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  • Locations: Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Restrictions: UMass Amherst applicants only
  • Program Costs: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/18/2019 ** Varies 01/28/2020 06/07/2020
NOTE: Orientation TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Advisor: Michael Romero Click here for a definition of this term Who Can Apply?: Mass Public Colleges, UMass System
Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Anthropology, Art History, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Communication, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, English, Environmental Sciences, Finance, Geography, History, Information Technology, International Business, International Relations, Landscape Architecture, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Public Policy and Administration, Religion, Social Thought and Political Economy, Sociology Click here for a definition of this term Key Word Search: American Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Host Institution: University of Manchester Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3 Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange
Click here for a definition of this term In Classes With: Mostly Host Country Students Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: Junior
Click here for a definition of this term Application Includes: Official transcript, University of Manchester application Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Residence Hall
Program Description:

Manchester campus & logoThe Victoria University of Manchester, founded in 1851, was the first of England's great civic universities and has been regarded as one of the country's top institutions for both teaching and research.  The University of Manchester, formed in 2004 from the merger of the Victoria University with the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), now ranks as the largest single-site higher education institution in the country with over 35,500 students. It is also the UK's most popular university--receiving more applications for undergraduate study than any other British university.


Situated in the North West of England, almost equidistant between London and Edinburgh, Manchester lies at the center of an excellent air, road and rail network.  The city combines the grandeur of its Victorian architectural and business heritage with the vigor and excitement of an international metropolis which has one of the largest student populations in Europe.  Manchester is surrounded by national parks, with Snowdonia to the west, the Peak District to the south, the Lake District to the north and the Yorkshire Dales to the east.  Quiet market towns and villages are within easy traveling distance.  Manchester is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK and offers tremendous opportunities for nightlife, the arts, and sporting events.


Students may choose courses from as many subject areas as they wish, with appropriate academic background and prerequisites.  60 credits (15 UMass) is a full-time load per semester, and 120 credits for the year.  Course choices must be approved by the individual departments at Manchester, and certain subjects may be highly enrolled (e.g., Politics). Manchester Study Abroad/Exchange Guide

Subject areas with restrictions:

Accounting & Finance / Business - Study abroad/exchange students may take only courses if the red information box states "This course is available to Study Abroad students and Exchange students admitted through the Study Abroad Unit at the University of Manchester." However, students may choose any business courses listed under Business and Marketing.

Architecture - A limited number of places are available, and students must have completed a minimum of 3 years undergraduate study of architecture to be eligible to apply for Architecture course units.

Psychology - Only Level 1 and 2 courses are open to study abroad/exchange students. Level 3 courses may be available, but students have to request to take them.

Drama - Study abroad/exchange students can usually select only Level 1 Drama course units. However, on an annual basis, two Level 2 Drama study courses and two Level 2 Drama practice courses will be available.

Geography - courses at levels 2 and 3 are only available to students studying for a full academic year.

Economics - there are space restrictions on Economics courses.

Please note that, due to the requirement to complete clinical placements, courses in the following disciplines are not available to study abroad students: Dentistry, Pharmacy, Medicine, Midwifery

Living Arrangements

The University Accommodation Office will allocate housing to students studying at Manchester for a full year, Semester 1 or Semester 2 from Halls featured in the Student Accommodation booklet.  Students attending for one semester only will not be able to choose a specific Hall, but can indicate a preference for a self-catered or a catered Hall.  The first semester contract terminates at the end of January (even for students leaving in December) and the second semester contract terminates mid-June.