Birkbeck, University of London

The International Office at Birkbeck, part of the University of London, supports international students with advice and guidance on choosing a course as well as applying to or enrolling with Birkbeck, making visa applications and more.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

835 international students in 2016–17

Welcome Arrangements

  • Birkbeck organises an orientation programme at the start of the academic year, which includes sessions specific to international students.
  • The International Alumni Friendship Scheme partners new students with alumni for ongoing personal support.

English Language Requirements

  • Birkbeck accepts both the IELTS and Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Test.
  • The standard English language entry criteria is IELTS 6.5 or IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) depending on the course.
  • Exemptions to language tests may be given to international students from countries specifically designated by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).
  • Please refer to the college website for full details of English language entry criteria.

Accommodation for International Students

  • International students who apply early have a guaranteed place within the University of London halls of residence, which are within ten minutes' walking distance of Birkbeck.
  • There are also private student halls of residence available, as well as private rented houses and apartments.
  • Further information about accommodation can be found on the college website.

International Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2018–2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Undergraduate (£) Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 13,350 14,850–17,425
Mixed 13,350 15,200
Laboratory 13,350 14,850–15,200
Clinical - -
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.