About the BIA

Insessional and presessional English support

The Birmingham International Academy (BIA) provides English courses for international students, providing English programmes for students preparing to study at the University of Birmingham in addition to English support for students who are already here. 

The BIA has an excellent reputation for the quality of its courses and offers a friendly, welcoming and supportive study environment. BIA staff have a high level of academic qualifications and extensive teaching experience.  The department is also a member of 'English UK' and is accredited by the British Council.  

English support for current international students

BIA provides free English language services to international students who are currently studying on postgraduate, undergraduate or foundation courses at the University of Birmingham.  

English Presessional courses for students with conditional offers

Every year, over 600 overseas postgraduate students, approximately 30% of the University’s annual international PG  intake, attend BIA’s Presessional programmes. Successful completion of all Presessional course components allows students to progress onto their academic programme without having to retake IELTS. These courses help international students improve their academic English before they begin their academic studies and include longer year round courses, intensive courses running from May to September and shorter 10-week and  6-week courses. BIA also runs a 4-week intensive course for unconditional students in August/September.

English support for international students

Priorsfield building

Multiple images of EISU insessional students