University of Birmingham

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

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. 

United Kingdom

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

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.

Requirement

Minimum overall GPA 2.8

Budget

Estimated costs for a Fall semester at the University of Birmingham.

Estimated costs for a Spring semester at the University of Birmingham.

See the estimated Living Costs.

Calendar

In 2020-21 the University will be introducing a new academic teaching year framework. The new structure will have two semesters; each will include 11 weeks of learning and teaching, a period of assessment and support, and an end of semester assessment period.

Fall semester 2020:

Welcome Week:  September 21-25

Term dates:  September 28 – December 18  (fall semester students, make arrangements for final exams)

Spring semester 2021:

Welcome Week:  January 25-29

Term Dates:  February 1 – June 25 (inclusive of Easter break and exam period)

Easter vacation:  March 29 – April 16

For future dates, visit the Academic Calendar.

Academics

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.

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.

Full-time enrollment:

UMaine students must be registered for 50-60 credits each semester.

Transfer credits:

20 credit modules = 5 UMaine credits

10 credit modules = 2.5 UMaine credits.

Course Levels:

Birmingham Year Birmingham Course Level UMaine Course Level
  Foundation Level 100
Year 1 Certificate Level 200
Year 2 Intermediate Level 300
Year 3 Honours Level 400
  Masters Level graduate level courses

Course Duration:

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)

Grading Scale:

Birmingham grade UK Grade – Honors Class ECTS grade UMaine grade
70-100% First (1) A A
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-
40-49% Third D C
0-39% Fail F F

Cultural Activities

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.

Housing

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.

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