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student support

Refugees and Asylum Seekers

We are committed to encouraging students to enter higher education from all backgrounds and cultures including students who are refugees and asylum seekers.

We strive to create a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment where all students can thrive both personally and in their education. To do this we will:

  • Provide advice and support before and during your studies by getting in touch with us at [email protected]
  • Offer a priority appointment with the Employability Service within 6 weeks of your course start date. You can also access this service before you start your course, by contacting [email protected]
  • Provide guaranteed appointments with the Wellbeing Service within the first month of your course start date, covering information about support with study skills, libraries and disability and inclusion.
  • Give advice from our accommodation team including the option of accommodation for 52 weeks of the year.
  • Celebrate global cultural events and encourage you to help us do so
  • Listen and learn from your experiences and challenges so we can initiate positive change where identified
  • Stand up to discrimination, prejudice and abuse which is not tolerated at the university, if you or others experience this, please inform us via our report and support platform

To find out more about our Language and entry requirements, please visit our international countries page.

We have a range of scholarships and bursaries. Some of our awards are needs based and have specific Widening Participation criteria. Refugee status is one of these criteria. For more information see our Scholarships and Bursaries page. Please note, these scholarships may also include an online assessment as part of the application process.

UCAS provides information on student finance for refugees, asylum seekers, and those with limited leave to remain.

For further information you can visit:

Musa Nela - Former ULaw Birmingham LLB student
Musa Nela
Former Birmingham LLB student

Musa shares his story about joining the University as an asylum seeker from Albania.

I didn't know at that time that I, an asylum seeker, would be accepted to read law. I used to go to a youth group, where I meet a University of Law student volunteer. She told me about her studies, and helped me draft my personal statement for UCAS. I can honestly say that if it hadn’t been for her, I would never have had the confidence to even apply to study at The University of Law. Her act of kindness helped to make my wildest dreams come.

For me, the University of Law is the miracle of the legal sector. My experience with ULaw has been beyond my expectation. ULaw is a happy and inclusive university. Everyone at the university is lovely, kind and supportive. I don't think I have asked for something and I haven't received it. ULaw has been my home for 4 years. No matter how far I will spread my wings, my nest will always be The University of Law.

As someone that struggles with mental health, I approached the welfare officer for help. I was overwhelmed by the support I received including a weekly meeting. These helped me digest my emotions and helped me build my confidence. To everyone thinking that they will not be able to complete their qualifications due to their mental health issues, I would say please don't be afraid to ask for help as the wellbeing department will go above and beyond to support you to climb the ladder.