Where can I go?

The University prides itself on its ability to offer students a wide array of study abroad opportunities. Your preferred destination may depend on the course and criteria set by your department but where your course is more flexible, we have agreements with partner institutions across the world. Whilst some partners may restrict student numbers in certain years, we will try to accommodate your choice wherever possible.  

Explore over 270 Study Abroad destinations across Europe and the rest of the World.

Please click on the map below to access University of Birmingham Partner Institutions:

where can i go

There are two types of programmes managed by the Study Abroad and Exchanges Team within the University's International Relations Department.

 1. The International and Erasmus Exchange Programme
2. Summer Schools

1. The International and Erasmus Exchange Programme

The International exchange programme is for students that wish to study at one of our Non EU partner universities around the world.  Students on programmes that permit an exchange period can apply to any one of the University's partners that offer modules in their discipline. You should also have enough prior knowledge of the overseas institution's language of instruction to be able to fully engage with university level study. 

The Erasmus exchange programme is for students that want to study at one our European partners. With a handful of exceptions, where you can go depends on which department you study in and which universities they have exchange agreements with. Students in departments with Erasmus+ agreements in place are allocated to exchange universities by their department.

Africa and the Middle East

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  • Ghana
  • Israel
Asia and South East Asia
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  • China
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
Australia and New Zealand
Aus and NZ
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Malta
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
Latin America
South Am
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Equador
  • Mexico
  • Uruguay
  • West Indies
North America and Canada
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  • Canada
  • United States of America


 2. Summer Schools

There are a variety of summer schools and short-term programmes available to students at the University of Birmingham based in our partner institutions across the world. These are potentially excellent opportunities to gain academic, cultural and social experiences if you are not able to access longer term exchange opportunities. Please see below some examples of the summer schools opportunities offered by our partners. 

To Note: 

There may be bursaries available for summer schools offered at our U21 partner institutions. Please visit International Relations Summer Bursaries for further information.  

Some Summer Schools offer tuition fee waivers where students attending are classified as exchange students. Please check with the partner instiution directly if you are eligible for the fee waiver. 

You should research the full costs, eligibility criteria and application process before you apply to any of them. 


University of Sydney

Short Term Study Abroad

Students have the opportunity to select up to two intensive units of study over three, five or six weeks. Many units of study are taught alongside local students and provide handson experiential learning in an Australian context.

Short Term Study Abroad brochure


University of Vienna

Winter School: Cultural Historical Studies

The two-week programme combines first-calss academic courses with an extensive social and cultural program. Vienna's rich cultural heritage will lead to a thorough understanding of the impact of the fin de siècle on the modernization of Europe.

For more information please visit the University of Vienna Winter School website.

Summer School

The University of Vienna Summer School offers a number of programmes from disciplines including Social Sceicnes, Natural Sciences, Humanities and Languages.

For more information please visit the University of Vienna Summer School website.


Université de Liege

Summer University

Université de Liege offers courses in French as a foreign language, at all levels for students who would like to begin or improve their knowledge of French, learn how to use French professionally and to develop their teaching techniques.

For more information download the Summer University brochure.


McGill University 

International Summer Program 

The International Summer Program at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill is designed to provide international undergraduate students the opportunity to gain critical North American perspectives on issues of global importance.

For information please visit McGill Summer Program website

The University of British Columbia

UBC Vancouver Summer Program

The Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) is a four week academic program offered at the University of British Columbia, Canada for cohorts of international students to study at UBC. The program provides the opportunity for cooperating universities to organize groups of students to take two academic courses in various UBC Faculties while learning about Canadian practices and culture.

For information please visit the VSP website


Universidad de Chile

FEN Summer School

The FEN Summer School enables students to thoroughly explore the business opportunitites, dynamics and challenges in Chile and Latin America. This month-long course offers intense cultural immersion and education of business practices along with Spanish classes.

For more information visit the FEN Summer School website.

China (Mainland) 

Fudan University

Fudan University International Summer Session (FISS)

Fudan University International Summer Session provides a 4-week course study and cultural experience to students from all over the world. Students will have the opportunity to get to know China, experience Shanghai and be part of the Fudan community. 

FISS brochure

For more information please visit FISS website

Jinan University

Jinan University Summer Program

The Chinese Language & Culture Summer Camp at Jinan University is a 2-3 week Chinese language program for international students.

