Alumni International Guides

With more than 300,000 alumni, there are University of Birmingham graduates living and working across the globe.

The alumni team have worked with UoB graduates in regions across the world to share their advice, and experiences for alumni and students thinking of moving abroad.

The international guides below provide insights and tips on everything from finding a job, to socialising in some of the most popular destinations our alumni return or move to after graduation.

International guides
Front cover of international guide for China

The largest number of alumni outside the UK are in China, with over 11,000 graduates based there

“One of the major differences is the importance of one’s seniority and guanxi (personal relationships/network). The alumni networks in China are taken very seriously and it’s not unusual for grads to meet regularly for lunch or dinner.”

Thomas Merritt (BA International Studies with French, 2009)

 Front cover of international guide for Hong Kong

There are almost 3,000 Birmingham alumni living and working in Hong Kong

“For young people seeking trendy and affordable accommodation in the city, places like Sai Ying Pun, Sheung Wan, Kennedy Town are very up and coming.”

Desiree Ho (LLB Law, 2012)

 Front cover of international guide for India

Around 2,000 alumni are based in India

“The recruitment system is very different. We do not have graduate schemes (except for UK-based companies). Most companies offer jobs after several rounds of interviews."

Ajay Pal (MSc Computer Security, 2012)

 Front cover of international guide for Singapore

You will join a network of over 3,000 alumni in Singapore

“Graduates moving to Singapore can obtain a Student Holiday Visa fairly easily. This gives you 6-7 months of total employment freedom in Singapore.”

Sam Barnett (BA History, 2013)

 Front cover of international guide for USA

More than 4,000 alumni are based in the USA

“International driver’s licences are only valid for use for one year (depending on the state), after which you will be required to take state practical and theory tests.”

Chibuzor Uchea (PhD Toxicology, 2013)

For further advice on international careers and guidance available from the University visit the Careers Network.

Share your experiences!

Do you have experiences or advice on moving to a new country that you would like to share with students and alumni? If so please contact a member of the alumni team at