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University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is a leading, global top 100 university (QS World University rankings) with over 5000 international students from 150 countries; it is also a member of the elite Russell Group of UK universities.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

5,625 international students in 2016–17

Welcome Arrangements

  • The International Students Advisory Service (ISAS) has many successful years of welcoming international students to Birmingham, with one of the largest international student populations in the UK.
  • When students accept the offer of a place they will receive emails from ISAS with useful information on areas such as applying for their entry clearance visa, and preparing for life at the university and in the UK.
  • The ISAS team run an International Welcome Week orientation programme to help students get to know the campus and city, meet other students and settle into life at Birmingham.

English Language Requirements

  • English language requirements vary depending on the programme of study. 
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Accommodation for International Students

  • A place in university accommodation is guaranteed for all international students who are new to Birmingham; please refer to the university website for details, terms and conditions.
  • A range of accommodation includes single study bedrooms with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, en-suite rooms with their own bathroom, as well as a selection of modern self-contained studios and apartments. All rooms have access to high-speed network and Internet access, and most rooms are within a 15–20 minute walk of the university's campus.
  • Students at the Vale Village can take advantage of Meal Plan, which provides a weekly balance of funds to spend at university food outlets at the Vale and across campus.
  • International students share halls of residence with UK students for a truly multi-cultural experience. There is also a dedicated 'Global Community' residence at Pritchatts House.

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 2017–2018). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Undergraduate (£) Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 15,210 15,660
Mixed 16,740 17,820
Laboratory 19,710 19,890
Clinical - -
Classroom
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Mixed
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Laboratory
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.