Payment Information for BIA Presessional courses

This page describes the various payment methods that should be used for the courses run by the Birmingham International Academy.

Fees must be paid in full before the start of the course.

Credit/Debit Card

There is no charge if you pay with your credit or debit card using the online shop.

Select the Product Catalogue, then Birmingham International Academy and then courses. Select the course named on your acceptance letter.

If your card does not have an issue number, please enter ‘00’ in this field.

Direct Bank Transfer

You can pay using the University of Birmingham’s Bank Transfer Platform powered by our partner Western Union Business Solutions.

This service is available to all students home and overseas. If you are an international student this service allows you to make payment in your local or recognised currency and from your home bank account, without having to worry about exchange rates or bank charges.

Simply enter your ID number and details, the amount you want to pay, your chosen currency and you will be supplied with a quote for the amount in your local currency. This quotation is guaranteed for 72 hours during which time you should instruct your bank to transfer funds to Western Union Business Solutions who then will forward the sterling payment to the University of Birmingham. 

Benefits of Western Union: 

  • No transaction charges
  • Favourable exchange rates compared to most banks
  • Reduced bank fees because transfer is initiated locally
  • Full payment amount received by University of Birmingham

Please include the following information with your payment details:

  • Student number
  • Your family & first name
  • 18670 LPAA SNC2642 EAP Presessional or 18670 LPAA SNC2643 BME Presessional

Please send a copy of your bank transfer to:


Please be aware that cheque and draft payments can take up to 10 days to clear. We therefore recommend using the alternative payment methods detailed above:  Credit/Debit card or Direct Bank Transfer.

If you decide to make payment by cheque or draft please ensure that: 

  1. This is made payable to the ‘University of Birmingham’ and is drawn on a UK clearing bank.
  2. That your student ID number is quoted on the reverse of the cheque/draft with details of what the payment is for, for example:  Presessional tuition fee and the course you are studying
  3. Post-dated cheques will NOT be accepted.
  4. Please send your cheque to :
    Birmingham International Academy
    University of Birmingham
    Priorsfield, Edgbaston
    Birmingham B15 2TT

Financial Sponsorship

If an organisation is paying some or all of your tuition fees, you are required to provide a copy of your sponsorship letter. You are not required to provide these details where: 

  • Your course is being paid for by a family member or friend
  • You are paying for your course with a bank loan

Once the details of your sponsor have been received an invoice will be issued for payment.

Please note that if we fail to receive payment from your financial sponsor you will be liable for payment of the tuition fees.

Cancellations and refunds

After you have accepted your offer of a place, you can cancel your acceptance within the cancellation period without giving us any reason.  The cancellation period runs for 14 days from the date we accept your application.  If you start your course during the cancellation period, the University will charge you a reasonable sum for the course provided.

You can cancel your place by informing the Birmingham International Academy by email at: