The University of Birmingham, with around 27,000 students, is the largest university in the English metropolis of Birmingham and also one of the largest in the West Midlands and the whole of England.
Within the framework of the ERASMUS exchange programme, only Bachelor students can study abroad at the University of Birmingham.
The University of Birmingham
Study Abroad and Exchanges,
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston,
Birmingham B15 2TT
Tel: 0044 121 414 7166
Fax: 0044 121 414 5109
Bachelor + Master
Study Abroad and Exchanges
University of Birmingham
Tel: +44 121 414 7696
Dr. Chris Mayhew
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Birmingham
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 4729
As from September 2013 entry, all students MUST take a full credit load. This means that students who are at Birmingham for the full year must take 120 Birmingham credits. Students at Birmingham for part of the year must take 60 Birmingham credits.
The academic year is divided into three terms as follows:
* Autumn Term: September to December (11 weeks of teaching plus a welcome week)
* Spring Term: January to March (11 weeks)
* Summer Term: April to June (8 weeks)
Full details of dates of terms can be found by looking at the University calendar
There is no teaching in the Summer Term; it is used for revision and examinations. The exam period begins in early May and ends in the first week of June. Although term extends until the middle of June, students are permitted to leave as soon as their exams are completed. This means that some students may be finished by the middle of May. It is understood that some students must return home for summer jobs or summer sessions at their home universities, but other students prefer to remain until the end of term as there are many social events on campus such as the Summer Ball. Students also use the campus as a convenient base for travelling around the UK or Europe. Please note that students electing to leave early will remain responsible for accommodation charges till the end of the term.
For full time students this would include the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms. For students attending for the winter semester this would include the Autumn term only and for students attending the summer semester this would include the Spring and the Autumn terms.
Students who are registered for the Spring/Summer Terms or for the full year do not have the option of absenting themselves from exams for fewer credits. Students are NOT permitted to attend for Autumn and Spring terms or the Summer term only e.g. it would not be possible for students to leave in March.
The number of modules required to obtain that number of credits varies, because different modules carry a different number of credits. Remember that if a module is worth, for example, 20 credits and it is a full-year module, a part-year student taking only half of the module will receive only 10 credits. In terms of ECTS credits, a full year at Birmingham is worth 60 ECTS. Part of a year will be worth 30 ECTS. In January (for December leavers) and July, marks are ratified by an Examination Board.