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University of Birmingham
Spend a semester or year studying in England's second largest city.
Location: 
Birmingham, England
Language of Instruction: 
English
Term: 
Spring
Fall
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
American Studies
Anthropology
Art
Astronomy
Biology
Business
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Classics
Communication Studies
Computer Science
Design
Economics
Engineering
English
Environmental Studies
European Studies
French
Geography
Geology
Germanic Languages & Literatures
Global & International Studies
Health
History
History of Art
Information Technology
Linguistics
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religious Studies
Russian
East European & Eurasian Studies
Sociology
Theatre
Visual Art
Exercise Science
Community Health
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
Highlights: 
  • Birmingham is Britain's second largest city with a population of just over one million people, with 2.3 million people in the greater Birmingham metropolitan region. 
  • Located two hours by train from London, the city once proclaimed the first manufacturing town in the world is now recognized as a top international commercial center and a leader in higher education, with three universities in the city.
  • Birmingham has long been a major music and literary center in Britain.
  • The university is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of the top research universities in Britain, as well as a founding member of the international network Universitas 21. The University of Birmingham's faculty and alumni have won eight Nobel Prizes.
Program Summary: 

The KU Great Britain Direct Exchange Program (GBDX) is designed to stimulate and enrich the intellectual development of KU students through a direct experience in the British academic and cultural environment, promoting friendship with Great Britain and broadening international horizons. To realize this mission, KU has signed direct exchange agreements with ten universities in Great Britain, which allow KU students to study for a semester or year abroad at greatly reduced costs. In exchange, British students from these same universities will study for a semester or year at KU.

The University of Birmingham is the oldest of the six British "Red Brick" universities, receiving its royal charter in 1900, though it traces its lineage back to 1825 with the founding of the Birmingham Medical School. The university has 17,000 undergraduate and 8,000 graduate students, and was Britain's first university to offer women's dormitories, a purpose-built students' union building and a School of Business.  

Classes begin in late September or early October and finish in very late May or June. All universities offer generous vacation and travel times. There are also several semester-long options, although availability varies from semester to semester.

Location: 

Birmingham is Britain's second largest city with a population of just over one million people, with 2.3 million people in the greater Birmingham metropolitan region. Located two hours by train from London, the city once proclaimed the first manufacturing town in the world is now recognized as a top international commercial center and a leader in higher education, with three universities in the city.

Birmingham has long been a major music and literary center in Britain.  The "Brum Beat" movement of the 1960's gave way to bands that earned Birmingham the claim as the birthplace of heavy metal, followed by a steady stream of 2-Tone and New Wave bands. On the literary front, J.R.R. Tolkien and W.H. Auden called Birmingham home, and the city possesses a very active contemporary literary scene, covered extensively by the local independent publisher Tindal Street Press. The city that can claim both Tolkien and Ozzy Osbourne as native sons will surely have something to meet anyone's cultural tastes.

Academic Information: 

Students may earn up to 30 hours of KU credit for the year (120 Birmingham credits). Most disciplines are offered in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Business, Education and Health Fields. Students are required to enroll in 60 Birmingham credits each semester, the equivalent of 15 Kansas credits. At least 40 Birmingham credits (10 KU credits) must be taken within one School at the University of Birmingham. The remaining credits may be taken from up to two additional Schools. A list of faculties, schools and departments at Birmingham can be found here.

Courses and grades will be posted as KU equivalents on your KU transcript and grades will figure into your KU GPA. The relevant KU academic department will make the final decision regarding posting of credit and grades, and their application toward graduation.

Click Here for Steps to Selecting Courses at Birmingham: Course Selection Guide

Click here for sample courses KU students can take: Birmingham Course Equivalencies

Members of the KU Honors Program are eligible to participate in Birmingham's Liberal Arts and Sciences program, Birmingham's version of an Honors Program. Participants take one class each semester with their Birmingham Liberal Arts and Sciences peers. These classes tend to examine contemporary issues on an interdisciplinary basis, and feature a number of prominent guest speakers and opportunities for research and field trips. More information can be found here.

 

Housing: 

KU students are free to choose from several different university housing options, including rooms that come with a meal plan, self-catered rooms, rooms with en-suite bathrooms, and even studios and apartments, depending on your budget.

A good overview of the different housing available at the University of Birmingham, including cost, can be found here.

Eligibility: 

Open to KU students who have achieved junior status by the beginning of the program and who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8. Exceptions may be made for sophomores with high academic qualifications who meet the course prerequisites. Some of the British sites may have additional requirements, including pre-requisites and number of credit hours completed.

