Birmingham Study Abroad programme

International scholarsThe Birmingham fee paying study abroad programme has a long-standing reputation for attracting high quality students from across the world, particularly from the United States and Asia.

We offer the Study Abroad Programme both with and without English. Details of both programmes including entry requirements, fees, start dates and application procedures can be found below.

The Study Abroad programme

Essential information

Start date:   September or January

We are normally unable to admit postgraduate students on the fee-paying study abroad programme, though in some subject areas it is possible for postgraduate students to come on the exchange programme (provided they are from exchange partner universities).

Entry requirements

To attend the Study Abroad programme you must meet the following requirements:

  • Native speaker of English or English Language qualification equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (7.0 for Law)
  • Completed at least one year of university study
  • Achieved a grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Demonstrate a particular interest or background in subject of choice

Fees for 2016/17

International Study Abroad Programme:

Sep 2016 - Jun 2017 : £13,860

Sep 2016 - Dec 2016 : £6,930 

Jan 2017 - Jun 2017 : £6,930

EU Study Abroad Programme:

Sep 2016 - Jun 2017: £9,000 

Sep 2016 - Dec 2016: £4,500 

Jan 2017 - Jun 2017: £4,500

How to apply


Our online application is now available. When applying, you will need to upload the following supporting documentation:

One academic reference;

  • A copy of an official transcript showing the courses taken and grades;
  • A copy of your passport/ID photo page;
  • Evidence of English Language (if applicable).

If you have any queries regarding your application please email Neil Driscoll the Study Abroad Programme Co-ordinator  

The Study Abroad programme with English

If you do not meet the English language requirements for entry to the study abroad or exchange programmes it is possible to attend a pre-sessional English course first. 

These courses are run by our English for International Students Unit (EISU) and you can find out the details, costs, and application process for those courses online. 

The English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional course is for international students who have a conditional offer to study at the University but who do not currently meet the English language requirements. The course is tailored to your level of English and allows you to meet the English language requirement for your programme without retaking IELTS. 

You will need to complete the application for our Study Abroad programme and then apply separately for the presessional English course directly with the EISU. The prices are the same as the Study Abroad Programme without English but you will have to pay an additional cost of the EISU course directly to them. The fees for the EISU courses are listed on their Details page. 

Please note that unfortunately we cannot offer fee discounts for students who leave the programme in the middle of a University of Birmingham teaching term.

Study Abroad student from St Petersburg