This is a reciprocal exchange relationship between SJSU and the University of Birmingham. Earn SJSU resident credits for all completed courses.
- Pay your normal SJSU tuition and fees
- Use your financial aid and apply for scholarships
- Immerse yourself in British culture
- Study for one semester or an academic year
- Gain an advantage when applying for jobs and graduate school
Birmingham is is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England, situated on the River Rea. It is the largest and most populous British city outside of London, with a population of 1,101,360 in 2014. A medium-sized market town in the medieval period, Birmingham grew to international prominence in the 18th century at the heart of the Midlands Enlightenment and subsequent Industrial Revolution, which saw the town at the forefront of worldwide advances in science, technology, and economic development, producing a series of innovations that laid many of the foundations of modern industrial society. Birmingham's distinctive economic profile, with thousands of small workshops practising a wide variety of specialised and highly skilled trades, encouraged exceptional levels of creativity and innovation and provided a diverse and resilient economic base for industrial prosperity. Perhaps the most important invention in British history, the industrial steam engine, was invented in Birmingham. Birmingham's major cultural institutions – including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the Library of Birmingham and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts – enjoy international reputations, and the city has vibrant and influential grassroots art, music, literary and culinary scenes. Birmingham is the fourth-most visited city in the UK by foreign visitors.
The University of Birmingham is a public research university located in Birmingham, United Kingdom. It received its royal charter in 1900, making it the first English civic or 'red brick' university to receive its own royal charter. It is a founding member of the Russell Group of British research universities; the Russell Group is the British equivalent to America's Ivy League universities. The university was ranked 15th in the UK and 82nd in the world in the QS World University Rankings for 2016-17. In 2013, Birmingham was named 'University of the Year 2014' in the Times Higher Education awards. The 2016 Global Employability University Ranking places Birmingham at 90th worldwide and 10th in the UK. Birmingham is also ranked 9th in the UK for Graduate Prospects in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. The student population includes 21,495 undergraduate and 12,335 postgraduate students, which is the fourth largest in the UK and roughly equivalent in size to SJSU. The university is home to the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, housing works by Van Gogh, Picasso and Monet, the Shakespeare Institute, the Lapworth Museum of Geology, the Cadbury Research Library home to the Mingana Collection of Middle Eastern manuscripts, the Lapworth Museum of Geology, and the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower, which is a prominent landmark visible from many parts of the city.
- be enrolled as an SJSU student for one semester prior to departure, or be a California community college student eligible to enter SJSU by the semester of departure
- have Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing by the semester of departure.
- have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
The University of Birmingham is open to students from any major / minor at SJSU. Four out of the five colleges that make up the University of Birmingham are open to exchange students; these include:
The entire course catalog of these colleges is open to you, however in the British system students only take classes within their field of study (the degree plan is called the 'course' and the individual classes are called 'modules'). You can search the courses available here
. Navigate to the individual courses, then course details, and then 'modules' to find detailed information about the classes themselves.
INTERNSHIPS / WORK OPPORTUNITIES
Exchange students are allowed to work on or off campus up to 20 hours per week, providing there is no work restriction on their student visa. The University of Birmingham exchange program does not offer formalized internship programs, but the university can provide support with internship placements.
Students accepted on exchange at the University of Birmingham are guaranteed on-campus accommodation.
University housing options to choose from include:
- A single study bedroom in a flat with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities
- En-suite accommodation with shared kitchen facilities
- Studios and apartments where you have exclusive use of a kitchen and bathroom
Benefits of University housing:
- Choose from self-catered accommodation where you can cook your own meals
- Select the flexible Meal Plan option where you can eat at any of 22 locations across the Campus
- Access to Wi-Fi is standard throughout all accommodation
- Utility bills, basic content insurance, 24 hour customer service as well as access to the Studenty Mentor Scheme and the Residents' Association is all included
Further information about the different types of University housing can be found on the Accommodation Pages
. Students not wishing to live on-campus may live off-campus.
When you step onto campus, you will be immersed in Birmingham's historic red-brick buildings and glorious green spaces. You'll find the Edgbaston campus both a peaceful and vibrant place to spend your time, whether it's studying on one of the lawns, or enjoying a hot drink in one the many cafes. When you are on campus, you are in the heart of University life - it's the perfect place to meet friends, whether it's to have a bite to eat, discuss your seminar notes or meet up before heading off to a sports club or society. You can also take advantage of the fantastic facilities on campus. Study in the state-of-the-art academic library
with its stunning views over campus, or go for a swim after lectures at the brand new £55 million Sport and Fitness Club.
Groups and Societies
The Guild of Students
offers support and advice to all students, and plenty of opportunities to meet new friends and really get involved in university life. Birmingham has over 250 different societies, loads of sports groups, so whether you've always wanted to try something new, volunteer in the local community or you want to continue with a much loved hobby, there's something for everyone!
Semester A: mid September - mid December
Semester B: early January - late March
BUDGETING FOR YOUR SEMESTER
**These costs are current as of 2018–19. These are estimated
costs for one whole semester. Consult the Bursar’s Office for up-to-date information on tuition and fees. Personal expenses do vary between students: those who eat out at restaurants or plan to travel frequently should estimate higher.
*Student Health Insurance: All outgoing exchange students are required to purchase the SJSU-approved University health insurance plan through JCB Insurance Services.
- SJSU Tuition & Fees: $3,900.00
- Round Trip Transportation: $1,200.00
- Room & Meals: $3,500.00
- Books & Supplies: $200.00
- Insurance: $350.00*
- Personal Expenses: $2,500.00
- Total: $11,650.00
FINANCING YOUR SEMESTER
Financial Aid: Students who are participating in certified SJSU study abroad programs can use all of the financial aid including grants, scholarships, and loans (except work study) for which they are normally qualified. For more information click Here
Scholarships: Scholarships for study abroad come in many forms: SJSU Study Abroad Scholarships, Program Specific, National and International scholarships. Find links for these scholarships and online scholarship search engines by clicking Here