Add Course: 
Research Methods 2
PSYC2001
Both PSYC 210 (3) AND PSYC 202 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Social and Developmental Psychology
PSYC2061
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
4
Psychology and Statistics for Optometry
PSYC4111
The Department of Psychology has determined there is no PSYC equivalent. This course is not offered in 2016.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Status: 
No Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Research Methods A
03 08633
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Perception and Attention
03 08636
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Introduction to Learning
03 08641
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Introduction to Psychobiology: From Ion Channels to Abnormal Behaviour
03 08639
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Research Methods B
03 08635
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Memory and Language
03 08638
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Introduction to Developmental Psychology
TBC
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Psychobiology of Memory, Emotion and Motivation
03 8640
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Research Methods C
03 24684
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Visual Perceptions and Illusions
03 08653
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
The Development of Attachment Behaviour
03 08657
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Intro to Social Psychology
03 21140
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
NA
New module: not available to exchange students this year.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Research Methods D
03 24686
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Cognition in Infants & Children
03 08660
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Introduction to Psycholinguistics
03 08654
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Neural Basis of Movement
03 21574
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Personality at Work
03 26026
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Forensic Psychology
Full this year
Both PSYC 402 (3) AND PSYC 402 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
The Lying Brain: an examiniation of hallucinations & delusions in the normal, clinical and pathological populations
Full this year
This course counts as both PSYC 402 (3) AND PSYC 402 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Understanding Emotions: A Neurocognitive Perspective
02 24692
Both PSYC 402 (3) AND PSYC 402 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Visual Cognitive Neuroscience and Art
03 24689
Both PSYC 402 (3) AND PSYC 402 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Parental Cognition, Psychopathology, & Behaviour
03 21141
Both PSYC 402 (3) AND PSYC 402 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Why We Eat What We Eat: A Psychological Perspective on Appetite
03 24688
Both PSYC 402 (3) AND PSYC 402 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Adult Neuropsychological Syndromes
03 26024
Both PSYC 402 (3) AND PSYC 402 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Why We Remember and Why We Forget
TBC
Both PSYC 402 (3) AND PSYC 402 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Development & Disorders of Language in Children
03 23199
Both PSYC 402 (3) AND PSYC 402 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Sleep
03 24687
PSYC 472 (3) AND PSYC 402 (2) for a total of 5 credit hours.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Clinical Psychology of Severe Intellectual Disability
03 14653
Both PSYC 402 (3) AND PSYC 402 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Brain Damage and Aging int he Attentional System
TBC
Both PSYC 402 (3) AND PSYC 402 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Communities and Social Action
03 26025
Both PSYC 402 (3) AND PSYC 402 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Higher Cognitive Functions in Children, Adults & Non-Human Animals
03 21142
Both PSYC 402 (3) AND PSYC 402 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Speaking & Reading
03 22364
Both PSYC 402 (3) AND PSYC 402 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
What Makes a Mental Illness?
TBC
Both PSYC 402 (3) AND PSYC 402 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Adolescence: Mind and Brain
03 27868
Both PSYC 402 (3) AND PSYC 402 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Brain Imaging: A Toolbox for Understanding the Human Mind
03 27870
Both PSYC 402 (3) AND PSYC 402 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Rehabilitating the Brain
03 27871
Both PSYC 402 (3) AND PSYC 402 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
The Mind Detective: Understanding how the mind works by looking at what happens when its damaged
03 27872
Both PSYC 402 (3) AND PSYC 402 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
The Neurobiology of Mental Illness
03 27867
Both PSYC 402 (3) AND PSYC 402 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Generic Transformations, 1580-1780
18405
Both ENGL 301 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
English Literature 1790-Present
19588
Both ENGL 314 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Shakespeare: Selected Plays
19598
Both ENGL 332 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Poetry and Prose Writing
20337
Both ENGL 352 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Editing: Theory and Practice
20338
Both ENGL 360 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Drama and Media Writing
20339
Both ENGL 354 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Drama and Media Writing
20339
Both ENGL 353 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Story-telling for Page and Screen
20854
Both ENGL 353 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Making it New: Modernism and Literary Innovation in the Early Twentieth Century
22336
Both ENGL 560 (3) and ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
LC Transatlantic Literary Relations: Problematising the Atlantic as a Cultural Space
23716
Both ENGL 323 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Literary Aesthetics After 1800
24655
Both ENGL 302 (3) AND ??? (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
LI Chaucer and His Legacy
25849
Both ENGL 331 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
LI From Romanticism to Victorianism
26103
Both ENGL 302 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
LH Shakespeare's Tragedies
26835
Both ENGL 332 (3) AND ENGL (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
New World Orders? Literature After 1945
27773
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5

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To learn more about your study abroad options, we encourage you to visit the Study Abroad Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The Study Abroad Info Center offers walk-in advising for current and prospective students. Drop by to learn more about program options, make an appointment with a study abroad program coordinator, get information on scholarships and financial aid, and talk to returned study abroad students. We also encourage you to explore the resources available on our website to learn more about the application process, KU Core Approved programs, and the cost of study abroad. 

Study Abroad Information Center
Lippincott Hall, Room 105
1410 Jayhawk Boulevard
Hours: Monday - Friday. 9AM - 5 PM
Contact: studyabroad@ku.edu
 

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial Aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm and Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The financial aid officer will be happy to take any questions and can offer individual advising at the end of sessions for specific concerns. For those that cannot attend the weekly Info Sessions due to scheduling conflicts, we also offer appointments for financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students. Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

 

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