University College Birmingham is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. UCB is a compact, specialist institution in the heart of England’s biggest regional city. Birmingham has the buzz of a major city without the inflated London price tag. The University is big on vocational courses – the majority of which are accredited by the University of Birmingham – and big on linking academic theory to modern workplace skills. It’s also big on you. Our size and teaching philosophy means the focus is on each individual student. At University College Birmingham, you will never be a face in the crowd.
University College Birmingham (UCB) values its strong links with industry, enabling us to support our students’ future progression. We have excellent relationships with local, national and international businesses and practitioners, ensuring students have the professional skills and attributes to build a successful career.
UCB is situated in the heart of Birmingham which lies in the heart of England. We are right at the centre of the exhilarating cultural, social, economic and physical changes that are transforming our city for the future. Birmingham is the second-largest city in the UK and only about an hour journey to central London, so many experiences are always nearby.
University College Birmingham comprises three sites – Summer Row, McIntyre House and Richmond House – all within a short walking distance, in the heart of the city centre. Each site has its own distinct character, student services and specialist teaching facilities.
All subjects are open at University College Birmingham to qualified SDSU students.
All courses are taught in English.
Semester 1: Mid September to Mid January
Semester 2: Late January to Late June
Hints for Researching Program and Available Courses
View the UCB Incoming Exchange
student webpage for module/course listings.
One 20 credit UCB module is equivalent to 5 SDSU semester units. Three modules (60 credits) is a full semester load and six modules (120 credits) is a full academic
year load. Generally students take 3 modules per semester for a total of 60 credits.
All students should discuss module descriptions with their SDSU academic advisors early. Be aware prerequisites for modules/classes in the UK are taken very seriously and students mostly enroll in Year 2 modules if they need upper-division credit.
Note: At University College Birmingham, SDSU considers 5+ level courses as upper division.
Housing and Meals
See the UCB Accommodation pages
and International Student Accommodation
webpage for more details.
Other practical information for exchange students is available on the UCB incoming students webpages.
All SDSU students will be automatically enrolled in the appropriate international health insurance for their study abroad term. The insurance charge will appear on your student account services billing shortly before departure. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure.
All U.S. citizens studying in the United Kingdom for one semester (less than six months)
required to apply for a visa; they receive a Short-Term Student Route visa stamp upon arrival. However, students going for a full academic year (more than six months)
are required to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa, which also allows U.S. citizens to legally work. Please see the UK Border Agency
website for more details and instructions.
For more information about entry/exit requirements for your host country, visit the U.S. Department of State