Getting here and getting started

We know that you’ll be looking forward to starting your studies in the UK next year, but that you may have questions about how we are planning to adapt our teaching should there be ongoing challenges related to the pandemic.

Find out more about organising your travel to the UK

Flexibility for the 2021 academic year

We have a number of reasons to be more optimistic about next year. In particular, the UK vaccination programme is progressing well and the plan is to have it fully rolled out by the autumn. At the same time, we recognise that uncertainties remain and no-one can accurately predict the future progress of the pandemic. We are, therefore, planning for all possible scenarios. 

We are looking forward to welcoming you to our learning community on campus at the start of the next academic year. Of course, we also understand that for some students, circumstances might mean that physical travel is not possible. If this is the case for you, we will ensure there are online resources available so you can progress with your studies throughout Semester 1 until you are able to join us on campus.

These resources will include a wide range of online learning material as appropriate to your programme including: digital/online resources to prepare for lectures, high-quality recordings of lectures and other teaching, regular face-to-face tutorial sessions, group-work sessions (subject to timetables/time zones), and online discussion forums. You will be supported to access and make the most of other learning and support resources online.

Our pre-sessional English courses are also available to be taken on campus, or fully online and you can find more information on their duration and how to sign up on our pre-sessional webpages

Please be aware that there are some accredited programmes that will require you to be present on campus at some point during the academic year, and we will be in contact with you closer to the time if that is the case. 

We will continue to keep you updated as the situation develops over the next few months. Meanwhile, we look forward to welcoming you to our University of Birmingham community.

Admissions to your programme – undergraduate and foundation students

Please see the information below on what to do if your exams have been cancelled, delayed or otherwise affected.
If your exams have been cancelled  Send in your results/qualification as soon as you receive them, i.e. partial transcripts for your final year of high school and we’ll make a decision based on what you submit. If you don't have a partial transcript, please submit a formal letter on headed paper confirming your results and the grades you have achieved. For some countries where we are aware exam results have been have been severely delayed or cancelled, for example in India, we'll be in touch to advise you on what to do. 
If your results won’t be available until August or September  Send in your results as soon as you receive them. If you are unable to physically be in the UK at the start of the course, you can start online and join on campus when you are able to. This way, you will ensure you get all of the teaching from day one and don’t miss any academic content. 
 If your results won’t be available until October or November  If you know you will not have your results until October, please let us know so we can discuss the best option for you. If you’re applying for one of our Birmingham International Academy foundation programmes we can defer your offer to January if you won’t have your results until this point. 
If you have received your results, but your marks are likely to be affected by your school being closed  If your grades are slightly lower than expected, please send them to us so that we can assess whether we are still able to accept you onto the course.
If you don’t yet have a decision on your results for this year  Send in your results/qualification as soon as you receive it and we will let you next steps and if anything further is required

Applying for a place for 2021

We are still accepting applications for students who wish to start in 2021. To apply for foundation programmes, you will need to apply through our admissions partner Kaplan. Please visit our foundation pathways pages on Kaplan’s website for more information. To apply for our undergraduate courses, please apply through UCAS.

Meeting your English Language requirements

For 2021 our pre-sessional English programmes will run on campus and online. You can find out more information and apply for the programme on our Presessional English pages.

For those joining us for 2021 we will accept the following additional tests as evidence of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL “At Home” Test
  • Password English (more information on how to register for this test will be updated soon)
  • IELTs Indicator (entry requirements match standard IELTs requirements listed on our English Language requirements pages)
  • Duolingo English test (for pre-sessional English programmes only)

You can find more information on English language requirements from our dedicated webpages.

Receiving your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) and applying for your visa

Once you have met all the terms of your offer and your status changes to unconditional accept, we will issue your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). Once you have received your CAS you will have what you need from us to be able to apply for your visa. However, the situation in your home country may affect your ability to apply for your visa due to Visa Application Centre (VAC) closures. Please check the UK Government website for the status of VACs in your country. You should receive your CAS within 5 days of becoming unconditional firm with us. 

As you begin to prepare your visa application to come and study in the UK, we have collated some useful information:

  • To study a course which is longer than six months in duration you must apply for a student route visa 
  • The International Student Team (IST) have a dedicated visa page which explains in detail how to apply for a student route visa, the documents you need for your visa application, what you can and cannot do on this visa and what to do if your visa is refused.
  • The earliest you can submit your application is six months before your course starts, and you can start planning straightaway by ensuring you have the correct documents and enough funding in your bank account. 
  • To apply for your student route visa please visit the UK Government website
  • If you are studying a course of less than six months you can apply for a short-term study visa.
  • As a student who requires a visa to be in the UK, you will need to carry out a Right to Study (RTS) check with us before you start your course. Completing an RTS check is very easy: simply visit the ‘My Right To Study’ webpage, where you will find all the information needed to upload your documents and complete your RTS check online. We recommend that you start the process of uploading these documents as soon as you receive your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). If you have any questions whilst completing the RTS check, please refer to the relevant online guide at ‘My Right To Study’ or contact us via Student Help.

If you need any support with your visa application, the International Student Team (IST) offer lots of advice and guidance.

Deferring your place

You will normally be permitted to defer your entry to 2022 provided that you have met in full the conditions of your offer personal offer.

To request deferral to entry in 2022 you will need to complete an online form which will be available shortly. Please check back on this page for updates and to access the form which will be available from early July.

Pre-departure briefings

Our International Recruitment team will be inviting all offer holders due to start with us in September to pre-departure briefings from late July through to the end of August. These briefings will go through a range of topics, including;

  • What it is like living in the UK and in our home, the City of Birmingham
  • Advice on travelling to the UK
  • Visa information and guidance
  • The latest updates on what we have done to ensure your safety for your arrival onto campus

In addition, our team will also give you some tips on things to pack and things not to pack based on their experience of advising students over the years. Look out for an invitation to one of these pre-departure briefings, which we will be sending out by email from mid-July onwards.

If you’re unable to arrive on campus for the start of term, then don’t worry – all of our programmes will have the option to start online so that you can begin your studies in September and join us on campus when you’re able to do so.