Birmingham is committed to producing global citizens and providing students with as many opportunities as possible to internationalise their degree. Each year over 450 undergraduate students complete a year abroad as part of their degree programme and benefit tremendously from the increased confidence and different academic perspective that this provides.
The International Exchange programme and Erasmus Exchange programmes are available to current students at the University of Birmingham who wish to travel abroad.
You are eligible for a period of study abroad where this is permitted as part of your University degree programme and you meet the criteria set out by your department.
The International Exchange Programme
The Exchange Programme is for students that wish to study at one of our partner universities around the world. The programme is run by the Study Abroad and Exchanges Office at the University.
Am I eligible?
You are eligible for a period of study abroad where this is permitted as part of your University degree programme and you meet the criteria set out by your department. Please note that Medical and Dental Science courses do not permit conventional study abroad, although there are options for clinical placements abroad. The Study Abroad and Exchanges Office do not run the clinical placements; enquiries about them should be directed to the College of Medical and Dental Sciences.
How do I apply for the Study Abroad Programme?
The study abroad and exchanges online application is now available.
This form should be completed by you, printed and then signed by the exchange tutor in your school. You should then either take the completed application to the Study Abroad Office, Room 131, top floor of C block, Aston Webb (during term time only), scan it to the email address below or send it to the following address:
Study Abroad & Exchanges (Outgoing)
University of Birmingham
If you are studying abroad in 2016/17, the deadlines are as follows:
Erasmus Exchange application deadline - 15 February 2016. (Please note that individual departments will set their own deadlines in the Autumn Term 2015; once you have been allocated an Erasmus placement by your department you can then complete the online application form.
International Exchange application deadline - 27 November 2015.
Enquiries to email@example.com
To find out more about funding options available to you during your year abroad please visit our funding page.
This year, we are promoting a number of Universitas 21 summer schools and placement opportunities. More information about application procedures and funding can be found on the U21 pages.
Information for disabled students
The University is committed to producing global citizens and providing students with as many opportunities as possible to internationalise their degrees. The International Office and academic departments work with partner institutions to try and ensure that the study abroad programme is accessible to everybody. However, due to both cultural and legal differences abroad we cannot guarantee that disabled students will receive the same degree/type of support or adjustments that they have experienced at the University of Birmingham.
Your academic department, International Office, and Student Support Services will endeavour to provide you with the most accurate information possible about the host institutions available, what support you can expect there, and about any funding implications.
We advise you to:
- Plan ahead! Any extra support or adjustments you need are likely to take some time to arrange, even in the most accessible of institutions.
- Research the country and institution of your choice to try and find out if the placement will be suitable for you.
- Review your support requirements in discussion with both your academic department and Student Support Services, taking into account the fact that you will be away from usual support given by friends and family.
If you have not already disclosed your disability to the University, or registered with Student Support Services (Disability and Learning Support Teams, Mental Health Advisory Service), please go to our website for more information.