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Fact Sheet:
Housing Type: Residence Hall Class Status: 2. Sophmore
Program Type: Study Abroad Minimum GPA: 2.8
Areas of Study: American Studies, Applied Mathematics, Biology / Biotechnology, Business Administration, Business Management, Communication, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Education, English, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, Finance, History, International Business, International Studies, Marketing, Marketing Communication, Music, Philosophy, Physical Education, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Sport Management Meal Plan: Half Meal Plan
Application Cancellation/Withdrawal Fee: $50
Program Description:
Birmingham Campus

Founded in 1900, the University of Birmingham is one of the UK’s oldest and largest institutions of higher education. In 2015, the university was declared the “best university for graduate employability in the UK” by The Times and the Sunday Times. However, it isn’t all about the academics: the university’s parkland campus comprises 194 beautifully landscaped acres, making it easy to forget that you are surrounded by 40,000 other people and just 2 miles from the center of the UK’s second largest city! There is a lively culture of student run clubs and societies based around the Guild of Students, and a new sports center, featuring one of the few 50 meter swimming pools in the country, will open during the fall of 2016. These world class facilities will be sure to cement Birmingham’s position at the top of the British University and Colleges Sports league tables!

With a population of 1.2 million, including a student population of more than 100,000, Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK. Birmingham has a proud industrial heritage being the historic heart of the UK’s auto industry. Today services are just as important to the city as manufacturing, but the city remains at the heart of the UK’s economy. Birmingham has a brilliant reputation within the UK for the quality of its retail offer, ranging from chain stores, to boutiques and independent outlets, as well as special yearly events like the German Christmas market. In recent decades immigration from across the world has transformed the city into a vibrant multicultural centre. Today alongside traditional British culture and a thriving art and music scene (exemplified by the Ikon Gallery, Custard Factory, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the city’s own museums and art galleries) you can sample south Asian dance, music and cuisine or spend an evening in the UK’s largest Chinatown.

Located right in the heart of England, Birmingham is perfectly located to act as a base from which to explore the rest of the UK and beyond. The picturesque towns of Warwick, Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s birth place) are only 45 minutes from the city center by train. The historic cathedral cities of Worcester, Litchfield and Nottingham (reputedly home to Robin Hood) are less than an hour away by train from the University’s very own train station. London is only 90 minutes away from Birmingham’s New Street station by high speed train, as are the thriving cities of Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol. Birmingham International Airport hosts a number of budget airlines which between them fly to 140 destinations in Europe and beyond, making exploration around Europe easy for students.

Brindley Place

Courses at the University of Birmingham are referred to as modules. Each module (course) is worth 10 or 20 UK credits. Students must take 60 UK credits while abroad, or 3-6 modules (courses). A 10 UK credit course is worth 3 U.S. credits, and a 20 UK credit course is worth 6 U.S. credits. Students will register for modules (courses) with the University of Birmingham during the application process, however, students will not learn their final schedule until their arrival in the UK, at the start of the semester. Students should anticipate working with the staff and professors at the University of Birmingham, and may find their final schedule differs from their courses proposed at Endicott College. In this case, students must communicate with their Dean and the Office of International Education to determine the course equivalents.

Endicott students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are enrolled in the Liberal Arts & Natural Sciences (LANS) program while at the University of Birmingham. Students enrolled in this program will register for 50 UK credits by selecting courses from the four schools (listed below), and the required LANS Core Module, worth 10 UK credits.

College of Arts and Law
  • African Studies
  • American and Canadian Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Classics
  • Drama and Theatre Arts
  • English Literature
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Law
  • Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Theology and Religion

College of Social Sciences
  • Birmingham Business School
  • Education
  • Government and Society
  • Social Policy

College of Life and Environmental Science
  • Biosciences
  • Earth Sciences (Geology)
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geography and Urban Planning
  • Psychology (including Neuroscience)
  • Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
The School of Psychology module list can be found here: School of Psychology, 2017-2018
The School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences module list can be found here: GEES Module List, 2017-2018
The School of Biosciences module list can be found here: School of Biosciences, 2017-2018
The School of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences module list can be found here: SER Module List, 2017-2018

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Physics and Astronomy

When viewing/selecting courses in the course catalog, students must select the correct academic year, semester, the level of instruction, and the area of study or school. Should course descriptions and/or links not be available through the links above, students may also select courses and view details through the course catalog.

The levels of instruction are as follows:
  • Certificate: Equivalent to an introductory, or first year, level of study
  • Intermediate: Equivalent to a second year level of study
  • Honors: Equivalent to a third year level of study
The semester equivalents are as follows:
  • Semester 1 = Fall Semester
  • Semester 2= Spring Semester
  • Full Term= Full Academic Year. Courses are not available unless a student anticipates studying abroad for the full academic year.

Students will submit their module selection during the online application period for the University of Birmingham, and should submit those courses approved by their Dean. Students will be notified if they need to provide materials to support any prerequisites that may exist, and likewise will be notified if he or she is not eligible to take a particular course. 

