Student experience

We know that learning does not stop when you leave the lecture theatre. Studying at the University of Birmingham Dubai should be an enriching experience that takes in all aspects of life – social and cultural as well as educational. 

Welcoming You to University Life


To welcome you and help you settle into university life in Dubai, we run a dedicated programme at the start of term called Welcome Week. This includes everything from support with administrative tasks such as registering and arranging transport through to campus tours and social events where you can meet other students from across the globe.

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Your Wellbeing


We understand that adjusting to university life can be a big change and your health, wellbeing and personal development is as important to us as your academic achievement. We have a number of services designed to support you during your studies. We have a dedicated Student Wellbeing Officer on site to support you with any wellbeing concerns as well as a specialist team at our Edgbaston campus who can provide you with further support and wellbeing services. If you have study support needs related to a long-term condition - including dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, long-term illness, sensory disabilities, mental health difficulties, autism conditions, or other health conditions – then our Learning Support, Disability and Mental Health Services can support you throughout your studies.

Campus Social Activities 

'You will benefit from a range of activities and clubs to enrich your student experience, including the support you need to manage your wellbeing while studying with us.

You can take advantage of a wide range of opportunities beyond the curriculum including sports, community volunteering, arts and culture. From joining the gym or a sports club to meeting like-minded people in a society, you will have plenty of opportunities to socialise, network and enjoy your time at the University of Birmingham Dubai.

As a student in Dubai, you will have the opportunity to help shape the voice of students within our community through the Students’ Association. Working in partnership with the University, you will be able to set up student clubs and organise trips and extracurricular activities – a great way to meet people and try something new! We encourage you to engage with the Student Association and have your say on our future plans as the University of Birmingham expands in Dubai.



Join our global community


When you graduate, you will become a part of our international community of more than 300,000 alumni living in more than 150 countries. Our alumni have become Nobel Prize winners, Olympic medalists, stars of stage and screen and award-winning authors. All our alumni receive regular communications and access to a varied events programme. Closer to home we already have hundreds of alumni living in Dubai and a new alumni group has recently started which holds regular events in the region.

Global educational experience and study in the UK


Time spent overseas can be one of the most rewarding opportunities available to you during your undergraduate studies. It enriches the university experience and enhances your employment prospects. With a 250-acre campus at the heart of the UK, you can gain further international experience by electing to study your second year in Birmingham as part of your undergraduate degree programme (subject to academic attainment).

Halls, accommodation and transport

shuttle-promo-minWe understand that having somewhere modern and safe to live that is close to our Dubai Campus will be important for our students. In addition to supporting you with accommodation we will provide a shuttle transport service during key times to help you get to and from campus.

The University also provide transport to some of the Emirates, you can show interest by completing the student transport form.

Vice-Chancellor’s Challenge


This is a new opportunity for second year undergraduate students to have an exciting experience that will develop skills for your future studies and career. During the second semester, you can opt to be in interdisciplinary teams that tackle a global challenge in a competition personally overseen by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Eastwood.

If you proceed to the later stages you will gain expertise in debating, presenting and media production. You will then put these skills into action by creating an innovative, thought-provoking video to debate with students and academics. The finalist teams will go forward to an event at which Sir David will debate the ideas developed by each team before choosing the winning team and challenge champions.