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Welcome to applicants from Botswana. We are delighted you are considering joining our vibrant academic and student community at Birkbeck, University of London.

Entry requirements

Find out which qualifications will be recognised in your Birkbeck application.


  • Applicants who have completed one year or an undergraduate degree from the University of Botswana can apply directly to an undergraduate degree.
  • Applicants with the Botswana General Certificate of Education can be considered for a four-year course with foundation programme in their field of interest. Upon successful completion of the foundation year, students will automatically progress on to our three-year degree. Our four-year foundation programmes offer a joint confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) for all four years of study.
  • Alternatively, applicants can opt for a foundation course from our partner organisation OnCampus London, which offers guaranteed progress onto Birkbeck's bachelor programmes. Foundation programmes from other providers will also be considered.
  • Applicants with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or A-levels will be considered for direct admission to our undergraduate degree programmes. IB requirements range from 28 to 30, depending on the course.


  • Students who hold a good Master’s degree are eligible for entry onto a Master’s degree with at least GPA of 3.0/5.0 or 2.67/4.0 or 60% from a recognised institution in Botswana.
  • Botswana degree classification:
    • 1st class (alternative name: A average; percentage: 80%; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • 2nd class 1st division (alternative name: B average; percentage: 70%; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
    • 2nd class 2nd division (alternative name: C average; percentage: 60%; English translation or equivalent: 2:2)
  • Relevant work experience may also be considered for students whose GPAs are slightly below the preferred requirements.
  • If you do not meet these criteria, you can apply for OnCampus London's Master's Foundation Programme which is available for two- or three-term progression onto a wide range of Master's degrees at Birkbeck. Foundation programmes from other providers will also be considered. 

Research degrees 

  • Students who have completed a Master’s degree from a recognised institution will be considered for PhD study.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

More information

Contact the Birkbeck international team

Our representatives in your country

  • Please get in touch with our in-country representatives if you have any queries.

Financial support

  • As an international student, you will be expected to self-finance your studies, so before you apply to join a programme you should be aware of the fees that you will be required to pay and any discounts or bursaries that you may be eligible for. 
  • Birkbeck is committed to providing advice and support to help you finance your studies. 
  • We offer a number of scholarships specifically for international students. Some are offered directly by Birkbeck, others are offered in partnership with other organisations.
  • You may be eligible to apply for School and Departmental funding linked to your programme of study.
  • Birkbeck offers flexible payment options that allow you to spread the costs of your fees across the year at no additional cost. 

Online events

  • Our open events and taster sessions are a great chance to find out more about your chosen course and studying at Birkbeck, University of London.
  • A taster session will provide you with a more in-depth view of the College and your chosen department.

Talk to a current student

Take a virtual campus tour

  • Explore the campus from the comfort of your home and visit our learning facilities, social spaces and local amenities. 

Botswanan students at Birkbeck