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University of Manchester - Semester or Year Abroad


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this program in England with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

The University of Manchester is among the top universities in the world and has an international reputation for its research. They are consistently placed amongst the top universities in the UK. The university has almost 4,000 academic and research staff, many with international reputations in their subjects, providing students with a stimulating learning environment and the highest standard of teaching.

In Manchester students can experience some of the best in contemporary and classic art and theatre, as well as exciting museum exhibitions at the University's Whitworth Art Gallery, Contact Theatre and Manchester Museum. Manchester is considered England's second city after London, with much lower living costs than the capital. It is one of Britain's liveliest and most multicultural cities, buzzing with events, cinemas, exhibitions, clubs and bars that cater for every taste and background. It offers a vibrant world with which to engage during your study abroad experience.



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Manchester itself is a vibrant, youthful city with a thriving cultural scene and an abundance of theatres, restaurants, museums, music venues and sporting opportunities. It is located in the North West of England, approximately 180 miles north of London. Because of its prime location on the national and international network of airline routes, rail links and motorways, Manchester operates as a gateway to all areas of the country and to the rest of Europe and the world. There are daily direct scheduled flights to many major US cities, including Chicago, New York, Newark, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Orlando, as well as regular short-haul flights to many European cities such as Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Brussels.

More than 80,000 university students live in Manchester in total, meaning the city buzzes with young people. The birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester is a city of contrasts, with sparkling new buildings seated right beside regenerated original cotton mills and historic Victorian buildings and monuments. Manchester is also a great base from which to explore the rest of the UK. The beautiful Lake District, Peak District and Snowdonia National Parks are all within easy reach, and the North West coast is less than an hour away.


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Academic Highlights

The University of Manchester is world renowned for its academic and research excellence. In the 2013 Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranking of the world's top 500 universities, Manchester was placed 41st in the world and fifth in the UK. With a distinguished history and exciting agenda for the future, Manchester’s graduates are constantly in demand from the world's top employers. The high-quality education offered in the UK is recognized around the world – that's why students from more than 180 countries want to study at The University of Manchester.

The results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirm that The University of Manchester can compete with the very best research universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and London, and is well on the way to becoming one of the top research universities in the world by 2020.

Manchester’s curriculum is cross-departmental and this allows students to meet other students from different disciplines and explore ideas from different perspectives. You will experience a variety of teaching methods during your time at Manchester. Lab-based work and e-learning are given equal time with traditional learning methods such as lectures and seminars.

The Manchester Business School is AACSB and EQUIS accredited.



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Around the University

Within easy reach of the campus itself are bookshops; the Aquatics Centre (the venue for the 2002 Commonwealth Games swimming events) and Sugden Sports Centre; pubs, cafes and bars; health food shops; banks; the Manchester Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery; convenience stores; pharmacies; the Manchester Royal Infirmary Hospital; the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) Northern Headquarters, and beautiful public parkland.


Oxford Road, on which the South Campus is situated, is the busiest bus route in Western Europe, making transportation across the city very quick and easy. Also within walking distance of the University Campus is the famous "Curry Mile" - a dazzling stretch of inexpensive Asian restaurants, shops and internet cafes popular with both students and locals.


Students can choose from either catered (with a meal plan) or self catered accommodation, as well as from en-suite rooms (with a private restroom) or shared facilities. All students will have single-study bedrooms with shared living/communal areas. A wide variety of styles of accommodation are available, ranging from modern apartments to traditional collegiate-style halls of residence. Residences are self-contained communities with their own common rooms, bars and social activities.  Housing options for Spring semester students tend to be more limited.  


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University Services

Study Abroad students coming to The University of Manchester are looked after by the Study Abroad Unit, but also have access to the full range of standard university support services, including disability support, Careers Service, international advice and guidance, and counselling services. The Study Abroad Unit also offers a Mentor Scheme, enabling incoming study abroad students to be matched to a Manchester student who has previously studied abroad.



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Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

Exciting excursions and activities

A chance to meet other students

Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

University Orientation

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program, all students will participate in a university specific orientation.


To help students find their feet in their new environment, Manchester offers an orientation course for all new international students, including sessions specifically tailored for students who are studying abroad for a single semester or year. Orientation topics include Living in Manchester, Health and Well Being, Student Support Services and Money Matters, as well as a number of social events such as salsa dancing, a world quiz, karaoke and a barbecue. The International Society also runs an airport collection service (from Manchester airport) in September to ensure a warm welcome!



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Scholarships Available

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad strives to offer the most reasonable abroad fees to Europe.  To further enhance the affordability of the semester/year study abroad programs, we encourage you to apply for scholarships through all available scholarship sources.  Learn more about our scholarship opportunities

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad participant, you will be directly enrolled as a student in the university abroad. This allows you to take advantage of every opportunity to be culturally integrated in the campus environment and culture by participating in university activities with resident students. Students at The University of Manchester can take part in a huge range of activities during their period of study abroad. Lots of societies, run by and for students, exist at the University, enabling participants to meet like-minded friends – whether students are interested in Basketball, Dance, Film, Hiking, Swimming, Ice Skating, Jazz, Photography, Tai Chi, Rowing or Tennis, there are clubs to suit!


Community Involvement

Getting involved abroad can enable you to meet local students, make a meaningful connection with your campus and community, and enhance your study abroad experience. Your coordinator will connect you with local resources if you wish to volunteer for community projects through your host university. It is important for you to find the right combination of academic, cultural, and leisure activities in order to take full advantage of international learning and cultural immersion.