For information please visit the Jinan University Summer Program website.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Global Summer School 2019

SJTU Global Summer School runs two sessions from July to August, including a two-week session that focuses on Chinese Policy, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Urban Horticulture; a four-week session that offers course in Chinese Creativity, China Studies and Brain facts. In addition, free Chinese Language and Culture is offered as optional course to all students. Global Summer School provides international students with a unique experience of Chinese culture and history through a
combination of lectures, workshops and field trips.


SJTU Summer Research Internship 2019

SJTU offers 55 world-class research projects for oversea undergraduate students which covers 12 fields including mechanical engineering, electronic information and electronic engineering, agriculture and pharmacy, etc. The internship lasts six weeks. All students admitted will be waived of tuition fee and they have the chance to be awarded scholarships offered by SJTU. Students can have chance to attend in the paper-writing process and served as a co-author on one publication. Summer research internship will help you lay the foundation for career.

For information on both winter and summer schools please visit SJTU website

Sun Yat-sen University

International Summer Program 

SYSU international summer program will offer you an excellent opportunity to enrich your knowledge and understanding of various China-related topics like Chinese language, business management, politics and culture. You will also participate in a wide range of group projects and cultural activities with Chinese and international students, experience the essence of Chinese culture, satisfy your intellectual curiosity and explore many facets of the university, the city and even the country. 

For information please visit SYSU International Summer Program website

The University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus

UNNC International Summer School

This two or three-week programme gives students the chance to study a nee subject while learning about a Chinese culture first-hand. Choose from a variety of programme options.

For more information please visit the UNNC Global website.

Tsinghua University

Tsinghua International Summer School - Experiencing China

Packed into two exciting weeks, this summer programme opens up to you the fascinating and diverse world of China. Guided by a standout team of experts in their field, you will be taught how global issues play out in the Chinese context through interactive classes and panels. With thirteen special China-focused tracks to choose from, you can hone in on your specific academic interest including Economy, City Development and Environment, Innovation, Education and Humanities.

For more information please visit the Tsinghua University Summer School website.

Czech Republic

Charles University in Prague

Spring University Prague

Spring University Prague 2019: 'Project Europe at a Crossroads: Building up open structures or breaking down into local identities?' will take place during April 2019. This study programme will provide students with a broad understanding of the most significant political and social issues in contemporary Europe.

For further information please visit the Spring University Prague website.


Aarhus University

AU Summer University

AU Summer University is Aarhus University’s summer school which takes place on our beautiful campus every year in July and August. The programme consist of a broad variety of courses, taught in English at Bachelor’s or Master’s level, within the fields of: Arts, Business and Economics, Media and Communication, Social Science and Law, Health, Science and Technology. Along with the academic programme, we offer accommodation service, visa service, and a social programme for both lecturers and students.

For more information please visit the AU Summer University website.


University of Bordeaux

Bordeaux Summer Schools

The Bordeaux Summer Schools are a unique opportunity for international talents to reinforce their skills, gain new knowledge and develop their professional network - all whilst making the most of Bordeaux during the summer months!

For more information please visit the Bordeaux Summer Schools website.

Kedge Business School

Kedge International Summer School

Kedge Business School offers a flexible summer programme in Southern France, with programmes in Marseille, Bordeaux and Toulon, along with a range of buisiness trips and social activities to choose from.

For more information please visit the Kedge Summer School website.

Université Grenoble Alpes

 INSA Lyon

INNOV@INSA Lyon Summer School 2020

The INSA Lyon Summer School is divided into two sets of lectures: 'Management & Innovation in Europe' and 'Cross Cultural and French Language' along with cultural and social activities.


INSA Lyon Summer School brochure

For more information please visit the INSA Lyon Summer School website.


Bayreuth University

Bayreuth International Summer School

The programme provides and intercultural and dynamic setting reflecting UBT's focus areas in research. It consists of several individual courses, each with interdisciplinary approach. Scholars and students from around the globe witll enrich the classromms and labs with their own perspectives.

For more information please visit the Bayreuth International Summer School website.

