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Program Description

Overview


Video courtesy of University of Birmingham

Quick Facts

 

  • The University of Birmingham was England's first civic university, where everyone was welcome to learn.

  • In the QS World University Rankings, Birmingham ranked 62nd in the 2013/14 rankings out of the top 200, placing 10th out of the 24 Russell Group institutions featured.

  • Birmingham is a founding member of Universitas 21, a global network of 27 research-led universities across 17 countries.


 

 

Location

Birmingham City, England
Photo:  Birmingham, England

 

Location Details

Birmingham is England's second largest city with just over one million residents. Today Birmingham manufacturing accounts for 25% of British exports. The city has a young population, with 40% of the population under the age of 30 and a student population of 70,000. It is also the founding city of legendary musical acts such as The Moody Blues, Black Sabbath, and Duran Duran. Birmingham is a prime example of successful city development with all kinds of entertainment, shopping centers, art galleries and live music to offer. It is 1 hour and 45 minutes by train from London and the cost of living is a fraction of that of London. Visit the Birmingham Tourism Board for more information. The university's beautiful green and leafy red brick campus is home to 26,000 and is located just a few kilometers from Birmingham's city center.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens may require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy. The UK Visa and Immigration site is a good resource to reference.

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.

Academics

Academic Program & Courses

The University of Birmingham encourages students to be inquiry-led learners, meaning that you will learn to question, investigate, solve problems and overcome challenges. Some of your work, for example, will involve an element of studying independently and presenting conclusions to tutors for feedback.

To access a list of available classes, visit the 'What Can I Study?' page and scroll down to see which schools fall under each college. Click on the name of a school to see a list of available courses for study abroad students. For more information also visit the Guidelines for Selecting Modules

1st year module (Certificate level) = Lower Division
2nd year module (Intermediate level) = Upper Division
3rd year module (Honours level) = Upper Division

Students studying at Birmingham for the full year must take 120 Birmingham credits (minimum 30 ASU credits).  Students at Birmingham for spring semester must take 60 Birmingham credits (minimum 15 ASU credits).
 

Academic Culture

British universities tend to place a greater emphasis on independent student learning. Students may be expected to conduct guided readings or practice assignments outside of the structured coursework. This program is ideal then for self-motivated learners who are ready for this challenge.

Rather than receive a final grade based on multiple assignments, exams, and/or projects, it is common to only be graded on a midterm and or/final exam or paper. While the course content may not be more difficult, the standards and expectations in place may take some getting used to.
 

Glossary of Terms:

  • Semester One = US Fall Semester
  • Semester Two = US Spring Semester
  • Course = US major
  • Module = US class
  • Faculty = US school or college (e.g. Faculty of Engineering is the School of Engineering)
Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and current course equivalencies.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click here to view how credits and grades at University of Birmingham will convert to ASU credits and grades.
Birmingham campus
Photo courtesy of University of Birmingham
 

Housing

Program Housing

Birmingham Accommodation options include traditional halls of residence, where meals are provided for you in a communal dining room, and self-catering flats where small groups of students live together and cook for themselves. Single sex accommodation is available if requested. You also have the option to rent private accommodation off-campus.

Video courtesty of University of Birmingham

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in the UK, getting around in cities may be difficult at times because sidewalks can be narrow and uneven. Most London Underground and UK National Rail System stations are not readily accessible for people with disabilities.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.  

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.

Cost

Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following fees:

  • $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • $400 Administrative Fee (non-refundable)
  • Carbon Offset Fee*
  • International Travel Service Fee (Including Insurance)*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the International Travel Service Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration and the Carbon Offset Fee will increase annually (in July) by approximately $2.
 

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2020 09/25/2019
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Rolling Admission 01/06/2020 06/19/2020
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by August 1. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted through September 25th.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2020 02/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Academic Year 2020-2021 02/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2021 09/10/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed