International Students

International Students

Students and staff come from all over the world to study and teach in the unique environment we offer. Our international student population has risen and diversified greatly over the last 10 years, with the result that the Conservatoire is now as cosmopolitan as it is friendly and welcoming.

Advice for international students

If you are applying from outside the EU, we recommend you contact our team before making your application. We can provide advice on international qualifications, making an application, fees and other matters.

Once you have accepted a place at the Conservatoire, the University's International Advice and Support team will become another important resource for you. To make your trip to the UK as easy as possible, they provide pre-arrival information and run a Meet and Greet scheme.

Once you arrive in Birmingham, an orientation programme will help to make you feel at home. The International Advice and Support team is also able to offer advice on visa extensions, travel outside the UK while you are a student, working during and after your studies and general funding and finance issues.

Further information is available in this section or on the University's international pages.

Chinese language prospectus

We have created a version of our brochure in Chinese for prospective students. We hope you find it useful!

Chinese language prospectus

AEC Membership

We are a committed member of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires(AEC), which fosters and supports staff exchanges and intensive projects and collaborations between member European conservatoires.  

Working in the UK

If you are not a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA) you will usually be granted permission to work in the UK part-time up to 20 hours per week during term time and full-time during vacations. However, you should be aware that you will only be admitted to the UK on the understanding that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and any dependants without taking employment. Therefore, you cannot rely on finding employment in the UK to fund your stay here.

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