As a foundation pathways student, you’ll have access to all of the University of Birmingham’s resources, including a comprehensive student support service. If you ever need help, guidance or advice with anything, you will be able to talk to someone.
To help you settle in, you’ll have access to an effective support system, which includes a personal tutor and wellbeing officers, who can assist with both academic and welfare concerns. You’ll receive individual feedback on your assignments to help you recognise areas for improvement.
In addition, you can use the Academic Skills Centre, which is there to help you enhance your academic writing and general study techniques. There is a workshop programme, online self-help tutorials, and you can even make one-to-one appointments with specialist advisers.
Your wellbeing is extremely important, and that’s why there is a range of student services to meet your needs. A great starting point is the Aston Webb Student Hub: it brings together lots of services in one place, and can also be accessed online, where it’s known as Student Help. It has many resources that offer advice, guidance, emotional support, and help to find the right specialist student service.
You can also use the Wellbeing Centre to help you get the most out of your time studying in Birmingham. Its dedicated team of professional counsellors provide individual, group or online support. The Guild of Students’ Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) offers free, professional advice, and can help you with everything from money to academic issues, housing and immigration questions.
Specific help for international students is offered by the International Student Team, which provides a network of support before you arrive and throughout your studies. They can advise you on your visa, opening a bank account, working in the UK during and after your studies, and adjusting to life and study in Birmingham.
Finally, the Student Mentor Scheme provides support and advice to students living in University accommodation. Student Mentors are available during term-time to support you with any financial, academic, shared living or personal challenges you may be facing.
Welcome events and airport transfers
When you arrive in Birmingham, you can take advantage of the University’s International Welcome Week. This 5-day programme includes an airport transfer service, campus and city tours, help with administrative tasks such as registering with a doctor, and social activities which give you the chance to meet other international students from around the world.
Welcome Week is a fun way to get to know your new surroundings and can help you settle into life in the UK, so we strongly recommend that you take part!