Birmingham is considered to have one of the largest and most vibrant international student communities in the United Kingdom. With international students coming from over 150 different countries and a teaching system based on independent thought and enquiry, you will benefit from a complete and open academic study and multicultural environment. Universities in Birmingham also rated high in the services and facilities dedicated to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community, proof of its accepting, welcoming and internationally aware community. Birmingham is a city in the West Midlands, the largest and most populated British city outside London, having around 1,100,000 residents. The large population and international atmosphere live up to the name of the city which literally means “home of the people” in the old tribal language of the region.
The Birmingham's economy is mainly sustained by the service sector, public administration, education and health. Several employment opportunities are related also to the financial and other business services. Birmingham is also known to offer a supportive environment for innovative business initiatives in order to sustain local economy and business growth.
Birmingham home based companies or multinationals with local offices include names like: Severn Trent, IMI (Imperial Metal Industries), Jaguar Land Rover, BBVA Compass, Energen Resources Corporation, O'Neal Steel, Vulcan Materials Company, or AT&T. The BBC also has two facilities in the city.
Local universities have strong collaborations with local business partners offering students the possibility for Internships or work opportunities after graduation.
Birmingham is a great city for spending your free time, whether you simply want to relax or get the insights of the British culture and heritage, by visiting the city’s museums and galleries.
Some of Birmingham’s attractions include: the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the Library of Birmingham and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, the Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, or Soho House. Cadbury World is a museum showing visitors the stages and steps of chocolate production and the history of chocolate and the company. Thinktank is Birmingham's main science museum, includes a giant screen cinema and a planetarium.
Try not to miss the Digbeth - Birmingham's cultural quarter and Victoria Square, which hosts one of the largest fountains in Europe.
Nightlife in Birmingham is mainly concentrated along Broad Street and into Brindley place, where you can find several bars and night clubs. Birmingham hosts several festivals, like: St. George's Day, St. Patrick's Day parade, the Birmingham Heritage Festival, or the Birmingham International Jazz Festival.
Birmingham is home of one of the country's oldest professional football teams: Aston Villa. You can also join cricket clubs, or attend golf or tennis tournaments.
Around 40% of Birmingham’s residents belongs to an ethnic community. From the city’s diverse population, people belonging to other nationalities besides English, includes: Irish, Indians, Chinese, Pakistani and Arabs.
In terms of business environment and supporting entrepreneurship, Birmingham was voted over the last years as the “Best Business Environment in Europe”, and ranked as one of the top three most dynamic European cities for international business. As a result, studying in Birmingham can significantly help you build an international network for your future business ventures.
Birmingham has a temperate maritime climate, like much of the British Isles. The average maximum temperatures in summer, particularly July, are around 21°C (70°K). In winter the average temperatures are around 6°C (43°K).
An original "redbrick" university and founding member of the Russell Group, the University of Birmingham is a truly vibrant, global community. Enrol on one of our postgraduate courses and you'll work alongside world-leading academics in a diverse, multi-cultural community of over 14,000 postgraduate students from 150 countries.
Students from over 120 countries choose to study at Aston University - a safe and friendly campus enjoyed by a global, multicultural community. Birmingham is one of the UK’s most diverse cities and home to an unrivalled cultural heritage, top sporting events, music, performing arts and outstanding world cuisine.
With around 23,500 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large, diverse and increasingly popular place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success. The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment.