Incoming exchange students and staff

Welcoming students and staff from our worldwide partners

University College Birmingham has long played host to exchange students from our partner institutions within the EU and around the world. We also welcome staff from our partner institutions each year for teaching or training purposes.

Key information for incoming students

Modules 

The choice of modules depends on your course of study at your home institution. 

  • 2020/2021 Semester 1 module list – available July/August 2020
  • 2020/2021 Semester 1 module description booklet – available July/August 2020
  • 2020/2021 Semester 2 module list – available November 2020
  • 2020/2021 Semester 2 module description booklet – available November 2020

Please note that students will be able to study no more than 3 core modules totalling 30 ECTS per semester.

Orientation and Enrolment

Orientation Programme for Erasmus Students

  • Semester 1 and Full Year - to follow in due course

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Study at University College Birmingham

How to apply

Students wishing to study at University College Birmingham as part of an Erasmus+ student mobility exchange programme, or as an international exchange student from one of our international partners, should submit the following paperwork when they have been nominated by their exchange coordinators:

  • Application form*
  • Draft Learning Agreement**
  • European Health Card
  • Two passport photos 

*University College Birmingham's Erasmus+/International Exchanges application form will be made available once you have been nominated by your home university’s exchanges coordinator. 

**Learning Agreement – please request a copy from your Erasmus+ or Student Exchanges Coordinator (at your home university).

You are required to submit a provisional Learning Agreement showing your preferred list of modules in conjunction with your Erasmus+ or Student Exchanges Coordinator as soon as possible and no later than one month before arriving in the UK. Please also include alternative choices in case some of your first choices are no longer available. You will be allowed to study a maximum of four modules per semester. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee your preferred modules.

Application process

You can download a PDF of the Erasmus+ fact sheet here.

Submission deadlines

2020/2021 Academic Year

  • 30 June 2020 for Semester 1 and Full Year nominations
  • 30 November 2020 for Semester 2 nominations

Please ensure the following are submitted as soon as possible:

  • Completed application form
  • Copy of EHIC or Private Health Insurance certificate
  • One passport-style photo

Once completed, please send by email to Lynn Wain (l.wain@ucb.ac.uk)

You will also be required to submit a draft Learning Agreement – please ensure this is submitted no later than one month before your arrival.

Accommodation

You can apply for accommodation at the University online. Find out more about our accommodation sites.

Before you arrive

Getting ready

Going to live in a new city and studying at an institution in an unfamiliar country can be daunting as well as exciting. However, we will do everything we can to make the transition as smooth and welcoming as possible.

Do I need a visa?

If you are of an EU/EEA nationality, you currently do not need a visa to study in the UK. However, in the event of Brexit this may change.

Exchange students coming to University College Birmingham from outside the EU may need a study visa. We recommend that you apply for a short-term study visa (formerly known as a student study visa) for six months as this is relatively easy to obtain. (Please note: you will be unable to work on this type of visa.)

Where will I live?

It is important to consider where you are going to live. Whether you would like to live in University-managed accommodation in modern, city centre surroundings, or would prefer private accommodation in the city or surrounding areas, we can help you. Please see our accommodation section for more information.

Banks

Will you need to open a bank account during your time in Birmingham? If so, talk to the local banks in your area and find out if they have links or agreements with any of the large UK banking institutions. Do not worry though as you will be given advice on how to open an account within a few days of arriving in Birmingham.

Personal safety

It is important for anyone living abroad to learn the best ways to keep safe in their new country. The British Council has compiled a personal safety guide especially for international students. It covers a range of issues from what to do in an emergency to driving in the UK.

The personal safety guide is designed to make your stay as pleasant and problem-free as possible. Visit the Education UK website for the guide.

Relaxation

We look forward to meeting you in Birmingham. Find out more information about your new student city by visiting our Living in Birmingham section.

Any other questions?

If you have any other questions, please contact us by sending an email to l.wain@ucb.ac.uk, or in person at the International Student Centre, located on the 2nd floor of The Link.

Erasmus+ staff mobility programme

Each year University College Birmingham welcomes a number of academic and non-academic staff members from its partner institutions. They visit us with the purpose of teaching or training. The Erasmus+ staff mobility programme offers excellent opportunities for acquiring innovative teaching methods and exchange of good practices and contributes to professional development.

The staff mobility programme is implemented and facilitated by the International Student Centre. Teachers and non-academic staff of partner institutions are welcome to contact the ISC by emailing erasmus@ucb.ac.uk.

All initial enquiries should include information on the preferred dates of the visit, objectives and expected results of the mobility, area of expertise of the mobile staff member and draft of the visit programme.