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Birmingham City University is a large and diverse place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success.

Birmingham City University in the UK traces its roots back more than 175 years. It grew out of five individual colleges which came together to form one institution and today, it has more than 26,000 students from 100 countries studying on its courses.

Birmingham City University (BCU) unveiled the newest chapter in its history in 2020 when it opened the doors of its UAE branch campus in Ras Al Khaimah. The campus has been established under licence by the RAKEZ authority. In the first year, students at BCU RAK will study on a range of eight different top-up courses. From September 2022, a full suite of courses will become available.

The mission of the University is rooted in its desire to support individual personal transformation for its students –and this will be reflected in the quality of education for students who enroll at BCU RAK, just as it is for those students who enrol in the UK.

The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, practice-based education in a professional and friendly environment, and this will translate to the RAK campus.

Our staff and student communities are defined by our core values, which outline who we are as a University and how we will work with each other. Our core values are excellence, people focused, partnership working, fairness, and integrity.

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Thinking of studying with BCU RAK?

Taking a Higher Education course is a big investment in your future, and you will want to be sure that you are making the right choice when it comes to the degree you will study and the university you study with. So, here are our top reasons to choose Birmingham City University RAK campus.


The qualifications awarded by BCU, whether in the UK or the UAE, have equal merit and standing, which means BCU RAK students can be assured of the University’s commitment to their success during and after their studies.


BCU has degree awarding powers recognised by the Office for Students in the UK and all BCU degrees, including those delivered in the UAE, comply with Quality Assurance Agency guidelines and align with the UK Qualifications Framework. Students who graduate from BCU RAK can be assured that their certificates will be issued in the UK and internationally recognised.


Having a degree makes graduates more attractive to employers, allowing access to higher salaries and greater choice of opportunities. BCU works hard to ensure its graduates are acquiring the skills employers want.


Students who want to start their own businesses will be given help and support to do this –with entrepreneurial skills taught and nurtured, and support for visa applications too.


BCU in the UK has a diverse student population, and BCU UAE will also attractstudents from across the world. This allows our students the opportunity to make new friends and form connections with a wide range of people from different backgrounds

Message from the Academic President of Birmingham City University Ras al Khaimah Campus.

It gives me immense pleasure to present to you the Birmingham City University Campus in Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. I welcome you as a prospective student to BCU (Birmingham City University) RAK Campus, which is BCU’s first branch campus outside the United Kingdom. My commitment is to provide you with an educational experience different from, but equivalent to that delivered in the UK in terms of quality of the delivery and student satisfaction. Our “student centered community-based approach” has been designed and developed to ensure your success internationally by providing you with exceptional learning experiences in a purpose-built environment.

Our BCU RAK Campus is in Ras A Khaimah so as to provide our students access to a high-quality international education at an affordable price, which is located in a modern rapidly developing Emirate and a safe community. We also have at our doorstep a lot of supplementary activities for our student’s leisure time and of course facilities to accommodate you during your studies. Your wellbeing is fundamental to achieve superior results. In this regard, RAK has excellent health facilities and BCU RAK will provide you with the relevant cover. We believe that we should produce well rounded internationally employable graduates who are work-ready and will find plenty of opportunities for engagement in the fast-growing Free Zones of Ras Al Khaimah and the surrounding Emirates, regionally and internationally.

We have assembled a range of degree programmes, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, selected to realise your full potential in careers relevant to the region and globally. This includes innovative courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – (STEM), in Business, Education, Media & Communications, and Computing & Artificial Intelligence, Marketing, Finance and Supply Chain Management.

Great care has been taken to provide the best available academic resources, teaching facilities, teaching and learning support and resources to ensure that quality standards are equivalent to those in the UK. We are governed by the United Kingdom’s Higher Education Quality Assurance Agency for all our provision. You will graduate with an internationally recognized degree, leading to many career pathways in a rapidly changing world.

Our students are the focus of everything we do at BCU RAK. We work to build a diverse community of quality and industry relevant academic provision, social and cultural backgrounds. We are committed to utilising our extensive local and international connections to provide work placements, internships, and other types of experiential learning.

I welcome you to BCU RAK on your path to launching a successful career in your chosen field and wish you every success in the future.

Dr. Raj Gill
Academic President
Birmingham City University
Ras Al Khaimah Campus

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