Birmingham School of Art is home to students from the UK, China, Taiwan, India, Malaysia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe to mention a few.

We believe our international students make an amazing contribution to the cultural diversity of our city and courses by sharing their own unique cultural perspectives. 

Birmingham is home to one of the UK’s largest international student population.
You will be welcomed to a city famed for its cosmopolitan and multicultural reputation, with magnificent rural and historical landscapes on its outskirts.

In addition to its own international airport, Birmingham has excellent road and rail links to other major UK airports, making the city easily accessible from anywhere in the world.

University international section

We offer a comprehensive package of support and guidance to help you from the moment you consider studying with us – to graduation and beyond. The University-wide international pages provide up-to-date information about what to do from the point of considering us to graduation.

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Our international students enjoy an exceptional experience. While practical courses encourage independent thinking, live projects and placement opportunities prepare you for global employment.

As well as being fully supported by our English language team, tutors and library staff are on hand to help you achieve your goals.

Expect just the right mix of independence and support to make your time here an adventure you’ll never forget.


  • Our students, graduates and staff practitioners form a substantial creative community
  • Our impressive links with industry include such household names as Cartier, Betty Jackson, Burberry, Goldsmiths, Harvey Nichols, Marks and Spencer, TBWA and Saatchi and Saatchi
  • We are the UK’s most successful recruiter for art and design in China and Malaysia, and we run courses in Hong Kong and Thailand
  • We were rated the 14th best university in the UK for art and design (Guardian League Table 2013)

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2