University of Birmingham and France

We have a long tradition of welcoming students from France. There are currently 114 French students following a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University.

Our admissions and recruitment teams are available to provide you with support during all stages of your enquiry and application to the University. We visit France to enable you to meet our staff in your country, and we offer a range of ways to speak to our staff and current students to get information and advice on living and studying in Birmingham.

On your country page, you can find information concerning entry requirements, funding, events in your country, and contact details for our in country representatives.

Cécile Malaroda

Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Modern Languages: French and Spanish

“I have fallen in love with the campus! I can’t walk around without looking at Old Joe (the clock tower) and taking pictures of it. Another highlight has been meeting new people from different horizons.”

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.

English Language

 You will be required to provide evidence of your English ability. Please view the entry requirements for specific programme requirements.

Alternatively, we may accept your English language grade from the French Baccalauréat if you achieved 14 (bien) or above.

If you do not have the required level of English or would like to improve your English before the start of the academic year, you can take one of our pre-sessional English language courses.

Foundation Pathways

If you do not meet our entry criteria for our undergraduate degrees or want to have an additional year of UK study, 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 study skills modules, and students have full access to campus facilities.


Holders of the Baccalauréat Général / Baccalauréat Technologique (BTn) / Baccalauréat de l'Enseignement du Second Degr and Diplôme de l'Enseignement du Second Degr / Option International du Baccalauréat (OIB) will be considered with the following grade equivalencies: 

A*AA: 15/20 
AAA-AAB: 14/20 
ABB - BBB: 13/20 

Option International du Baccalauréat (OIB) 

A*AA: 14/20 
AAA-AAB: 13/20 
ABB - BBB: 12/20 

Specifc subject requirements: 
A* = 15/20 
A = 14/20 
B = 12/20 

English proficiency: 14 (bien) in English 

We will consider holders of the European Baccalaureate (EB) with the following grade equivalencies: 

A*AA - 88 
AAA - 85 
AAB - 80 
ABB - 77 
BBB - 75 

Subject specific requirement: 
A* - 9 
A - 8 
B - 7


Holders of a good three-year Licence from a recognised French university or Grande École, a Diplôme d'Ingénieur (Engineer's Diploma) or Diplôme from an École Superieure de Commerce/Gestion/Politique, with a minimum overall grade of 13 out of 20, bien, for 2:1 equivalence, or 11.5 out of 20, assez bien, for 2:2 equivalence, or a Maîtrise from a recognised French university or Grande École with a minimum overall grade of 13 out of 20 for 2:1 equivalence, or 11 out of 20 for 2:2 equivalence, will be considered for entry to taught postgraduate programmes. 

Holders of a Diplôme d'Ingénieur (Engineer's Diploma) or Diplôme from an École Superieure de Commerce/Gestion/Politique with a minimum overall grade of 13 out of 20, or a Maîtrise from a recognised French university or Grande École with a minimum overall grade of 13 out of 20, or a Magistère / Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies / Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures Specialisées / Mastère Specialis or Masters degree from a recognised French university or Grande École will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.


Undergraduate and postgraduate EU students (subject to meeting the eligibility criteria) starting their studies in 2019 or 2020 can apply for government loans for the duration of their course.

Find out more about the Tuition Fee Loan for undergraduate study, the Postgraduate Master's Loan for Masters study, and the Postgraduate Doctoral Loan for PhD study on the government website.

Additional sources of funding may be available from your home government or organisations based in your country. The British Council France provides further information about scholarships for postgraduate study in the UK.


Use the links below to search our funding and scholarship databases:

Search the undergraduate funding database
Search the postgraduate funding database

The University of Birmingham EU Postgraduate Recruitment Advisor for France is Anja Benedikt.  For any postgraduate enquiries, please contact Anja for further information and advice.

Birmingham Representatives

Our representatives in France can assist you with your questions and help you during the application process.

SforStudy France


Bureau Région Parisienne et Nord

Your Counselor: Julie
Tel: +33 (0)6 17 49 48 47

Bureau Sud Ouest

Your Counselor: Frederic
Tel: +33 668 54 22 62

Bureau Sud-Est

Your Counselor: Simon
Tel: +33 679 34 54 49

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, you can book onto a campus tour. Alternatively, please get in touch by emailing

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 nationality 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.


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.


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.


EU Recruitment
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston Campus
B15 2TT


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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