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Attendance and engagement with study

International student at graduation Your student visa was issued on the basis that you would be studying a specific course at Birmingham City University. The UKVI expects you to attend all teaching sessions and fully engage in your studies as per the University’s Student Engagement Policy. If you have poor attendance or stop attending your course, the University will withdraw you from your course and report you to the UKVI and your visa will be curtailed (cut short).

If you need to be absent from your course it is essential you speak to your faculty immediately to request authorisation. As a Tier 4 student, you are not permitted to take unauthorised absences.

Even if you are absent due to illness you must still notify your faculty immediately.

UKVI contact points

As well as attending and engaging in all of your lectures and tutorials, you must attend the University’s monthly UKVI Contact Points to formally confirm your attendance on your course.

Your faculty will also use these Contact Points to update the student record system if any of your contact details (eg address, mobile number) have changed and to get updates on any outstanding visa queries.

If you miss any of your UKVI Contact Points without authorisation, you will risk being reported to the UKVI and subsequently have to return to your home country.

The Contact Point dates for 17/18 academic year are:

  • September Enrolment (new entrants)
  • 25 September 2017 (re-enrolling students)
  • 23 October 2017
  • 13 November 2017
  • 14 December 2017
  • 22 January 2018
  • 19 February 2018
  • 19 March 2018
  • 30 April 2018
  • 11 June 2018
  • 16 July 2018
  • 13 August 2018

If you decide to take an interruption of studies (a break from your course), or to study at another university, you MUST get advice from the International Student Advisors as you may be legally required to leave the UK.