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University of Birmingham EXC
Birmingham, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
Partner University Homepage: Click to visit
Program Details:
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Program Type:
Exchange Semester/Year
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Anticipated Places:
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Minimum Mark:
65%; Credit
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Agreement Scope:
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Program Description:


University of Birmingham

Location: Birmingham
Year Established: 1900
Student population: 28,700
Founded as the Birmingham School of Medicine and Surgery in 1926, it received its royal charter in 1906 and is continually listed Britain’s Higher Education Awards. In an employability survey published by The New York Times in 2013, Company CEOs and Chairmen placed it in the top 55 universities worldwide in terms of recruitment. It boasts former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain among its former students.
The University is home to the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, featuring works from the 13th to the 20th Centuries including artists such as Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso. It also houses the Lapworth Museum of Geology, the Cadbury Research Library – home to rare book and manuscript collections.
Unique Characteristics
The University of Birmingham offers one of the broadest program ranges of any university in the UK. In recent years has built up its business and management schools.
Birmingham has transformed itself from the grim industrial city of decades past to one of Britain’s “most happening” cities. Recent additions include a state-of-the-art multi-million library, beautiful restored Victorian buildings and literally hundreds of bars, cafes and restaurants catering to students.

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Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university.

Subject Area/s: 

Arts and Social Sciences






Social Work

Health Sciences


Exclusions apply: Law students should have a 75+ to go here as places in their Law school are competitive.

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Autumn Term: September--December
Spring Term: January-March
Summer Term: April-June

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University


60 credits

The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
First – 70-100
Upper Second– 60-69
Lower Second– 50-59
Third – 38-49
Fail – 0-37

Transcripts Issued by Partner
 The International Office at the University of Birmingham will automatically send an official transcript to the University of Sydney once all of your marks have been confirmed. You can request one additional free copy of your transcript for your own records. You will be emailed a transcript request form shortly before the end of your studies; it is important that you complete this to confirm the modules that you have attended and that you expect to receive a mark for. Please return the completed form to the address given on the form to have your transcript posted to you.



Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English.
Language Requirement
Non-native speakers of English will need to demonstrate that they meet the language requirement.



What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city.

Housing options are offered by the host university.
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university.
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar.
Orientation will be held prior to the start of semester.

Support Services 
A range of support services are available to students at the host university. 

Information from the host university.
Information from the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration.


Student Experiences

Stella Zhang
Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise/Sport Science), Semester 2, 2015.
Host City Highlights
Main Street which has clubs and bars. Large canal to walk along.
Uni Life
Most students joined a society, sport or other. I joined the football club which meant travelling with the team to other unis and spending social nights with them. The Uni sets up social nights every Wednesday and Saturday night.
Lectures and tutes with similar format to Usyd.
Lived outside the Uni renting a house with other students as only first years live in dorms. Need to find a place early.
Money Matters
Wasn't able to work. Need to budget from the start to be able to afford rent and travel before after and during the semester.
Getting Around
Trains and buses. Both are expensive (trains more common to use).
Before and after the semester rather than during. Travelled to many European countries. Travel light (no check in luggage) to save money and mix solo and group travel. Don't plan it all in advance if you don't have to.
Top Tips
Before and after the semester rather than during. Travelled to many European countries. Travel light (no check in luggage) to save money and mix solo and group travel. Don't plan it all in advance if you don't have to.