University of Birmingham and UAE

The University of Birmingham welcomes applications from students from the United Arab Emirates. We currently have a number of students from the UAE following a range of foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University, and receive a number of students sponsored by the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates.

The University of Birmingham is among among the world’s top 100 universities, renowned for changing lives and transforming society. Birmingham is a founding member of the Russell Group with a glorious, green campus, outstanding teaching and facilities and a vibrant and welcoming community. Located in the heart of England, Birmingham is an exciting and vibrant city with a fascinating history. There has never been a more exciting time to study with us.

University of Birmingham Dubai

As a truly global University we offer programmes in our Birmingham and Dubai campus. Whichever campus you choose, you can be assured that you will receive the same high quality education taught by leading experts in their field, and you will play your part in our global Birmingham student community.

Our campus development in Dubai marks the latest phase in the University of Birmingham's global expansion and builds on our extensive international research collaborations, CPD programmes, distance learning courses, and well-established international teaching activities across the world.

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Rawan Saaty

Rawan Saaty

PhD Applied Linguistics

“At Birmingham, there are plenty of opportunities to make friendships and a lot of places to explore. I can’t choose a specific experience to highlight since all of my time here has been beyond my dreams.”

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 SAT and AP exams from the USA) you should consult that country's page for qualification equivalence information. If you are unsure about the acceptability of your qualifications for entry to Birmingham please contact us for further details.

English Language

You will need to demonstrate a certain level of English in order to meet the demands of your programme. If English is not  your first language, you will be required to provide evidence of an English Language qualification such as IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or alternative qualifications. Please view the entry requirements for specific programme requirements.

Pre-sessional programmes

The Birmingham International Academy (BIA) also offers pre-sessional English courses, which you can take to improve your spoken and written English in preparation for academic study. If you have a conditional offer you can attend one of these courses instead of retaking IELTS.

Our pre-sssional programmes

Foundation Pathways

If you'd normally require a foundation year before being eligible for first-year undergraduate entry to universities in the UK, you can apply to a Foundation pathway.

Delivered by our Birmingham International Academy (BIA), these provide a route into undergraduate study at Birmingham. All programmes are taught by Birmingham academics, alongside integrated English language and study skills modules, and students have full access to campus facilities.

Explore our Foundation pathways

Students leaving high school with the Tawjihiyya with 85% or above will be considered for the foundation programme (plus 85% or above in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway).

Undergraduate

We will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB), or a suitable foundation programme, such as the Birmingham International Academy, for entrance to undergraduate programmes.

Postgraduate

Holders of a good four year honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject with a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or 75% from a recognised university, will be considered for postgraduate study at Birmingham. PhD applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Funding

The University offers a range of funding opportunities for international students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Scholarships

The University offers a range of scholarships for international students.

There are lots of ways to find out more about Birmingham. We run monthly live chats where you can ask us any questions you might have about your application or Birmingham: www.birmingham.ac.uk/livechat

Birmingham Representatives

Our representatives in the UAE can assist you with questions about studying in the UK and, more specifically, at the University of Birmingham. They will also be able to assist you with the application process. 

IDP Education Dubai

Email: info.dubai@idp.com
Website: www.idp.com/uae

IDP Education Abu Dhabi

Email: info.abudhabi@idp.com
Website: www.idp.com/uae 

Birmingham Visits

Our beautiful campus is open to the public throughout the year,so if you are in the UK and would like to visit, please get in touch - international@bham.ac.uk

Student Experience

The University of Birmingham is a fantastic choice for your academic study. Our thriving campus with its beautiful grounds, friendly community and excellent facilities will quickly make you feel at home. We offer you a huge variety of exciting activities to get involved in outside of your studies, too.

Beautiful surroundings and fantastic facilities

When you step onto campus, you are immersed in our historic red-brick buildings and glorious green spaces. You'll find our Edgbaston campus both a peaceful and vibrant place to spend your time, whether it's studying on one of the lawns, or enjoying a hot drink in one our many cafes.

When you are on campus, you are in the heart of University life - it's the perfect place to meet friends, whether it's to have a bite to eat, discuss your seminar notes or meet up before heading off to a sports club or society.

You can also take advantage of our fantastic facilities on campus. Study in our state-of-the-art academic library with its stunning views over campus, or go for a swim after lectures at our brand new £55 million Sport and Fitness Club.

Student societies

Many national and regional groups form student societies during their time at the University of Birmingham. 

The student societies are an excellent way to keep in contact with home and also provide 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.

Careers

We offer dedicated support for international students, including an international careers consultant and a team of international student ambassadors. We will support you in developing the skills you will need to fully prepare for the working world or further academic study, whether this is in your home country or elsewhere.

Our Careers Network researches jobs all over the world. We host fairs, workshops and presentations, which are attended by many large, global companies that offer opportunities worldwide. We also offer a huge database of information on employers, vacancies and industry trends in a range of countries.

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.

Contact Details

For all general queries about becoming an international student at Birmingham, please complete and submit our enquiry form.

Address

IDP Education Dubai

Office No.104
Century Plaza Building
Jumeirah 1, P.O. Box 50085
Dubai. UAE 
Tel: +971 4 344 6814 
Fax: +971 4 3446817 
Email: info.dubai@idp.com
Website: www.idp.com/uae

Address

IDP Education Abu Dhabi

1802 Union National Bank Building 
Airport Road (Corniche Side) 
P.O. Box 32919 
Abu Dhabi, UAE 
Tel: +971 2 622 8367 / +971 2 622 8368 
Fax: +971 2 622 8369 
Email: info.abudhabi@idp.com
Website: www.idp.com/uae 

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.

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