Overview

University of Birmingham

City: Birmingham
Language of instruction: English
  • A member of the U21 network
  • A world-class University and one of the leading research-based universities in the United Kingdom
  • Created in 1900 by the citizens of Birmingham
  • First UK university to establish a Faculty of Commerce and incorporate a medical school
  • 4 000+ students from 150 countries
  • University campuses are a mixture of sculptures, striking Victorian and modern buildings and facilities
  • Birmingham has a low cost of living
  • Only a few hours away by train from London

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Partner university's areas of study

ArtsCommerce (UBCV)EngineeringFine ArtsHealth SciencesLand and Food SystemsManagement (UBCO)Science

ELIGIBILITY AND TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)

Who can go?

  • Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative average of 72% or above to attend this partnership
  • International students who are nationals from countries not listed on the UK Border Agencies list of majority English speaking countries (list of approved countries) will have to submit TOEFL or ILETS scores. Expired scores will not be accepted. 

    • International students who graduated Secondary School from a country on the UK Border Agency list can provide a copy of the diploma/certificate in lieu of test scores

Term dates

  • Semester 1: Late September to Mid January
  • Semester 2: Mid January to Late March
  • Summer semester & exam period: Early May to Mid June

Timing

  • Students attending Birmingham term 1, needing to return to UBC for Term 2 will be able to take alternative exams in December
  • It is not possible to study at Birmingham for Term 2 (Spring Term) only — students must also take the Summer term
  • It is NOT possible to ONLY take the summer term
Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

  • Birmingham credits divided by 4 = UBC credits

Passing grade

40%

Grading scheme

  • Distinction (70 through 100%)
  • Very Good (60 through 69%)
  • Good 50 through 59%)
  • Pass (40 through 49%)
  • Fail (30 through 39%)
  • Bad Fail (less than 30%).

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Graduate researchUndergrad research

Course information and restrictions

  • There are some academic areas, such as Commerce, English, and Law, where you MUST enroll for a full academic year
  • Course registration will not take place until students arrive at Birmingham and they get permission from professors to join the course
  • Coursework at Birmingham is much more self directed and the out of class expectations are much higher than at UBC - ie: students are expected to stay atop of reading lists and readings that are not taken up in class but will be on exams
  • Many exams occur at the end of the year and are worth 100% of the grade
  • Students attending for just the first term may have to write a final paper (usually due the last day of class) instead of writing exams which occur at the end of the second semester
  • Many students have found that the exams require more of a demonstration/application of learning than they experienced here at UBC
  • Students must complete at least 40 of 60 credits per semester in their preferred college. 10 credits can be done in a second college and 10 in a third.
  • Search for courses at the University of Birmingham

Full course load information

  • Normal Full Courseload: 60 credits per term / 120 credits per year
  • Students must take a full credit load while on exchange

