Birmingham City University

Why Study Here?

  • Students who decide to come to Birmingham City University can be confident that they will receive a first-class education with a focus on practical skills and professional relevance, giving them excellent prospects for employment and career development.

What Do International Students Study?

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: if your first language is not English, then for many courses you should attain an IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band). Some courses require a higher IELTS score.

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  • TOEFL: depending on the entry qualification to the course, you will need a minimum overall score of 80 with minimum of 18 in reading, 17 in listening, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing; or minimum overall score of 88 with minimum of 18 in reading, 17 in listening, 20 in speaking. Some courses may require a higher TOEFL score.

Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £12,000 £12,000
Mixed - -
Laboratory - -
Clinical - -

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • Each year Birmingham City University provides a number of scholarships and bursaries to international students to cover a proportion of the tuition fee for their first year of study. Amounts vary and are discretionary.
  • Some of these bursaries are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and are subject to students paying the required deposit to the university.
  • Others are allocated by the university's Regional Managers at selected interview sessions and exhibitions overseas.

Contact the university for further details.

Pre-Arrival and Welcome

  • To help international students on their journey to Birmingham City University, the university’s website provides a comprehensive pre-arrival guide to help students prepare themselves for coming to the UK and starting their studies at the university

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  • The university operates a Meet and Greet service at Birmingham Airport to welcome international and EU students to the UK and help them check into their accommodation. The service operates at different times throughout the year including before the September semester.
  • International Orientation Week takes place at the beginning of September and is designed to help international students to adapt to life in the UK and at the university as easily as possible. The week includes useful talks, workshops and evening events, and students have the opportunity to find out about life in Birmingham, meet university staff and make new friends.
  • It is free to all international and EU students and is supported by current students at the university.

Accommodation for International Students

  • All international students are guaranteed Birmingham City University accommodation if they apply on time. It is not always possible to allocate a student’s first choice but where possible the accommodation will be close to the place of study, provided an application is received by 31 August 2016.
  • All accommodation is self-catered with internet access.
  • All halls are within walking distance, or a short journey by public transport, from the university’s campuses.
  • Students do not have to move out of their accommodation during the Christmas and Easter vacations.
  • Accommodation fees start from £98 per week, including heating and water (2015/16).

Organisations for International Students

  • All of the student groups at Birmingham City University Students’ Union are available for any student to join, so international students can get involved in any society or sporting group that they choose.
  • The International Students’ Group organises activities and represents the interests of international students. There is also an Indian Society, Nigerian Society, and Oriental Society as well as many other cultural and religious groups that international students join.

Overseas Campus

  • Birmingham Institute of Fashion and Creative Art (BIFCA) is a new institution, set up in partnership with Wuhan Textile University (WTU) in China’s Hubei Province to deliver high-quality courses in Landscape Architecture, Visual Communication and Digital Media Technology.
  • There will be the option of studying in China for the entire four-year programme, or spending the first two years in China before transferring to the UK to complete the degree. Anyone studying a BIFCA programme will automatically be enrolled as a student of Birmingham City University and will study for an internationally recognised UK Bachelor’s degree.