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International Profile

Centrally located, globally recognized

Founded in 1823, Birkbeck, University of London is a world-class research and teaching institution located in the heart of central London. As a college of the University of London, Birkbeck awards internationally recognized qualifications and is a world-class research and teaching institution. Its reputation as a vibrant center of academic excellence contributes to its ranking as one of the top 250 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2014). Birkbeck has consistently been recognized as #1 in London for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey and was one of five U.K. institutions short-listed for University of the Year in the 2014 Times Higher Education Awards. 

Schools and research centers
Birkbeck offers a wide range of full-time undergraduate and postgraduate degrees within five academic schools that comprise a total of 19 different academic departments and more than 40 specialist research centers. Birkbeck’s research informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive impact on society. Over 90% of our academics are active researchers, and many are renowned experts who have written the texts used in the classroom.

At Birkbeck the world comes into the classroom
Students from over 120 countries choose to study at Birkbeck, and the reasons people choose to study in the evening are as individual and varied as the people you’ll sit next to in the classroom: international students who are eager to take advantage of all that London has to offer during the day; recent graduates who are keen to gain qualifications to help them stand out in the job market; or the intellectually curious who want to follow a passion for their subject. What these students share is a dedication to their studies and a determination to achieve. When a student walks into a Birkbeck classroom, they are surrounded by bright, ambitious students from around the world who will share their experience and expertise. Students will not only learn the latest theory from leading academics but will also discuss how that theory relates to the workplace and wider world.

In 2015 the Times Higher Education World University Rankings listed Birkbeck as the 37th most international university in the world.

Evening teaching and employment prospects
Our evening teaching means that students can study alongside London’s working professionals and pursue internships or part-time work opportunities during the day; this intense method of learning attracts determined students and leading academics. Over 95% of Birkbeck’s students are in work or further study within six months of graduating, and Birkbeck was recognized as having the highest average graduate salary of any university in the United Kingdom (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2013).

Students can take advantage of our in-house recruitment service, Birkbeck Talent, which works with London’s top employers to help students find relevant work experience and get ahead in a competitive job market.

Meet Us in Your Country!
E-mail for a schedule of international visits and request a meeting in your country.

Spotlight: The School of Business, Economics, and Informatics
The School of Business, Economics, and Informatics is one of the biggest at Birkbeck, and its research output places it amongst the best in the United Kingdom. Due to the depth and breadth of the School’s teaching and research, their students only learn from academics who are experts in their fields.

The School organizes events for international students ranging from study skills talks to social events to ensure that students are progressing successfully during their studies and enjoying their time in London.


Located in the historic Bloomsbury neighborhood of London, England, Birkbeck is at the heart of the University of London’s city center campus. It is near other University of London colleges and the central student service, which boasts a range of social and sporting facilities, including London’s largest indoor swimming pool. Students benefit from its location to world-class research resources such as the British Museum and the British Library. Birkbeck is a short walk to the shops of Oxford Street, the theaters and cinemas of London’s West End, beautiful Regent’s Park, and the lively restaurants and pubs of Soho and Covent Garden. In 2014 QS ranked London as the top student city in the United Kingdom.


Type of university: Public, research-intensive university located in central London

Size of campus: Medium-sized urban campus

Number of students:
Approximately 12,000 students (over 6,000 undergraduate)

Number of faculty: 500+

Colleges, programs, and degrees: Five academic schools and more than 50 full-time undergraduate degrees
School of Business, Economics, and Informatics: Accounting, Business Studies, Computing, Economic and Social Policy, Economics, Financial Economics, Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics, Marketing, Web Technologies
School of Arts: Arts and Humanities, Culture, Curating, English, Film and Media, Global Cinemas and Screen Arts, History of Art, Journalism and Media, Languages and Linguistics (French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese),  Language and/with English, Film, Global Politics, History, International Law, Management or Politics, Theatre and Drama Studies
School of Social Science, History, and Philosophy: Archaeology, Classics, Contemporary History and Politics, Development and Globalization, Environmental Management, Geography, Global Politics, History, International Relations, Philosophy, Politics and Government, Psychosocial Studies, Social Sciences
School of Science: Biomedicine, Business Psychology, Chemical and Molecular Biology, Geology, Planetary Science and Astronomy, Psychology
School of Law: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Law

Geographic diversity: We have students from over 120 countries studying at Birkbeck.

International student services: Students can take advantage of a wide variety of support services, including application advice, personal tours, orientation events, visa advising, learning support and skills training, English-language support, library, computing and IT, Students’ Union, accommodation, careers, counseling, finance, health, volunteering, and well-being services. International students are guaranteed space in University of London Halls of Residence if they apply before June. Other accommodation options include private student housing and flat shares.

International student budget:
Approximate Tuition Fees (2015–2016)$20,000
Approximate Living Cost (per year)$18,000–$22,000

Financial Aid: Flexible fee payments, loans, and financial support are available. Our flexible payment system offers students a choice of paying in one, three, or eight installments over the course of the year. Birkbeck is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to receive financial aid for U.S. students on degree programs. There is a range of scholarships and other financial support packages available to international students, including bursaries available through our academic schools.

Test score requirements: Approximate equivalency of U.S. qualifications required for entry into undergraduate study:
High school diploma with a GPA of 3.0/4.0 PLUS one of the following:
- Two or three AP tests with grades of 4 or more
- SAT Reasoning Test with a combined score of 1,800 or 500 in
  each section and three SAT Subject Tests with a minimum of
  600 points each or two or three AP tests (as above)
-American College Testing (ACT) program with a composite
  score of at least 27 and SAT Subject Tests or AP tests (as
IB equivalent range: 24–32 (depending on course)

Application deadlines and FEES:
January 15 (preferable), but applications
considered until May