Frequently Asked Questions

You might have some questions about the Birmingham International Summer School. Here are some of the most common questions and some helpful answers.

The Application Process

Who can apply for BISS?

To be accepted onto BISS, you must be over 18 and studying an undergraduate programme at a University outside the UK or be registered as an International student at a UK university. You must be of good academic standing and meet the BISS English Language requirements, as well as subject specific requirements if applicable. For more information, see the Entry Requirements page. 

How do I apply?

Applications will open in 2021. In the meantime, register your interest and check the website for updated information about BISS 2021.

When is the application deadline?

The final application deadline is 18 April 2021.

In order to receive the early application discount, students must apply before 7 March 2021

When will I hear from you about my application?

Students will receive an email confirming that their application has been received by the University. All applications are processed by the University Admissions Office, who will aim to inform you of the outcome within two weeks.

Please note that applications without an academic transcript or university certificate of attendance will not be considered.


How much is the BISS fee?

The BISS fee is £2,750. Please see our Dates and Fees page to find out whether you are eligible for a discount.

What is included in the BISS fee?

The fee includes tuition and assessment, self-catering accommodation in University halls of residence and a programme of social events.

Can I get a discount?

For information on discounts, please see the list on our Dates and Fees page.

When is the payment deadline?

Applicants who receive a Birmingham International Summer School offer will recieve payment details. All fees must be submitted in full by 3 May 2021.


Are the Academic Programmes credit-bearing?

Yes, each programme is equivalent to an accredited undergraduate course: 20 UK credits, 5 US credits, or 10 ECTS.

When will I receive the credits?

Credits will be awarded on successful completion of the Academic Programme following assessment. An official transcript will be sent out to students between October and November following the Summer programme.

How can I transfer my credits?

Please check with your home institution regarding credit transfer.


Will I receive an official transcript for BISS?

Students who have successfully completed the BISS programme will receive an official academic transcript by the November following the Summer School period. The transcript will be posted to the correspondence address provided in the student's BISS application form. 

What if my transcript has not arrived?

Students who have not received their academic transcript by the end of the November following the Summer School period are advised to request a copy using Verify.


Which visa should I apply for?

You should apply for a Short Term Study Visa.

How do I apply for my visa?

The University Admissions Office will provide you with a letter to use for your visa application once the conditions of your offer have been completed.

For more information, please see our Visa information and advice page.

Preparing for BISS

Will accommodation and catering be provided?

Self-catered accommodation is provided as part of the BISS fee.

When should I arrive in the UK?

Students are expected to arrive on Sunday 18 July 2021 in preparation for the induction and registration on Monday 19 July. Information will be sent out to all students with further instructions.

When can I register with the University of Birmingham?

Once students' place are confirmed, they will receive an email detailing the registration process.

For more information, please see our Pre-arrival Information page.


Can I cancel my application?

For information about cancellation and for all BISS terms and conditions, please see the Terms & Conditions page.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please check the University of Birmingham Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates page for more information.