has instilled a lot of confidence in me to conduct the matter before the Court. I am thankful to everyone who encouraged me to study at the University of Birmingham as it instilled tremendous confidence in me and made me live independently."


Amrita Bahri, PhD Law, 2011-14

"The University of Birmingham and the School of Law came my way as one of the prestigious law schools to pursue my PhD from, but has now become a school which has transformed the professional, academic, and social dimensions of my life.

Having lived a year as a PhD student, I feel proud to say that I chose the right place for the next ‘big’ professional step in my life. 

The most inspiring academics, immensely supportive staff, massive research, skills and training support, lucrative funding and working opportunities, and a vibrant social life are just a few of the examples which make it a highly recommended and uniquely excellent university.

 More so, the University becomes a ‘home away from home’ for Indian students, as its surrounding areas offer a whole range of Asian markets, famous Indian Eat outs and a vibrant Asian community."


Janvi Shah, PhD Civil Engineering, 2011-14

"My Name is Janvi Shah and I studied MSc in Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Management, following which I worked for duration of two years in a reputed organisation putting my subject knowledge to practice.

However, my keen interest to pursue a PhD and my time at the University of Birmingham motivated me to apply in the same University. 

Currently I am completing my first year of PhD in Civil Engineering, I strongly feel University of Birmingham is not only a reputable institute to be a part of, but also provides a dynamic atmosphere for international students to study and integrate with other students from all over the world.

Apart from exceptional academic staff with good subject knowledge and impressive facilities, the University offers a unique student friendly atmosphere which is both supportive and motivational where one can feel free to discuss their subjects, difficulties and smooth their learning curve in a supportive and motivational environment.

There are several Indian communities in the University which celebrate various cultural occasions and provide a platform to stay connected to fellow Indians and traditions, giving us an atmosphere of being at home away from the home."


Pallavi Plant, PhD Environmental Health and Risk Management, 2010-13

"I arrived at the University of Birmingham two years ago and I’ve had a wonderful time since.

I’ve made some wonderful friends at the University and learnt a lot more about cultures and languages than I ever would reading books or watching television. 

It helps that the University of Birmingham is a very international university with a huge population of international students from all over the world.

The academic and administrative staff is always helpful and easily approachable, and offer advice and support on academic issues and I’ve had a great learning experience so far.

Student societies offer a chance to engage in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. In the two years that I’ve spent at the campus, I’ve participated in charity work, mentoring, student representation, dance/drama and learnt two new languages while working towards my research!

 One of the other highlights is the farmers’ market held once a month where one can buy meat, breads, plants, jewellery and delicious home-made food.

One of my favourite parts of the campus is the library which is well-stocked in subject books as well as fiction and non-fiction reading and a huge collection of movies including Bollywood!" 


Saumya Rastogi, LLM International Commercial Law, 2011-12

"Often students think that London is the place to be but Birmingham is no less equal to it.
Birmingham is a beautiful city and the University Birmingham is one of the few universities who have their own very large and beautiful purpose built campus. This is also the only university having its own train station making commuting to and from the university very easy. The campus features traditional style building, learning centre for you to have group study sessions, coffee places including Starbucks and a very vibrant and huge library offering extended hours during exam times.

The University of Birmingham, being part of the Russell Group (similar to the Ivy League in the US) enjoys a high ranking and offers majors in diverse fields. The quality of teaching and student attention is impressive. I was able to have the advantages of interacting and learning from some of the excellent faculty in Law School. The teacher-to-student ratio allowed me to interact and ask questions in classes.

The University of Birmingham offers outstanding education facilities as well as opportunities for extra-curricular activities for everyone.

Birmingham being second largest city of UK is growing with businesses moving in, hence offers a lot of job opportunities for graduates. I am proud to have graduated from the University of Birmingham and will miss it."