Cultural Heritage programme

The Birmingham International Summer School has been designed to offer you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of another country and to study in one of the most diverse cities in the UK. The 2014 Summer School is ideal for students based overseas who would like to experience studying abroad for a short period, while gaining a valuable insight into the fascinating culture and heritage of Britain. International Students who are currently studying in UK universities are also welcome to apply.

The Cultural Heritage programme covers the best of British heritage. You will be able to explore the art, architecture, literature, music, design and popular culture that form the basis of Britain’s culture and heritage and continue to shape its identity. You will also have the opportunity to earn credits for your study. 

What will you study?

From Shakespeare's Birthplace in Straford-upon-Avon to the cradle of the industrial revolution at the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, and from the factories of historic international brands such as Cadbury's Chocolate and Wedgewood china, to experiencing the music of the Beatles and Edward Elgar, the programme gives you an insight into how  great British heritage was created and a 'behind the scenes' look at how heritage sites are managed.

Visits to nearby Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick and Ironbridge, as well as local Birmingham attractions are an important component of the programme.

Social events such as a traditional games evening, afternoon tea in the beautiful setting of the Winterbourne Botanical Garden and a canal boat trip along Birmingham’s extensive, winding canal system are just some examples of the social activities you will have the chance to experience.

Further Information

The programme gives you the option of studying for either two weeks or four weeks. The four week version of the programme is equivalent to an accredited undergraduate course (20 UK credits, 4 US Credits, or 10 ECTS). The two week version of the programme does not offer the opportunity to earn credits. All students will receive a certificate of attendance.

The Cultural Heritage programme is delivered by University faculty who are experts in their field. There are ‘hands-on’ demonstrations, tours and field visits, together with lectures. In addition, you will be required to undertake self-directed study to allow for reading, and assessment where applicable.


The fees include all tuition fees, including assessment (where applicable), self-catering accommodation in University halls of residence, and a programme of social events

The fee for the 2014 Birmingham International Summer School is:

  • Four-week programme: £2,800
  • Two-week programme: £1,800


Partner discounts

Students registered at one of our exchange or Universitas 21 partner universities will recieve a discount of £150.

Click here for a list of exchange and Universitas 21 partner universities 

Universitas 21 scholarships

There are a limited number of scholarships worth £500 (against the cost of the tuition fees) for Birmingham International Summer School students registered for full-time programmes at one of our Univeritas 21 partner universities. If you are made an offer for the Summer School you will be given further information on how to apply for a U21 scholarship.


All Summer School students will live in University self-catered accommodation adjacent to our main campus and close to shops cafes and restaurants.

There is no need to apply for accommodation. When you are accepted onto the Birmingham International Summer School, you will automatically be allocated a room in one of our Halls of Residence.

Summer School students will:

  •  Be allocated single occupancy, ensuite rooms
  •  Have access to communal areas and kitchens
  •  Have free Wifi
Learn more about our University accommodation

Entry Requirements

To be accepted onto the Birmingham International Summer School you must:

  • Be studying an undergraduate programme at a University outside the UK or be registered as an International student at a UK university 
  • Be of good academic standing (based on a transcript or letter of recommendation from your University provided during the application process)
  • Have achieved proficiency in English Language equivalent to IELTS 5.5 overall with no lower than 5.0 in any band*

* If you have been studying in a University where English is the medium of instruction, we may not require you to take an additional English test. For further advice please email

There are no subject-specific requirements for the Birmingham International Summer School.

Key dates

The dates for the 2014 Summer School are:

Two-week programme: 14 July  to 28 July 

Four-week programme: 14 July to 8 August


Key dates for your diary
  • Application deadline: 31 May 2014 - (Applications recieved after this date may still be considered but please be aware that the deadline for deposit payments is 6  June 2014)
  • Programmes begin: 14 July 2014
  • Two-week programme ends: 28 July 2014
  • Four-week programme ends: 8 August 2014


Applications for the Birmingham International Summer School 2014 are now open.