- What are the deadlines for applying to Birmingham?
You can find all the information you need about applying and the date by which you need to have completed your application on our fees and dates page. If you are an Erasmus or International Exchange student, your home university must nominate you first. If you are a fee paying student you can apply directly online without a prior nomination from your home university.
- How do I find out about what classes or modules I can study?
You can access one of the widest ranges of study areas available at any UK institution and all of our classes are open to incoming exchange and study abroad students, except those in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences providing you meet entry requirements.
You should choose classes that are suitable for your level, interests and relevant to your subject specialism. Enrolment in advanced level modules typically requires you to have a specific level of background knowledge in the subject area.
You will need to demonstrate that you have taken the relevant equivalent study at your home institution in order to be enrolled. We will review your home institution transcript before registering you for your chosen subject areas.
Further useful information about classes is also available
Will I be sent a class timetable in advance of my arrival?
Like the majority of other UK institutions, the University of Birmingham doesn’t provide class schedules in advance of your arrival. Your individual, personalised timetable will not be finalised until after you arrive at Birmingham and visit your study area departments.
- What happens after I have applied?
After you have applied online we will review the application and the applications are processed on a rolling basis. Once you have been made an offer of a place you will receive an offer letter. All of the information that you require prior to your arrival at the University will be sent to you electronically or it will be available on-line.
All students who have had an offer will be sent full details of the orientation events by email. It is important that you check your emails regularly, as some of our events will be tailored individually for you.
- How long does it take before my application is approved?
After you have applied online we will review your application and we will get back to you as soon as possible if there are any queries with your application. Please be aware that it can take a longer period of time to receive an offer during busy periods.
- When do I apply for housing?
You should apply for your housing as soon as you receive your offer letter with your Student ID number. We will also email you separately with details about how to apply. You can choose to apply for University or Private Sector housing. Further information is available on our accommodation pages
Do I need a Visa, and if so what type?
Depending on your nationality you may need to apply for a visa to enter the UK for study. This will give you permission to enter the UK and study here. To check whether you require a visa, please read our Visa information.
- When do I get a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number?
The Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS number is issued to you directly via Admissions. If you are applying for entry in September, the CAS numbers will be issued between mid June and by the end of July, mid June is when visa applications can begin. You can only apply for a visa in the 3 months prior to your study date and not before.
- Can I travel to the UK via the Republic of Ireland?
Although it may be cheaper to arrive via the Republic of Ireland this is not advised for students coming to the UK on a visa (Tier 4 or Short Term Student Visa) as you will not pass through UK Immigration. There is no passport control between Ireland and the UK which means students who arrive via this route will not have the required UK stamp in their passports and therefore will not be legally here in the UK. You will not be able to begin study and may incur additional expenses for re-entry travel back into the UK to validate visa documents.
- What are the English Language requirements for Study Abroad?
The most up to date information regarding English language requirements can be found on our How to Apply pages.
What documents do I need to submit when I apply online?
When applying, you will need to upload the following supporting documentation:
- A copy of an official transcript showing the courses taken and grades;
- A copy of your valid passport/ID photo page;
- Evidence of English Language (if applicable).
If my question is not answered after reading the FAQs, who should I contact?
The information within this FAQs section and on the rest of the website should help you answer most questions, so please read this carefully. However, if you still need to contact someone in the study abroad team please visit our contacts page. Please be aware that the study abroad team will only answer questions from Erasmus, International Exchange and Study Abroad fee-paying students who are already studying at another university but wish to study at the University of Birmingham for a semester or full year as part of their home university degree.