Goethe University

Frankfurt Summer School 

During the four weeks participants will discover the city of Frankfurt, take part in a diverse cultural programme, attend German language courses, and seminars provided by researchers and lecturers from Goethe University as well as from partner universities cooperating with Goethe University within the programme of Strategic Partnerships. Seminars in three different tracks are offered: Legal Studies, Psychology, and Natural Life Sciences. There are scholarships available for UoB students, for more information visit the FSS Scholarship page.

For further information please visit the Frankfurt Summer School website. 

Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

KU Summer School 2019

Its beauty and quiet atmosphere make Eichstätt the best place for students from around the world who would like to learn or improve their German, experience German culture and have a good time! The program is for students of German or social sciences, but also for professionals. We offer courses for complete beginners as well as for participants with a good to advanced knowledge of German.

KU Summer School 2019 Flyer

For more information please visit the KU Summer School website.

Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich

Munich International Summer University

Munich International Summer University (MISU) offers a range of courses across languages, the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities, with the opportunity to gain credits. Students will have the chance to join excursions to discover some of the fascinating historic castles, cities and landscapes of Bavaria and to explore LMU's 530 year old history.

For more information please visit the MISU website.

Hong Kong 

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

International Summer School

The CUHK International Summer School (ISS) holds sessions in July and August. Are you loking for a summer programme that is fun and academically challenging at the same time, where you can meet new friends from around the world, learn in an open and stimulating classroom, and spend a fun-filled summer enjoying a cosmopolitan city? Join us at the CUHK ISS to enjoy all of it and more!

For information please visit CUHK ISS website. 

University of Hong Kong

HKU Summer Institute 

HKU Summer Institute aims to bring learning outside of four walls and provides initiatives for students to explore Asia and the world. Each programme is special in its own way and is supplemented with socila and cultural activities to enrich students' summer and education experience cross-cultural interaction.

For information please visit the HKU Summer Institute website

Hong Kong Baptist University

HKBU Summer Programme 2020

HKBU offers a range of credit-bearing courses and an exciting programme of social activities and visits. Discounts are available for students from the University of Birmingham. For more of an insight into the HKBU Summer programme, take a look at their video and photo albums.

HKBU Summer Programme brochure

Faculty-led Programme brochure

For more information please visit the HBKU Summer Programme website.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PolyU International Summer School

PolyU International Summer School offers a wide range of credit-bearing academic subjects and a number of educational field trips to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Chinese Mainland to complement and mazimise your learning experience.

For more information please visit PolyU International Summer School website.


University College Dublin

Irish Language Summer School

The Irish Language Summer School is aimed at adults interested in the Irish Language and culture, and will also suit studente who are studying Irish as a subject or undertaking an Irish Studies degree. Along with language classes and lectures, cultural events will also be held each evening.

For more information please visit the UCD Summer School website.



The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Rothberg International School: Summer Courses

Summer Courses at Rothberg International School are designed for undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as mature learners with academic backgrounds. You'll join students from more than 90 countries around the world and enjoy a schedule packed with enriching seminars, fun activities, and local trips designed to help you explore Israel's geographic and cultural landscape. There is a four-week July session and a two-wek August session. All summer courses are accredited and taught in English.

Summer Courses Flyer

For more information please visit the Rothberg International School website.  


Bocconi University

Bocconi Summer School

The Summer School gives students the chance to participate in an intensive learning environment in Milan, Italy's bustling commerical and financial hub. As well as seven academic course options, Bocconi Summer School offers social events and visits around Milan, Venice, Rome and Florence.

For more information please visit the Bocconi Summer School website.

University of Bologna

Greek and Latin Summer School

The School offers classes in Greek and Latin at beginner and intermediate levels. The courses will take place in Bologna, in the Department of Classics and Italian studies from 24 June to 12 July 2019.

For more information please visit the Summer School website.

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

UCSC International Summer Programmes

For more information please visit the UCSC Summer Programmes website.


Kansai University

Kansai University Summer School

Spend a season exploring great destinations in Osaka, Japan while enhancing your education with a choice of programmes taught in English. An introductory Japanese course is also available.

For more information please visit the Kansai University Summer School website.

Keio University

Keio Summer Programme

Keio University welcomes students from around the world to its new quarter-long Summer Programme for academic and cultural learning opportunities in Japan. Live in Tokyo, study alongside Keio students, and experience all that Japan has to offer this Summer!

Keio Summer Programme 2019 Flyer

For more information please visit the Keio University website.

