University of Manchester

Located in the UK's second largest city, the University of Manchester ranks as one of the top universities worldwide. Manchester is known for its diversity, and is one of the top immigrant and LGBTQ-friendly cities.

Explore the history of this city with the impressive façade of the neo-Gothic Town Hall, the beautiful Victorian houses, and the reconstructed Roman Fort in Manchester’s Urban Heritage Park. The University of Manchester was created from the joining of Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 2004. The University of Manchester continues to be a place of progressive thinking, research, and teaching, and ranks among the top 30 universities worldwide.

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Manchester, UK




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2024-2025 applications

Fall 2024 and Winter 2025
First come, first considered 


University-specific additional requirements

No university-specific requirements. See the Eligibility section below for more information.

2025-2026 applications

Open November 1, 2024

Student Experience

A Study Abroad State of Mind - University of Manchester exchange 2019-20

Kylea Taylor

Info Session

Stephanie Nixon, University of Manchester

Program details

Areas of Study:

Astronomy, art history, anthropology, archaeology, biology, business*, chemistry, computer science, creative writing*, drama*, earth science, economics, east Asian studies, engineering (aerospace, chemical, civil, materials, mechanical, petroleum), English, environmental science, European studies, fashion retailing, geography, Greek & Roman studies (classics), history*, international relations, math, Middle Eastern studies, music*, neuroscience, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology*, religious studies, sociology, urban studies/planning.

Languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish. 
The language centre also gives students access to courses in: Arabic, Catalan, Dutch, English, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Polish, Turkish and Urdu. (Not appropriate for students who major in these languages.)

Closed Programs: Students should consult the "Subject areas with restrictions" and "High-demand subjects" tabs prior to selecting their courses.

Course Information:

Courses at Manchester are called "course units". Students at Manchester must take 60 course units per semester. 
One UCalgary half course equivalent = 12 Manchester credits. Course information can be found online.

The academic year is divided into two semesters. Semester 1 runs from mid-September to late January. Semester 2 runs from late January to early June. It is possible to finish the fall semester in December if students choose course marked with "AA" (alternate assessment) and will be coming home for winter semester.

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.

    Find more about cost of living at Manchester.

    Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your University of Calgary funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree seeking student at the UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information. 

Full year exchange students are guaranteed university accommodation if they apply by the deadline. Single semester students are often placed but are not guaranteed a room. Second semester is usually tight for housing. Students can choose from both catered and self-catered options.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the University of Calgary, who have completed at least one full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0(B), including in the most recent semester at the time of application.

Students apply to UCalgary first, then we nominate accepted students who have met the minimum requirements to our partners. Once you have been nominated to Manchester, you will then apply directly to their exchange program. For more details on Manchester's application click here.

Students traveling on passports from countries that don't have English as a first language must prove their English proficiency. For more information about Manchester's requirements click here.

The UK has laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination and is a marriage equality country. Manchester has one of the largest LGBT scenes outside of London and the university has a student society that LGBT students can join.

Students with disabilities can read more about the disability support services available at Manchester.

What is so cool about Manchester?

Among the 25 Nobel Prize Winners from Manchester are Ernest Rutherford and Niels Bohr for their work on the atomic model, as well as Melvin Calvin for his work on the photosynthetic process of conversion of carbon dioxide into carbohydrates.

Manchester has many of the courses for semester 2 being offered online. All courses in the faculty of humanties (expect music, drama and film studies) will be offered entirely remotely. Psychology units are also all offered remotely. The majority of Biology units will also be available so if a student is flexible, the exchange office will notify students if a particular course had in person options so they could swap for an alternative. 

Please search for the units in their subject list - the last column indicates the faculty.

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment. In these videos, you will learn much of the basics about Global Learning, which may answer your initial questions.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how this program might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions, please reach out to our office! We offer drop-in advising for general inquiries, and if you have questions about this specific program or any others, you can book an appointment with the responsible advisor.

Please use the link below to find the most up-to-date information about our current advising options.

View the Global Learning Advising page

The advisor for the program is: Saniya Korhalkar

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.