Why study here?
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city, which has recently been named by Rough Guide as one of the 'top 10 cities in the world'. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our reputation for excellence is soaring globally, thanks to the superb links we forge with industry and our focus on practical, vocational learning.
Programmes of study
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Read about the experiences of some of our international students.
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Life in Birmingham
Information for international students who are currently studying in the UK.
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Creativity and culture
We look at some of the creative and cultural highlights in the Birmingham area.
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Taking a Higher Education course is a big investment in your future, and you’ll want to be sure that you’re choosing the right course and the right university.
If you decide to come to Birmingham City University, you can be confident that you’ll receive a first-class education with a focus on practical skills and professional relevance, giving you excellent prospects for employment and career development.
Why choosing Birmingham City University can make a real difference to your future:
Investing in your future
Although we have a rich heritage, we’re constantly investing in improvements to our facilities, ensuring that you benefit from a state-of-the-art learning environment. Our £260 million investment programme includes the new £61 million Parkside Building at our City Centre Campus, with construction on a second new building currently under way, and plans for a new Conservatoire in the pipeline.
Increasing your employability
Our commitment to developing graduates with the skills and experience employers need means that within six months of graduating, 90 per cent of undergraduate students are in employment or further study (DLHE survey 2012/13). Whatever subjects you choose, we focus on giving you up-to-date knowledge and real-world experience, so you’ll be ready to launch into your chosen career. Find out more about our commitment to your employability.
Learn from the best
From the UK's leading criminologist to a former director of top pub and restaurant operator Mitchells & Butlers, our teaching staff come from and maintain links with industry, ensuring you benefit from their knowledge and insight. We are also ranked sixth out of 130 institutions for student teaching time (Daily Telegraph course finder) and our schools and courses regularly rank highly in national league tables.
In the most recent audit of our research expertise - the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) – 90 per cent of Birmingham City University’s total submission was judged to have delivered ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact externally.
Earn while you learn
Our student employment agency, OpportUNIty - Student Jobs on Campus, allows you to apply for temporary and casual staffing roles at the University, providing experience in crucial aspects of job application, as well as employability skills to take into the workplace.
We’ve invested in innovative student support, such as groundbreaking mobile learning and teaching research which brings our courses to life, including the Virtual Case Creator - a pioneering online simulation tool for Health students; the School of Law's Virtual Solicitors' Office; and the School of Education's virtual school. Our online learning site, Moodle, provides 24-hour access to resources and flexible approaches to learning.
Working in partnership
We work with our students to ensure we are meeting your needs and aspirations at all times. In 2010, we received a prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) award for ‘Outstanding Student Support’ for a unique project with our Students’ Union partnering academic staff with students to make recommendations on future teaching. Find out what our students said about us in the National Student Survey.
We pride ourselves on the range of professional accreditations - almost 40 at the last count - and the number of successful industry partnerships we have. Professional bodies accrediting our courses include the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, British Psychological Society, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Health and Care Professions Council and Royal Institute of British Architects.
ASK@BCU online employer mentoring teams students up with alumni and employer mentors to provide industry insight, employability skills and contacts.
Many of our courses offer work placements with leading companies – offering vital opportunities to get your foot in the door. Microsoft, Cisco, Sony and Cartier are just some of the major brands we have links with. Working closely with these companies enables us to develop cutting-edge curricula and collaborate on course projects.