Vice Chancellor's Welcome


Congratulations on your offer of a place at the University of Birmingham. We are delighted that you are planning to join us.

The University is home to some of the most outstanding faculty in the world. For more than a century, research from our University has created a major impact on the city, the region and the world, having a lasting impact on lives, culture, industry and society: our current research continues to create innovative, grounded and enduring solutions to some of the world’s biggest issues. From world-class cancer research to pioneering the development of new fuels, our academic expertise continues to address the key challenges facing the modern-day world.  Our Quest and Birmingham Heroes’ webpages contain information about this research.

These are exciting times for the University:  we are undergoing one of the most dynamic campus redevelopment schemes in our history. One outstanding example of this is the 12 acres of beautiful parkland at the centre of campus which we call the Green Heart and which was completed in January 2019. It provides a unique space for performances, socialising, meeting and studying.  It has opened up views across the whole campus, as envisaged in the 1920s. The space enhances the setting of the buildings bordering the Green Heart, including the new library which opened in September 2016. It has provided new pedestrian and cycle routes, allowing students, staff and visitors to the campus to travel safely and with ease. Throughout the design process, the University has sought to create a sustainable, natural and environmentally friendly landscape; both for people and wildlife.

Green Heart

The United Kingdom is home to one of the highest performing university systems in the world and the UK is second only to the United States for global research outputs, the quality of its best institutions, the impact of its research, and the production of an educated workforce that meets labour market needs. The University of Birmingham is recognised globally as a leader for higher education, delivering excellent teaching, and maintaining its reputation of being at the forefront of research.

For more than a century, the University of Birmingham’s pioneering research has had a global impact that has made headlines around the world. From the invention of the key component of the microwave to the discovery of a new solar system and one of the world’s oldest Qur’an manuscripts, we combine original thinking with clear focus and rigour. Our world-leading experts are constantly in demand, helping to shape and contribute to debates that matter through high-profile media appearances and our own publications. In 2018, the University of Birmingham opened its first international branch campus, in Dubai, situated within Dubai’s International Academic City.

We are proud to be part of the wider international diversity of the city of Birmingham.  Birmingham is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the UK. Outside London, Birmingham has the UK’s largest Muslim, Sikh and Buddhist communities, the second largest Hindu community and the seventh largest Jewish community.  The city’s Sikh celebrations of Vaisakhi are the largest in Europe, and the Eid celebrations in the city at the end of Ramadan are one of the biggest in the UK. Birmingham has a large Irish community and its St Patrick’s Day Parade is the third biggest in the world (after New York and Dublin), with more than 80,000 people turning out to celebrate the occasion.

As an international student we know that your time at Birmingham will be exciting, challenging, academically rewarding, and enjoyable. You will play an important role in enriching and enhancing the experience for all our students and staff, helping to shape the University of Birmingham as a global campus. We are confident that your student experience with us is going to be an outstanding one.

This guide has been prepared to help you manage the process of planning and moving to the UK to start your studies. You will find information on how to make a visa application, make arrangements to travel to the UK, and what to expect once you arrive here. We also have an exciting Welcome Week planned so please follow the link for further information.

To help ease your transition into the University we have provided you with a wide range of information on topics such as registering with us and what our different services can offer you.

We wish you a safe journey and we look forward to meeting and welcoming you to the University of Birmingham.

Professor Sir David Eastwood
Vice-Chancellor and Principal



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