Student life

students-walkingAs a Foundation Pathway student you will have the opportunity to get involved with team sports, pursue hobbies and interests and meet new people through many different groups and societies. 

We know that you will want to experience both the academic and social side of student life in the UK. As a student at the BIA, you will have the opportunity to get involved with team sports, pursue hobbies and interests and make friends with people around the world. We’re proud that so many of the students at the BIA have chosen to continue their studies at Birmingham.

Residential weekend

We will also take you on a weekend residential trip to enjoy team-building activities with fellow Foundation Pathway students; a great way to meet the staff and students you'll be working closely with on your foundation year.

The residential weekend away usually happens every October, so it gives you a chance to settle in a bit first and also before the weather gets too cold and Wintery.

Previous trips have been to PGL Liddington, which is an outdoor adventure centre based in Wiltshire. There are so many things to take part in here, the motto for the weekend is to have fun and get stuck into as many activities as possible. You can practise your climbling, abseiling and archery skills, improve your problem solving ability, try your hand at building a raft that stays afloat as well as a bit of canoeing.

It really is a fun weekend and a great way to get to know your fellow Foundation Pathway students and staff better. Hopefully by the time it finishes you will have made a few friends and have some amusing memories to take away with you.

In-house events

There are plenty of in-house events that are organised for you throughout the year, so there will be plenty of things to keep you entertained. Examples of previous events, are:

  • An end of term celebration BBQ
  • Fireworks at The Vale
  • A Christmas craft-making event
  • A film Club
  • A magazine club, where you will create your own magazine

Day trips are also arranged within your Pathways, to places like: Stratford Upon Avon to see a Shakespeare play, London to visit the Houses of Parliment, Warwick Castle, Watford to see the Harry Potter studios or on a field trip with your group.  

Other social events...

There are lots of social events organised by the Foundation Pathways team and Guild of Students, as well as events organised by other students. Current students have also set up country societies, which are a great way to meet people from your home country before you arrive, and a comforting group of people to socialise with if you ever miss your home. 


Student from Bahrain

“The activities in the trip will change me in the future by making me more fearless when it comes to participating in extreme sports or even doing new things in life. It will also make me more cooperative when it comes to working with different people around the world”

We asked some of our students to tell us why they chose the University of Birmingham and about their experiences in both their academic and social life.