information for international students

Hello and Welcome!

We’re really excited to welcome you to the University of Birmingham and to our lovely city! 

You should be very proud of yourself for achieving the qualifications required to study here and being brave enough to leave friends and family to live in a different country.

If you have arrived before the start of term in September we have a whole support page dedicated to international pre-sessional students, please click here.

As an International student, you can also register to receive support from one of our ‘Global Buddies’ through Guild Advice. We offer a peer to peer service that provides informal support and guidance to help you engage in your community, meet people from other countries and fully integrate in University life. 

To get involved email us via or find all the information you need to apply here.

Useful Information

Travelling to another country for your studies can be a daunting moment. You will find useful information below for when you arrive in the UK.

Council Tax for Internationals;

This leaflet explains the rules that govern Council Tax liability for international students.

If you are in the UK as a Croatian National you must apply for a yellow registration certificate if you want to work whilst you’re a student in the UK. For further information click here 

Useful Contacts


UK Council for International Student Affairs provides free advice and information to overseas students.


The International Students Advisory Service (ISAS) provides support and advice for prospective and current international students at the University.

UK Border Agency (UKBA)

For all Visa enquiries

British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.








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Meet your officer team

Every year, you elect fellow students to your Officer Team, who represent you and lead your union. Each Officer has their own roles and remit which you can view below. You have a chance to make sure your elected Officers are doing what they said they will, by attending Officer Question Time held each term.

 Ellie Keiller - Guild President 2016-17
Natalie Cox - Activities & Development Officer 2016-17
Chris Wilkinson - Education Officer 2016-17
Izzie Nicholds - Housing & Community Officer 2016-17
Rose Bennett - Postgraduate Officer 2016-17
Brandon Hattiloney - Representation & Resources Officer 2016-17
Georgie Freeman - Sports Officer 2016-17
Ross Strong - Welfare Officer 2016-17

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