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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 19/20 academic year are:

  • September Enrolment (new entrants)
  • 23 September 2019 (re-enrolling students)
  • 21 October 2019
  • 11 November 2019
  • 9 December 2019
  • 10 February 2020
  • 23 March 2020
  • 4 May 2020
  • 15 June 2020
  • 13 July 2020
  • 17 August 2020

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.