Your year abroad

Guangzhou skyline

Depending on the portfolio you have chosen in years one and two, the year abroad can either be used to further enhance your major, to broaden your portfolio or to satisfy any remaining pre-requisites for entry to the final year of your desired major back in Birmingham. All students have the option of spending their year abroad in an English speaking partner institution, usually in an English speaking country.

Although it is not compulsory we encourage you to study a language, either as part of your options or as a non-credit elective depending on your preference. Most languages are also available as a major. 

If you choose this option you can choose to spend your year abroad either studying in your preferred language or, in some cases, study in English whilst using your studied language to take an active part in the culture of your chosen country.

The University has more than 137 student exchange agreements under the Erasmus and International Exchange programmes with universities in Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America and North America. The University of Birmingham is also one of the founding members of Universitas 21, and you will have further opportunities for Undergraduate Travel Bursaries and several overseas Summer Schools hosted by U21 partners.

Our U21 partners include:  


Australia: University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland

Canada: University of British Columbia, McGill University

China:  Fudan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong

India: The University of Delhi

Ireland: University College Dublin

Japan: Waseda University

Mexico: Tecnológico de Monterrey

The Netherlands: University of Amsterdam

New Zealand: University of Auckland

Singapore: National University of Singapore

South Korea: Korea University

Sweden: Lund University

United States of America: University of Connecticut, University of Virginia