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Loyola Exchange - University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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University of Birmingham

Birmingham, The United Kingdom


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.

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.
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:

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UK Grade
Loyola Grade
70 - 100%
65 - 69%
60 – 64%
55 – 59%
50 – 54%
46 – 49%
40 – 45%
0 – 39%


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

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. Some accommodation packages include a meal plan. To learn more, go the University of Birmingham Incoming Student Page below. Then scroll down and click the “accommodation” tab.
Otherwise students self-catered, there are two small grocery stores on campus. You can learn more about meal options here

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Visa 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:

ISEP Country Handbook, Visa Guidelines:

Useful Links
University of Birmingham Incoming Student Page

ISEP Country Handbook for UK

US State Department Travel Information for the UK:

General Study Abroad guidelines by the US State Department:

University of Birmingham's YouTube page:

Last updated 7/7/2017

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/01/2017
Rolling Admission 01/05/2018 06/17/2018
NOTE: You must apply for accommodation (housing) as soon as you receive your ID. Students must complete application by November 1. Mandatory Welcome and orientation is January 6 and classes begin on January 9. Semester ends June 16.
Year 2018-2019 12/01/2017
12/01/2017 TBA TBA
Spring 2019 03/01/2018 03/01/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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