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.
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 are enrolled in the Liberal Arts & Natural Sciences (LANS)
program while at the University of Birmingham. Birmingham offers Endicott students the opportunity to register for modules in four of their schools (listed below), and will be enrolled in one 10 UK credit required course, and the remaining 50 UK credits are chosen from the available modules.
College of Arts and Law
College of Social Sciences
- African Studies
- American and Canadian Studies
- Drama and Theatre Arts
- English Literature
- History of Art
- Modern Languages and Cultures
- Theology and Religion
College of Life and Environmental Science
- Birmingham Business School
- Government and Society
- Social Policy
College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
- Earth Sciences (Geology)
- Environmental Sciences
- Geography and Urban Planning
- Psychology (including Neuroscience)
- Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Information on each module, such as description, the semester it is offered, and the number of UK credits it is worth, can be found in the course catalog.
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
- 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.
The levels of instruction are as follows:
The semester equivalents 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
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.
- 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.
The Fall 2017 Academic Calendar is as follows:
The Spring 2018 Academic Calendar is as follows:
- Arrival Date: September 15-17, 2017
- Orientation: September 18, 2017
- Classes Start: September 25, 2017
- Break: Dates provided directly, if applicable
- Classes End: December 8, 2017 (date includes any final exams that may be given)
- Departure Date: December 9, 2017
Housing & Meals
- Arrival Date: January 5-7, 2018
- Classes Start: January 8, 2018
- Classes End: March 23, 2018 (date to be confirmed upon arrival)
- Easter Break: March 30 - April 23, 2018 (dates to be confirmed upon arrival)
- Final Exams: April 30 - June 1 (provisional)
- Departure Date: Students are allowed a flexible 2 week window in which to depart
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:
- Elgar Court
- 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. A list of available food outlets on campus can be found here
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! 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.
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!
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.