Kobe University

Kobe University Study Programme

This programme is designed for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in Japan. It provides a wide range of educational opportunities such as studying Japanese, experiencing top-level education through classes provided by Kobe University faculty members, enjoying campus life and taking part in fieldwork to study Japanese culture, history and business.

2019 Kobe University Study Programme Brochure

 For more information please visit the Kobe University Short Term Programmes website.

Kwansei Gakuin University

Intensive Japanese Language and Culture Study Program

This is a three-week program designed for students who wish to improve their communication skills in Japanese lanaguage while increasing their understanding of Japanese culture through a variety of activities. Summer and Winter programs are available.

For more information please see the KGU Study Program brochure.

Sophia University

Sophia University January & Summer Session

Sophia University offers courses in East Asian Studies and Japanese Language, and students will experience many aspects of culture and society in the heart of Tokyo in a variety of events.

January Session Flyer

Summer Session Flyer

For more information please see the Sophia University Short-term programmes website.

Waseda University

Waseda Summer Session

Explore Tokyo as you take part in the courses covering a variety of interests including business, culture, economics, history, literature and politics in the context of Japan and Asia. The courses are taught in English by experienced faculty members from Waseda and visiting professors from our partner institutions. Japanese courses are optional.

For information please visit the Waseda Summer Session website.


Ewha Womans University

International Summer College

Ewha ISC offers two summer sessions. With over 40 credit-bearing courses in 15 disciplines including social sciences, business & economics, humanities, Korean studies, music & art, politics & international studies, science & engineering. Courses at the ISC are carefully selected and taugh by top professors from both Ewha and prestigious professors from all over the world. The Summer College is open to all students.

Ewha ISC Flyer

For information please visit Ewha ISC.  

Korea University

International Winter Campus 2018-19

Korea University International Winter Campus (KU IWC) provides and excellent opportunity for students to learn about Korea through academic and cultural immersion  during the winter months. 

For more information plese visit the KU IWC website.

Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)

POSTECH Summer Program

The Summer Program is a great opportunity for students who seek firsthand research experience. Individual research anad the Korean cultural program will allow students to explore the academic field of their interest and unique Korean culture and language.

For more information please visit the POSTECH website.

Pusan National University

Yonsei University

Yonsei International Summer School

The Yonsei International Summer School (YISS) has become an integral part of campus life based on a unique blend of Korean and global cultures. The program provides a a dynamic education in a broad range of fields, from the arts, culture and humanities to science and technology. Furthermore, we offer cutting-edge classes in management and economics, global issues, history and social sciences.

For more information please visit the YISS website.


Taylor's University

Summer Course: Malaysian Legal System

Organised through collaboration with prestigious law firms, the programme aims to provide a strategic platform for Law students to hain insight on the Malaysian Legal System and workings of law-related organisations in Malaysia. The students will also be able to experience the diversity of culture in Malaysia including cultural workshop, visitation to aboriginal village, Kuala Lumpur City Tour and enjoy the culinary delights of local signature dishes. 

For more information visit the Taylor's Summer Programmes website.

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

International Summer School

Based at the award-winning countryside campus just outside Kuala Lumpur, this Summer School Programme offers opportunities for anyone wishing to undertake short term study abroad while learning about Malysia's wonderful and varied culture first hand. You can choose from a range of subjects taught by experienced academics in state-of-the-art facilities and impressive surroundings. There are also bursaries on offer to UoB students, for more information and to apply, visit International Relations Summer Bursaries.

For information please visit the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus website 

Universiti Teknologi Mara

UiTM International Summer Programmes

The Summer Programme allows students not only to study modules and gain language skills, but also to explore the rich culture and history of Malaysia through weekend excursions, social events and cultural immersion activities. There are twenty-four programme modules on offer under the themes: culture & art, biodiversity, business management, technology advancement and language.

For more information please visit the UiTM website


Tecnologico de Monterrey 

TEC Summer Programme

The TEC Summer Programme offers a range of courses from the disciplines of Humanities & Education, Business, Engineering and Social Sciences & Government. Students will have the opportunity to take two courses along with a programme of social events.

TEC Summer Programme Flyer

For more information please visit TEC website


Radboud University

Radboud Summer School

Students will have the opportunity to choose from a range of academic courses taught in English by renowned academics, both from Radboud and its partner universities. Discounts are available for students from UoB who apply before 1st March 2019.

