Celebrating our international community

Get a glimpse of what life is like for international Student Content Shaper Arianna in her vlog.

From Canada to China, UoB is a global university. We welcome students from all over the world, from many different backgrounds. That’s what makes Birmingham great.

We also offer opportunities for students to do a year abroad, whether it’s for a few weeks or a full year, to experience a new country and a different way of learning.

Being an international student is an exciting chance to improve your language skills, absorb a new culture, to meet people from all walks of life, and so much more. But we understand it’s not easy.

From dealing with homesickness (student Fathima has some great advice in her blog) to language barriers, there’s more challenges you might be faced with.

Remember, if you’re having a tough time at university, we’re here to help you. Visit our Time to Talk? page for more information on our services.

More support for international students

  • Have you met Alice? As your Guild International Officer, Alice is there if you need any support or if you have any ideas on how to better the student experience. If you’re on Instagram, follow her on @guild_international for details on social events such as the Language Café as well as her drop in and chat sessions.
  • Cost of Living in Birmingham: We know that living as a student in a different country can be expensive, especially in the UK with rising living costs. Our Cost of Living intranet page is packed with practical initiatives that can help you take control of your finances, part-time work opportunities, and the financial support available.
  • Improving your English: Did you know the Birmingham International Academy offers current undergraduate and postgraduate students a range of Academic English classes, individual language tutorials and workshops. Find out more on our intranet page.
  • Student Hub: Based in Aston Webb, the Student Hub is the place to go to get information, advice, guidance, and support services including from our International Student Team. Not on campus? Check out our Student Help site on the intranet.

Hear from some of our international student community on what it means to be a UoB student

“As an international distance learner, it was vital for me to find a university that would support my journey and make me feel included in the academic and social activities. UoB did just that! They sponsored my trip to the campus for Welcome Week which allowed me to meet my supervisors and professors, enjoy life as an on-campus student and most importantly, make friends that I've kept in touch with and have had virtual study sessions with! My advice to other international students is to get out of your shell, go for an event on campus or online, and connect!” – Michelle, Malaysia

Female student with red hair and black glasses stands facing the camera. Behind her is a backdrop of grass, trees and a bricked building

“UoB offers an inclusive and opportunity-filled platform. Here, I've ventured into many challenges that I might not have attempted during my undergraduate years back home. For instance, I applied to become a member of the Student Content Shapers team, allowing me to authentically convey campus life from a student's perspective. I took part in the Campus Singer competition organised by the Guild of Students, conquering my own timidity. I also attended my first Halloween party, painted special makeup with friends, and donned imaginative costumes to immerse myself in the lively festival atmosphere.

"However, I understand that some international students may feel unaccustomed after arriving in a distant, foreign land, experiencing pressure or struggling to fit in. My advice is that everyone should embrace an open mindset and face new cultures and customs with sincerity. Open up and let the fresh cultural atmosphere shape you. Cherish every day in the UK and every opportunity for experiences at the University; they will become unforgettable moments in our lives.” – Muxin Chen, China

Female student with blonde hair stands with her face turned to the right. Behind her is a tall brick clock tower and trees with golden leaves

Want to share what it’s like being an international student at UoB? Send us an email to: studentcommunications@contacts.bham.ac.uk 


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