University College Birmingham

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Intake Periods September 2023, September 2024

About University College Birmingham

Based in the heart of the UK's second-biggest city, University College Birmingham is a specialist university that employers and industry highly respect for providing career-focused education and training. Most of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are accredited by the University of Warwick, one of the world's top-ranked academic institutions.

Dubbed the ‘superdiversity city’, Birmingham is home to 187 nationalities, with nearly 40% of the population under the age of 25. The perfect backdrop for a buzzing social life.

A rapidly growing business centre with outstanding connections throughout the country, there is no shortage of nightlife, restaurants, bars and coffee shops, cultural attractions, parks and entertainment right on your doorstep.

If you accept a place at University College Birmingham, you will join our global student community of more than 1,400 students from over 60 countries.

International students come to University College Birmingham because of our unique range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses which combine theory with a strong emphasis on practical experience and work placements.

The support we offer starts before you arrive in the UK and we strive to ensure that the process of applying and arriving here goes as smoothly as possible.


University College Birmingham has won the University of the Year in the 2022 Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA), the leading higher education awards based solely on student choice.

Listed below are some key USPs and reasons why many international students choose to study at UCB.

– An expanding campus with outstanding facilities to develop your students’ industry skills, unrivalled placement opportunities and award-winning teaching staff.

– UCB is a small but culturally diverse university with around 5000 students, of whom about 20% are international.

– Affordable international tuition fees.

– A welcoming university, we have a range of support for our international students, including English and academic support, in addition to supporting careers and employability.

– A range of exciting, vocational degree courses designed to get students’ careers off to a flying start including; Hospitality and Culinary Arts, Tourism and Aviation, Business or Finance and Accounting, Computing, Engineering and Construction.

– We offer both September and January course start dates at the foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels and pre-sessional English language courses.

– Our own UCB accommodation in walking distance of the campus.


University College Birmingham has won the University of the Year in the 2022 Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA), the leading higher education awards based solely on student choice.

From January 2022, a wide range of our undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, as well as some higher-level apprenticeships, are accredited and awarded by the University of Warwick, a prestigious Russell Group university ranked 6th in the UK by The Guardian 2022 league table.

Take a Closer Look

What their Students Say

Indian student Omkar has been passionate about food since he was little, helping his mum make traditional breakfasts and sweets from the age of six.

Setting his sights on University College Birmingham’s Culinary Arts Management BA (Hons), he needed to get everything in order to make sure it happened. Thanks to the support of the University’s international agents in India and UK-based admissions team, the process was hassle-free.

“I had no clue where to start, but they made it really easy for me, walking me through my checklist and ensuring I had covered everything,” said Omkar, who undertook a placement at the five-star Celtic Manor Resort during his studies.

“When it was time to come over, I thought I would have a major culture shock and it would take forever to get used to things, but I felt at home straight away. I even became a student ambassador, I settled in so well.

“After four years, I feel I can now step out into industry with confidence.”

Omkar Gaikwad
Culinary Arts Management BA (Hons)

University College Birmingham Subject Areas

Subject Areas

Accounting and Finance, Business and Management, Computing and IT, Construction, Design and Crafts, Education, Engineering, English and Creative Writing, Film Production, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism, Nursing and Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Sports and fitness

Apply to study at University College Birmingham as an international student