International and EU Students

Coming to UCB as an international student

We are delighted that you are joining us at UCB. To help you with your planning, the International Student Centre has put together some useful information. You will receive most of this information, such as your registration and induction dates, by email so please use this page as an additional source of information. 

If you have any questions about your offer, arriving in the UK or your student visa please contact international@ucb.ac.uk. 

If you are a new full-time undergraduate student from a European Union country other than the UK, you should have applied to the EU Customer Services Team of the Student Loan Company to establish your eligibility for a loan towards tuition fees.

Enrolment and induction

Enrolment is when you officially become a student at UCB. You will receive a pre-enrolment email which we ask you to respond to before attending your enrolment session at the university. This will help us to fill in your enrolment form as much as possible to save you time. When you arrive at UCB, our Admissions department will provide you with an enrolment form to complete and verify your qualifications. 

Next, our Finance department will check your enrolment form and establish how you will pay your tuition fees.

Finally, you will need your photograph taken for your student ID card. Congratulations – you are now a UCB student! 

Please ensure that you have the following documentation with you when you attend enrolment:

  • Evidence of entry qualifications
  • Your CAS (for international non EU students)
  • Proof of identity e.g. passport
  • Passport (and UK visa stamp) in the case of international students
  • UCAS ID number (if appropriate) 

Those international students requiring the Tier 4 visas to study in the UK will only receive a 30 day visa and upon arrival in the UK will have 10 days to collect their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). Staff from the International Student Centre will be escorting new international students to their nominated post offices in the Birmingham area every afternoon of the Orientation Programme. After you have obtained your BRP, you will be able to enrol at UCB. If you have any issues or problems with this, please see a member of the International Student Centre staff.

The international student orientation and induction programme 2016-2017

We want your time in Birmingham to be happy and productive. Studying in a foreign country can be a daunting prospect, but we will help to make the transition to life in the UK as smooth as possible.

To help you settle in, we offer a one-week orientation programme where you will learn all about living and studying in the UK.

For those coming from outside of the UK, please remember that we offer a ‘Meet and Greet’ service from Birmingham Airport.

Orientation Programme dates

5th – 9th September 2016

The Orientation Programme is especially developed for students who are new to the UK and do not speak English as their first language. You will find information about life at UCB and living in Birmingham, how you will be expected to work and study, and how assignments and essay work should be presented. The Orientation Programme is also used to enable international (non-EU) students to collect the Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from the local post office, after which they can enrol.

The Orientation Programme also gives you the chance to meet fellow students from around the world and to experience the social and cultural life of the UK. 

Students are not charged a tuition fee for this programme if they progress directly to a full-time course with us. Please note: there will be an accommodation fee for those staying in our halls of residence. 

Programme Induction 

12th-16th September 2016

During the Programme Induction, you will be able to find out more about your course and what is expected of you. You will also be able to meet your course colleagues and the lecturers who manage your year. Timetables will be issued for your course during the Programme Induction.

Teaching

The teaching programme commences Tuesday 20th September 2016

(Please note that the University will be closed on Monday 19th September 2016 due to our Graduation Ceremony)

Useful information

International welcome booklet 2016 – We will be sending every new international student a copy of our welcome booklet which gives guidance and advice about living in the UK and the study experience at UCB. 

If you have any questions, please visit our International FAQ page. 

If you are unable to make the allocated enrolment times, please call into the International Student Centre on the 7th floor of the Summer Row campus building when you arrive at UCB.

Student visas

For those international students requiring a student Tier 4 visa, UCB provides advice and guidance. Crucial information on obtaining the visa and complying with its conditions, as well as how UCB can help with both of these areas, can be found on our Visas and Immigration page

Tuition fees

Visit our International Student Tuition Fees page for information on tuition fee policies. 

Please see the pre-payment policy document which relates to your situation:

Students are reminded that the repayment form must be signed before deposits are paid prior to the CAS issued (in the case of international students) and upon enrolment in the case of EU postgraduate students.

Course specific information

For course specific information please visit the Enrolment and Induction page. 

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