International Students

Welcome! Willkommen! Bienvenido! Chào mừng! Καλώς ορίσατε! !مرحبا स्वागत!

City Church offers a warm welcome to all international students from all countries, faiths and cultures. We would love to see you at either of our two main Sunday meetings. They are at 10.30am and 6pm in a building called the Octagon, which belongs to a school in Edgbaston. Click here (link) to find us.

As an international student, you are invited to take part in all our student activities, but we also run activities particularly for international students. Click on the tabs above (?) to find out more.

Sarah Overmyer oversees our international student ministry and is a deacon.   She would love to meet you and tell you more.  Email if you have any questions.

At City, we partner with Friends International and with other local churches to provide a range of activities for international students. You can find out more on

Christian faith?

Perhaps you thought Britain was a Christian country, and want to understand the Christian faith. Maybe you have questions such as: What do Christians actually believe? What does the Bible teach? Who was Jesus, and why does it matter?

We would love to help you find answers to your questions about our faith, and you are invited to join our regular Tuesday evenings for international students who want to find out more about Christianity, Jesus and the Bible. You are welcome whatever your religion, or if you have no religion, and all points of view are respected.

These evenings always begin with a free hot meal, giving us the chance to get to know one another better. Then in smaller groups there is the opportunity to learn something about our faith, to ask your questions and to share your opinion. Click here or email Sarah  to find out more about the current programme.

The evenings take place at our Tiverton Road building in Selly Oak, just 5 minutes’ walk from the University of Birmingham’s main campus, or from Jarratt and Victoria Halls. The meal starts at 6.30pm, and we usually cook vegetarian meals or have a vegetarian option. The programme begins at about 7.30pm and we finish at 8.45pm. 


For Christians

We want to help Christian international students grow in their faith during their time in the UK, and prepare for a return home. We think the best way for you to do that is to commit yourself to a local church and to join a small group where you will get to know others and be cared for.

We want to encourage you to join International Discipleship, our group for Christian International students. This happens at our Tiverton Road building in Selly Oak on a Tuesday evening, just 5 minutes walk from the main University of Birmingham campus, Jarratt and Victoria Halls, at the same time and place as our programme for International Students who are not Christians. We eat together from 6.30pm and study the Bible from 7.30pm.

International Discipleship is an opportunity to grow in your relationship with God, to make friends and belong to a small group of people going through some of the same things as you. To find out more, email Sarah , or have a look at International Discipleship's homepage.

You are also welcome to join City Church’s Student Plus (link) programme, which happens after church on a Sunday evening, and is particularly appropriate if you have a good level of English.

You can get a lift home after both of these activities.


Open Home

Are you an international student who would you like to meet British people and other international students in a local home in Edgbaston?

If so, Glenys Harriott would love to welcome you to her home on alternate Mondays from 7.30 pm to 9.30pm. She and her small team of volunteers from City Church invite you to take part in informal evenings with an interesting theme. Open Home is for you, wherever you study and whether or not you are a Christian.

What a great way to get to know some friendly local people in a relaxed setting, and to practise your English! Click here to find out more about the upcoming programme and to see a map to help you find Glenys' home, or email for more details.

We look forward to meeting you!


Friday Football

Do you enjoy a friendly game of football? Come and join our Friday evening games, when a group of local people and international students get together, make up some teams, and play some football.

We play on the University of Birmingham 6-a-side astroturf pitches on campus (just off Bristol Road) from 8-10pm every Friday evening. Bring some trainers and £4, although the cost is often lower.

For more information, and to make sure there is a game this week, please email Will on Click here to see where we play on a map. You can also look out for information about Friday Football on

See you soon!


Other social activities

There are a number of other activities in our area which are open to all international students.

If you live in Selly Oak, why not try out Globe on a Monday evening? It’s a free and relaxed café-style evening for international students, and each evening has a different theme. You can practise your English, get to know local people, and have a lot of fun. It meets almost every Monday evening during university term time. Click here for more information about the programme and to see where it happens.

If Harborne is more convenient for you, then do check out Harborne International Café, which is similar to Globe, but meets on a Thursday evening. Click here for more information.