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Exchange Program: Aston University

Birmingham, England

Aston University was established in 1895, and has a proven record of academic excellence. The Aston Business School is one of largest and most highly regarded business schools in Europe. Located in the bustling city of Birmingham, there are many social and cultural activities available for students to enjoy. The university embraces international culture and hosts students from over 65 countries around the world. Aston is known for its close-knit campus atmosphere, allowing for international students to feel at home during their stay

The School

Aston’s campus is located in the center of the city, making most attractions and conveniences within walking distance of the university. With approximately 50,000 college students living in Birmingham, the nightlife is thriving and the club scene is widely viewed as Britain’s best. Student discounts are offered in many pubs, cafes, and restaurants throughout the city, making these activities more affordable. The University also supports the HOST program, where international students have the opportunity to spend weekends and holidays with local families, enabling them to experience traditional British culture. For more information regarding this program, visit HOST UK.

The City

With a population of more than one million people, Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK and is internationally recognized as a leader in leisure, entertainment, business, sporting events, and industry. There are several world-class art collections in Birmingham, as well as many museums, cinemas, and bars. The city is historically known as an industrial hub in Britain, but in recent years has become a cosmopolitan center with first-class social and cultural attractions. Birmingham also hosts many festivals throughout the year including an international jazz festival, a film and television festival, and a comedy festival.

Term Dates

Term 1: September to January
Term 2: January to May

Courses Available

Variety of graduate business classes (called “modules”). Students can take modules from any MSC program provided you have the pre-requisite knowledge. MSC in International Business is similar to the MIB program.



Grade Conversion

Aston GradeAston MarkAston DescriptionUF AssignmentGrad Business
D31-40Diploma PassDU
D+41-47Diploma PassD+U
C48-60Master’s PassCS
C+61-71Master’s PassC+S
B72-80Master’s PassBS
B+81-89Master’s PassB+S
A90-100Master’s PassAS

Credit Conversion

Refer to ECTS credit conversions.

Minimum Credit Requirements

Minimum 3 modules (courses) per term.

Estimated Costs

$1200 per month.


British Pound.


It is difficult to get on-campus housing for one-semester. Refer to the Fact Sheet for housing resources.

Travel Opportunities

Birmingham is easily accessible to many areas in the UK due to the fact that it is conveniently located near an extensive network of motorways and railways, as well as the Birmingham International Airport. London can be reached in about 90 minutes by train or two hours by car. There are also many ferries that travel from the UK to other countries in Europe, such as France, Spain, Belgium, and The Netherlands.