International student support and guidance

Each year we welcome many international students to our central London campus, where you will make friends, gain workplace experience and live the London life. 

To help you settle in and succeed as a Birkbeck student, we offer a range of support and advice, specifically designed for international students.

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If you have any queries about applying to Birkbeck as an international student, please

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Study at Birkbeck

There is nowhere better to study than London - and Birkbeck is right at its heart.

Visa advice and support

Visa advice and support

If you are not a citizen of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you will usually need to obtain a visa for to study in the UK. 

English language support

English language support

If you don't meet our English language requirements, or you would like to improve your English language skills before you start your course, we can support you. 

Working while studying

Working while studying

As nearly all of our teaching takes place in the evening, Birkbeck students can work part-time during the day.

Opening a bank account

Opening a bank account

If you open a UK bank account, you will be able to pay your tuition fees in instalments by direct debit, at no extra cost.

Erasmus scheme

Erasmus scheme

Erasmus is a student exchange programme that gives you the opportunity to study abroad at some of the best universities in Europe.

Reporting a change in circumstances (visa / BRP)

Reporting a change in circumstances (visa/BRP)

You must report any changes if you’re in the UK and have either a biometric residence permit (BRP) or have applied for a BRP but haven’t had a decision yet. 

Passport or BRP problems

Passport or BRP problems

If you've lost your passport or if it's been stolen, here's what you need to do.

Registering with the police

Registering with the police

International students from particular countries are required to register with the police within 7 days of arriving in the UK.

Healthcare advice

Healthcare

GPs deal with a whole range of health problems.

Working in the UK after you complete

Working in the UK after you complete your studies

If you want to remain in the UK to work after you have completed your studies, there are a number of visa options that may be available to you.

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) we receive about making an application to Birkbeck as an International student.