University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham, is the original ‘redbrick’ university, part of the prestigious Russell Group with a rich history and strong global reputation. Highly ranked in the QS World University Rankings, this institution offers a diverse range of courses and state-of-the-art facilities.

UoB boasts 10 Nobel Laureates among their staff and alumni who have contributed to some of science’s greatest discoveries, including the Higgs Boson and Gravitational Waves. The University of Birmingham’s research provides innovative solutions to the challenges faced in Birmingham, the West Midlands and across the globe.

The beautiful Edgbaston campus, combined with the university’s commitment to research excellence and impact, creates an inspiring environment for students to thrive academically. As an international student at the University of Birmingham, you will have access to a wealth of resources, support services, and extracurricular activities designed to enrich your study abroad experience.

The University of Birmingham encourages and empowers people to turn ideas into reality and make important things happen.

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Life at Birmingham

Student Life at Birmingham

At the University of Birmingham, your experience isn’t just about studying. You’ll have the opportunity to discover new experiences, develop different skills and make friends for life.

The university offers international students an enriching student life, with numerous clubs, societies, and events designed to enhance the study abroad experience. By studying with NCUK, you can join this prestigious university and benefit from its strong academic reputation and supportive environment.

The university’s beautiful Edgbaston campus provides an inspiring backdrop for students to engage in extracurricular activities and make lasting connections. Additionally, the University of Birmingham is committed to research excellence and impact, offering students the opportunity to participate in innovative research projects and collaborate with leading academics across various disciplines.

Careers at Birmingham

At the University of Birmingham, UK, you will have the opportunity to gain work experience, take part in research projects, work with an alumni mentor, undertake summer internships, and more.

The university is committed to providing international students with comprehensive career support and employability-enhancing opportunities. By studying with NCUK, you can join this prestigious university and benefit from its dedicated Careers Network, offering personalised advice, workshops, and employer engagement events.

The university’s strong industry connections and focus on practical experience ensure that graduates are well-equipped to excel in their chosen careers. Furthermore, the University of Birmingham encourages students to engage in research and entrepreneurship, fostering a culture of innovation and creativity that enhances their overall employability and career prospects.

City Life at Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is set in the UK’s second city. Birmingham is one of the UK’s greenest cities with more than 550 parks and open spaces to relax in, a vibrant city that offers international students a wealth of cultural, social, and leisure activities. By studying with NCUK, you can join this prestigious university and enjoy Birmingham’s rich history, diverse arts scene, and lively entertainment options.

With numerous attractions, such as museums, galleries, shopping centres, and beautiful parks, students will find endless opportunities to explore and engage with the local community. You can stroll along the city’s canal paths or take a break in one of the city centre’s many bars and restaurants. Additionally, Birmingham’s central location and excellent transport links make it an ideal base for exploring the wider UK, allowing students to easily visit other major cities and iconic landmarks during their study abroad experience.

Student Support at Birmingham

Whoever you are and wherever you come from, The University of Birmingham is committed to providing the best possible support to all its students, both before you start and throughout your time on campus, so that you can get the most out of your university experience.

The University of Birmingham provides international students with comprehensive student welfare, academic support, and student support services. By studying with NCUK, you can join this prestigious university and benefit from resources such as personal tutors, counselling services, and academic skills workshops.

Going to university is a big life change, and students may feel the need for a little more support during their transition. Whether students are feeling stressed about workload, worried about a situation at home, or need help with study skills or financial advice, there is lots of support available at Birmingham. No problem is too big, and no worry is too small for their team of experts, and there is a range of services to choose the one that best suits students’ personal needs to help them thrive during their study abroad journey and feel a sense of belonging within the university community.

Student Accommodation at Birmingham

Going to Birmingham to study might be a student’s first time living away from home. The university’s student accommodation allows students to enjoy their independence in safe, welcoming and sociable surroundings.

The University of Birmingham offers a diverse range of student accommodation options in its halls of residence, including The Vale, Pritchatts Park, and Selly Oak. International students can access these comfortable and well-equipped residences, catering to a wide range of budgets and preferences. The university’s commitment to creating a supportive and inclusive living environment ensures a positive study abroad experience for all students.

