A foreign student is taking a college to court for refusing to refund nearly £6,000 he paid for a course he claims it failed to deliver.
Muqarrab Qayyum plans to sue Solihull College to recover the money plus costs for time he says was wasted in the UK and for damage he claims has been done to his career.
Last night, Solihull College denied any breach of contract and said Mr Qayyum had been given "every opportunity" to complete his course.
Mr Qayyum was enrolled by Solihull College from Pakistan in 2001 as part of a drive to attract international students.
His family sold land in the Punjab to raise £5,750 for the full-time year's combined web design and computer programming diploma.
But when he arrived at the college the following year, he claims he was told he could not start the web design or ecommerce component.
Since then, the 33-year-old son of a retired Pakistani college principal says he has been fighting to get his money back.
Last night he said the ordeal had destroyed his belief in Britain's education system.
"I have wasted three years of my life," he said. "I am asking them to give my fees back with costs and I will go back to my homeland because all I have had is problems here."
Mr Qayyum was one of 54 students who enrolled to study the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer/e-commerce course.
He believed the course would help him get promoted within Pakistan's education department where he worked previously.
"When I got to the college I was told I could start the MCSE bit, but not the ecommerce bit," he said.
The change meant Mr Qayyum was only doing one day's worth of study a week - short of the 15 hours minimum required of foreign students.
Mr Qayyum, who is staying with his brother in Balsall Heath while in the UK, decided to boycott the whole course and demand a full refund.
He claims college staff assured him the e-commerce programme would be offered the following year and put him on an English language programme to make up his 15 hours.
Mr Qayyum claims he attempted to start the diploma again in 2003 but was again
told e-commerce was unavailable.
In May this year, the college offered him a "Skillsoft" account which, it said, allowed him to study e-commerce modules on-line.
"They wanted to give me an internet course which I could do from any country, but under immigration rules you have to be doing face-to-face courses you can't get in your own country," said Mr Qayyum.
He is now awaiting a court date for his case against the college and plans to represent himself.
Cliff Hall, deputy principal of Solihull College, said: " Solihull College cares about the well-being of all our students and we take all complaints against us very seriously."
He added Mr Qayyum had been offered "every opportunity" to complete the course but was not entitled to a refund because he had studied a "specified portion" of it.
Earlier this month, Chelmsley Wood teenager Sean Patton, aged 17, accused Solihull College of "false advertising" for withdrawing the second year of his bricklaying NVQ course.
I did not move to England just to study online
Muqarrab Qayyum was an intelligent, ambitious 28-year-old working within Pakistan's Government office.
He came to this country to further his career within an education system he believed was the best in the world.
Sitting in his brother's modest terraced house in Balsall Heath where he has stayed since 2002, the softlyspoken 33-year-old says he just wants to get his money back so he can return to his home country and resume his education there.
Mr Qayyum was employed within Pakistan's education department in the Attock district of Punjab when he saw the course in Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and ecommerce course advertised on Solihull College's website.
He contacted its international development office and was offered a place with a request for £5,750 exclusive of living costs.
The fee was paid by selling family land and in 2002 Mr Qayyum, a graduate in economics, arrived in the UK to start the course.
But after discovering the ecommerce component was not available that year, he reluctantly accepted an English language course for nine months to make up the hours needed for full-time study under immigration rules.
Meanwhile, he helped out in the college's international student club as a volunteer where he was praised for his "self-motivation, responsibility and punctuality".
A letter sent to Mr Qayyum in May by Richard Morcombe, head of technology at the college, offered him a " Skillsoft" internet account that can be accessed anywhere in the world without a tutor.
Mr Morcombe said he could learn e-commerce that way while doing the MCSE modules at the college.
But Mr Qayyum complained an online course was not what he travelled thousands of miles to study and he threatened legal action. A date has yet to be set for the case. Mr Qayyum has now applied to study a masters in social science at Pakistan's Qaid-e-Azam University to try to put his Government office career back on track.
"At least I can go to university in Pakistan. I am over-age now according to Pakistani rules to get the job I was going for. But if I get a PhD they will give me a concession."