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
  • 34 000+ students (22 000 undergraduates) 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

Introduction to Birmingham

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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: 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 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: POLI 366
Title: Contemporary International Political Economy
Partner course code: POLS 312
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-10
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: 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: 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: 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 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 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: Decision Making and Control
Partner course code: Business 07 32181
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-06-11
UBC course: COMM 491
Title: Strategic Management
Partner course code: Business 07 22686
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-06-11
Kinesiology
UBC course: KIN 313
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
UBC course: KIN 3rd
Title: LH Motor Learning and Neuroplasticity
Partner course code: sportex 29956
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-16
UBC course: KIN 432
Title: Sports Nutrition
Partner course code: sportex 28749, LI
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-08-04
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: Eukaryotic Gene Expression
Partner course code: BIO 325
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-11-04
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: BIOL 4th
Title: Cancer Biology
Partner course code: BIO 387
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-11-04
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: ECON 386
Title: LH The Theory of Industrial Organisation
Partner course code: ECON 0803468
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-16
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: LH International and European Monetary Issues
Partner course code: ECON 0803231
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-16
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: LH Economics of Banking
Partner course code: ECON 0819556
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-16
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: LH Economics of the European Union
Partner course code: ECON 0829176
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-10-02
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: LI Economics of Corporate Finance
Partner course code: ECON 0830406
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-01-17
UBC course: ENGL 3rd
Title: Shakespeare's Tragedies
Partner course code: 09 26835
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-05-16
UBC course: PHIL 235
Title: Moral Problems: An Introduction to Applied Ethics
Partner course code: Philosophy 08 26773
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-04-14
UBC course: PHIL 2nd
Title: LC Reasoning, Propaganda and the Public Discourse
Partner course code: PHIL 0828502
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-10-03
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 334
Title: Contemporary US Foreign and Security Policy
Partner course code: POLS 310
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-02-24
UBC course: POLI 372
Title: Body Politics: Security, Economy, Violence
Partner course code: POLS 366
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-02-24
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Rebels and Revolutionaries: The Politics of Non-State Armed Groups
Partner course code: POLS 243
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-02-24
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Politics, Music and the Arts
Partner course code: POLS 355
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-02-24
UBC course: POLI 465
Title: Law, Politics and the International System
Partner course code: POLS 347
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-02-24
UBC course: POLI 472
Title: Nuclear Weapons in International Relations
Partner course code: POLS 371
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-02-24
UBC course: PSYO 230
Title: Introduction to Psychobiology: from ion channels to behaviour
Partner course code: 03 30012
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-02-06
UBC course: PSYO 252
Title: Introduction to Social Psychology
Partner course code: 03 21140
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-02-06
UBC course: PSYO 2nd
Title: Introduction to Developmental Psychology
Partner course code: Psychology 03 27203
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-06
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Introduction to Psycholinguistics
Partner course code: Psychology 03 08654
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-01-21
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: Neural Basis of Vision and Action
Partner course code: Psychology 03 30008
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-06
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Social and Cognitive Development
Partner course code: Psychology 03 30010
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-01-21
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: 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: 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: 03 21574
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-21
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Personality and Intelligence at work
Partner course code: 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
Health and Social Development
UBC course: HMKN 313
Title: Exercise Metabolism
Partner course code: 03 19172
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-02-05
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: LH Motivation in Sport and Exercise Settings
Partner course code: 03 23610
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-09
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: LH Exercise and Diet; Mechanisms of action in exercise performance, promotion of health and longevit
Partner course code: 03 28729
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-09
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Motor Learning and Neuroplasticity
Partner course code: 03 29956
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-02-05
Management
UBC course: MGMT 1st
Title: LC Financial Accounting and Accountability
Partner course code: MGMT 0732179
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-10-03
UBC course: MGMT 360
Title: LH Strategic Management
Partner course code: MGMT 0722686
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-04-02
UBC course: MGMT 422
Title: LI Project Management
Partner course code: MGMT 0724110
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-25
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

How to applyBack to UBCO