Birmingham, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, The United Kingdom
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. 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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
Visit the different halls on UoB’s website, where you can take tours of the different halls!
University of Birmingham's YouTube page:
Last updated 7/7/2017