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

Arts
UBC course: ARTH 101
Title: Art and Its Contexts 1
Partner course code: HoA 10 18600
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-16
UBC course: ARTH 2nd
Title: LI Impressionism and After: An Introduction to Art and Society in Late Nineteenth-Century France
Partner course code: 09 26712
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-05-04
UBC course: ARTH 3rd
Title: LH Inside Out: Interiors and Interiority in French Art, Design and Visual Culture 1840-1940 (A)
Partner course code: LH 22661
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-12
UBC course: ARTH 3rd
Title: LH Inside Out: Interiors and Interiority in French Art, Design and Visual Culture 1840-1940 (B)
Partner course code: LH 22743
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-12
UBC course: COMM 2nd
Title: LI The Place of Business in Society (Semester 1)
Partner course code: Management 26742
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-11-18
UBC course: ENGL 348 (3)
Title: Shakespeare's Tragedies
Partner course code: 09 26835
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-08-05
UBC course: GEOG 498
Title: War and Peace in the Middle East
Partner course code: GGM 337
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-11-23
UBC course: PHIL 102A
Title: LC Ethics: How Should We Live?
Partner course code: 26770
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-03
UBC course: PHIL 1st
Title: Reasoning
Partner course code: PHIL 26779
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-03
UBC course: PHIL 2nd
Title: Moral Problems: An Introduction to Applied Ethics
Partner course code: 08 26773
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-12-18
UBC course: PHIL 435
Title: LI The Ethics and Politics of Climate Change
Partner course code: 26780
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2015-04-11
UBC course: POLI 2nd
Title: International Relations Theory
Partner course code: Pols 25902
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-15
UBC course: POLI 327
Title: LI Europeanization
Partner course code: POLS 222
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-10
UBC course: POLI 351
Title: Environment, Politics & Society
Partner course code: POLSIS 16782
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-13
UBC course: POLI 366
Title: Contemporary International Political Economy
Partner course code: POLS 312
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-10
UBC course: POLI 369
Title: International Security
Partner course code: POLSIS 25788
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-13
UBC course: POLI 376
Title: Law, Politics and the International System: Mediating Power beyond the State
Partner course code: Pols 28438
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-10
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: International Political Economy
Partner course code: POLS 205
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-12-04
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: LH Contemporary US Foreign and Security Policy
Partner course code: POLS 310
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-10
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Contemporary International Political Economy
Partner course code: POLS 312
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-17
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: The Political Economy of Energy and Energy Security
Partner course code: REES 315
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-17
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Controversies in Contemporary Democracies
Partner course code: POLS 318
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-17
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: War-Torn States & Post-Conflict Reconstruction in the South
Partner course code: POLS 329
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-10
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Advanced Modern Asia
Partner course code: POLS 332
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-10
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: CIA, US FOREIGN POLICY, AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SINCE 1945
Partner course code: Pols 348
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-10
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Strategy and Decision Making
Partner course code: POLS 350
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-10
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Russian Foreign Policy
Partner course code: POLS 360
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-10
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: European Security
Partner course code: POLSIS 20916
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-13
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: LI International Politics of East Asia
Partner course code: POLS 216
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-10
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: The Diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Partner course code: POLSIS 22556
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-13
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: LI Transatlantic Relations: Europe and America, during and beyond the Cold War
Partner course code: POLS 228
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-10
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Topics in British Politics
Partner course code: POLSIS 22879
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-13
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Gender in World Politics
Partner course code: POLSIS 22879
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-13
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Democracy and Democratization in Contemporary Europe
Partner course code: Pols 27726
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-10
UBC course: PSYC 2nd
Title: Introduction to Learning
Partner course code: 03 08641
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-01
UBC course: PSYC 2nd
Title: Introduction to Learning
Partner course code: PSYC 08641
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-01
UBC course: PSYC 2nd
Title: INTRODUCTION TO LEARNING
Partner course code: PSYC 08641
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-01
UBC course: PSYC 331
Title: Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Partner course code: 03 27289
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-09
UBC course: PSYC 331
Title: Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Partner course code: PSYC 28979
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-01-16
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Communities and Social Action
Partner course code: 03 26025
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-20
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Health Psychology
Partner course code: 4815675876
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-19
UBC course: PSYC 4th
Title: LH Social cognitive development in infancy and childhood
Partner course code: PSYC 03 31282
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-26
UBC course: SOCI 312
Title: Gender and Sexuality
Partner course code: SOC 204
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-10
UBC course: SOCI 320
Title: Family: Institution, Relationship and Myth
Partner course code: SOC 305
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-08
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Media and Society
Partner course code: SOC 08 30174
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-11
UBC course: SOCI 470
Title: Punishment in a Global Context
Partner course code: SOC 08 27250
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-11
Commerce
UBC course: COMM 2nd
Title: Principles of Financial Accounting
Partner course code: 07 26352
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-11
UBC course: COMM 2nd
Title: LC Principles of Marketing
Partner course code: BUSI 11050
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-11-18
UBC course: COMM 2nd
Title: Principles of Marketing
Partner course code: BUSI 11050
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-11-18
UBC course: COMM 362
Title: Consumer Behaviour
Partner course code: Business 07 13456
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-11
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: LI Service and Relationship Marketing
Partner course code: Business 07 19315
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-03-27
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Fundamentals of Leadership
Partner course code: Business 23259
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-10
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Partner course code: Business 25280
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-10
UBC course: COMM 473
Title: Introduction to Finance
Partner course code: 07 26355
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-11
Kinesiology
UBC course: KIN 389
Title: Control Of Human Movement
Partner course code: sportex 28749, LI
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-08-30
UBC course: KIN 3rd
Title: Neuroplasticity and Neurorehabilitation
Partner course code: sportex 23945, LH
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-08-30
UBC course: KIN 3rd
Title: Sociology of Sport: Participation & Performance
Partner course code: sportex 26424, LH
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-14
Music
UBC course: MUSC 2nd
Title: LI Music and Globalisation
Partner course code: MUSC 10 28580
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-04
Science
UBC course: BIOL 2nd
Title: Ecological Concepts and Plant Biology
Partner course code: BIO 171
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-01-09
UBC course: BIOL 2nd
Title: Animal Biology: Principles and Mechanisms
Partner course code: BIO 278
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-01-08
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Evolution of Humans and Other Animals
Partner course code: BIO 277
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-01-08
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Genetics III: Variation in Humans and other Eukaryotes
Partner course code: BIO 348
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-01-10
UBC course: CPSC 1st
Title: Software Workshop 1
Partner course code: 06-27821
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-11-20