Additionally, the accommodation options are conveniently located near campus facilities, public transport links, and local amenities, making it easy for students to access everything they need during their time at the university. On-site facilities such as common rooms, study spaces, and laundry services further enhance the living experience for residents.

Facilities at Birmingham

Discover yourself at a green and spacious campus university just minutes from the hustle and bustle of the UK’s diverse and vibrant second city, Birmingham, where the Commonwealth Games were hosted in 2022.

The university is a centre of culture for the West Midlands. From museums and galleries to concert halls and a botanic garden, UoB’s campus is brimming with things to do. Birmingham students will tell you that the campus is special and from the moment you see it you’ll see what they mean.

The University of Birmingham is renowned for its state-of-the-art university facilities, providing a superior study experience for international students. You can access state-of-the-art learning and research spaces, contributing to the university’s impact and reputation. The campus also boasts impressive sports facilities, including the world-class sport and fitness centre, ensuring students have many opportunities to stay active and healthy during their study abroad journey.

Furthermore, the university offers extensive library resources, study spaces, and support services to help students excel academically. The university’s commitment to innovation and excellence is further demonstrated by its specialist research centers, focusing on challenges like sustainable environments, global health challenges, driving innovation and creating fulfilling lives in a fairer world.

Sports & Clubs at Birmingham

The University of Birmingham boasts an extensive range of sports teams, clubs, and societies for international students. The university’s Athletic Union supports numerous sports clubs, such as the Birmingham Lions American Football Club and the Birmingham University Tennis Club.

Additionally, various societies cater to diverse interests, including the International Students’ Association, the Debating Society, and the Computer Science Society, ensuring a vibrant and engaging study abroad experience. By participating in these extracurricular activities, students can develop valuable life skills, form lasting friendships, and explore new passions, making their time at the University of Birmingham truly rewarding.

Sustainability at Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is committed to sustainability and environmental policies, offering international students an ideal environment. The university’s efforts align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on energy conservation, waste reduction, and sustainable transportation.

With a reputation for quality, the University of Birmingham actively pursues initiatives like the Green Impact Scheme and the promotion of eco-friendly practices, displaying its dedication to creating a lasting positive impact on the environment.

The University of Birmingham, in partnership with Siemens, is transforming its infrastructure using cutting-edge technologies to make its campus one of the smartest and most sustainable in the world, ultimately leading to the development of a Living Lab and Net Zero Carbon campus.

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Ranked 84th in the world and 15th in the UK (QS World University Rankings 2024)

18 of the university’s academic subjects are ranked in the top 10 for their respective areas of study (Complete University Guide 2023)


International Chemistry Scholarship

Requires A*AA (inc. Chemistry), and Birmingham to be the firm choice in UCAS. Worth £2,000 and renewable annually subject to attaining full credits and an overall Year Mark of 70% or higher. No application is required. Click here for more information.

Achievement Scholarship and Excellence Scholarship

Academic merit scholarships are available in a number of schools within the University of Birmingham, based on the following academic merits: “Achievement” worth £1,500, “Excellence” worth £1,500 (School of Engineering) or £3,000 (Chemical Engineering), First Class Scholarship worth £1,500/year for students attaining >70% at the end of each year for those studying Chemical Engineering. No application is required.

  • Click here for more information on the Achievement Scholarship
  • Click here for more information on the Excellence Scholarship
  • Click here for more information on the Excellence Scholarship (Chemical Engineering)
Materials Science Entry Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded as a contribution to tuition fees and is valued depending on A-level academic achievement, as follows: A*A*A: £3,500; A*AA: £2,500; both where the A* grades are in mathematics and/or experimental science.; AAA: £1,500 (available to the top 5 AAA students based on entry qualification marks and interview). No application is required. Click here for more information.

International undergraduate scholarships for LLB degrees

The LLB and LLB for Graduates Scholarships of £3,000 per annum will be available to students who are self-funded international applicants for one of the programmes below:

Application is required. Click here to find out more.

Additional Scholarship Options

Click here to search for scholarships by country in Birmingham’s scholarships finder or here for all undergraduate scholarships.

Additional Scholarship Options

Click here to view the full range of scholarships for international postgraduate students available at the University of Birmingham for 2023/24 entry.

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