Choosing to study in the UK is a really exciting
decision and you probably have lots of questions about what to do next. You might have met
us in your country already and have decided which universities you want to apply to. Or
you might still be choosing. At Birmingham we want the application process
to be as smooth as possible, so this film will tell you how to apply to either undergraduate
or a postgraduate programme. So what’s first? If you are applying for undergraduate
study you need to do this via UCAS where you can apply for up to five programmes. Just
visit the UCAS website and follow the instructions. If you are applying for postgraduate study
you need to apply directly to us by visiting our application portal. Whether you are applying for an undergraduate
or postgraduate programme, you’ll need to provide your documents to support your application.
You’re going to need an English language qualification such as an O-level, IELTS or TOEFL, your highest
qualification or predicted grades which can be proven using a certificate, transcript
or statement of results, a personal statement and then one or two references. Also we’re
going to need a copy of your passport. You must provide certified copies of all of
these documents with your application and they must be stamped and certified by either
your institution, the British Council, a notary or one of our overseas representatives. There are three ways to supply your supporting
documents. Firstly you can post the certified copies to our admissions office. Secondly
you could hand them to an International Officer like myself when you meet me at an overseas
event such as an exhibition, or you could go to your local representative office, your
agent, who will stamp the documents and submit them on your behalf. Once you’ve applied, wait to hear from UCAS
if you’re an undergraduate, or directly from us if you are a postgraduate applicant. It
can sometimes take a few weeks or a few months to hear from us but we’ll always keep in touch
with you so you don’t need to worry. If you are a successful applicant then you will receive
an offer. This could be unconditional or conditional.
An unconditional offer means that you don’t have to meet any requirements and able to
accept your place at Birmingham. A conditional offer means that there will still be criteria
you must meet before you can become a student here. Depending on the course you have applied for,
these could include achieving your predicted grades, providing additional evidence of your
qualifications, passing a Criminal Records Bureau check, having an interview or audition,
taking an aptitude test or submitting a health certificate. If you’ve applied through UCAS you need to
choose your firm choice of university and then an insurance, which is usually a back-up
just in case you don’t get the grades you need for your firm choice. If you are a postgraduate
applicant you simply need to accept your place at Birmingham. As soon as you’ve made Birmingham your firm
or accepted choice, you can start applying for accommodation and planning the exciting
journey ahead. So what happens next? As an international
student you will be guaranteed university accommodation for your first year here. Once
you’ve accepted us as your firm choice, you’ll be able to apply and pay your deposit, which
is the only fee you’ll have to pay before you arrive in Birmingham. It’s best to apply
as soon as possible to ensure you get your first choice accommodation. The deadline for applying for accommodation
is the 31st July. We have a variety of rooms available, including Halls of Residence, family
and apartment accommodation, or we can help you to find a home in the private rental sector
too. We want you to feel prepared and look forward
to your time at Birmingham so we’ll keep in regular contact with you throughout the application
process. We’ll be sending you information on things like choosing somewhere to live,
financial support and scholarships. If you have any questions you can contact us either
through your local representative office, online via our Facebook and Twitter pages,
or via email. You could also meet with one of our officers if we visit your country and
our international student advisory service is available online. We offer pre-departure briefings in your home
country to help you prepare to come to Birmingham, and offer an extensive week of event on campus
to introduce you to life in the UK. If you apply to Birmingham you’ll join students
from 150 different countries and study alongside academics who are global experts in their
field. Birmingham is a fantastic choice and you will
be part of a thriving and dynamic community here. We hope to see you soon and good luck
with your application.