The Spring 2018 Academic Calendar is as follows:
  • Arrival Date: January 4, 2018
  • Orientation Date: January 5, 2018
  • Classes Start: January 8, 2018
  • Classes End: March 23, 2018 
  • Easter Break: March 23 - April 23, 2018
  • Final Exams: May 1 - June 1, 2018
  • Departure Date: June 15, 2018 *Students who have completed all exams prior to June 15 are eligible to leave before this date. However, University of Birmingham allows students a two-week period of time after the completion of finals to remain in or have access to their housing. 

The Fall 2018 Academic Calendar is as follows:
  • Arrival Date: September 21-23, 2018
  • Orientation: TBA
  • Classes Start: TBA
  • Mid-Term Exams: TBA
  • Classes End: TBA
  • Final Exams: TBA
  • Departure Date: December 14-15, 2018
Housing & meals
Students live in on-campus housing in Vale Village, approximately a 10-15 minute walk to the main campus/academic buildings. Vale Village is Birmingham's largest student accommodation site, with more than 3,500 students living in eight residence halls, and is home to a thriving, student-run community. Vale Village hosts many social events during the year, including a fireworks display every November around the campus lake, and Vale Fest, a student-run festival. Students will find The Hub to be a staple location while on campus, as it includes restaurants and campus pub, a convenience store, laundry facilities and The Vale 24 hour reception. 

Students will apply for on-campus housing with University of Birmingham during the admissions process, and must meet all deadlines set by the University to guarantee accommodation. Students receive a single bedroom within their flat, will have either an en suite bathroom or shared bathroom (depending upon their placement), and will have a shared kitchen. Virtual tours of accommodations on campus can be found here.  

Endicott students will select one of the following residence halls:
  • Shackleton
  • Chamberlain
  • Elgar Court
  • Aitken
  • Maple Bank
These residence halls are part of the University's meal plan, where Endicott students will have access to a commuter meal plan for the semester (equivalent to approximately 5 meals per week). The average cost of a meal is 4.60 pounds. Students will have funds loaded on to their University of Birmingham student ID card each week, which can be used at over 20 locations on campus and within The Vale. The dining service is "a la carte" meaning that you buy what you want (sandwiches, hot meals, drinks, etc.) and the cost is deducted from your account in a declining balance system. Students will be responsible for properly budgeting their available funds throughout the week for their daily breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Students studying during the spring semester will have a one-month Easter break. During this time, students are able to stay in their on-campus housing, however, there are limited food options as this break is falls outside of the spring term. Students are able to stay in Birmingham for all or part of their break, and may use it as a home base should they elect to travel during this time...which is highly encouraged by the Birmingham staff! 

Click here to view a video on University of Birmingham's meal plan, and a list of available food outlets on campus can be found here

Student Life
With over 20,000 undergraduates and 14,000 postgraduates, student life at Birmingham is lively and exciting. Most student activities are organised by the Guild of Students, a student run charity that provides advice, support and representation to students as well as running bars, shops, clubs societies and entertainments. With nearly 200 different student societies, and a great reputation as a sporting university, there is something for everyone to get involved with! Students also have access to world-class athletic facilities (some teams/individuals competing in the 2012 London Olympics trained here!), and upon arrival, can learn of the membership opportunities. Students should note that additional fees may be required. The University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus benefits from having all the facilities of a small town from dozens of cafes, coffee shops and restaurants, to banks, hairdressers, convenience stores and a post office.  

Birmingham Field Hockey

Student life off campus focuses on the suburb of Selly Oak, adjacent to the university campus, and is where most students in their second and third year of study live. It has a good array of services for students including pubs, take-out restaurants and a number of low cost supermarkets. Students will find evening entertainment, such as live music and trivia night, is always in full swing! Birmingham city centre is just an 8 minute train ride away from the university campus’ very own railway station, and off-peak return tickets cost less than two pounds putting the city centre and all it has to offer in easy reach!

Click here to view a video about social life in Birmingham city center and on campus at University of Birmingham!

Health and Safety

All students will travel abroad with GeoBlue international health insurance, which is purchased by the College. Students will receive an electronic and hard copy of their insurance card, and should a doctor's visit (commonly referred to as hospital visit abroad) be necessary, they should reach out to their on-site study abroad coordinator/resident director. Students will be required to contact GeoBlue prior to their appointment, unless of course in the case of an emergency, and should follow the procedures outlined here. 

Students are also encouraged to register themselves in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service provided by the U.S. government to U.S. citizens traveling abroad. STEP allows Americans abroad to receive updates from the nearest embassy or consulate and allows the Department of State to better assist you in an emergency. 

For additional health and safety tips, please visit our Health & Safety link on our main page. 

Student Visas
Students studying in England for one semester are not required to obtain a student visa. However, if a student chooses to study for a full academic year, he or she will receive the appropriate forms from the University of Birmingham to apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa. 

Dates / Deadlines:

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