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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Birmingham has made the difficult decision to cancel the Birmingham International Summer School 2021. We understand that this will be as disappointing news for you as it is for us, but the decision has been made with consideration of the ongoing challenges and significant disruption resulting from the ongoing pandemic.

We are looking forward to returning in Summer 2022 and information on next year’s programmes will be available on our website later in the year. We hope to welcome you to Birmingham next summer!

The Application Process

Applications are now closed.


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.

Is there a deposit or application fee?

You will not be charged an application fee or asked to pay a deposit. The BISS fee must be submitted by the deadline 3 May, but you do not need to pay anything until then.


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 Standard Visitor 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

Preparing for BISS

Will accommodation and catering be provided?

Self-catered accommodation is provided as part of the BISS fee; students do not need to apply for this separately. All students will be provided with a single-occupancy room with ensuite facilities, with access to a shared living area and kitchen, fully equipped with equipment for cooking. 


Can I cancel my application?

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