Fiona Devaux, a graduate management student from Grenoble EM, talks about her experience at University of Birmingham.

As the second city of England, Birmingham has come a long way from the industrial era! After numerous refurbishment investments, the city has become dynamic and young.

Photos and text by Fiona Devaux

Professors are highly qualified and working in multicultural teams is unique and rewarding. It is not easy to mix with local or international students, but if you make an effort, you will live a vibrant experience!

The city is ideally located: in the heart of the Midlands. You can reach any major city of England or Wales within 2 or 3 hours by train or coach. You can go on exciting daytrips as often as you wish to discover the British history, cooking, culture and people. Make the most of it!

In a red brick environment, the University of Birmingham campus includes everything you need: PC clusters everywhere, sport structures including a swimming pool, food facilities, book shop, banks etc.

The Guild of Students gives you the opportunity to get involved in what you like: photography, music and even Harry Potter!

The Bullring is the main commercial area, offering you a wide variety of options for shopping, clubbing, eating without the price tag


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How do UK employers view foreign degrees?

Textbooks and Passports: “Certain overseas universities offer qualifications which UK employers frown upon and do not recognise. You would be investing time and money and that is why it is crucial to research thoroughly your choices.”

Are home students being rejected in place of wealthy international students?

Universities UK Blog: “It is true that higher education is becoming increasingly global; there are growing numbers of overseas students who choose to study in the UK. This is hardly surprising given the UK’s leading reputation for higher education and the global rise in the numbers of tertiary students wanting to study outside of their home nation.”

Higher education facts and figures 2012

Universities UK Blog: “Every year, Universities UK produces an annual collection of facts and figures on UK higher education institutions. This publication always proves very popular, as it presents a vast range of information in bite size chunks, providing readers with an overview of higher education in the UK, covering the student population, staff population and finances.”

British students would struggle on the global job market, a new study suggests

Textbooks and Passports: “UK students are at a great disadvantage for not participating more in international study programmes. Those who go abroad focus on having fun rather than improving their career prospects.”

Lost Luggage

The Vintage Postcard: “The only memories I have of England are a) airline losing my luggage, b) walking to my hotel on a cobblestone street, and c) riding the tube, (which I actually enjoyed greatly).  But of course, this won’t do. England makes it to the top of places I must revisit. And I must visit it right.”

January 15: Westminster and Greenwich

Samantha’s London Travels: “After walking around Kensington the first couple of days, I was happy to discover some of the landmarks of London, including the famous Westminster Abbey and the London Eye, and was quite pleased BU had sent us on this excursion.”

The Times Higher Education Supplement: World University Rankings 2011-2012

Textbooks and Passports: “Textbooks and Passports went through this year’s list and plotted all of the non-UK universities in the THE top 50 on a map. We also added the average tuition fees for international undergraduates for the academic year 2011-2012..”

Cause for concern? The Bologna Process and the UK’s international student market

Global Higher Ed: “A report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) questioning the implications of the Bologna Process on the UK’s international student market set of alarm bells in the UK media last week. For example, the Guardian (May 22) declared, “UK universities at risk of losing foreign students as a result of the Bologna process.”


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