International Students

Welcome to the Department of Civil Engineering, where innovative, multi-disciplinary teaching and research techniques ensure that our up-and-coming civil engineers are equipped to address 21st century challenges.  

Top 10 Guardian University ranking 2020
Civil Engineering at Birmingham top 100 world-wide QS Ranking
Civil Engineering 95% overall satisfaction 2019 NSS

Our world leading academics and state of the art facilities provide an outstanding and supportive learning environment for students. This is reflected in our Top-100 QS World Subject Ranking 2019, Top-10 ranking in The Guardian University Guide 2020 and our 95% overall student satisfaction result in the 2019 National Student Survey. 

Dr Asaad Faramarzi

Dr Asaad Faramarzi

Admissions Tutor

“The Department welcomes many UG international students from countries across the world including, Africa, China, Hong Kong, UAE and many more. Below we have provided some useful information for 2020 applicants, including what to expect during your first year, and some first-hand experiences from our current Civil Engineering students. If you have any further questions, myself and the team look forward to hearing from you.”

Contact details:
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 4230

Your first year at Birmingham

Your first year as a Civil Engineering student at the University of Birmingham will be an interesting and exciting time full of new experiences and challenges.

Here are a few of the highlights you can expect from your first year:

  • The first year provides a foundation of understanding across Civil, Mechanical and Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering building global perspectives and kindles the passion necessary to address the societal challenge agenda.

  • Students get the opportunity to spend a week during their degree to work on site with friends, building a scale version of an iconic structure.

  • Students have access to the Departmental Industrial Placements Programme RESPECT, which provides the opportunity to interact with employers and gain valuable work experience

  • Access to advanced Civil Engineering labs equipped with modern testing equipment. 

  • We have a student led society CivSoc, who bring together all years of Civil Engineering by providing social events, sporting activities and industrial opportunities.

Hear from our International Students

One of the best ways to find out what life is really like as an international Civil Engineering student is to hear from them! Here, our current student, Matt Hui, talks about his experience and gives real insight into student-life at Birmingham. To see full student profiles as well as student videos and much more, please see our International Students Information page.  You can also watch our 'A Day in the Life of a Civil Engineering student' video. 

Matt Hui

Matt Hui

MEng Civil Engineering

“Birmingham is a research university, so what you learn in class is relevant to what is happening in the world of Civil Engineering. This means what you learn within the course is directly applicable to life outside of university, because Birmingham wants you to have the skills needed for employment.”

See Matt's full profile here.  

Civil Engineering News

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To hear about the latest Department news and any upcoming events please follow us on Twitter @SchoolofEng_UoB, Instagram @myepslife or Facebook. You can also visit our News and Events pages and the University of Birmingham Weibo and WeChat pages.

Meet us in your Country
Members of staff from the University regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying with us. Check our travel calendar for details of upcoming visits to your country.

Fees and Scholarships

Scholarships for your programme:
The School of Civil Engineering is proud to attract some of the world’s brightest students. We offer some fantastic scholarship opportunities to high achieving international students.

Fee status
Information on fee status and tuition fees can be found on our international fees pages. Tuition fees are also displayed on our individual programme pages.

Immigration and visas

Students who are nationals of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland generally require a visa to study in the UK. See our visa and immigration pages for more information about getting a visa to study in the UK.

Application document verification

If your place is conditional upon providing evidence of your academic qualifications, you can verify your documents in variety of ways. See our document verification pages for further information.

Parents and Carers

We’re sure that your parents will have many questions about the University campus, student support and security. Our parents and carers webpages will provide many of the answers.

Offer-holder Checklist

You will receive updates about the application process and relevant deadlines via email, but you can use this handy checklist to keep track of progress.

Key Dates

Key Dates
September 2019 UCAS applications open
15 January 2020 Deadline for applications - First places*
May 2020 UCAS decision deadline
30 June 2020 UCAS applications close**
1 July 2020 UCAS clearing opens for international students
31 July 2020 Accommodation application deadline (for Accommodation Guarantee scheme)
19-20 September 2020  Arrivals Weekend
21-27 September 2020 Semester One begins with Welcome Week.
28 September 2020 Semester One teaching begins

*If you apply after this date then we cannot guarantee places, therefore we encourage you to apply by 15 January 2020.

** If you apply after 30 June 2020, your application is automatically entered into Clearing.


University accommodation:
For information about our University accommodation, including our Accommodation Guarantee schemes, 360° tours, rates and more, please visit

Applying for accommodation:
Applying for accommodation is simple and available online.

Presessional accommodation:
If you are a Presessional English Language student, information about your accommodation options will be available here soon.

Private accommodation:
If you’re not looking for University accommodation, the University and Guild of Students’ Rent Right scheme can give you the best housing advice.

Contact accommodation:
All accommodation queries will be need to be directed to the Living team at:
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8000