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  • Locations: Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Auburn University Exchange Program College/School: College of Architecture, Design and Construction
Department: Building Science Click here for a definition of this term AU Faculty Leader(s): J. Mark Taylor,
Majors Eligible: Building Science Majors Click here for a definition of this term Student Level: JR-Junior
Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 3.0 Applicant Requirement: AU & Non-AU students may apply
Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required
Program Description:


Building Science Exchange Program at
Birmingham City University in the UK


Auburn BSCI students will complete their second semester professional program requirements by studying at the School of the Built Environment at Birmingham City University, Birmingham, England.

The Birmingham School of the Built Environment is a major provider of professionally relevant courses for the property and construction industries - they recently celebrated their 50th year. A modern, multi-disciplinary and diverse educational champion of the built environment, offering courses dedicated to the teaching of future professionals. Each course is accredited by at least one of four professional bodies. The courses offer a balance approach to learning; successfully incorporating research, scholarship, industry engagement, and practice.

Courses to be taken at BCU are (1) Technology 2, (2) Procurement, (3) Project Planning Management and (4) Operational Management. These four courses will provide course substitution credit for BSCI 3550-CIT II, BSCI 3650-Project Controls II, BSCI 3700-Safety, and MNGT 3460-Organizational Behavior, respectively. In addition to these courses, Auburn students will take an on-line course in order to earn their 30-hour OSHA card.   


BCU is located in one of the largest cities in Europe offering a mix of galleries, music, restaurants, etc. Home to more than one million people from a range of different cultures and ethnic groups, including the UK’s largest student population outside London, Birmingham is an exciting, diverse city with world-class restaurants, entertainment and shops. The BCU campus is located about 120 miles from central London, one can easily travel to London by train in less than 2 hours.  Birmingham Airport offers easy access to all major airports in Europe and beyond.

Download a copy of the 
AU-BCU Flyer 2014-15.pdf


Participants should be able to travel and live independently, navigate bus and train transportation, extensive walking, and stairs.


This study abroad program is available to four (4) Auburn students who have been admitted into the BSCI professional program.  The Auburn students will spend the spring semester of their junior year in England studying at BCU. Non-Auburn students may apply, however preference will be given to Auburn University students. Students enrolled in other ACCE accredited programs may participate if space is available.


Auburn students must:

  • Have been admitted into the BSCI professional program
  • Have an Auburn GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Submit a letter of interest to the program coordinator no later than the end of September
  • Arrange for an interview with the selection committee between October 1st and October 10th
  • Students accepted into the program will be notified by mid-October

Upon acceptance into the program:

  • Students must apply for housing at BCU
  • Apply for a student Visa (application must be within 90 days of beginning studies)


Spring 2020

  • 27 January 2020: Date classes Begin
  • 6 April- 17 April 2020: Easter Break
  • 29 May 2020: Date classes and Examinations End


Courses to be taken at BCU include:

  • Technology 2:  Credit for BSCI 3550 - Const. Information Technology II
  • Procurement:  Credit for BSCI 3650 - Project Controls II
  • Project Planning Management:  Credit for BSCI 3700 – Safety*
  • Operational Management:  Credit for MNGT 3460 - Organizational Behavior
Click here to see courses previously taken by Auburn students at Birmingham City University!

*Auburn Exchange Students will take an OSHA on-line course in order to earn their 30-hour OSHA Card


As an Auburn-BCU Exchange student you pay Auburn University tuition directly to
Auburn. No tuition is required in addition to this at BCU.


  • AU Tuition:  $5,484 (for In-state students)
  • BSCI Prof Fee: $2,160
  • AU International Travel Insurance: $2/day
  • UK Student Visa:  $129

All budgetary amounts are approximate and dictated by student choice and current exchange rates:

  • Housing: $2,400
  • Flight (R/T): $1,000
  • Food: $1,500
  • Miscellaneous: $1,000
  • Travel: $2,000
  • TOTAL: $14,960 (for In-state students)


Students will need to arrange their own housing prior to arrival at BCU. A number of housing options are available to the students, on campus and a short distance from campus. Local bus transportation is available throughout Birmingham. Auburn students may need to be flexible on housing options due to availability during the term which they will be at BCU.

Visit BCU Accommodation Website for more information on housing specifically associated with BCU.

Auburn students have lived in the Curzon Gateway flats (apartments) within 5 minutes walking distance from campus as well as the Bullring shopping center and Birmingham New Street train station. This complex is one of three through Unite Student Housing, which has three separate properties in Birmingham. The flats are new construction and have 3-6 bedroom apartments, each bedroom with their own private bathroom. Each flat has a shared kitchen, dining, and living area. The leasing office of each complex (specifically Curzon Gateway) has shared laundry facility and a common area which has mailboxes, vending machines, TV, pool table, computers, and other games that students may use.

For more information, visit the Unite Student Housing website and specifically the Curzon Gateway page.



Birmingham, United Kingdom

The second largest city in the United Kingdom after London, Birmingham is home to over 1,000,000 people and boasts a world-class array of cultural institutions, several top universities, and endless opportunities to experience the British way of life. Birmingham today stands as an important world commercial center, yet retains its history and traditions which date as far back as the 6th century with the settlement of the Beorminga tribe—the city’s namesake. Originally chartered as a “market town”, Birmingham has long been based on commerce. With the Industrial Revolution of the mid 1700s, the city boomed and has continued to flourish since. It has played a key role in the formation of the modern British political system as well as contributed much to the nation’s innovation and industrial development.

Modern “Brummies”, or residents of Birmingham, enjoy visiting cultural attractions like the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, marveling at architectural wonders like the Selfridges building, and supporting the home football teams, Aston Villa F.C. and Birmingham City F.C. The city is also known as the birthplace of Cadbury’s, the famous British chocolatier. Birmingham offers students an incredible opportunity to experience the rest of the United Kingdom and continental Europe through its international airport and access to an extensive rail system. Frequent trains run from Birmingham to London, as well as other major British cities, allowing students the freedom and flexibility to see this truly incredible part of the world.




Independent Excursions: Students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to travel during the semester as the course schedule allows. Plan on arriving a week before classes start in order to explore London for a couple of days and get settled into your housing accommodations. In addition, the British have a three week holiday during Easter allowing ample time to explore nearby countries.

Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the community and culture of Birmingham and BCU. A great place to start looking for interesting organizations and activities is by visiting the BCU Student Union Website.



If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


  • A UK student visa is required for stays of more than 90 days. Cost of the student visa is currently $129.
  • In order to get a student visa, Auburn students will be given proper documentation to present at time of Immigration into the UK. Students will indicate that they are studying for the semester and will receive proper authorization.


Contact J. Mark Taylor ( with any program specific questions.

McWhorter School of Building Science

Birmingham City University

This program is currently not accepting applications.