Pre-departure Briefing for EU students

This Postgraduate Virtual Open Day is designed to provide information to students travelling to the UK. You can get country specific information from your country page on our website. You can find our more on what to do before you arrive including practical matters (such as what to pack and when you arrive in Birmingham).

Chloe (Postgraduate Recruitment Officer – EU) and Anja (Postgraduate Recruitment Advisor – EU) will be online between 14:00-16:00 to answer any questions you may have about arriving in Birmingham during the Live Q&A.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to our beautiful campus. We understand that living and studying in another country will be a very exciting experience, but we also know that you may find elements of it challenging at times. Your first few weeks will be busy, but make sure you are aware of the services and opportunities we offer to help you get the best out of university life. Please take a look through the Welcome website to make sure you haven’t missed any essentials.

There is plenty of information on the campus, facilities and how to get around.

We have a number of EU students and alumni amongst our Postgraduate Mentors. You are welcome to ask them any questions you have about what it’s like to study at Birmingham or make the transition to living and studying in the UK.

Related Content

View Welcome Week Information

View related Virtual Tour

Speaker profiles

  • Chloe Pattison

    Chloe is our EU postgraduate recruitment officer. (Live Q&A 14:00-16:00)

  • Anja Benedikt

    Anja is a postgraduate recruitment advisor for the EU. (Live Q&A 14:00-16:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Pre-departure Briefing for EU students live event.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these virtual open day events over the coming months so please check now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday 22 November 2017. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

Jim asked:

Assuming that we collect all the necessary docs, like our Student ID etc., when can we go to a bank and open an account there (for example, the same or the next day)?

April, Postgraduate Recruitment Team replied:

Hi Jim

That would depend how busy our banks are on campus, as you will appreciate, there will be a lot of students opening bank accounts at the beginning of the year (local and overseas!) so they may ask you to make an appointment for later in the week.

However, we do have a few options, Barclays, Santander and a Lloyds bank all on or very near to campus so you will be able to sort something out quickly after your arrival to the University. If they do become extremely busy, there are always the larger branches of these banks in the city centre.

Hope this helps!


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Styliani Basta asked:

Hello again! Could i apply for a bank letter (in order to give me all the bank details) from Greece? And if yes, how can i do this?

Anja replied:

Hi Stellina,

you can ask for a bank letter now by emailing student help  or by ordering it through the online shop. However, student services is very busy at this stage, and it is easier to simply pick up a bank letter during Welcome Week. You would not be able to open a UK bank account upon arrival either.

I hope this makes sense.

To make the most of your welcome week, please visit this website