University of Birmingham International Summer School (BISS)

About the Program

The Birmingham International Summer School (BISS) offers a number of exciting courses in one of the most diverse cities in the United Kingdom. BISS provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in British culture while attending three-weeks of seminars, lectures, and workshops.

The Birmingham faculty take a hands-on approach to teaching and learning by including site visits or research projects. For example, visit the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio as part of the Film & Media program or conduct field research on air, water and soil pollution. Social activities like cultural nights and city tours to London and Cambridge are built into the program. Housing is also included in program costs. Spend the summer in one of the most beautiful campuses of the UK at a truly global university in the heart of England.

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Partner Institution
University of Birmingham
Program Dates

Mid July to early August

Country
  • United Kingdom
Area(s) of study
ArtsBiologyChemistryCultural StudiesEarth and Ocean SciencesEnvironmental DesignEnvironmental ScienceFilm ProductionFilm StudiesForestryGender, Race, Sexuality and Social JusticeHistoryLand and Food SystemsMathMedia StudiesPolitical ScienceScienceSociology
Tuition payable to
  • Partner institution
Application deadline
  • January 27, 2022

Additional Requirements or Restrictions

Students must be 18 years or over at the start date of the BISS program.

Course Credits

All programs are equivalent to 10 ECTS. Please note that 2 ECTS credits = 1 UBC credit

Transfer credits and evaluated courses at this university

Check out the courses that other students have transferred back to UBC in the last 5 years. If you don't see a particular course you listed, it simply means you need to submit it as a new course request through the Transfer Credit Portal while abroad. For more information, please visit the Go Global Transfer Credit webpage.

Not all courses listed are offered through the summer program at this partner institution. This list is a general guideline only–research the partner's website for actual course offerings.

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: 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: 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 and Fees

Students will pay tuition directly to the partner institution for this program. UBC students receive a partner university discount.

The partner institution may charge other program fees such as application fees, housing costs, field trips, cultural activities, or other costs associated with hosting this program. Please check the partner webpage for details of program costs.

How to apply to a Go Global Summer Program

  1. Complete your research about the summer abroad program and ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria (UBCV / UBCO), including any partner or program-specific requirements. 
  2. Apply online by the Go Global deadline listed above. 
  3. Please submit only one application for the summer program of your choice. If selecting a program that has limited enrolment (e.g. "Summer Exchange"), include a second choice as a backup on the same application by selecting the "Add Item" button.
  4. Where applicable, select the "Summer Exchange" experience to pay tuition to UBC or the "Study Abroad" experience to pay tuition to the partner institution. If you select "Summer Exchange", be sure to include a backup choice.
  5. If you plan to do multiple experiences (e.g. more than one summer program, a term exchange and a summer program, etc.), please submit a separate application for each experience. Our team will review your application(s) and if successful, will nominate you to apply to the partner institution(s). 
  6. Pay the Go Global Fee when prompted, after the application deadline.
  7. If successfully nominated by Go Global, you will receive instructions on how to apply to the partner university.

Accessibility

If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodation, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of your program:

The Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) 604 822-5844

Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) 250 807-8053

Go Global Fee Adjustment Policy for Summer Abroad

The Go Global Fee ($415.00 CDN) is an administrative fee required for all applicants to Go Global programs. The fee is non-refundable. However, it may be adjusted under the following circumstances.

If you are not matched to a partner university

You are eligible to have your Go Global fee adjusted from $415.00 to $93.25 (reduced by $321.75) if:

  • You have applied to Go Global but do not meet our minimum eligibility requirements

  • Go Global cannot match you to a partner university

  • The partner university does not accept your application and Go Global cannot find another option

If you withdraw from Go Global

To withdraw from your Go Global program, you must contact Go Global by email to request withdrawal. You will then be asked to complete a short withdrawal form.

Students who withdraw from Go Global by the relevant deadline below, will have their Go Global fee adjusted from $415.00 to $321.75 (reduced by $93.25).

  • March 30: For summer programs

  • June 30: For UBC Winter Term 1 and Full-Year exchange

  • September 30: For UBC Winter Term 2 and Split-Year exchange

If you have questions, please connect with your Go Global advisor or email Go Global at go.global@ubc.ca.

Contact Go Global

You can contact Go Global by email, phone, in-person or virtually through Zoom.

Booking a virtual advising appointment

If you need to book an advising appointment, please complete the online request form. Appointments will be held through Zoom or by phone, and can be scheduled between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm PT from Monday to Friday. 

If you require an appointment outside of these hours, contact Go Global and they will do their best to accommodate. Appointments outside of regular hours can only be accommodated virtually.

In-person drop-in advising hours

Starting Tuesday, Sep 7, Go Global will offer in-person drop-in advising at the UBC Life Building during the times below:

  • Tuesday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Go Global 101: Virtual group advising sessions on Fridays

Sign up to attend a Friday group advising session online and learn more about the programs, talk to an advisor, or meet other students interested in Go Global programs.

Partner Institution
University of Birmingham
Program Dates

Mid July to early August

Country
  • United Kingdom
Area(s) of study
ArtsBiologyChemistryCultural StudiesEarth and Ocean SciencesEnvironmental DesignEnvironmental ScienceFilm ProductionFilm StudiesForestryGender, Race, Sexuality and Social JusticeHistoryLand and Food SystemsMathMedia StudiesPolitical ScienceScienceSociology
Tuition payable to
  • Partner institution
Application deadline
  • January 27, 2022