International Students' Page
Tutor: Hamid Dehghani
School of Computer Science
The University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT
Room Number: Computer Science LG06B
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8728
Fax: +44 (0)121 414 4281
News - Introduction - Important Information - Useful Links -
- Induction meeting for new overseas students: Friday 28th September 2018, 1.00-2.00pm; room N216 in the Gisbert Kapp Building (Green G8 on the campus map)
- Birmingham International Academy - free courses and other useful information.
- Regularly check the International Students'' Newsletter at the International Relations Office web page.
- Welcome to join the School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham! As the International Students Tutor, I am happy to assist you in sorting out problems/difficulties you may encounter while studying at the School of Computer Science. If you would like to see me in person, please come during my office hour for overseas students on Mondays 9.00-10.00 am, or make an appointment with me by sending an email to H.Dehghani@cs.bham.ac.uk. In my absence, please arrange a meeting with your programme director.
- There is an additional mentoring system organized by our student society. This should help you to get settled smoothly in your new environment.
- Feel free to make use of the University''s International Relations Office. Especially, note that their International Student Advisory Service (ISAS) provides free advice and information to international students, researchers and their families.
- Please read carefully the important information and bookmark the useful links below.
3. Important Information
- For new undergraduate students, there is an induction week that usually takes place in the first week of the first semester each new academic year. For the induction week this year, please see the Timetable.
- In line with current practice, all overseas students (whose first language is not English) must undertake an English Language Assessment organized by the Birmingham International Academy. See: https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/bia/insessional/english-assessment.aspx
- The purpose of this assessment is to identify international students who would benefit from the free support provided by EISU. It is not an exam and there is no pass or fail mark.
- Birmingham International Academy also offers many free lunch time classes and you are encouraged to enroll on these to further develop and enhance your language skills. For more information visit: https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/bia/insessional/english-classes.aspx
- Throughout your study, make use of a special service provided by the BIA: free individual help in any aspects of written/spoken English. These 30 minute sessions are particularly useful when writing dissertations or reports.
- In general, you are supposed to discuss all ordinary (academic) matters with your academic advisor, academic program managers and/or project coordinators. Specific concerns on specific modules should be addressed to the lecturer concerned. Information about the relevant staff members and their responsibilities can be found at Information for Students.
- It is very important to register with a general practitioner (GP), which provides you with the National Health Service (NHS) while staying in the UK. Please visit The University Medical Practice for detailed information.
- In case of a visa problem, please visit International Relations Office. They also provide visa application/extension forms. Click here to see their contact information. In addition, their web page also provides a lot of useful information about medical practice, life in the UK etc.
Some overseas students need to register with the police. In such cases your visa should clearly state that you need to have such a registration.
The address of the police registration office in West Midlands is:
West Midlands Police Headquarters
Colmore Circus, Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6NQ
Phone: 0845 113 5000
The address of the local home office is:
Solihull Home Office
Birmingham Public Inquiry Office
Dominion Court, 41 Sation Road,
Solihull Birmingham B91 3RT.
There is a special mail-list for international students at the University of Birmingham. If you would like to join in, then send email to email@example.com (leave the subject blank), and have ``subscribe interlink'' in the body of the message.
4. Useful Links
- International Relations Office: Detailed information on applications, UK, finance/fees, scholarships, accommodation, English language, Welfare, induction courses, pre-arrival information, university staff etc.
- Information for Current International Students: FAQs on immigration, finance, work, healthcare, childcare and schooling.
- Birmingham International Academy: Detailed information on English courses offered by the unit.
- Home Office Immigration & Nationality Department: Information on how to apply for/extend visa et.
- Work Permit UK: In order to work in the U.K., non-European Economic Area nationals must have a work permit.
- West Midlands Police: Their overseas office address and related information on registration.
- Birimingham City Council: Plenty of useful local information.
- International Students House: Housing service outside the University housing service.
- Central Lettings and Sales: Local housing service outside the University housing service.
- Association of Residential Letting Agents: Local housing service outside the University housing service.