Outgoing students

Student watching sunsetBirmingham 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. 

Where can I go?

Where you can go very much depends on the course you are studying. Students studying a language must go to a country where the language of study is spoken. American and Canadian studies students will naturally go to the USA or Canada.

HollandEuropean exchange partners are generally for specific degree programmes and more information about those is available from exchange tutors in departments.

Our exchange partners outside Europe are:




Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina


University of Adelaide

University of Melbourne

University of New South Wales

University of Queensland

University of Sydney

Queensland University of Technology

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

University of Technology, Sydney


Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Universidade de São Paulo


University of British Columbia

Concordia University 

Dalhousie University

University of Guelph

Université Laval

McGill University

University of New Brunswick

University of Ottawa

Université du Quebec à Montréal

University of Saskatchewan

Simon Fraser University

University of Toronto

Trent University

University of Waterloo

Western University

Wilfrid Laurier University


Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


Beijing Language and Culture University

Fudan University

The University of Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

University of Nottingham Ningbo

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Tsinghua University


Universidad San Francisco de Quito


University of Cape Coast


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya


Hitotsubashi University

Kansai University

Keio University

Kobe University

Kyoto University

Sophia University

Waseda University


Korea University

Pohang University of Science and Technology


University of Nottingham Malaysia


Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla

Universidad de Guadalajara

Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM)

Universidad Veracruzana

New Zealand:

The University of Auckland


National University of Singapore


University of Alabama

Arizona State University

Bellarmine University

Berry College

Birmingham Southern College

California Polytechnic State University

University of Cincinnati

University of Connecticut

University of Hawai'i at Hilo

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illinois Institute of Technology

University of Iowa

Iowa State University

University of Kansas

Loyola University New Orleans

The University of Maine

Marquette University

The University of Maryland

University of Minnesota Duluth

University of Mississippi

New Mexico State University

North Central College

University of North Texas

University of Pittsburgh

Pitzer College

Providence College

Rutgers University

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

University of Wyoming

University of Virginia


University of Montevideo

West Indies:

The University of the West Indies

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)
International Relations
University of Birmingham 
B15 2TT

If you are studying abroad in 2015/16, the deadlines are as follows:

Erasmus Exchange application deadline - 28 February 2015.  (Please note that individual departments will set their own deadlines in the Autumn Term 2014, once you have been allocated an Erasmus placement by your department you can then complete the online application form.

International Exchange application deadline - 28 November 2014.

Enquiries to studyabroad@bham.ac.uk

Funding opportunities

To find out more about funding options available to you during your year abroad please visit our funding page.

Summer Schools

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.




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