A very warm welcome to our international students
We are looking forward to welcoming you to our university family and we hope you are excited at the prospect of studying with us and taking their next steps in achieving your career goals.
Starting a degree can be an overwhelming time, which is why we’ve put together a series of induction and welcome events to guide you through every step.
If you have any questions about your offer, arriving in the UK or your student visa, please complete our enquiry form here.
The information below covers:
Airport Meet and Greet Information
University College Birmingham will be offering you a warm welcome from the moment you arrive in the UK. On certain dates before teaching starts we will have UCB representatives in the arrival halls at Birmingham International Airport to meet you when you arrive. The UCB representatives will escort you to pre-arranged transportation, which will take you to your Halls of Residence or to the University Campus.
We offer this service between 8am - 10pm on the following dates:
- 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 September
- 1, 2, 8, 9 October
To book one of the above dates and use our meet and greet service, please register here.
If you are going to arrive at a different airport in the UK we strongly recommend booking in advance your onward travel to Birmingham whether that be by coach or train. Here are some links which may be useful: National Express or Train Line.
Online registration and enrolment
Step 1 – Complete your online registration
If you have been offered a place at University College Birmingham, you will be sent an email from our Admissions team to complete your online registration. It is really important that you complete your online registration before you are able to proceed to online enrolment.
To complete online registration, students will be sent a text and an email. The text message you receive will contain your UCB student ID, and the email that is sent to you will contain a unique URL link that will allow you to create your university student account with us.
Once you have completed creating your account you will then be directed to complete your online registration. To access your student portal click here.
Important - If you have not received your email or text message, call our Admissions team on 0121 604 1040 or complete our enquiry form here and we will help you to activate your account and complete your online registration.
Step 2 – Upload proof of your ID and a picture for your student card
You will have enrolment tasks that you will need to complete. The first task we will need you to do is upload a picture of yourself for your UCB Student ID card, secondly, you will need to upload an image of a form of official identity please use the drop-downs below to see what is acceptable for online enrolment.
Once you have completed these tasks our Finance and Student Records Team will review your images to ensure they are acceptable.
Please note: if your name is now different from the name on the documentation you provide to us, please also upload evidence to support your name change, e.g. deed poll document or marriage certificate. All our systems will use the name on your official documentation.
Acceptable Identity documentation – UK/EEA Nationals
- British or EU Passport
- European Identity Card
If you do not have a passport, please upload your:
- Birth certificate
- Another form of photo ID, such as a driving licence or proof of age card*
*Please note that we may require additional evidence before we can complete your enrolment.
Acceptable Identity documentation – Non-UK/EEA Nationals
- A non-UK/EEA passport
- Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
- Visa document
- Home Office letter confirming your residency status in the UK
If you are an asylum seeker, please upload your Application Registration Card.
If you don’t have any documentation to confirm your immigration status in the UK, University College Birmingham will ask for your permission to request this information from the Home Office.
Step 3 – Online enrolment
On-campus enrolment will be held from Monday 19th September 2022 until 30th September 2022. Students will be contacted prior to the on-campus enrolment to start the process online.
For other important information see our induction and teaching dates here.
Unconditional Offer Holders
Anyone holding an unconditional offer can start the enrolment process from Monday 19th September.
Conditional Offer Holders
This means you have conditions outstanding (in most cases this is evidence of qualifications which we need you to send to us). Please send these via our enquiry form here.
All Unconditional and Conditional offer holders who have accepted UCB will receive a call during their first week of enrolment. This will be made by our Admissions enrolment team who will support you with all of your online enrolment tasks. As we will be enrolling a large number of students this week please wait for us to call you. Please make sure your email and phone contact details are up to date as these are the credentials we will use to contact you.
If you manage to do all of the online enrolment tasks on your own in the UCB portal, our admissions team will still call you to congratulate you on completing your online enrolment with us and ensure you have everything you need to begin with us in September.
For those that don’t complete enrolment during the first week, we will still contact you to support you with your tasks throughout the month.
What if I've changed my mind and don't want to enrol at University College Birmingham?
If you have changed your mind and no longer wish to enrol, you must let us know as soon as possible so we can offer your place to someone else. Please call 0121 604 1040 or complete our enquiry form here.
Step 4 - Collect your UCB student ID Card
One of the best feelings after all of the enrolment processes is collecting your UCB student ID card; this card will give you access to all of the campus facilities.
ID card collection will be part of the enrolment process, dates will be confirmed closer to the time.
If you are eligible for student loans and grants, they will become available shortly after University College Birmingham has confirmed your enrolment.
Ensure you have enough funds to cover your first few weeks at university as your student loan will not be available immediately.
It is essential that you register with a doctor and/or dentist in the area where you are living while at University College Birmingham. Information regarding registering with a doctor and/or dentist is available either from the University Nurse, the Student Services unit or in the case of residents of The Maltings, in the information pack provided to you upon arrival. The University works closely with the Halcyon Medical Centre located in Bath Row. Representatives from the practice will be available to discuss registration at various events after you have arrived.
Travel pass – if you are commuting on a daily basis, you might want to consider purchasing a travel pass. Network West Midlands offers student-rate term passes for use on the bus, train and metro. Further information and ticket prices can be found here.
Become a member of the National Union of Students (NUS). Membership is free, although a charge entitles you to admission at concessionary rates to theatres, cinemas and other places of entertainment, reduced price travel on national and regional coach, bus and rail networks, and many other privileges.
Make the most of your time at University College Birmingham by joining the Guild of Students. The Guild has numerous clubs and societies at the University which are an ideal way in which to meet others outside of your course group.
For those international students requiring a student visa, we provide key advice and guidance. Crucial information on obtaining the visa and complying with its conditions, as well as how we can help with both of these areas, can be found on our Visas and Immigration page.
Friendships the world over are formed in university halls of residence, undoubtedly the best place to be during your studies. You can still apply for accommodation.
Healthcare in the UK
If you are an international student studying in the UK for six months or more, you are entitled to access the National Health Service (NHS) in the same way permanent residents can. This entitlement includes consultations with a doctor, usually known as a general practitioner (GP), and treatment in an NHS hospital, including emergency treatment free of charge.
Even if you are entitled to free NHS treatment, it may be worth considering taking out insurance which covers extra costs. If you already have medical insurance in your home country, you should check whether you can extend it to cover your stay in the UK. Alternatively, you could consider taking out insurance with a reliable UK insurer such as Endsleigh, which offers special insurance policies for international students.
Registering with a doctor
If you are eligible for NHS treatment, you are entitled to register with a local doctor, also known as a general practitioner (GP). We strongly recommend you do this as soon as possible after you arrive in the UK and do not wait until you are ill. Registering when you arrive in the UK will make it easier and quicker to see the doctor when you need to. Our university nurse will advise you of this during induction.
Nurse and counselling service
Our university nurse is available for advice on a wide range of health issues, including diet, exercise, immunisations and other confidential medical problems, as well as treating minor ailments. The nurse is based in the Student Information Suite on the 7th floor of the Summer Row campus building.
Please visit here for more information on how we will support your health and wellbeing.
If you are uncertain about what to do, have any worries in the first few weeks of the semester or want advice, the International Admissions will be very happy to help you. Do not hesitate to contact us directly by completing our enquiry form here.
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