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  • Locations: Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/13/2020 06/19/2020
Academic Year 2020-2021 02/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission 09/21/2020 06/25/2021
Fall 2020 02/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Internships or Service Learning Available: No
Housing: Apartment, Dormitory, Other Type of Program: Exchange
Program Description:

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Program Highlights

  • The University of Birmingham is one of the U.K.'s most prestigious universities, located in England's second largest city
  • Take a variety of challenging and enriching courses at the University of Birmingham (UoB) taught by UoB professors
  • Study alongside British and international students alike, providing unique cross-cultural learning and relationships
  • Gain independence and confidence by directly enrolling in a foreign university

Program Overview

Birmingham (pronounced "Burm-ing-um") is one of the youngest and most diverse cities in the UK. Rejuvenated and reinvented, 21st-century Birmingham buzzes with a big city vibe. Locals have known about it for years, but now the wider world is getting wise to the exciting and diverse cultural mix of this youthful metropolis. Birmingham blends Victorian grandeur with modern architectural influences in just a few meters. Former factories are being transformed into multimedia enclaves while in the Jewelry Quarter, traditional trades sparkle with new life. While it might not be expected, Birmingham actually has more canals than Venice.

The University of Birmingham has a vibrant and lively academic community. Set in a leafy green locale with a wealth of amenities and attractions, it's difficult to not feel inspired by the campus which is rich in heritage and beauty. The campus is built on a 276-acre park with beautiful, red brick buildings. Its nearly 100 meter tall clock tower ('Old Joe') serves as a landmark and can easily help one find their way to the center of the university. UoB has an enrollment of over 22,000 undergraduate students and 12,000 graduate students.


UoB has made many of its challenging and enriching undergraduate programs available to incoming exchange students. You'll be able to select classes from up to three of the following colleges at UoB:

Classes (called modules) are worth either 10 or 20 UoB credits each. You'll enroll in 60 UoB credits per semester.

  • 10 UoB credits = 3 UMD credits  |  20 UoB credits = 5 UMD credits

Degree programs at UoB last 3 years and modules are classified by the following levels. Click here for more information about selecting modules. 

  • LC Certificate level modules ≈ UMD freshman/sophomore level
  • LI Intermediate level modules ≈ UMD sophomore/junior level
  • LH Honours level modules ≈ UMD junior/senior level (only consider Honours level modules if you already have a strong understanding of the subject)
UoB modules typically meet once a week for an extended period of time. UoB emphasizes an independent approach to learning. Your time at UoB may be considerably less structured than at UMD, so you'll need to take ownership of your learning experience through independent reading and self-study. Grades can heavily be determined by final exams, papers, or projects.

Registration may not be confirmed until you arrive on campus. Therefore, it's very important you select the same number of first and second choice modules in the case they fill up or overlap. *Modules in English Literature, English Language, American Studies, Politics, History, and Psychology are in high demand and can fill up quickly. Be certain to have backups if you intend to take modules from these areas.

Important Dates

View the University of Birmingham academic calendar and ​exchange program dates and deadlines.

Fall Semester 2019 (Semester 1)

  • Arrival: dependent on accommodation contract dates
  • Orientation: September 23, 2019
  • Semester: September 30 - December 14, 2019

Spring Semester 2020 (Semester 2)

  • Arrival: dependent on accommodation contract dates
  • Orientation: January 6, 2020
  • Semester: January 13 - June 19, 2020
**Do not make travel arrangements until you have been officially accepted by the University of Birmingham** 

Semester Program Costs

Click the links for detailed cost breakdowns for the University of Birmingham:

Fall Term 2019 Costs
Program Fee: $5,997
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $7,889
Estimated Total Cost: $13,886

Spring 2020 Term Costs
Program Cost: $5,997
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $10,518
Estimated Total Costs: $16,515

Academic Year 2019-20 Costs
Program Cost: $11,994
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $17,647
Estimated Total Cost: $29,641

Compare this program cost to UMD's cost of attendance for an academic year.

If you do not see a cost estimate for the semester/term you intend to go abroad, the cost has not yet been determined. Please note cost estimates and fees may change depending on international economic factors. UMD Study Abroad delays the posting of final fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined in order to provide students with the most accurate pricing. We strive to post final fees by October 1 for Spring programs, March 1 for May/Summer programs, and May 1 for Fall and Academic year programs.

What’s included in the program fee?

  • Personalized advising
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Tuition
  • Entry visa guidance
  • On-site staff support
  • Airport reception & pick-up service (fall semester only; sign-up required)
  • Foreign transcript issuance
  • Grade posting at UMD
  • Foreign course evaluation at UMD
  • Re-entry support

Financial Aid

Consult with One Stop to see how financial aid can apply to study abroad

  • Receive guidance about all things money related
  • Ask for estimates and budget samples
  • Learn when and how financial aid is disbursed
  • Ask about other scholarship opportunities & loan info


Plan your budget

Download this Study Abroad Budget Planning Worksheet to estimate costs. Create duplicates to compare this program with others. 


The University of Birmingham has several accommodations which differ in size, available services, and prices. You can choose between catered (meal plan included) and self-catered (having a kitchen where you prepare your own meals) accommodation. Visit the University of Birmingham Study Abroad Accommodation page for further information and browse options. You can apply for UoB accommodation after being officially accepted and receiving your UoB ID number. Deposit and payment is made directly to UoB Accommodation.

Travel Documents

  • Get a passport. It takes between 6-8 weeks to receive your passport. Make sure your passport expiration date is at least 6 months after your program ends
  • Visa guidance will be given by our office as applicable
  • Roundtrip airfare should only be purchased after you have been officially accepted by the University of Birmingham and know all relevant dates

This Google document can assist you in the U.K. Tier 4 Student Visa application process. The Study Abroad office will keep this document as up to date as possible, however, you should always check the U.K. Visas & Immigration website for the most up to date information. You will receive more detailed information and advisement once you are confirmed in this program. 

How to Apply

Note: A $50 non-refundable application fee will be billed to your One Stop account upon submission of your online application. Provide the following program info when you apply:

Center Name: UMD Study Abroad
Education Abroad Term: (Fall/Spring/Academic year etc.)
Country: England
Program Name: Exchange in Birmingham, England - University of Birmingham

Apply Now UMN Students

Apply Now Non-UMN Students

After you apply 

  1. You will receive an email confirmation with a link to your application checklist
  2. Follow instructions for submitting your checklist items on time
  3. Your UMD study abroad program coordinator will review your application and monitor the progress of your checklist
  4. Your program coordinator (or short-term program leader) will confirm your acceptance
  5. Once accepted, you must complete a confirmation checklist to confirm your participation
  6. Once we receive your confirmation, your account will be billed

Review the U.K. specific pre-departure information for this program.

If you decide to cancel, you must login to the application system and submit a “Cancel Request.”

UMD Study Abroad Program Coordinator

Contact Levi Drevlow, the Study Abroad Program Coordinator for the Exchange in Birmingham Program, with any questions.

UMD Study Abroad
UMD 138 Kirby Plaza,
1208 Kirby Drive
Duluth MN 55812
(218) 726 8764 or (877) 755-4200

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