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 been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Characterized by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground and pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge. The University of Birmingham has been welcoming international students since 1900. Today it has one of the largest international communities in the UK with over 4,500 students from 150 countries. In addition, 27% of the academic staff consists of non-UK nationals, which demonstrates Birmingham’s attraction of the brightest talent to its academic community from around the globe.
University of Birmingham offers courses
in several academic areas. These courses are subject to change
Course Approval Process
All courses taken on study abroad programs must then be approved by the appropriate college course approval contact as listed in the link below. Approval is indicated by the appropriate college representative’s signature on the Course Approval Form.
Please visit Course Approval Process webpage to review the approval process and print a Course Approval Form: http://www.marquette.edu/abroad/course-approval-process.shtml
Study abroad is an academic experience. While your grades will not count towards your GPA, it is vital that you are academically successful. To earn credits for courses taken abroad, you will need to earn the equivalent of a ‘C’ or better at your host institution—this is a 40 out of 100 at the University of Birmingham. You cannot take classes pass/fail at your host institution.
Full Time Status
You are required to take the equivalent of at least 12 U.S. credits each semester while abroad.
This program runs on the UK credit system. A typical course might be 10 UK credits which count for 2.5 US credit, therefore to stay full-time you should register for a minimum of 48 UK credits per term.
Study abroad students have a wide range of housing options through the University of Birmingham or through private companies.
University housing options to choose from:
- A single study bedroom in a flat with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities
- En-suite accommodation with shared kitchen facilities
- Studios and apartments where you have exclusive use of a kitchen and bathroom
Some study abroad students live in private housing during their stay in Birmingham and the University of Birmingham's international office can recommend certain resources.
Please visit their housing website
for more information.
Please refer to the Budget Sheets
Birmingham is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England. It is the most populous British city outside London with a population of 1,028,701 (2009 estimate). Today Birmingham is a major international commercial center, ranked as a gamma−world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. It is also an important transport, retail, events and conference hub. With a city GDP of $90bn (2008 estimate, PPP), its urban economy is the second largest in the UK and the 72nd largest in the world. Birmingham's three universities and two university colleges make it the largest center of higher education in the United Kingdom outside London. The Big City Plan is a large redevelopment plan currently underway with the aim of making Birmingham one of the top 20 most livable cities in the world within 20 years.