For more information please visit the Radboud Summer School website.

University of Amsterdam

UvA Summer School 

At the UvA Summer School, you can pursue your studies in a wide range of disciplines while enjoying social and academic activities in one of the most culturally and intellectually vibrant cities of Western Europe – Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands.

For information please visit the UvA Summer School website.  

University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is hosting a range of summer schools. Summer schools are a wonderful way to bring bright students and inspired researchers together to work intensively on important topics. Our summer schools are always research-driven, and many of them are multidisciplinary, offering a wide range of perspectives. 

For more information please visit University of Groningen Summer Schools website

Utrecht University

Utrecht Summer School

Utrecht Summer School offers a broad selection of over 200 academic courses in virtually all disciplines organised by Utrecht University, HU University of Applied Sciences and HKU University of the Arts. These institutions offer high quality, challenging summer courses on bachelor, master and PhD level. Several courses are available with a 10% discount for UoB students.

For information please visit the Utrect Summer School website

New Zealand 

The University of Auckland

Screen Tools 

A four-week practical course for emerging filmmakers. Discover first-hand what draws the global film industry here, and create your own short drama. Develop the tools you need to launch your career.

For more information please visit the University of Aukland Short Course website

Russian Federation

Innopolis University

International Double Summer School 2019

Center for technologies in robotics and mechatronics components of the Innopolis university announces the admission of students to the International Double Summer School 'Robot's cognition, perception and control' 10 - 23 June 2019. The aim of the school is to make an international platfor for the exchange of educational, scientific and technical ideas and achievements between specialists, especially young scientists and students working in the field of intellectual robotics, neuroscience and software engineering.

For more information please visit the Summer School website.


Nanyang Technological University

GEM Trailblazer Summer Programmes

Spend a summer in Singapore in the heart of the fast developing Asia-Pacific region and a springboard to explore the many cultures and languages in neighbouring countries. Choose from 5 different summer programme tracks and expererience a summer unlike any other.

For more information please visit the NTU Summer Programme website.

National University of Singapore

FASStrack Asia - The Summer School 2019

The summer programme will tap into NUS' research strengths in the region and offer students an enriching knowledge and understanding of various Asian-related topics and issues. Taught over a 5-week summer period, students will attend classes, participate in active discussions and learn from academic experts specializing in their area of study.

For information please visit the FASStrack Asia website


Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

Summer School of Economics and Business

The Summer School offers the choice of one or two 6-ECTS credit courses from the Economics Track, the Business Track or a combination.

UAEM Summer School of Economics and Business Brochure

For more information please visit the Summer School of Economics and Business website.



Linköping University

Linköping University Summer Academy has several high-quality courses to choose from and students will gain cultural insights together with other international students from all over the world. Linköping is one of Sweden's fastest growing cities. High world-class technology, an innovative university and lively trade characterise the city. Linköping is situated in an inviting landscape of beautiful natural surrounding, and here history and tradition meet creativity and innovation.

For more information please visit the Linköping University Summer Academy website.


University of Zurich

UZH International Summer Schools

Students will deepen their understanding of Switzerland and experience Zurich, one of the world's most attractive student cities. The Summer Schools will be held from 5 - 24 July 2020 and students can choose from the following subjects: 'Deep Dive into Blockchain', 'Finance for the Future' and 'How Switzerland got rich'. The program aims at Bachelor and Masters students from universities all around the world. Partner and U21 discounts are available. There are also bursaries on offer to UoB students, for more information and to apply, visit International Relations Summer Bursaries.

For more information please visit the UZH International Summer School website.




Mahidol University

Summer Programme

The Summer Programme will strengthen the skills of participants by providing the opportunity to interact with the international community in Southeast Asia and to explore the rich culture and tradition of the world's top destination. At the end of the programme, students will receive 3 US credits.

For more information please visit the Mahidol University short-term programme website.



University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago Summer Session 2019

Study with nationally recognised faculty at one of the top research-funded institutions in the nation. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy UIC's green campus and state-of-the-art recreation centres. UIC Summer Session allows you to earn up to 12 credit hours or focus on a single course, giving you the flexibility to combine study with work, internships and travel.

For more information, visit the UIC Summer Session website.