University of Birmingham and South Africa

The University has a long tradition of welcoming students from South Africa. We currently have a growing number of students at Birmingham studying a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

The student experience

Find out about student life and how to get involved in the student community to make the most of your time here.


The University offers a range of scholarships for
international students

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 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.

Foundation Pathways

Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK A Levels will not normally be considered eligible for one of our Foundation Pathways. However if you choose to take a Foundation Pathway as an adjustment year, you would be required to have the South African National Senior Certificate (SANSC) with matriculation with 666666, to include Mathematics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

If you have achieved English Language at grade C, you will not be required to take an additional English proficiency test (for the 4-year programme).

For further information see the Birmingham International Academy website.


The University will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB), or a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our Foundation Pathways, for entrance to undergraduate programmes.

Students who hold the Senior Certificate with Matriculation endorsement (higher grade) will be considered for entrance to undergraduate programmes.


Students who hold a Bachelor degree or Baccalaureus Artium Honores will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees. Most Masters programmes will require a second class upper (70%) or a distinction (75%)

English Language

English language at grade C or above in the SCSG is sufficient to meet the standard English language requirements.

How to apply

How to apply video

Interested in applying? Find out more about how to apply for undergraduate and postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham by watching our video above!


Accommodation at the University of Birmingham

Find out more about student accommodation. The University has a wide variety of accommodation to suit every need making Birmingham feel like a home away from home.

Alumni in South Africa


The University has many strong alumni groups all over the world. Find out more about Birmingham alumni activities in South Africa by clicking on the picture above.

Contact us

The University of Birmingham contact for South Africa is Joelle Maurice.

To contact Joelle with your questions, please email

Birmingham Representatives in South Africa

Our representatives in South Africaa can provide advice on studying in the UK and, more specifically, at the University of Birmingham.  They will also be able to assist you with your programme and visa application.

GLOBAL EDUCATION HEAD OFFICE                          
Office F05 - The Zone Phase 2                                  
31 Tyrwhitt Avenue                                                   

Contact person:  Liza Manoussis
M:  +27 78 217 5149
T:   +27 11 268 6545

GLOBAL EDUCATION CAPE TOWN                           
45 Lewis Drive                                                             
Cape Town                                                                    

Contact person:  Gill Mercer
M: +27 82 776 7064
T:  +27 21 794 0177

GLOBAL EDUCATION DURBAN                                  
Spaces Umhlanga                                                        
2 Ncondo Place                                                          

Contact person: Nico Eleftheriades
M:  +27 83 200 4825
T:   +27 31 830 5556

The British Council in South Africa

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. 

Visits to South Africa

Staff from the University of Birmingham visit different countries throughout the year to meet with students, schools and universities. For full details of visits, please see below.


The Postgraduate Recruitment team, academic staff and current students represent the University at study and careers fairs across the UK and the EU. Find full details of our next postgraduate visits.
For all international visits please check our events page.

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