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:  one the top 10 most beautiful U.K. campuses, one of the broadest program ranges of any U.K. university, and 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 29,000 students offers strong programs in music, theatre, sciences, business (in the oldest business school in the U.K.), religions studies, political science, anthropology, engineering, sports and exercise science, history, English and philosophy. £500 scholarships through BUTEX, a U.K. higher education membership organization, are available for students in all NCC England programs.



Junior or senior standing; GPA 3.0 preferred


AcademicsA. Marsh fall 2014

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. 

Birmingham offers strong programs in:

• Music

• Theatre

• Sciences

• Business (older business school in the U.K.)

• Religious Studies

• Political Science

• Anthropology

• Engineering

• Sports and Exercise Science

• History

• English

• Philosophy


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.


Photo:  NCC student, Alexis Marsh, with a friend at the Tower Bridge in London. Alexis studied at University of Birmingham for fall 2014


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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Last Updated:  September 10, 2015