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 2.8
Estimated costs for a semester at the University of Birmingham.
See the estimated Living Costs.
Fall semester 2018:
Welcome Week: 24-28 September 2018
Term dates: 1 October to 14 December 2018
Spring semester 2019:
Term Dates: 14 January to 21 June 2019 (inclusive of Easter break and exam period)
Students must arrive one week earlier than the dates given in October (for orientation week) and several days earlier in January for orientation.
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.
- Use the Programmes and Modules Handbook to help you search for courses.
- Course Descriptions – once you find the courses you are interested in from the Exchange module catalog, find the course descriptions on this site
- Schools Index – select the appropriate academic year; under department see all majors; open a particular major to see the required courses by year
All the examinations at Birmingham are held in May/June—even for modules which are taught wholly in the Autumn Term. This means that students leaving in December will need to undertake some additional assessment in place of the examination. In some cases, this takes the form of a special examination in the last week of term but in other cases there will be an additional essay, or an essay that is longer than normal.
UMaine students must be registered for 50-60 credits each semester.
20 credit modules = 5 UMaine credits
10 credit modules = 2.5 UMaine credits.
|Birmingham Year||Birmingham Course Level||UMaine Course Level|
|Year 1||Certificate Level||200|
|Year 2||Intermediate Level||300|
|Year 3||Honours Level||400|
|Masters Level||graduate level courses|
|Birmingham Course Duration||UMaine Course Duration|
|Semester 1||Fall semester|
|Semester 2||Spring semester|
|Full Year||Fall+Spring semester (cannot be taken for only one semester)|
|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.
Helpful Housing tips:
The Vale Village (nicer but a 15-minute walk from campus) is a housing complex which includes several different residence halls.
Maple Bank residence hall is one of the cheapest options. It has apartments with single bedrooms and shared bathrooms and kitchens. It also offers an optional meal plan.
Tennis Courts is another good option with flats (apartments) with en-suite bathrooms and kitchens. It also offers an optional meal plan.
Mason Hall is the most expensive option. It also offers an optional meal plan.
Selly Oak Village (only 10 minutes from campus) offers several different residence halls.
- Jarratt Hall offers single bedrooms with private bathroom and shared kitchen.
- No meal plan offered. Students prepare their own meals.
- Incoming Exchange Students to the University of Birmingham
- University of Birmingham Guild of Students
- Visit Birmingham
- Visit Britain
- Young Person’s Rail card in the U.K.
Birmingham was an amazing second home for me, and I feel so grateful for my time there. Not only was the city vibrant, but it was also a gateway to every other place I wanted to visit, both inside England and beyond. I will carry the memories and friends I made there for the rest of my life.
~ Morgan Stickney, English