Enrolment, Welcome and Orientation

Registering is an essential part of becoming a student. You’ll need to be registered to be able to attend your study programme but it also means you can collect you Student ID card (see below) and be eligible to participate in the Guild of Students activities.

Complete your online registration

To become an official student of the University of Birmingham you must first register online. Before you arrive in Birmingham you will receive an email containing your username and password which you will need to complete Online Registration. It comes from our central system, not from the Study Abroad team. When you receive your registration email, please read the email thoroughly and follow the instructions carefully. For detailed information on Registration, please visit Online Registration. For general additional information, please visit our Welcome pages.

Once you have registered, you will have access to your 'my.bham' portal where you can check your module registration status and our online learning platform called 'Canvas Learning Environment'. On Canvas, ensure you visit our Online Induction Module (UG), a dedicated resource to welcome new students at the University of Birmingham. You may also visit the Introduction to Canvas for Students module.

If you are coming to Birmingham you must complete your Right to Study Check (for International students) and collect your ID card after you have completed your online registration.  

Study Abroad & Exchanges Team - Student Support

The Study Abroad & Exchanges team will organise an online chat session every day from 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00 between Tuesday 22 September and Friday 25 September to answer any questions.

From Monday 28 September until the end of the semester, the Study Abroad and Exchanges team will run the online chat session every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00 to answer any questions.

Final registration and Welcome events: September 2020

If you are an international student who requires a visa or immigration permissions to be in the UK, you must demonstrate to us that you have the right to study in the UK and at the University of Birmingham. My Right to Study gives you control of this process by allowing you to upload documents directly to the International Student Team. When all your documents and information has been uploaded and confirmed by the International Student Team, you will have completed your Right to Study check. Please note that EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who have uploaded their travel documents as part of the online registration do not need to complete this Right to study check process.

My Right to Study
 Event: Right to study check
 Date: September 2020
 Time: Any (online)
 Location: My Right to Study
 Attendance: International Students who require a visa to study in England

You will be eligible to receive your ID card when you have completed your online registration, including uploading a suitable photo.  If your photo was not suitable, you will be contacted and asked to upload another.

ID Card Collection
 Event: ID Card Collection
 Date: September 2020
 Time and  location:

1. If you are using our Airport Collection service, you will receive your student ID card on coach;

2.If you are arriving to University-owned accommodation and have not received your ID card before you arrive, you will be able to collect it from the accommodation site on arrival;

3. If you do not receive your ID card before or on arrival, you will be able to request your ID using the online request form (as below).  

 Form: Online Request Form
 Attendance: All and compulsory

The virtual social event is for you to meet with the Study Abroad and Exchanges (SAE) team and other exchange students before the welcome week.  You will be matched with other SAE students to take part in our Birmingham-themed quiz.

Virtual Social Event (Online Ice Breaker)
 Event: SAE Virtual Social Event
 Date: Tuesday 8 September 2020
 Time: 14:00 - 15:00
 Location: Zoom
 Attendance: Optional 

The welcome and orientation briefing for Incoming International Exchange, Erasmus and Study Abroad fee-paying students is compulsory and essential for your introduction into Birmingham and we expect everyone to attend. Don’t miss out as this will help you to settle into student life more quickly.

Welcome and Orientation Briefing
 Event: Welcome and Orientation Briefing
 Date: Monday 21 September 2020
 Time: 15:00 - 16:00
 Location: Zoom
 Attendance: Compulsory

More sessions about Module allocation and registration will be arranged by individual Colleges/Schools. Updated and detailed information will be provided to you during the Welcome and Orientation Briefing.

Enjoy your University-wide Welcome week

The Vice-chancellor's Welcome Address is your formal welcome from the Principal of the University and the President of the Guild of Students.  The Vice-chancellor's and Guild of Students President's Welcome Address will be broadcast on our online channels (YouTube and Facebook) at 10:00 on Monday 21 September for the beginning of Welcome. 

The International Welcome Celebration is the official welcome to the University for new international students.  In this online interactive event, you will have the chance to meet some peers from around the world by taking part in our break out session, lead by our current students.  You'll have the chance to meet several University key staff members and members of the International Student Team.  The events will take place online on 22 & 23 September.  Both events are the same, please Book your place online.

There is a lot going on over Welcome week, with a range of online and on-campus activities to help you settle in and feel at home.  For details, please explore our Welcome Timetable.