Quick Info

  • Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Spring, Year (Fall and Spring)
  • : Exchange
  • : Africana Studies, Anthropology and Archaeology, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classics, Computing and Information Science, East Asian Languages, Literature, and Studies, Economics, Education, Engineering, English Literature, Environmental Science and Geology, Environmental Studies, Film and Media Studies, French Language, Literature, and Studies, German Language, Literature, and Studies, History, History of Art and Architecture, Italian Language, Literature, and Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Portuguese Language, Literature, and Studies, Psychology, Religious Studies, Slavic Languages, Literature, and Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish Language, Literature, and Studies, Statistics, Theatre Arts
  • : 9/20/2019 - 6/22/2020
  • : Regular Pitt tuition and fees + living expenses + airfare. See details in Inclusions & Exclusions.
  • : Fall: Friday, 03/01/2019; additional information must also be submitted to this institution directly.
  • : 3.0 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


Birmingham offers an array of courses through four colleges: 

  • Arts and Law
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Academic areas offered at Birmingham, but are not offered at Pitt include the following: Urban Planning, Geography, Biochemistry and Nuclear Engineering.  

For more information about course offerings at the University of Birmingham, please consult the University's website.  For a full list of modules available to exchange students, please see the following list.  

Student Life

With one of the largest international student populations in the United Kingdom, the University of Birmingham is highly invested in helping students become involved in campus life.  Central to life at Birmingham is the Guild of Students, which is the students' union for over 28,000 students at the University.  The Guild is dedicated to making sure that students get the most out of their experience, which includes representing student issues, involving students in university life, and offering support and opportunities for fun.  Students can take advantage of volunteer opportunities facilitated by the Guild and join one of the 170 clubs and societies on campus.


The University of Birmingham offers a range of accommodations styles and guarantees housing to international students for their first year of academic study.  Students can choose from self-catered flats, en suite rooms, and modern, self-contained studio apartments.

To learn more, please visit the University's website.

Pricing And Dates

Arrive in Birmingham

Depart Birmingham

Early January


Arrive in Birmingham

Depart Birmingham

Mid September

Late December


Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from the exchange university.



Inclusions & Exclusions

You will pay regular tuition and fees to the University of Pittsburgh. If you have a tuition scholarship, please check with the entity providing the scholarship to confirm coverage for studying abroad. 

While you will pay Pitt tuition and fees (Student Activity Fee; Wellness Fee; Computer and Network Services Fee; Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee; International Services Fee (if applicable)), keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($400.00)
  • Deposit ($350, to be credited to your PittPay account)
  • Airfare (roundtrip ~ $1,000-2,000)
  • Visa Fee
  • Room and Board 
  • Meals and personal expenses ($500-$1,000 per month, depending on lifestyle and housing)
  • Books ($100-$300 per semester)

Personal expenses vary with individual students. Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Wondering about the cost of living? You can review the Birmingham website for more information. Also, visit our budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

For an overview of the general exchange program process, please see http://abroad.pitt.edu/exchanges. 

Insurance: Students visiting the United Kingdom for more than 6 months are no longer entitled to free medical treatment. Students must pay an NHS surcharge of £150 for the year. This is paid at time of visa application.  It is advisable to purchase medical insurance for students staying for less than 6 months. See details here

Visa: Nationals of non-EU/EEA countries need a student visa to study in the UK. The type of visa depends on the length of stay, nationality and whether the student wants to work or volunteer.  Those who are studying for 6 months or less will need the Short Term Student Visa, while those who are studying for a full year will need the Tier 4 Visa.  For further details on the two types of visa please visit here.  

Language Requirements: on-native English speakers will be required to show evidence of English proficiency either through the IELTS or other means.  Please check with Birmingham regarding the requirements.  

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Jessica Sun

Walk-In Advising Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 2 - 4 p.m.

Hailing from the great state of Texas, I am the exchange program manager at the Study Abroad Office at Pitt.  I am so excited to be a part of your exchange experience, be it here at Pitt or over at another institution overseas.  I studied abroad in Tuscany, Italy, while I was in school and absolutely loved all the experiences that came with exploring fresh pasta, Renaissance art and new experiences.  I certainly hope that you will love your exchange experience just as much wherever you choose.  Outside of the office, I am all about cities, food, art history and tea.  Good eating and traveling!  Let me know if you should have any questions at jessicasun@pitt.edu or at +1 412-383-7165.