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Program at a Glance

University of Manchester

Country or area United Kingdom - England
City Manchester
Class Level Jr, Sr
Experience Type Immersion
Minimum GPA 3.0
Term Fall sem, Spring sem, Year
Taught In English
Language Prereq no
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About The Program

The most applied-to university in the UK, the University of Manchester is popular with British and international students. If you’re looking for a university renowned for engineering and sciences, but don’t want full-time big city life, Manchester’s the place for you. Like all greats, the university has a list of achievements, including the birthplace of nuclear physics―where Earnest Rutherford first split the atom. Herchel Smith developed the first contraceptive pill here, and Christabel Pankhurst became a well-known suffragette. Students consistently vote Manchester at the top for its academic quality, affordable accommodations, and student diversity. Check out the UofM Global Futures Scholarship for US undergrads.


While the University of Manchester has an impressive legacy in the sciences, it has a strong reputation across most disciplines, most notably humanities, economics, sociology, engineering, and the social sciences. Teaching at the University of Manchester is primarily lecture based, but students also have smaller, personalized seminar-style classes. The university is an important part of the city—its red-brick academic buildings and facilities are spread across the town over two parts commonly referred to as North Campus and South Campus. Everything a student needs is within walking distance and the campus areas are connected by a free bus service. The concrete student union building isn’t much to look at from the outside, but it has plenty of appeal inside, including cheap drinks, large food, and a host of supporting student services. Manchester is home to academics, artists, and musicians—check out the Manchester Art Gallery’s collection of Impressionist works. The Manchester Academy and O2 Manchester Apollo regularly host some of the world’s most exciting bands. A walk down Oxford Road, stretching from the Curry Mile, with its Indian, Pakistani, and Middle Eastern eateries, up to St. Peter’s Square in the city center, shows you’re in veritable student land. Cultural institutions such as the Whitworth Art Gallery, the Royal Northern College of Music, BBC offices, the Aquatics Center, and a good number of the city’s best music venues line the corridor.