International student support

Contacts for a range of issues including visas and immigration. 

Visas and immigration

The University offers help and advice to extend or switch your visa, bring your family to the UK, and switch or extend your dependants' visas. We also organise visa document checking sessions for continuing students who need a CAS to make a visa application to continue your studies.

Birmingham International Academy (BIA)

Insessional English at Birmingham International Academy (BIA)

If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate international student whose first language is not English, look out for the Birmingham International Academy’s (free) lunchtime lectures, workshops, short courses, drop-ins and individual tutorials to help develop your English language and academic skills.

Your first step should be to complete the BIA’s English Self-Assessment (ESA online) to diagnose your own strengths and areas for improvement:

This assessment will not affect your programme grades or be shown on your academic records. It is a diagnostic assessment to help guide you to any further academic English support that you need.

The BIA’s Insessional English Programme offers:

• Lunchtime English: Pick a topic and come along to a lunchtime class

• e-English: Online independent learning materials through CANVAS

• 1-1English!: Individual, bookable, confidential English language appointments

• AskEnglish!: Drop in and speak to an English tutor in or near your department

• Workshop English: Boost your spoken English on Wednesday afternoons

• English for Your Subject: Discipline-specific academic English for departments

• Thesis Writing: Courses for PhD and Masters students

• Summarise Don’t Plagiarise!: Strategies and practice for avoiding plagiarism

• Partners’ English Classes: for partners of international postgraduate students

Further information: 

Living and working in the UK

Wondering if you can work during and after your studies? Looking for information to help adapt to life in the UK? The International Students Advisory Service (ISAS) provides support and advice for prospective and current international students at the University.

Careers support

There is an extensive range of careers support and opportunities available to international students.

Faith and religion

Birmingham is a multi-cultural city where a wide range of faiths and religions are practiced. The University offers support to help you find places of worship and a faith community for you.