University of Birmingham2014 League Table Ranking 17
2014 Overall Score 810
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Pre-arrival and orientation
- The International Student Advisory Service (ISAS): in order to help new international students settle into life in Birmingham, the ISAS team run a one week orientation programme called 'International Welcome Week'.
- During the week international students register with the University, open bank accounts, attend talks on University life and attend many fun social fun events such as campus and city tours and evening social events.
- Please visit the website for more information.
- The university guarantees a place in university accommodation for all international students who are new to Birmingham. This is because we understand the importance of securing suitable accommodation, particularly when you are getting used to an unfamiliar environment and meeting new people. This guarantee is subject to the following conditions:
You must have firmly accepted the offer of a place on a Birmingham programme of study.
Your application for accommodation must be received by our Accommodation Services Office no later than 31 July.
- The university offers a range of accommodation, including self-catered flats with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities where small groups of self-catered students live together and cook for themselves. There is also the option of en suite rooms where students have their own bathroom, along with a selection of modern self-contained studio apartments.
- Students residing at the Vale can take advantage of the meal plan, where their meals are provided Monday–Friday, during term time.
- All university bedrooms have access to the university’s high speed campus network and internet access.
- International students are spread evenly within the halls of residence, mixed with UK students.
- The majority of university accommodation is a 15–20 minute walk from campus.
- Students can apply for a 50 week contract on their accommodation, which can be extended on request, removing the need to move out during vacations.
- Prices range from £90 per week (single bedroom, shared facilities) to £182 per week for a one bedroom studio (2011–12).
English language requirement
- English language requirements vary depending on the programme of study.
- The minimum entrance requirement for IELTS is 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band; TOEFL IBT 87 overall: with no less than 22 in Reading, 21 in Listening, 23 in Speaking, 21 in Writing.
Scholarships and bursaries
- To award outstanding achievement and to attract students of the highest calibre from around the world, the University of Birmingham is pleased to offer a number of international scholarships.
- For further information please visit the web pages for the relevant college or department.
International Student Breakdown
Further information for international undergraduate degree students
International Relations at the University of Birmingham:
Why study at the University of Birmingham?
- We encourage our students to be enquiry-led learners. You will learn to question, investigate, solve problems and overcome challenges. We lead the field in many of the emerging research disciplines of the 21st century.
- With all of the teaching, accommodation and many of the university’s residences situated on the same campus, you can be sure of a friendly community atmosphere to enhance your student experience.
- Birmingham is a major European city with first-class cultural, social and sporting facilities. It is a thriving city that embraces the broad ethnic mix of the region.
- As a University of Birmingham graduate, you will secure a competitive advantage in the job market.
- We provide a range of advice and support to international students, from English language courses to information about working in the UK.
- The university is a fully-licensed sponsor with the UK Border Agency, and has achieved 'Highly Trusted Sponsor' status under the UK's Points-Based System for immigration.
- Our alumni contribute as much to the reputation and excellence of Birmingham as our current students and staff.
- The university does not have a campus overseas, but has a permanent presence in India, China, the US and Brazil, in addition to the global network of overseas representatives. For more information, please visit the website.
Student organisations for international students
- The Guild of Students is home to over 200 clubs and societies including international groups which bring together students from particular countries or regions.
Advice for International Students
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International Students in the UK
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