A very warm welcome to our international students
We are looking forward to welcoming you to our university family in September and we hope you are excited at the prospect of studying with us and taking their next steps in achieving your career goals.
Whether you will be studying with us online or face-to-face here in Birmingham, 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.
We’ve been advised by experts and government officials on how to keep our campus buildings and accommodation safe and are prepared for the arrival of those who will be studying on-site this September.
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 during September 2021, 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:
4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 September 2021 and 2, 3 October 2021
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.
Travelling to the UK
There are a number of measures in place when travelling to the UK to help against the spread of coronavirus. The information below provides an overview and contains links to Government webpages which you are advised to read in full. Please note that there is no exemption from the requirements if you have been fully vaccinated outside the UK. You should check the information again just prior to travelling, as the Government may have made changes that affect your plans, e.g. the countries on the ‘red list’, may have altered.
Before travelling to the UK all students must do the following:
Negative COVID-19 tests
You must have proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test in order to travel to the UK. You must take the test in the 3 days before the service on which you will arrive in England departs.
Prior to travel, you will need to provide journey and contact details anytime within 48 hours prior to arriving using an online form. To complete the form you will need your travel details (including times, dates, and flight number), your passport, and the address where you will stay in the UK.
Travel Testing Package
You will need to book a travel testing package in advance of travel. This will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine after arriving in the UK. Please note that these tests must be booked in advance of travelling to the UK.
Quarantine requirements on arrival
Most arrivals to the UK currently need to quarantine for 10 days after arrival (the day you arrive in the UK does not count towards your 10 day total – it is ‘day 0’).
Countries and territories are listed as Red, Amber or Green and the specific requirements depend on where you are travelling from, and where you have visited or passed through in the 10 days prior to arrival in the UK if applicable. The Government intends to review these lists regularly so it is possible countries could move between Red, Amber and Green at short notice so please check here before you travel.
There is currently a travel ban to the UK from red list countries but this does not apply to those who hold UK residence rights which includes if you hold a student visa or a status under the EU Settlement Scheme. If you arrive in the UK from one of the countries on this list, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days in a managed ‘quarantine hotel’. This includes where you have visited or passed through one of these countries in the 10 days prior to arrival in the UK. In addition, you can only arrive at specific airports so you are advised to check this before booking your travel.
Information on how UCB can support you with paying this hotel quarantine cost can be found here.
You will need to quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days.
The pre-departure COVID-19 test prior to travel, and the test on or before day 2 after arrival will still be required. Please note that this does not apply to all Amber list countries so you should check the information on the government website. This exemption, where applicable, is for individuals fully vaccinated under the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. If you have received your vaccine outside the UK and arriving from an Amber list country, you will still need to quarantine.
You do not need to quarantine unless your COVID-19 test result, taken on or before day 2 after you arrive, is positive or if NHS Test and Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. You must only have been in or travelled through a green list country in the previous 10 days.
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, 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
From the 6th of September you will have enrolment tasks that you will need to complete. The first task we will need you to do is uploading 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
Opens: Monday 20th September for international students for Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses
Closes: Monday 15th October
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 the 13th of 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 offer holders who have successfully complete their student visa process and accepted UCB will receive support from our Admissions enrolment team from Monday 20th of September.
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 September.
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 feeling 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.
You will be able to collect your UCB student ID in person from our Camden House building from the 20th of September. How to find Camden House.
If you haven’t collected your UCB student ID card by the 8th of October you will need to go to the 1st floor of The Link building to collect your ID Card after this date.
- 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.
Teaching commences on Monday 4th October. Timetables will be issued for your course during the course induction, but you can find more information on what to expect and how our undergraduate and postgraduate courses will be delivered in 2021/22 here.
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.
For all of our accommodation contracts which have a start date of September 2021, we will not require payment of the agreed rent if you cannot safely reach the campus because of travel restrictions relating to Covid-19. For those arriving from countries where you will have to quarantine on entry to the UK, you can find information on the quarantine policy on our accommodation FAQs page.
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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