Study options, dates and fees

Today we have one of the largest international student communities in the UK with over 8,700 students from more than 150 countries worldwide currently studying with us.

Following the result of the EU Referendum we understand that you may have questions and concerns. We have created a dedicated web-page  with the University's latest statement regarding the referendum. You can also find there, for your further assurance, an information sheet comprising a list of frequently asked questions containing the latest available information regarding the referendum's outcomes. 

Depending on your home country and the agreement with your home university, there are three study options available. 



We offer Erasmus exchange places for students studying at one of our partner universities in Europe. Your home university or institution will need to nominate you before you can apply.

International Exchange

We offer exchange places to students studying at partner universities outside of Europe. Your home university or institution will need to nominate you before you can apply.

Fee-paying Non Exchange

We welcome applications from fee-paying students from universities with no existing partnership with Birmingham. You can apply online with no requirement for advance nomination.


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View the Erasmus charter (PDF - 983Kb)


Study Abroad Options

 Erasmus ExchangeInternational Exchange Study Abroad

Flexibility to study 1 or 2 semesters

Yes   Yes Yes 

Should my home university nominate me before applying?

 Yes  Yes  No

Is housing guaranteed?

 No  Yes  Yes*

Can I transfer credits to my home university?

 Yes  Yes  Yes

Can I apply online?

 Yes  Yes  Yes

Do I pay fees for this programme?

 No**  No**  Yes
These web-pages have been produced with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The contents of these web-pages are the sole responsibility of the University of Birmingham and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the British Council and the European Commission.


* Non EU students only
** You will pay your home university as usual

Study dates for 2020/2021

Key dates for 2020/2021 incoming students
  Full year AutumnSpring/Summer 
 Study Abroad nominations deadline* 30 Apr 30 Apr 16 Oct
 Study Abroad application deadline*  15 May 15 May  15 Nov
 Accommodation applications (once student ID received)  Apr to Jul  Apr to Jul  Nov to Dec
 Accommodation application final deadline**  31 Jul  31 Jul  3 Dec
 Welcome and orientation  21 Sep 21 Sep 25 Jan
 Teaching begins  28 Sep 28 Sep  1 Feb
 Semester ends  25 Jun  18 Dec  25 Jun

*The nomination and application deadlines for the Spring semester have been extended due to the COVID-19.

 **Please apply for Spring and Summer semester accommodation within 5 days of receiving your offer letter and student ID number


Fees for 2020/2021

Study Abroad - non EU

September 2020 - June 2021 : £18,120
September 2020 - December 2020 : £9,060
January 2021 - June 2021 : £9,060

Study Abroad - EU

September 2020 - June 2021: £9,250
September 2020 - December 2020: £4,625
January 2021 - June 2021: £4,625


How can I apply?

For more information on the application process, including application deadlines and a step-by-step guide check out: How to Apply