UBC Okanagan

Arts and Sciences
UBC course: ANTH 103
Title: World Archaeology
Partner course code: Hist-Cult 09 27246
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-02-20
UBC course: ANTH 111/1st
Title: Human Evolution, Adaptation and Behaviour
Partner course code: BIO 263
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-18
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Rural Livelihoods and Development Interventions in West Africa
Partner course code: N/A 0913137/43
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-11
UBC course: BIOC 308
Title: Topics in Medical Bioscience
Partner course code: BIO 213
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-08
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Membranes, Energy and Metabolism
Partner course code: BIO 262
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-08
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Adaptations to Aquatic Environments
Partner course code: Biol 270
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-25
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Cancer Biology
Partner course code: Bio 387
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-25
UBC course: CULT 4th
Title: Contemporary European and American Cinema: Dialogues and Discourses
Partner course code: Film 09 27397
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-05-28
UBC course: ENGL 3rd
Title: Shakespeare's Tragedies
Partner course code: 09 26835
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-05-16
UBC course: ENGL 3rd
Title: Shakespeare: Selected Plays
Partner course code: 09 19598 ENGL
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-16
UBC course: ENGL 4th
Title: Shakespeare's Afterlives
Partner course code: ENGL 09 24790
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-16
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: LH IWLP French Level 4 (MOMD)
Partner course code: LFA 09 25289
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2015-03-04
UBC course: HIST 1st
Title: The Decline and Fall of Empires
Partner course code: HIST 27356
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-01
UBC course: MATH 221
Title: Linear Algebra
Partner course code: MATH 06 15552
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-08
UBC course: MATH 225
Title: Differential Equations
Partner course code: MATH 25670
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-08
UBC course: PHIL 2nd
Title: The Ethics of Killing
Partner course code: PHIL 26826
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-05-28
UBC course: PHIL 4th
Title: The Mind-Body Problem
Partner course code: PHIL 08 26762
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-05-14
UBC course: POLI 336
Title: US Foreign Policy and Terrorism since 1945
Partner course code: ACS 09 20161
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-05-04
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: LH Poverty and Inequality: Interventions and approaches
Partner course code: IDD 07 23082
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-14
UBC course: POLI 4th
Title: Public Management and Leadership
Partner course code: IDD 08 23923
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-05-04
UBC course: PSYO 230
Title: Introduction to Psychobiology: from ion channels to behaviour
Partner course code: 033 30012
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-02-06
UBC course: PSYO 252
Title: Introduction to Social Psychology
Partner course code: 033 21140
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-02-06
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: The Development of Attachment Behaviour
Partner course code: Psychology 03 08657
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-10-27
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Cognition in Infants & Children
Partner course code: Psychology 03 08660
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-10-27
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Clinical Psychology of Severe Intellectual Disability
Partner course code: Psychology 03 14653
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-01-20
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Neural Basis of Movement
Partner course code: Psychology 03 21574
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-21
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Personality and Intelligence at work
Partner course code: Psychology 03 26026
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-01-20
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Brain Damage and Aging in the Attentional System
Partner course code: Psychology 03 27290
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-01-20
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Brain Imaging: A Toolbox for Understanding the Human Mind
Partner course code: Psychology 03 27870
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-10-27
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Partner course code: Psychology 03 28979
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-10-25
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Understanding Emotions: A Neuro-Cognitive Perspective
Partner course code: Psychology 03 34692
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-10-27
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Psychology, Health & Wellbeing
Partner course code: Psyo 26207
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-19
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Partner course code: 27289
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-11
Creative and Critical Studies
UBC course: CULT 3rd
Title: Development Theory and Practice
Partner course code: INT DEVEL 07 27652
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-16
UBC course: CULT 3rd
Title: Contemporary Latin American History and Society
Partner course code: MOD LANG 09 23220
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-16
Health and Social Development
UBC course: HIST 119
Title: Living in the Medieval World
Partner course code: HIST 09 22832
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-01
UBC course: HMKN 310
Title: Exercise Physiology
Partner course code: 23647
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-12
UBC course: HMKN 313
Title: Exercise Metabolism
Partner course code: 036 19172
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-02-05
UBC course: HMKN 323
Title: LH Public Health Nutrition
Partner course code: Sport Ex 26481
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-02-04
UBC course: HMKN 331
Title: Oxidative stress in Exercise, Aging and Disease
Partner course code: Sport Ex 23944
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-02-04
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Exercise and Behavioural Immunology
Partner course code: SPEX 19176
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-09
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Sports Nutrition
Partner course code: Sport Ex 20101
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-09-30
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: LH Motivation in Sport and Exercise Settings
Partner course code: SPORTEX 23610
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-09
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Applied Motor Control
Partner course code: SPEX 23652
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-09
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Exercise is Medicine
Partner course code: Sport Ex 27534
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-09-30
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: LH Exercise and Diet; Mechanisms of action in exercise performance, promotion of health and longevit
Partner course code: SPORTEX 28729
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-09
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Motor Learning and Neuroplasticity
Partner course code: 036 29956
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-02-05
UBC course: HMKN 411
Title: Environmental Physiology
Partner course code: 23942
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-12
UBC course: HMKN 413
Title: Sensorimotor Neuroscience
Partner course code: 036 28408
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-18
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • For the summer school, tuition and other fees, aside from the application fee, are paid directly to the partner
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Housing

Types of accommodation available

Off-campusOn-campus

Housing notes

  • The University of Birmingham is usually able to guarantee University accommodation for students on its International Exchange Programme
  • Students will receive an accommodation application from the Study Abroad Office together with their offer letter - the accommodation form should be returned to Housing Services before the deadline
  • Many students going to the University of Birmingham have found that off-campus housing is a better option
  • Student accommodation website

Information on Accommodation

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