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University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Birmingham is the second largest city in the United Kingdom after London, with a vibrant city center dedicated to commerce, the arts, sport, and entertainment. It has its own international airport and is two hours from London by train. The central location of Birmingham and its extensive rail and road links makes it easy to travel through the U.K. Daytrips to Shakespeare’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon or to the beautiful towns of the Cotswolds are favorites.
Exchange students are not allowed to take courses within the college of Medical and Dental Sciences. Only students majoring in Law may register for Law courses.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the University of Birmingham website.
Many modules commence in Semester 1 and continue during Semester 2. Such modules are indicated as Semester 1&2 or Full Term. It is often possible for students who are at Birmingham for only part of the academic year to take just the relevant portion of year-long modules. You will be advised prior to arrival if you have requested year-long modules that are not in fact suitable for part-year study so that you can make alternative selections.
Universities in the United Kingdom typically use a three-year curriculum; thus, courses listed as “Level 1/Certificate,” “Level 2/Intermediate,” and “Level 3/Honors” do not necessarily translate into first, second, and third year courses in the American system. Students in the past have recommended taking courses at Level 1 or Level 2. Unlike the U.S. university system, universities in England offer upper-level courses at Levels 1 and 2. Courses at Level 3 tend to be rather advanced, much like our graduate courses, and students should pay particular attention to prerequisite requirements.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Birmingham and Rutgers University. That means that you will take 60 Birmingham credits or 15 Rutgers credits per semester. The credit translation system between Birmingham and Rutgers University is 4:1, meaning a 20-credit course at the University of Birmingham will be a 5-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Late September – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Early January – Mid-June
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the Birmingham web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Students are normally housed in university residence halls in single or en-suite rooms with private or shared baths. There are no “American-only” residences. Accommodations are located on or near campus. Your particular placement is made entirely at the discretion of the University of Birmingham Accommodations office. You may choose housing that includes a meal plan (Vale Village), or housing that provides kitchen space in which you can cook your own meals (self-catered housing).
You should not count on being able to stay in your room during official university breaks. You will need to visit University of Birmingham Accommodation Office upon your arrival in order to reserve space during university breaks. You may be charged a fee per day for using rooms during the breaks. You may also be asked to change rooms during the breaks so that repairs can be done.
In order to learn more about your choices of accommodation, please visit the Birmingham web page.
Financial InformationProgram Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
University of Birmingham North American Mobility Scholarship - Available to all Rutgers students participating on the Birmingham exchange program for the Fall 2015 semester. We will have two 500 pound scholarships available. Details will be released to students upon their acceptance.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
AASAP Scholarship - Each year the AASAP offers one 1000 pound scholarship. This application does take a bit of time to complete and is very competitive, so please give yourself ample time to complete it. Information about this scholarship and details about the due date can be found on the AASAP website.
BUTEX Scholarship- Each year BUTEX awards sixteen scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. For more information please visit the BUTEX website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.