University of Birmingham

The Fulbright University of Birmingham Summer Institute is a three-week academic and cultural programme for US students focusing on Film and Media, and hosted by the University of Birmingham. 

Founded in 1900, the University of Birmingham is the UK’s first civic or 'redbrick' university and is recognised as one of the world’s leading universities for the quality of teaching and research. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people’s lives. In the glorious heart of England, Birmingham is a diverse, modern and exciting city with a long cultural and intellectual heritage.

Seminars and workshops will combine with a range of exciting field trips to offer a comprehensive picture of film and media and their place in modern society.

The Summer Institute allows students to:

  • Take modules on film and media culture in the UK
  • Be taught by professional academics and practitioners who are experts in their field
  • Attend classes alongside students from around the world
  • Participate in seminars, “hands-on” demonstrations, tours and field trips
  • Receive credits to transfer to their home institution, subject to prior arrangement between the student and their institution


Previous module choices have included:

  • Film and Television Genre
  • Authorship
  • Audiences and Spectatorship
  • Performance
  • Audio-Visual Storytelling
  • Research for Film and TV
  • Filmmaking

In addition, a range of field trips and tours will be organised and may include visits to:

  • The Warner Brothers Studio Leavesden Studio where all eight Harry Potter films were produced
  • Birmingham’s Electric Cinema, the oldest working cinema in the UK
  • The BBC Centre in the Mailbox

Participants will also experience a varied and exciting social programme, including day trips to the historic cities of Oxford and Cambridge. There will also be a range of local cultural activities. At the end of the programme there is a farewell event to celebrate participants’ time and achievements.

More information

Programme dates

11 July to 2 August 2019 (travel dates not included)


Summer Institute participants will be assigned self-catering accommodation. Accommodation facilities and services include: double size en-suite bedroom, communal area and kitchen with cooking utensils and crockery (kitchen and lounge are cleaned once a week), bed linen including sheets, duvet & duvet cover, pillow and pillow case, internet access, onsite laundry, 24-hour security, bedroom and bathroom cleaning services. (Please note that rooms do not include clothes hangers and towels)


The University’s main campus has a good range of facilities that should provide you with the necessary services and essentials on a day to day basis. They include banks and shops, and a choice of places to eat. Summer Institute participants will be provided with a daily stipend to cover the costs of meals.

Academics and credits

The University of Birmingham International Summer Institute in Film and Media is equivalent to an accredited undergraduate course (20 UK credits, 5 US credits or 10 ECTS).  All participants will receive a certificate of attendance and an official University transcript that will indicate the programme of study followed, together with the results of the assessments taken and the credits obtained.