Applicant Visit Days

If your application is successful and you receive an offer, we will invite you to an Applicant Visit Day (AVD).

The aim of an AVD is to help you to gain a fuller understanding of what it is like to be a Modern Languages student at the University of Birmingham. AVDs are held on specific dates from the end of November to the end of March.

Activities at the AVD go beyond that of the Open Day. They involve:

  • An insight into the Department;
  • Language specific talks and taster seminars;
  • Question & Answer sessions with current students/staff;
  • A campus tour with a languages student;
  • A chance to meet staff over tea and cake;
  • A chance to see some of the accommodation and hear about student life, sports facilities, finance and careers;
  • A chance to meet other applicants.

Benefits of attending an AVD:

We strongly recommend that you attend an AVD. They give you a great opportunity to meet our current students and academic staff, experience what it is like to study at university, and explore the department and the campus to experience first hand the fantastic facilities that we have to offer. Our student ambassadors are a mixture of first, second and final year Modern Languages students and so they will have a wide variety of different experiences to share with you. You can ask them all your important questions. Get a head start by taking a look our profiles submitted by some of our student ambassadors.


Booking is essential. Shortly after you are made an offer, you will receive an email inviting you to register online to attend an AVD. You can only book your place once you have received an offer.

We ask that all AVD attendees watch our Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham talk from our 2016 Open Day before the AVD. This talk covers the programme’s fundamental details and we will assume understanding of these before you attend the AVD. This means that we can go in to greater depth at the AVD. We suggest that you share this film with your parents (if they will be accompanying you) so that they will also have the appropriate background information to be able to appreciate the AVD as well. If you have any problems with viewing the talk, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Modern Languages AVDs usually start at 11:00 and end at approximately 16:00. You will be provided with details of the venue and a full programme upon registration.

What previous attendees say:

  • My favourite part of the day was “the presentation about my course, getting the specifics about what I would be doing at the university. The presentation was really engaging and made me very excited to study there!”
  • “All students and staff were very helpful and welcoming”
  • “In the afternoon, we (hopeful applicants) were left alone with a current UOB student of German so that we could ask her questions about the uni, course etc that we didn't want to ask the lecturers - was very useful”
  • “All the languages students and student ambassadors were really friendly and informative and definitely gave me a feel for what student life at Birmingham would be like.”
  • “The example lecture and tutorial was a great way to experience a topic that I may be able to study later at university- I really enjoyed it!”
  • “Decided that this is my top choice of University after visiting.”
  • “I really enjoyed the student led tour around campus because it was very casual so I felt comfortable asking questions and the student knew lots about the university.”
  • “I enjoyed visiting the language department, having a taster session and hearing from students already studying the course. It was particularly useful/ interesting to hear about their year abroad as this is the aspect of the course i had most questions about.”
  • “I loved taking part in the Spanish taster session because as I haven't done Spanish before it gave me an idea of what it will be like when I start next year.  The campus tour was also really good because before I came I had no clue that you could have so many things on one campus!”
  • “Enjoyable day, helpful staff and students.”

Travel and directions:

Instructions on how to find us and a map of the campus can be found here. The Modern Languages Department is located in the Ashley Building R17 (red zone) on the main Edgbaston campus map. We are a ten minute walk across campus from the University train station, which is our recommended method of travel. The 'University' stop is just two stops away from Birmingham New Street.


Birmingham is a wonderful city to visit and a vibrant place to study. If you are looking to visit Birmingham either before or after your applicant visit day, find out more about things to do in Birmingham.

Open Days for Prospective Applicants:

If you have not yet applied, you may wish to attend one of our University wide Open Days.


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator for Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music on +44 (0)121 414 5506 or