Founded in 1900, the University of Birmingham is well established as a world-class university. Part of the Russell Group of UK universities, the University of Birmingham is one of the leading research-based universities in the United Kingdom, teaching and undertaking research in all the major disciplines. The university attracts students of high ability with its academic staff of distinction, many of which are recognized as international leaders in their fields. Learn more about the University of Birmingham.
Thinking about studying abroad in Spring 2022? Current passport processing times are significantly delayed (18 weeks for routine service; 12 weeks for expedited). You need your passport months ahead of your actual departure date for many study abroad programs, and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months (in some cases, one year) after the end date of your intended program. If you need a new or renewed passport, APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE USING EXPEDITED PROCESSING. See the State Department for details and to apply.
Though once a small forest settlement, back in Saxon times, Birmingham has grown and is now England's second largest city, with a population of over one million. Birmingham is the youngest city in Europe, with under-25s making up approximately 40% of its population. Birmingham is also one of the greenest cities in the UK, with more than 8,000 acres of parks and open space.
Birmingham is surrounded by areas of great beauty and interest, due to its location in the heart of the West Midlands. Leading attractions nearby include Stratform-upon Avon, Alton Towers, and Warwick Castle. Derbyshire and Wales are within easy reach of the region and boast beautiful views and scenery. Offering an alternative backdrop to the tranquility of the countryside, the bustling city of Birmingham is a haven for shopping, entertainment and nightlife.
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Fall: September - December
Spring: January - June
Students can find courses, called "modules", on the What can I study? page. Choose the relevant College on that page for course lists. Students can take courses from the following four Colleges: College of Arts and Law, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, College of Social Sciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences. Students may not take courses from the College of Medical and Dental Sciences.
All modules are subject to availability and academic prerequisites. Only select courses that are offered in the semester you intend to study abroad, and pay attention to any prerequisites. Explore course options at an appropriate level of study. Exchange students are expected to study 60 UoB credits (equivalent to 30 ECTS) per semester.
The University of Birmingham offers accommodation to international exchange students. University accommodation is not guaranteed for students travelling from inside Europe. All students, and especially European students, studying on this exchange are advised to apply for accommodation as early as possible. You can apply online after you receive your University of Birmingham student ID number which is issued in the formal letter of offer. Private sector housing is available if university housing is unavailable. For more information, visit the Housing Options page; additional information can be found on the Student Accommodation page.
Costs and Expected Expenses
There are a variety of associated costs and expenses when studying abroad. The information provided below is a guide to help you plan and budget. Additional resources are available on your host university’s website, including:
Tuition and Fees:
You will pay your regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term you are on a UVA Exchange Program. Tuition and fees will be billed to your SIS account and can be paid as normal.
Housing and Meals:
You are responsible to pay for accommodation and any required or preferred meal plan. You will pay the host institution or make your own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation and meal plan choices, cost, and application procedures.
To estimate and budget for Housing/Room and Dining/Board costs, you may find it helpful to visit the Living Costs page linked at the top of this section. That page includes one-off initial costs as well as essential costs such as rent, utilities, and food. If you are studying abroad for one semester, divide the annual cost in half, as you would be studying abroad for half the academic year. As you budget/estimate costs for housing, be sure to include utilities if they are not included in rent.
Travel and Travel Documents:
You are responsible for booking and paying for your own international airfare, as well as researching and obtaining any required visa(s) or residency permits. You should also budget for in-country transportation costs.
- Airline Ticket prices will vary based on where you are traveling from.
- Local Transportation costs will vary but a cost estimate is included in the Variable Costs section on Birmingham's Living Costs page linked at the top of this section
- Luggage may be an additional cost if you need to purchase it for your travel.
- Passport/Visa/Immigration costs should also be factored into your expected expenses. Students can find information about passport costs on the State Department’s Passport Fees page. Information about visa requirements and associated costs can be found on gov.uk. Note that in some cases, students will have to pay an NHS healthcare surcharge along with their visa application.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance. More information can be found on our insurance page
You should be prepared to purchase required books and supplies. Also budget for additional personal expenses, including laundry, phone costs, personal travel, meals out, etc.
Books and Supplies and Personal Expenses will vary based on the classes you take and personal spending choices, however you can find cost estimates for these items in the Variable Costs section on Birmingham's Living Costs page linked at the top of this section.
Education Abroad Expense Form:
If you are required to complete an Education Abroad Expense Form, you can use the links above to identify costs and expected expenses to complete the form. If you are studying abroad for a semester, to calculate costs, divide annual costs in half.
If you are not able to find cost information you need in order to prepare for your study abroad program, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor.
You can find detailed information regarding financial aid and study abroad on the following websites:
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. All students must consult gov.uk for information about visa and other entry requirements. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.