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*University of Manchester

Manchester, United Kingdom

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The University of Manchester, founded in 1824, has an international reputation in many fields, including engineering, hard sciences, humanities and law. Having served as a place of learning for some 25 Nobel Prize winners, the faculty, students and staff of the University of Manchester are dedicated to innovation and learning. You will live in residence halls and take regular university courses with British students and faculty. Manchester's Students' Union is the largest in England and offers nearly 200 societies to join. The Athletic Union has more than 40 clubs with opportunities in many different sports and athletic ability. The International Society organizes weekly social events and trips around the U.K. and mainland Europe. The university also offers an orientation course for new overseas students, which runs for five days before the start of the first semester.



The University of Manchester has an international reputation in many fields. You will take three to five courses per semester. You may take any course offered at the university for which you are qualified. The University of Manchester offers courses across a wide range of subjects including:

  • Arts
  • Humanities
  • Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Business

For detailed information, see the Manchester course unit list.

Academic credit

For each semester of academic work completed abroad, you may earn 12 to 15 credit hours. Course credit transfers to MU, but your grades will not appear on your MU transcript and are not figured into your GPA. Although you are guaranteed to receive credit for successfully completed courses, you must work with your academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval for how the courses you take might fulfill specific degree requirements.


As the birthplace of capitalism, the Industrial Revolution and Manchester United, Manchester, U.K., rivals London in its lively history and modern culture. As host to the 2012 Olympic Summer Games' football tournament — it's footy, not soccer — Manchester has plenty going on. If you enjoy comedy, be sure to make your way to this northern English city for the U.K. National Laughter Festival and Championships. If you prefer a more sophisticated experience, make time to explore Manchester's many museums, theaters, ballet companies and art galleries. Animal lovers can stroll the winding paths of Chester Zoo while staying in the heart of this vibrant city. Music and dance lovers should check out some of Manchester's most beloved venues: Band on the Wall for jazz, Warehouse Project for popular DJs and bands, and Night and Day Café for cutting edge world music.

Centrally located within the city, and 20 minutes from the Manchester International Airport, the University of Manchester is within walking distance of the city center and many of the main attractions.  The university is at the doorstep of the Curry Mile, well known for its Indian and Pakistani food. Travel around the countryside is easy with the extensive rail network of the United Kingdom. Within a short distance from the city are the Lake District, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cheshire and Peak District.


Program budget

Additional expenses

In addition to the program costs paid to MU, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided.

Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.

Financial aid information

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.

Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarships toward program costs.

Dates and deadlines

Term Application deadline Program start Program end
Spring 2019 09/20/2018 01/19/2019 06/07/2019
Fall 2019 02/15/2019 09/09/2019 12/13/2019
Academic Year 2019 02/15/2019 09/09/2019 06/05/2020
Spring 2020 09/20/2019


We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you start an application for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.

  1. Meet with the International Center study abroad adviser listed in the program snapshot if you have any questions.
  2. Start an application using the button below if you are an MU student.
    • Non-MU students should visit our page for non-MU participants for more information about the application process.
    • Once you have started an application, you can return to it later by logging in to myStudyAbroad (see the button at the top of the page).
  3. Complete and submit your application.

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