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Loyola Exchange - University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring,
Year
Program Dates &
Deadlines:
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Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Required GPA:
3.0
Minimum Class Standing:
3 Junior
Language of Instruction:
English
Loyola Scholarships:
Yes
Program Description:
University of Birmingham

Birmingham, The United Kingdom

UB UK

Program Highlights

  • Study at a university ranked among the top 200 schools in the world, that produced 8 Nobel Prize winners
  • Explore the vibrant cultural scene in one of the youngest and most ethnically diverse cities in the UK
  • Live in the 2nd largest city in the UK
The University and Location
The University of Birmingham is a prestigious research university known for its exceptional music and theater programs. The University has produced eight Nobel Prize winners and its range of research is one of the widest in the UK. The city of Birmingham has one of the youngest and most ethnically and culturally diverse populations in the UK. It offers a thriving independent art scene, including arts and film festivals. Its central location in the UK is ideally at the center of the country’s transport network, making it easy to travel and explore Europe and surrounding areas.

Academics
Courses
Loyola students attending University of Birmingham enroll directly and must take at least 40 out of 60 credits in a Preferred School at the University of Birmingham.  Students will study 10-20 out of 60 credits in either a a second or third preferred school per semester.

Classes at University of Birmingham are called "Modules." Interested Loyola students can learn about choosing classes and review academic programs in the Course Catalog found on this page. https://program-and-modules-handbook.bham.ac.uk/webhandbooks/WebHandbooks-control-servlet?Action=getSchoolList
 
Credits and Grading
Loyola students are required to take 60 credits per semester to be considered full-time (15 credits at Loyola). The average course load is 4-6 courses per semester.

The following grade conversion chart is approximate:
UK UB glass building
UK Grade
 
Loyola Grade
70 - 100%
 
A
65 - 69%
 
A-
60 – 64%
 
B+
55 – 59%
 
B
50 – 54%
 
B-
46 – 49%
 
C+
40 – 45%
 
C
0 – 39%
 
F






 
 
 
 
 
 




Academic Calendar
Fall Semester: end of September through mid-December
Spring Semester: mid-January – end of June

Orientation
Before each semester the Study Abroad and Exchanges Office run an orientation program specifically for students on study abroad programs. In the fall there is also a full program of events known as “Welcome Week” aimed at introducing all new students to life at Birmingham. Further details about Welcome Week can be found on the Information for new students page.
 
All students are required to participate in orientation. To learn more, go the University of Birmingham Incoming Student Page below. Then scroll down and click the “orientation” tab.


Student Life
Finances and Budgeting
Please refer to the BUDGET SHEET. Typically fall and spring terms are estimated to cost the same. A full year is estimated to be double the cost of spring.
 
Housing and Meals
Loyola students attending University of Birmingham reside in university housing. Loyola students are guaranteed accommodation. Students will live in University provided housing in one of three student villages:
 
  • Selly Oak Village-closest to the main street of the town of Selly Oak which has lots of shops, restaurants, and pubs. Closest to campus.
  • Pritchatts Park Village- 5-10 minute walk to campus. Far from shops.
  • The Vale Village- Largest student village. Where most first year British students live. Has shuttles to campus, cafeteria (where you can purchase a meal plan), a few more expensive shops, and a pub.
All rooms are private and ensuite (personal bathroom in each room). Each flat comprises 4-6 rooms surrounding a shared kitchen and living space. All halls have laundry facilities. There is no BAD accommodation through the university, but the residence halls vary in price depending on how old the building is/how close to campus they are.
 
Low end: Maple Bank, Ashcroft
Middle: Jarratt (RECOMMENDED), Tennis Courts, Shackleton
High End: Mason, Chamberlain 


Some accommodation packages include a meal plan. When you pay for housing, you choose one of two food options:
  • Catered- a meal plan that works on cafeterias on campus. Only residence halls in VALE VILLAGE offer meal plans.
  • Self-Catered- choose to buy your own food at shops and cook for yourself. This is a cheaper option, but depends on the students needs.
Otherwise students self-catered, there are two small grocery stores on campus. You can learn more about meal options here http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/community/university-campus/retail/index.aspx

UK UB Sky ViewVisa Regulations
Loyola U.S. citizens must obtain a student will have to apply for a visa to study in the UK. Please visit the following sites to learn about the requirements.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs site gives clear and helpful explanations for the Visa application process:
https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration

ISEP Country Handbook, Visa Guidelines:
search.isepstudyabroad.org/country/detail/242




Useful Links
University of Birmingham Incoming Student Page
http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/studyabroad/incoming-students.aspx

ISEP Country Handbook for UK
https://search.isepstudyabroad.org/country/detail/242

US State Department Travel Information for the UK:
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/united-kingdom.html

General Study Abroad guidelines by the US State Department:
http://studentsabroad.state.gov/


Visit the different halls on UoB’s website, where you can take tours of the different halls!  
http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/study/accommodation/UGaccommodation/index.aspx

University of Birmingham's YouTube page:
https://www.youtube.com/user/unibirmingham



Last updated 7/7/2017

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 03/01/2018 03/01/2018 TBA TBA
Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 03/01/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/01/2018 TBA TBA