Year Abroad

All students enrolled on the BSc Computer Science and the BSc Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science are eligible to take part in the Erasmus or Universitas 21 'Student Mobility Programme'. This means that you will spend your third year at an approved institution in another country, returning to Birmingham for a fourth year. During your year abroad you will study computer science topics that are appropriate to a second-year computer science student at the University of Birmingham.

Choosing to study abroad gives you the opportunity to experience new cultures, meet new people, and see more of the world… all while continuing your studies. Other benefits include:

  • Developing relevant, marketable skills – problem solving, communication, patience and perseverance, determination, self-motivation, analytical and study skills
  • Academic or subject related reasons – experience a different academic environment and way of teaching
  • Enhanced career prospects – employers more likely to choose you with additional offerings other than just your degree
  • Language and culture – opportunity to be genuinely immersed into another culture rather than just being a traveller
  • Personal development – increased confidence and ability to deal with difficult situations and unfamiliar surroundings
  • Contacts – build worldwide relationships that can last a lifetime and benefit you in years to come
  • Fun! – 99% of students that have studied abroad say that it is the best year of their lives

What are my options?

Birmingham University has an excellent international reputation and we are proud of the growing opportunities for our computer science students to study overseas at one of our European (Erasmus) or Global (Universitas 21) partner institutions:

Erasmus (Europe)
Erasmus (European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) is the European Commission's educational programme for Higher Education students, teachers and institutions. As one of the largest exchange programmes in the UK, Erasmus encourages students to move around within the EU, strengthening educational, cultural and linguistic interchange. As part of this, the University of Birmingham has more than 140 partner institutions throughout Europe.

Within the School of Computer Science in particular, the programme is available at several European universities, including:

  • Germany (Darmstadt, Dresden) 
  • France (Lyon) 
  • Italy (Pisa) 
  • Sweden (Gothenburg)
  • Greece (Thessaloniki)

You may also wish to contact our Exchanges Tutor, Dr P Tino.

Universitas 21 (Global)
Formed in 1997, Universitas 21 is an international network of 16 leading universities in ten countries, which enables students to complete exchange programmes. At the University of Birmingham, students compete for a limited number of places on the basis of academic performance in the first two years of study. Places you could study include:

  • Lund University, Sweden
  • The University of Virginia, USA
  • McGill University, Canada
  • The University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Beijing University, China
  • The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • The National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Learn more

Visit the web pages of Birmingham's Study Abroad and Exchanges Office.