Outgoing students

Birmingham is committed to producing global citizens and providing students with as many opportunities as possible to internationalise their degree. Each year over 550 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. 

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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

This 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 Team, within the University's central International Relations Department. Students on programmes that permit an exchange period can apply to any one of the University's partners that offer modules in their discipline. This is subject to the student having enough knowledge of the institution's language of instruction to be able to follow a university level course of study.     

The Erasmus+ Exchange Programme

This exchange programme is for students that want to study at one of our partner universities in Europe. The programme is run by the Study Abroad and Exchanges Team within the University's central International Relations Department, however, with a handful of exceptions, where you can go depends on which department you study in which universities they have exchange agreements with. Students in departments with Erasmus+ agreements in place are allocated to exchange universities by their department. As with the international exchange programme a student has to have enough prior knowledge of the institution's language of instruction to be able to fully engage with university level study. 

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 Team do not run clinical placements. Enquiries about these 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 go-as you would expect-to the USA or Canada. The University prides itself on its ability to offer students a wide array of study abroad opportunities, however, it is unfortunately not possible for us to guarantee exchange applicants a place at a specific partner institution or within a particular geographical region. Applicants are also advised that whilst in any given year the majority of our partners will receive students from the University of Birmingham, the nature of our agreements with them mean that some years certain institutions will not be open to receiving Birmingham students.   

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

Curtin University


Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Universidade de São Paulo


University of British Columbia

Brock University

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

Yonsei University


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


Chulalongkorn University


University of Alabama

Arizona State University

Bellarmine University

Berry College

Birmingham Southern College

California Polytechnic State University

University of Cincinnati

University of Connecticut

Endicott College

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

Wilkes University


Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Vietnam


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 application will be available online from Friday 14 October 2016.

This form should be completed by you, and approved by the exchange tutor in your School, who will then notify the Study Abroad and Exchanges office.

If you are studying abroad in 2017/18, the deadlines are as follows:

Erasmus Exchange application deadline - 13 January 2017.  (Please note that individual departments will set their own deadlines in the Autumn Term 2016); once you have been allocated an Erasmus placement by your department you can complete the online application form. Your application will not be processed until you have completed the online form. 

International Exchange application deadline - 25 November 2016.

Enquiries to outgoingstudyabroad@contacts.bham.ac.uk    

Funding opportunities

To find out more about funding your year abroad, including information about Student Finance and scholarships, 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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