Direct Exchange Programs - University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham is located in England’s second largest city located in the “heart” of England. Founded in 1900, Birmingham was England’s first civic university, where students from all religions and backgrounds were accepted on an equal basis. The University of Birmingham has an undergraduate population of over 17,000 students and 8,700 graduate students. It hosts one of the largest international student communities in the UK with over 4,000 students from more than 150 countries worldwide. Watch a video about the university.
England, Scotland and Wales, make up Great Britain, along with Northern Ireland come together to form the United Kingdom.
England consists of rolling lowland terrain and small mountain ranges in the northwest. Scotland, made up of 800 islands, and rolling hills, lies northeast to Ireland and north of England and Wales. Wales is the most mountainous country, with Northern Ireland known for its luscious green landscape and rolling hills. From temperate to oceanic climates of frequent rainfall, winds, and winter snows, the United Kingdom sees a variety of temperatures and has, overall, enjoyable weather.
Birmingham is the second-largest city in the United Kingdom (after London), with a vibrant city center dedicated to commerce, the arts, sport, and entertainment. It has its own international airport and is two hours from London by train. The central location of Birmingham and its extensive rail and road links makes it easy to travel through the UK. Day trips to Shakespeare’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon or to the beautiful towns of the Cotswolds are favorites. Watch a video about the city of Birmingham.
Areas of Study
Undergraduate: Anthropology, Art history, Biology, Biochemistry, Business, Chemistry, Child Development and Family Relations, Computer Science, Earth Science, Ecology & Environmental Science, Economics, Education, Engineering (Bioengineering, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical), English, French, History, International Affairs, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, and Theater.
Graduate: Anthropology, Art history, Biology, Biochemistry, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Ecology & Environmental Science, Economics, Education, Engineering (Bioengineering, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical), English, French, History, International Affairs, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, and Theater.
Minimum overall GPA 3.0
Spring semester 2014: 13 January – 20 June 2014
Fall semester 2014: 29 September – 12 December 2014
Spring semester 2015: 12 January – 19 June 2015
Students must arrive one week earlier than the dates given in September (for orientation week) and several days earlier in January for orientation. Exact arrival dates will be on our website. For future dates, visit the Academic Calendar.
Students coming to the University of Birmingham now have access to one of the widest ranges of academic departments available at any UK institution. Providing you meet the prerequisite requirements, you will be able to select courses across disciplines to develop an academic program that is suitable for your level, interests and subject requirements. At the University of Birmingham a degree is called a “course” and a course is called a “module”. You will take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.
20 credit modules = 5 UMaine credits
10 credit modules = 2.5 UMaine credits.
|Birmingham Course Level||UMaine Course Level|
|100||100 and 200|
|Birmingham grade||UK Grade – Honors Class||ECTS grade||UMaine grade|
|65-69%||Upper Second (2.1)||B||A-|
|60-64%||Upper Second (2.1)||B||B+|
|55-59%||Lower Second (2.2)||C||B|
|50-54%||Lower Second (2.2)||C||B-|
The University of Birmingham Guild of Students organizes events and excursions throughout the academic year, and is home to almost 200 student groups, including societies (focused on like-minded people having fun doing activities together), volunteering projects, support groups, and residents’ associations.
Accommodation (housing) at the University of Birmingham is similar to apartments at DTAV/Patch. In each “village” there is accommodation offering a self-catered option (kitchen and cooking facilities provided). At the Vale students are also able to take advantage of a Meal Plan. If you opt for Meal Plan accommodation, your meals are provided from Monday to Friday during the semester. Students can find information on accommodation and fees here. Watch a video about housing on-campus.
UMaine students are encouraged to apply for Jarret Hall which is part of Selly Oak Village (only 10 minutes from campus) or Tennis Courts which is part of Vale Village (nicer but a 15-minute walk from campus).
- University of Birmingham Guild of Students
- US Department of State info. on the U.K.
- Visit Birmingham
- Visit Britain
- Best of the Web-England
- Young Person’s Rail card in the U.K.