Newman University College in Birmingham has unveiled plans for students to study at its US namesake.

The college in Bartley Green has teamed up with Newman University in Kansas for a new student exchange programme starting later this year.

From September, second year students studying combined and single-honours degree programme will have the opportunity to spend one semester at the Wichita campus.

It is hoped the partnership will also grow to include staff exchanges and combined research opportunities in the future.

Dr Susan Docherty, head of theology and combined honours programme leader at Newman University College Birmingham, said the move would allow students to “broaden their horizons”.

She said: “Having visited our US counterparts towards the end of 2011, I’m excited by the possibilities presented by this new partnership.

“As students enter increasingly global workplaces, it’s essential they gain experience of working in different geographies if they’re to appreciate the nuances of different cultures and become effective, responsible leaders.

“At Newman University College, we’ve long recognised the importance of broadening students’ perspectives – offering opportunities to take part in established exchange programmes such as the European Erasmus programme.”

News of the American partnership comes almost a year after Newman announced plans to work with two Catholic colleges in Hong Kong.

The partnership could see joint research and a pilot degree programme in ethical business studies.

Students from Newman’s American counterpart will also have the chance to study in Birmingham as part of the exchange programme.

Dr Michael Austin, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Newman University, Kansas, said: “The beatification of Blessed Cardinal Newman in 2010 provided a welcome opportunity to focus attention on the value of higher education as well as highlighting the opportunity to develop international networks by establishing links with institutions inspired by his teaching.

“The shared ethos enjoyed by Newman University, Kansas and Newman University College Birmingham became clear during Dr Docherty’s visit late last year and we’re looking forward to exploring the wealth of opportunities for collaboration that this new partnership promises.”