International Year

Student watching sunsetDuring your study on our undergraduate programmes we offer the opportunity to spend a year at an overseas university as part of your degree. This could include studying in Europe, Canada, the United States, Australia or many other countries around the world. 

Arizona State University - photo by savethedaveYou would complete the first two years of your degree here in Birmingham, then spend a year abroad, before returning to complete your degree. If you pass the year abroad, you would graduate with a BSc with International Year. We see this as a great opportunity for you to explore different approaches to your subject and to experience living in a different culture.

You do not have to commit to this programme from the beginning of your degree. All students who achieve at least 60% overall in their first year will be eligible to apply for the international year and will be supported by the University International Office. Applications for the year abroad are due in the autumn term of the second year, and students will take the year abroad after completion of their second year. 

It is a competitive process, but we are usually able to place students at one of our partner institutions. You will be supported by the School to ensure that you select a programme that would enhance your personal educational interests and experience. This support continues while you are overseas; you remain an important part of our School while you are away and helping you to make the most of the year is part of our role. 

Find out more about study abroad here  

For further advice contact Dr Thomas Solomon, International Year Abroad Tutor, at