University of Birmingham and Sri Lanka

The University of Birmingham welcomes applications from students from Sri Lanka. We currently have 30 Sri Lankan students following a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

The University of Birmingham is a founding member of the Russell Group with a glorious, green campus and a vibrant and welcoming community. Located in the heart of England, Birmingham is an exciting and vibrant city with a fascinating history. Committed to providing students with outstanding teaching and facilities, there’s never been a more exciting time to study at the University of Birmingham.

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

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

Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK ‘A’ levels will not normally be considered eligible for the foundation. However, if you choose to take the Foundation Pathway as an adjustment year, you would be required to have at least a BBB profile, to include Mathematics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway. 

For further information see the Birmingham International Academy website.

Undergraduate

The Sri Lankan system is based on the English system.

We accept local or Cambridge A Level systems for entry. Please note however that grading systems for local A Levels are as follows:

  • A = A grade
  • B = B grade
  • C = Credit
  • S = Simple pass

Postgraduate

Candidates with a First Class or high Upper Second Class, four-year (Special) Bachelors degree in an Arts or Science subject, or a four-year Bachelors degree in a professional subject, will be considered for entry to postgraduate Masters degrees.

A score of 60-74% from a well ranked institution is considered comparable to a UK 2.1, while a score of 55-59% is considered comparable to a UK 2.2.

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.

Birmingham Representatives

 We are also supported by a network of agents including Crossroads Education and IDP Education Colombo who are both based in Colombo. 

 Crossroads Education 
134 Philip Gunawardena 
Mawatha
Colombo 4
Sri Lanka

Ph: +94 (0) 755 598 620
Email: sri@crossroadsedu.lk

IDP Education Colombo
4th Floor, 324 Galle Rd
Colombo 00300
Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 117 711 888

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 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.

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.

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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