International Exchanges
(Pitzer Students Only)

England: Birmingham

Program Title Pitzer Exchange with the University of Birmingham
Location Birmingham, England
Host Website http://www.birmingham.ac.uk
Eligibility Students in good standing at Pitzer College. Preference is given to juniors and first semester seniors but sophomores are eligible if space is available.
Preparation At least one European area studies course in literature or film, history, or political studies is required. Suggested additional general preparation options include: Comparative Politics; Intercultural Communications; Language Culture and Society; Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies; Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology.
Application Pitzer College general application and the forms required by the university.
Program Dates Fall Semester: Late September to mid January
Spring Semester: Late January to June
Full Year: Late September to June
Required Courses Participants are expected to take one course that includes content on British history, politics, literature or culture, and the Pitzer Sakai course Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing.
Intensive Language Not applicable.
Independent Study See a Study Abroad Adviser.
Course Options Courses in the humanities, social sciences, history and politics are the most easily arranged. From the main page http://www.birmingham.ac.uk, go to the Undergraduate tab, then choose “course finder”.
Credit Possible Students must take a full Birmingham course load, which is 60 units in order to earn four course credits at Pitzer. 60 units means 3 classes that are worth 20 units each or 6 classes that are worth 10 units each.. In addition, students will earn 0.5 Pitzer course credit for the Sakai course. See above under Required Courses.
Housing Options Students live in university accommodations located about a 30 minute walk from the campus. Students locate their own housing with assistance from the Housing Office in Birmingham. Students receive a stipend to prepare their own meals.
Advising Notes Students are accepted by an individual department, and university policies make it difficult to register in classes in more than one department, although one course in another department may be possible. Grades are provided in June of each year so transcripts from both fall and spring are not available until late summer.