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Study destination: Birmingham

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A city with a civic motto ‘Forward,’ the prestigious title of ‘Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution’ and compelling sense of defiance are just a few characteristics that make of Birmingham a great place to study and live.

Being Britain's second largest city and located in the heart of England, Birmingham is a city of diverse cultures, beliefs and lifestyles. With around 65,000 students, Birmingham is a city powered by youth and the youngest city in Europe.


With a proud tradition and a modern view, the city promises first-rate entertainment for all tastes with a range of leading theatres, museums and galleries. The city centre hosts a mix of bars and live comedy and music clubs, making the nightlife even more varied and interesting.

For art and culture lovers, the Birmingham Museum of Art and Gallery has the largest collection of Pre-Raphaelites in the world, as well as collections of silver, sculpture, ceramics and ancient and social history.

Birmingham has been called as an absolute “shopping paradise” by its residents:  from the rejuvenated shopping malls to the famous jewellery shops where hand-made crafts are being retailed at incredible prices, there is a lot in offer.

 This city is also at the heart of all the sport action: football clubs are all close to the city centre and test cricket has been hosted in the Edgbaston Cricket Ground for 100. Other popular sports are golf, tennis, rugby and athletics.

Why should you choose Birmingham as study destination?

Birmingham has a number of outstanding educational institutions with amazing facilities and high standard research. Being a flourishing commercial base, the largest financial services and creative sectors outside London are located in this city, offering excellent career prospects for international students.

That’s why it has been said that Birmingham now feels more like a place for young professionals, the perfect location to build a bright and successful future.

Where can you study in Birmingham?


Did you know?

  • Birmingham has more trees than Paris, more miles of canals than Venice and more parks than any other European City.
  • Birmingham has been shortlisted to become the first UK City of Culture in 2013.
  • Birmingham is home to Cadbury's Chocolate. George and his brother Richard Cadbury moved their successful chocolate manufacturing business from Birmingham to Bourneville in 1879.
  • Host of 80% of the all trade exhibitions in the country.
  • Birmingham's Centenary Square is made up of more than half a million individual bricks - all hand laid!


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