University of Birmingham and Kenya

The University has a long tradition of welcoming students from Kenya. We currently have a growing number of Kenyan students at Birmingham studying a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

The University of Birmingham is a founding member of the Russell Group with a glorious, green campus and a vibrant and welcoming community. Located in the heart of England, Birmingham is an exciting and vibrant city with a fascinating history. Committed to providing students with outstanding teaching and facilities, there’s never been a more exciting time to study at the University of Birmingham.

Rachel Makokha

Msc International Development

“The highlight from my time at Birmingham has been the student community. It is a very multicultural group who are always polite and ready to help. I’ve made lots of new friends and enjoy sharing and learning about different cultures through food, music and language.”

The following information is for guidance only and should be used together with the University's general entrance requirements and any specific degree programme requirements.  

Please note: If you have taken exams which are from another country's national education system (eg SAT and AP exams from the USA) you should consult the country specific section for that country for qualification equivalence information. If you are unsure about the acceptability of your qualifications for entry to Birmingham please contact us for further details.

English Language

You will need to demonstrate a certain level of English language, either through an English test such as IELTS, TOEFL or PTE, or we may be able to accept your previous or alternative qualifications as evidence. Please view the entry requirements for specific programme requirements, and details on our presessional English language courses.

For study on our Foundation and Undergraduate programmes, English language at grade C or above in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) is sufficient to meet the standard English language requirements.

For Postgraduate programmes, Kenyan nationals with a degree from Kenya or another English speaking country (as on the University's approved list) are not required to submit an English Language test.

Foundation Pathways

65% or B grade average in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) to include grade B in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

If you have achieved English language at grade C or above, you will not be required to take an additional English proficiency test (for the 4-year programme)

For further information see the Birmingham International Academy website.


We will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB), or a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our  Foundation Pathways, for entrance to undergraduate programmes.

Please note:

  • For Medicine country specific requirements, please visit our Applying to Medicine website.
  • For Dentistry, please see the general entry requirements listed on the Dental Surgery course page.

Postgraduate Taught

Students who hold a Bachelor degree from a recognised institution will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees. Most taught Masters programmes require a minimum of an upper second class degree (2.1) with a minimum GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 3.5/50

Students who have completed a Masters degree from a recognised institution will be considered for PhD study.


Find out more about fees and funding for undergraduate, postgraduate taught or postgraduate research courses, or click here for information on international tuition fees.


To reward outstanding achievement and to help ensure that fears about finance do not constrain our students, we are pleased to offer a number of prestigious international scholarships.

We are pleased to offer the following funding opportunity for Kenyan students:

Use the links below to search our funding and scholarship databases:

Search the undergraduate funding database
Search the postgraduate funding database

There are lots of ways to find out more about Birmingham. We run regular live chats where you can ask us any questions you might have about your application or the University. Visit our Live Chats page to find out when the next events are.

Birmingham Representatives

The University of Birmingham contacts for Kenya are Ariana Jessa (In-country Representative) who is based in Nairobi and Amy Mitchell-Bell -International Officer (Middle East and Africa) based at our Dubai campus can support you with all of your queries. Email: Our representatives can provide advice on studying in the UK and, more specifically, at the University of Birmingham. 

IDP Kenya 

Soin Shopping Arcade, Mezzanine Floor Suite 22, 
Westlands, Crossway Road,
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 (0) 707092287 / 729129799

SI-UK Kenya 

Ground Floor, Madonna House 
Westlands off Mpaka Road,
Tel: +254 (0) 755688242/47/53

Second Floor, Amal Plaza, 
Links Road, Nyali,
Mombasa, Kenya
Tel: +254 (0) 780 450 642


9th Floor Fortis Tower
Woodvale Grove | Westlands,
P.O. Box 56386 - 00200,
Tel: +254 20 4452732 / 4453903|
Mobile: +254 (0) 73 47 59 495

1st Floor Kalair Centre,
Opposite Texas Alarms,
Nyali Road, Mombasa
P.O Box 95649-80100
Tel: +254 41-470561

Birmingham Visits

Our beautiful campus is open to the public throughout the year, so if you are in the UK and would like to visit, you can book onto a campus tour. We run regular live chats as an opportunity to talk to our staff. Please visit our Live Chats page to find out when we will be available for online events, which include live chat and videos.

Student Experience

The University of Birmingham is a fantastic choice for your academic study. Our thriving campus with its beautiful grounds, friendly community and excellent facilities will quickly make you feel at home. We offer you a huge variety of exciting activities to get involved in outside of your studies, too.

Beautiful surroundings and fantastic facilities

When you step onto campus, you are immersed in our historic red-brick buildings and glorious green spaces. You'll find our Edgbaston campus both a peaceful and vibrant place to spend your time, whether it's studying on one of the lawns, or enjoying a hot drink in one our many cafes.

When you are on campus, you are in the heart of University life - it's the perfect place to meet friends, whether it's to have a bite to eat, discuss your seminar notes or meet up before heading off to a sports club or society.

You can also take advantage of our fantastic facilities on campus. Study in our state-of-the-art academic library with its stunning views over campus, or go for a swim after lectures at our brand new £55 million Sport and Fitness Club.

Student societies

Many nationality groups form student societies during their time at the University of Birmingham. The student societies are an excellent way to keep in contact with home and also provide an opportunity to highlight your culture and customs in the UK. Student societies are also a useful point of contact for prospective students to Birmingham who may want to contact current students for information.


We offer dedicated support for international students, including an international careers consultant and a team of international student ambassadors. We will support you in developing the skills you will need to fully prepare for the working world or further academic study, whether this is in your home country or elsewhere.

Our Careers Network researches jobs all over the world. We host fairs, workshops and presentations, which are attended by many large, global companies that offer opportunities worldwide. We also offer a huge database of information on employers, vacancies and industry trends in a range of countries.


The University of Birmingham has many strong alumni groups all over the world. Alumni groups are an excellent way of keeping in contact with the University and with other graduates from Birmingham who live in your country. Some alumni groups meet on a regular basis for social and professional events.

If you would like to meet up with University staff when they are in your country or you would be willing to help promote the university at education exhibitions, we would also like to hear from you. You can find out if there is an alumni group in your country or join our alumni mailing list on the Alumni website.

Contact Details

For all general queries about becoming an international student at Birmingham, please complete and submit our enquiry form.


Amy Mitchell-Bell 
International Recruitment
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston Campus
B15 2TT


The British Council has offices in many countries throughout the world which are able to provide you with advice about studying in the UK. Most offices also have an education library and Internet facilities where you can consult university material. The British Council can also provide advice about funding opportunities.