By 2026 Birmingham students will thrive by discovering new cultures, learning new languages and travelling to more varied academic locations. Our network of global university partners is one that offers a great diversity of destinations, offering opportunities to study in all five continents of the globe, including Japan, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Sweden, Israel, Chile, Ghana and Vietnam to name just a few. Our network of global university partners offers programmes delivered 100% in English for Birmingham students to be able to succeed academically, bring back academic credits that count towards their degree, whilst also learning about old and new traditions in countries and civilizations different from their own. However, currently the majority of our students in 2016 select destinations close to their home comfort, favouring exchanges in the USA, Canada and Australia as their preferred destinations. So is it fear or misperception that prevents them stepping out of their comfort zone? Is it conscious or unconscious? Is it recommended or discouraged? ML students often have to choose less common destinations (predominantly in Europe, but also in Asia and Latin America) for the purpose of developing their language skills, and these students often enjoy the most culturally-enriched experiences. So by 2026 we hope that the wider Birmingham student body will seize the opportunity to stand out from the crowd and take advantage of more diverse study opportunities.
Our team of mobility advisors, along with personalised pre-departure briefings and a new non-credit bearing compulsory education enhancement module called #Myglobalstory will deliver personalised advising, matching students desires and needs with a range of short- and long-term opportunities from next door to far-afield, but always with the intention of widening student horizons at the forefront of our mind.