University of Birmingham (U21)
City: Birmingham
Approximate semester dates:

Semester 1 (Autumn Term): September-December (3 months long)
Semester 2 (Spring Term & Summer Term): January-June (6 months long)

Language of instruction: English
Full time load equivalent:

60 credits per semester 

(This host university may not be suitable for students who go on exchange in the final semester with only #6 units remaining in their degree. Exchange students at Birmingham must complete a standard full-time study load of 60 credits per semester, not higher or lower number of credits.)

Fields of Study Available:

This is not an exclusive list of the disciplines available. 
Disciplines listed here can provide a full-time load of study. 
All other available courses can be found in the course catalogue.

Course Catalogue 

For subject areas that are listed on that page, please use the Online Programmes and Modules Handbook to search courses offered in the 2017/18 Session by clicking on the relevant Programme and Year.)

Select the majority of your courses from one school/department as exchange students will be allocated to a 'host department' on the basis of course choice. 

 Course levels: 

  • Year 1 courses: Certificate Level
  • Year 2 courses: Intermediate Level
  • Year 3 courses: Honours Level
  • Avoid courses at Masters Level.
  • "Full Term" or "Full Time" courses are full-year courses not suitable for single-semester exchange students.

Humanities & Social Sciences:


Ancient History
English Literature
Theology & Religion
Languages (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish)
Art History
International Relations

Sciences & Health Sciences:

Computer Science
Earth & Environmental Sciences

Physics & Astronomy

Sport & Exercise Science


Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Metallurgy & Materials
Food Sciences

Business & Law:



Please note that the options listed on this webpage should be used as a guide only. Additional discipline areas may be available. For current information about fields of study, course selection and language proficiency requirements, please check the host university's website.


Restricted Fields of Study:

Places on the following courses are in high demand and will fill up very quickly:

  • American Studies
  • Business 
  • English Literature (You must have completed at least one year of study in this study area.)
  • History 
  • Politics 
  • Psychology

For applicants whose first language is not English: you need to provide evidence of English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 and above, with no less than 6.0 in any subcategory. Please note that IELTS scores are only valid for 2 years.

Approximate living expenses:

GBP 10,000 per year

Cost of Living

Additional information:

Minimum cumulative GPA of 5

Single-semester and full-year exchanges available

Undergraduate exchange only

Birmingham is not suitable for students who go on exchange in the final semester with only #6 units remaining in their degree.

Accommodation at Birmingham: Not guaranteed but usually available. Student on exchange from January to June are usually able to secure campus accommodation.

General visa advice: Birmingham will only issue a short-term study visa letter to single-semester exchange students, but not a CAS number for a Tier 4 (General) student visa. 

Study abroad information booklet

Birmingham Global Study Abroad Booklet

Volunteering for UB Sport



- At almost 100m, the University's clock tower, affectionately known as 'Old Joe', is the tallest freestanding clock tower in the world.

- Research at Birmingham is leading the world in Music, Psychology, Physics and Sport and Exercise Science.

- The Bullring, with 160+ shops, is the most visited shopping centre outside London.

- For those who love "daycations", Ironbridge Gorge (UNESCO world heritage site), picturesque Cotswolds villages and a steam train ride on Severn Valley Railway are excellent options.


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