How to apply

Submit online application

International students can apply for our courses by completing the online form on our website. To submit your application for an undergraduate or postgraduate course, please use the link below: 

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Responding to applications

Our International Admissions team aim to respond to new applications made directly through our online application form within 5 working days of receipt. Please be aware however that this can vary during our peak application periods (particularly between January and March), or if the team require additional information in order to process your application.

Applicants who apply to transfer onto a second or final year of a course at University College Birmingham will have their course mapped for entry. The conditions of entry will be stated on UCAS Track.

We review each application individually, with careful consideration given to all information supplied on your application form – particularly your personal statement, reference and the qualifications you have completed or are in the process of taking. In most cases, our decision to make an offer can be based on this information alone. However, we may need to make further enquiries, particularly concerning your immigration status or previous studies within the UK.

University College Birmingham is committed to ensuring our admissions process is fair and transparent. More details can be found in our Admissions Policy.

International Admissions

For more information, please contact us via our online enquiry form

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Receiving offers

You will receive emails or official offer letters through our online application system. All communications regarding application progress will be made via email. Be aware that emails may occasionally default to your junk/spam inbox, so please ensure you check this location before contacting us. If you do receive an email into your junk inbox, please add University College Birmingham to your safe contacts list so as to prevent the issue happening again in future.

Should your application be successful, there are two types of offer that you can receive from University College Birmingham:

  • Conditional – this means we have offered you a place, but there are conditions attached. Conditional offers are normally made to applicants who are still in education. Once you have met the conditions of your offer and provided evidence, the offer will become Unconditional.
  • Unconditional – this means we have offered you a definite place, all academic requirements have been met and we are happy to accept you, subject to you making a partial pre-payment of your course tuition fees. For more information, please see our pre-payment policy (UK website).

Non-EU applicants (based both within and outside the UK) will be asked to make a partial pre-payment of their tuition fees of at least £4,500. This amount is deducted from the total tuition fee owed to University College Birmingham at enrolment. It is used to demonstrate the applicant has the financial capacity to study in the UK – an important part of the student visa process. 

The University will then request bank statements demonstrating that the applicant has sufficient funds to support themselves within the UK for at least nine months (this figure set by the Home Office currently stands at £9,300), as well as the balance of their tuition fees. The funds must be held in an acceptable format with an approved bank.

At this point, we may also ask for more immigration history from the applicant in order to help justify our decision to sponsor them. Once we are satisfied that, to the best of our knowledge, the applicant is able to make a student visa application, we will then issue a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies), representing our sponsorship of the student under Tier 4 of the UK’s Points-Based Immigration System.  

Applicants outside the UK will be able to use the CAS, along with the proof we have seen of their financial situation and the academic evidence/English language qualifications we list on the CAS, in order to make a student visa application at the British High Commission or Embassy in their home country.

Applicants based in the UK will need to make an appointment with our International Student Centre through Rupinderjit Kaur (email visa-advice@ucb.ac.uk or call 0121 232 4462) to attend a workshop and then a one-to-one meeting to extend their current student visa.

Please note the University has a duty to the Home Office to only sponsor applicants that we consider to be genuine students with a realistic prospect of obtaining a student visa. We may therefore need to ask detailed questions about an applicant’s immigration history and cannot guarantee that Tier 4 sponsorship will be issued, even if all the academic and English language requirements within an offer are met. 

When we contact you with your offer, we will also email you additional information about University College Birmingham and services we offer to our international students.

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