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* Program is full for 13-14, new applicants will be placed on a waiting list.
Limited spaces are available; plan as early as possible.
Founded in 1900, Birmingham represented a new model for higher education. This was England’s first civic university, where students from all religions and backgrounds were accepted on an equal basis.
Birmingham has continued to be a university unafraid to do things a little differently, and in response to the challenges of the day. It was a founder member of the National Union of Students and the first university in the country to:
The University of Birmingham has welcomed international students since 1900. Today they have one of the largest international student communities in the UK with over 4,000 students from more than 150 countries worldwide.
Birmingham's population is over 1 million people and lies in the borough of the West Midlands and is 110 North West of London. Birmingham is a young city with 53% of the population being 35 or under. The University of Birmingham has an undergraduate population of over 17,000 students and 8,700 graduate students.
Rejuvenated and reinvented, 21st century Birmingham buzzes with a big-city vibe, locals have known about it for years, but now the wider world is getting wise to the vibrant cultural mix of this youthful metropolis.
These days Birmingham's city scape is decidedly easy on the eye: it takes in Victorian civic grandeur and the super modern in just a few metres. A rich history of invention and innovation continues. Former factories are being transformed into multimedia enclaves; while in the Jewelry Quarter, traditional trades sparkle with new life.
UMD Credits To see how credits transfer to UMD, use the Course Equivalency database to see what courses have already been reviewed for the University of Birmingham. If the class you wish to enroll in has not been reviewed follow the instructions on the IEO Course Equivalency web page. If the course you want to take abroad been has not been reviewed at UMD, request a syllabus here.
At the University of Birmingham a degree is called a "course" and a course is called a "module".
You can take modules from the following subjects: Arts and Law, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences, and Social Sciences.
You will be assessed to ensure you have the necessary pre-requisites to study the module.
You will take 120 credits per year and/or 60 credits per semester and each module is worth 10 or 20 credits.
20 credit modules are equal to 5 UMD credits and 10 credit modules are equal to 2.5 UMD credits.
This is an exchange program where UMD students study at the University of Birmingham (UB) and UB students study at UMD. This means that there are limited spaces available each year depending on the balance between the two institutions.
Interested students are encouraged to contact Lyndsey Andersen, Programme Coordinator, to discuss eligibility and availability.
Degree seeking students at any University of Minnesota campus who have completed one full year of study prior to the beginning of the exchange are eligible. For some areas of study, students should have completed substantial upper division course work.
Tentative acceptance will be issued by the International Education Office. Final acceptance will be issued by the University of Birmingham.
Fluctuating currency exchange rates may increase or decrease the cost of your international experience. Financial aid may be applied toward the cost of exchange programs. There are several study abroad scholarships for University of Minnesota students and the International Education Office application and links to other scholarships are available online.
Deadlines & Dates
Fall semester at the University of Birmingham, including arrival and orientation, runs from approximately mid-September until the beginning of December with a 4 week winter break.
Spring semester, including arrival and orientation, typically runs from early January until mid June with a four week semester break in April.
Fall Semester or Full Aacademic Year
For more information on deadlines to apply, click here
For more information on the academic calendar at University of Birmingham, click here.
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 term time.
Once students are accepted to the University of Birmingham, they will be able to apply for on campus accommodation.
Students can find information on accommodation and fees here.
Thank you to the University of Birmingham, the UKBA, and Wikipedia for providing information for this website.