All students are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities at or near their campus, where permitted under host-country immigration regulations. Service learning is an integral piece of a well-rounded education, and we support students’ efforts to integrate into the local culture through volunteer activities. Students are provided with information on volunteer opportunities on campus or within the community during the orientation and preparation process.


Examples of how you can get involved in the community: 

Manchester Student Volunteers
Manchester Student Volunteers (MSV) is a project based at the Careers Service which links you to local not-for-profit organisations and other volunteering opportunities.

Study Abroad plus Leadership and Service program offered through the University


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Special Programs and Excursions

Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

Exciting excursions and activities

A chance to meet other students

Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events

Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.

On-Going Activities

Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.

Other Trips and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>


Study Abroad plus Leadership and Service

The University has an innovative ‘Study Abroad plus Leadership and Service’ program, which enables students to combine Service Learning and Leadership training with their standard study abroad program. 


The program allows students to engage with local community groups, facilitating engagement with British life and society in a more direct way than is possible through academic study alone. The taught leadership element of the program helps students understand the importance of sustainable leadership that promotes environmental care, social justice and prosperity.



There are three primary components of this prestigious program: 

Study Abroad Enrollment at Manchester:

Participants will take up to 50 Manchester credits of academic study towards your home university degree.

Leadership in Action Course

The 'Leadership in Action' course delivered by prominent University faculty and high profile external speakers, which covers topics such as:

  • Leadership for the 21st century
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business Ethics
  • Poverty, Globalization and Environmental Degradation
  • Sustainable Urban Development

Students studying for one semester will take this 10 credit unit (approximately 3 US credits). Students studying at Manchester for a full academic year can opt to take a 20 credit unit which involves undertaking an independent research project during the 2nd semester.


Your home university will be able to confirm whether credit transfer is possible for the academic element of this course, and in which area. This course would usually transfer as a Business or Sociology credit, but may be possible for many other disciplines.

Service Learning activity 

Students undertaking this program are required to complete 60 hours of service learning (at least 15 of these must be completed in Manchester). Students can undertake a wide variety of volunteering activities, including work with children, with homeless people, on environmental projects, or charity fundraising. Manchester staff will provide support to students to help them source appropriate opportunities.

There may also be opportunities to tailor your voluntary activity to your degree - for example, Art students may wish to volunteer in a gallery or The Manchester Museum.


Students who complete 60 hours of service learning plus “Leadership in Action” will receive the prestigious Manchester Leadership Award.


HOW TO APPLY - This program requires an additional application. It is a competitive program and acceptance to this program is not guaranteed. If you are interested in this program, please indicate your interest in your personal statement of your GlobaLinks Learning Abroad application to Manchester. For further information, please contact us at

Pre-Law Program

The university also has a Pre-Law program for students from US universities who are interested in progressing on to Law School after their undergraduate degree. The program gives students the chance to study law course units, such as Contracts, Torts, Criminal Law, Human Rights, Counter-Terrorism, and Law and Ethics, which are studied at undergraduate level in the UK.



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Enhance Your Experience Online

Global Citizen Development

Global CitizensThe new Global Citizen Development modules are online learning components designed to help you explore your study abroad destination and experience at a whole new level. These modules are not mandatory; however, we strongly encourage your participation as they will introduce you to the opportunities and challenges you may encounter when participating in a study abroad program, as well as expose you to cultural insights and knowledge about your host country to help make your program abroad even more successful and fulfilling. Through the 3 modules, you will refine your skills in cross-cultural observation, adaptation, and communication.  

Course Catalog


To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.


Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.


If you have any questions about course availability, please contact  


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University of Manchester Fall 2014 Semester
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program Fees *$12,715.00
Mandatory Activity and Excursion Package$1,000.00
Housing without MealsApproximately $3,500- $4,500 (Spring); $3,200 - $4,700 (Fall)
What's includedSee below
* Program Fee shown includes a $500 Affiliate University Discount

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

  • Multi-day on-site Bridging Cultures Program
  • Local Discovery Activities hosted by on-site Resident Coordinator
  • Welcome and farewell events
  • HTH Worldwide health insurance protection
  • Alumni opportunities, including professional ambassador program
  • International Student Identity Card
  • Exclusive Career-Building Alumni Institute (add-on option)

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.




Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 
Fall 2014 Semester - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureSeptember 7, 2014
Start DateSeptember 8, 2014
End DateDecember 12, 2014
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Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2014 Full Academic Year - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureSeptember 7, 2014
Start DateSeptember 8, 2014
End DateJune 19, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Spring 2015 Semester - SpringApplication Deadline: October 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureJanuary 16, 2015
Start DateJanuary 17, 2015
End DateJune 7, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1March 23, 2015 - April 14, 2015
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2015 Semester - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2015
Anticipated DepartureSeptember 6, 2015
Start DateSeptember 7, 2015
End DateDecember 13, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2015 Full Academic Year - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2015
Anticipated DepartureSeptember 6, 2015
Start DateSeptember 7, 2015
End DateJune 8, 2016
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and must show two semesters of grades at the time of application(second semester sophomore or higher). Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 3.00

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

Program Manager
Corey Westbury
1-800-980-0033 X 143

Program Assistant
Graham Cruise

Resident Director
Robin Buck

Resident Coordinator
Tanya Audas