North Central College - Naperville, IL


University of Birmingham

Fall Term

Full Year


University of Birmingham


Program Overview

One of the first campus-based universities in the United Kingdom, the University of Birmingham--ranked #13 overall among U.K. universities-- boasts an impressive list of superlatives:  considered on the top 10 most beautiful U.K. campuses, offering one of the broadest program ranges of any U.K. university, and hosting one of the largest international student communities in the U.K. Located only a seven-minute train ride to the vibrant city centre of England's "second city," this university of 28,000 students offers strong programs in music, theatre, sciences, business (in the oldest business school in the U.K.), religions studies, political science, architecture, athropology, sports and exercise science.



Junior or senior standing; GPA 3.0 preferred



Students usually earn 12 credits per term, however, this depends on course load and length of stay. All grades earned abroad affect your North Central College GPA when transferred back. Students cannot take courses pass/fail. 

Students choose modules from the following four faculties:

• Arts & Law

• Engineering & Physical Sciences

• Life & Environmental Sciences

• Social Sciences


For a list of courses available to study abroad students at the University of Birmingham, please click here.

Note:  Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get this change approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses that count toward their major abroad. To ensure that all courses count towards their degrees, students must get their department's approval.


Housing & Meals

University of Birmingham guarentees student accommodation on campus for all international students. Students apply for housing online once they have received their official acceptance letter from the University of Birmingham and are provided with a student identification number.

Housing accommodation at Birmingham usually consists of a single or double room in a flat with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Because the University of Birmingham is an exchange program, students should research accommodation and fees on the University of Birmingham website to determine which is option is best for them. To view accommodation options, please click here.


Estimated Costs

Students pay North Central College tuition and room and board to the host institution. Students are personally responsible for paying airfare, health insurance, departure tax, books, extra personal travel and spending money, as these items are not included in room and board fees. North Central College financial aid does apply.



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