The City of Birmingham
Birmingham, England's second largest city, is a cosmopolitan and vibrant city ideally placed for travel in and out of the UK. Just 90 minutes from London by train and 30 minutes from the international airport, Birmingham has excellent access to the UK's road and rail network, making it ideal for days out to explore the UK or to visit friends at other universities. The Edgbaston campus is within easy reach of the city's highlights. Birmingham has an extensive student nightlife and the campus has a strong presence in the city. The University train station is right on the doorstep and one stop from the city centre, buses run every few minutes and black cabs and private hire cars are freely available The city isn't far from the open countryside of Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire or Stratford-upon-Avon, where the Royal Shakespeare Company stages plays regularly. Warwick and Kenilworth Castles are well-known landmarks and for those who like the great outdoors, Coombe Park and the expanses of Cannock Chase are easily accessible.The beautiful towns of the Cotswolds are ideal for day trips, as are Bath and Cheltenham. Smaller villages like Painswick, Biddestone, Winchcombe or Woodstock have unspoilt walks and small independent shops.
The University of birmingham
The University of Birmingham is a leading research university in one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in Europe. With over 26,000 students, one of the widest ranges of courses of any UK institution, nearly 500 undergraduate programmes, more than 320 postgraduate taught programmes, and a beautiful campus, Birmingham is committed to investing in the student experience. The academic community includes over 4,000 international students from 150 countries. The Edgbaston campus is a safe, friendly environment with an impressive mixture of sculptures, striking Victorian and modern buildings - and a range of facilities for students, staff and visitors. Some of the organizations around the University were once used exclusively by academics, but now attract visitors from all over the world. With an impressive sculpture trail on campus, an art gallery and botanical gardens, and important historical collections in the schools and departments, there's a lot to see and do at Birmingham.
Students can apply for the full range of courses available at The University of Birmingham except Medicine. However the student does have to show a background of study in the subjects of their choice. One of the distinctive feature of academic life in the UK is the specialised nature of the study which students undertake in Higher Education. Students will usually 'belong' to one and, at most, two Schools or Departments and will take the majority of their modules here. As far as possible students should try to choose the majority of their modules from one specific department as this will help to give them a better 'identity' during their time at Birmingham. We will allocate all students a 'host department' on the basis of the module choices in the application form.
You should refer to this information before accessing the university on-line academic handbook. Some departments have produced specific study abroad sections on their web-pages or wish to direct students to more complete information than that which is provided in the academic handbook. There are also some additional notes for particular departments regarding possible enrolment periods, module restrictions etc.
English: Unless there is a specific agreement with your institution enrolment is for a full academic year only. There are some restrictions on the number of modules you can take in the Department of English and full information is provided on the webpage link. All students choosing modules in the Department of English must be majoring in Literature at their home institution. Business: Full-year preferred. Fall possible. Should have a background in business. CALS has an exchange for AEM majors with the School of Business. Computer Science: Students must enrol for a full academic year. In exceptional cases it will be possible to accept students for Spring/Summer term only. Geography: Exchange and Occasional (Visiting/study abroad) students are not allowed to take the field course modules or the dissertation modules. Medieval and Modern History: Students wishing to take modules in History are expected to attend for the full academic year. There is a special module provided called 'The Making of Modern Britain'. Philosophy: In principle, exchange students are welcome to take any Philosophy module as long as the level chosen is appropriate to their ability. If there are any doubts, please contact the department. You may also look at the Philosophy website for further information about the modules provided. Political Science and International Studies: No Spring term enrolment is possible in this field.
Program websites: http://www.bham.ac.uk/, http://www.ppd.bham.ac.uk/progmods.
Cornell Abroad participants must maintain a full course load during their period of study abroad.
As on all Cornell Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Cornell transcript but are not calculated in the cumulative grade point average.
Fall Semester: early October - mid-December
Spring Semester: early January - mid-June
The University has a variety of catered and self-catered residences. On-campus accommodation is not guaranteed and http://www.birminghamstudentpad.co.uk is a new service introduced by The University of Birmingham and the partner StudentPad.co.uk to help in the search for student accommodation within private sector.
The Students' Union at the University is called the Guild of Students. The Guild is the place to be if you are interested in joining sports teams or student organizations.
Immunization for group C meningococcus and for mumps is recommended by UK health authorities.