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University of Birmingham, England (Exchange)

The Program

The University of Birmingham is one of our Universitas 21 exchange partners and a member of the prestigious Russell Group of Universities in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1900, it was the first British university to gain official royal charter in the 20th century. Located right outside the city center, the beautiful green campus covers 250 acres and has been ranked as one of the top three campus enivronments in the country.  Birmingham itself is a major European city located in the midlands of England, boasting first-class cultural, social and sporting facilities and superb restaurants.  With its international airport and convenient rail connections, Birmingham is an ideal place from which to explore the rest of the UK and continental Europe.

The Academics

The University of Birmingham, like many of its counterparts in the UK, operates on a tri-semester plan that includes an Autumn term (October – December) and a combined Spring-Summer term (mid-January until the end of June).  The university prefers that exchange students plan to study for the entire academic year as the majority of courses run for the whole year.  Some departments in the university will consider applications for one semester and these include the following: Archeology (fall only), Bioscience (spring only), Computer Science (spring only), Center for West African Studies (both fall or spring), Chemistry (spring only), Economics (both fall or spring), English (both fall or spring), Business (both fall or spring), Engineering (spring only), French (fall only), Geography (both fall or spring), History (both fall or spring), Physics (spring only), Political Science (both fall or spring), Psychology (spring only).

The University of Birmingham welcomes scholars and academics from across the globe to study in a broad range of disciplines. The university is especially renowned for its academic offerings in Psychology, Music, Physics, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Sport and Exercise Science (#1 in the UK), and European Studies. The European Research Institute (ERI) is the center for the study of European politics, economics, history, law, culture and society.

UConn students who attend the University of Birmingham as part of this exchange may earn 12 credits for the fall term, 16 credits for the spring and summer terms, and a total of 32 credits if they attend the full year program. Please take time to look at the undergraduate course offerings and then meet with your academic advisor and a study abroad advisor to discuss your academic needs and plans.

British university education differs somewhat from the U.S. pattern and you are given more independence than you are used to here. Attendance at seminars and lectures is required, but you will also be expected to learn on your own. Instead of course syllabi that direct you to specific readings, you will have reading lists from which it is up to you to choose a certain number of books and articles to read each week. Class meetings may be less frequent than here, but you will be expected to devote the available time to reading and preparing essays. Credit is earned both by submitting essays and by taking end of year examinations. UConn students are normally required to take four courses (officially called modules).

All students who study in the UK must get either a Tier IV General Student Visa (for students who plan to stay in the UK for more than six months or who want to work or do an internship) or a  Student Visitor Visa (for students who study in the UK for less than six months and who don’t plan to work).

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study 09 18485 Roman Britain: Town & Country 6 (20 credit course only) 12/31/2018
BADM 2893 Foreign Study 720327 Global Marketing 3 6/30/2019
CLCS 1110 Introduction to Film Studies 09 24802 Introduction to Film Studies B 3 6/30/2021
CLCS 3207 Film Genres 09 26630 Fantasy Film and TV 3 6/30/2021
DRAM 4193 Foreign Study 24831 Introduction to Film Studies A 3 6/30/2020
ECE 3111 Systems Analysis 2190 Control Systems Design 3 6/30/2018
ECE 4111 Communication Systems 13812 Communication Systems (LI) 3 6/30/2018
ECON 1179 Economic Growth and the Environment 08 03457 Sustainable Development: Economy and the Enviornment 3 6/30/2021
ECON 2493 Foreign Study 23274 Contemporary Issues in the UK Economy 3 6/30/2019
ENGL 1701 Creative Writing I 09 27227 Creative Practice: Creative Writing 3 6/30/2021
ENGL 3501+ ENGL 3693 Chaucer + Foreign Study 09 25849 LI Chaucer and His Legacy 3+2 6/30/2020
ENGL 3503 + ENGL 3693 Shakespeare I + Foreign Study  09 19598 Shakespeare: Selected Plays 3 + 2 12/31/2021
ENGR 3193 Foreign Study 22740 Power Electronics Applications 3 6/30/2018
ENGR 3193 Foreign Study 1839 Future and Emerging Device Technologies 3 6/30/2018
GERM 1131 Elementary German I 09-252298 IWLP German Level 1 4 12/31/2018
GERM 1171 German Cinema 09-23920 Introduction to German Cinema 3 12/31/2018
HIST 2402 Europe in the 20th Century 08 19190 Introduction to the European Union: History, Politics, and Institutions 3 6/30/2022
HIST 3993 Foreign Study 26209 US & Middle East: Foreign Policy, Culture & Film 3 6/30/2020
HIST 3993 Foreign Study 19676 History of Modern Britain since 1870 3 12/31/2020
HIST 3998 Foreign Study 09-12636 The Italian Courts B: Life and Society 3 12/31/2018
HIST 3998 Foreign Study 09-21953 America in the World: Soft and Hard Power Since 1945 B 3 6/30/2019
HIST 3998 Foreign Study 09-23951 Sexual Change in England 1900-2000 3 12/31/2018
MGMT 4893 Foreign Study 23259 Fundamentals of Leadership 3 6/20/2020
MGMT 4893 Small Business and Entrepreneurship 25280 Small Business and Entrepreneurship 3 12/31/2020
POLS 3993 Foreign Study 08-20897 Institutions and Policies of the EU 3 6/30/2019
PSYC 2700 Social Psychology 03 21140 Introduction to Social Psychology 3 12/31/2021
PSYC 3883 foreign study 03 28979 Introduction to Forensic Psychology 3 12/31/2021
SOCI 3993 Foreign Study 26046 Sociology of Race & Ethnicity-A Global Perspective 3 12/31/2020

The Experience

The University of Birmingham offers a wide range of accommodations on or near campus, ranging from halls of residence where meals are provided to self-catered flats where small groups of students live together and cook for themselves.  Go to the Accommodation for International Students webpage for more information and take a virtual tour of the housing possibilities.

The main Edgbaston campus provides a safe, friendly environment with all the amenities of a small town.  You’ll find shops, a hair salon, concert hall, art gallery. museum, two major banks, and a railway station, just two stops from Birmingham New Street. The University’s Guild of Students is the very active Birmingham student union where you can get involved in over 190 student groups and societies that reflect every taste and interest.  For a more indepth view of student life in Birmingham, view some videos and podcasts on the university’s website.

Birmingham’s location at the center of England makes it an ideal base to explore other parts of the UK, including London (one and a half hours away by rail), The English Cotswolds, the Lake District, the mountains of Wales, Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon, and Oxford.  Air travel is also accessible and inexpensive making Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, Dublin, and other continental European destinations just an hour away by plane.


Exchange programs charge in-state UConn tuition for in-state students and New England rate UConn tuition for all out-of-state students, along with a few other UConn fees. For exact information on the costs associated with this program, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Because this program charges tuition, nearly all types of financial aid can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, private scholarships, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts, Engineering, Humanities
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3