University of Manchester
The University of Manchester has a distinguished heritage that started back in 1824. It is the largest university in the United Kingdom, and receives more applications than any other university in the country. The university currently has over 40,000 students and more than 10,500 staff and boasts no fewer than 25 Nobel Prize winners amongst its current and former staff and students.
Manchester is in an ideal location to explore the nearby cities of Leeds and Liverpool. It is an hour away from the beautiful Lake District and two hours from London by train. Manchester is a lively, cosmopolitan city offering a vibrant mix of multicultural attractions.
Manchester is situated in the south-central part of North West England, fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south and the Pennines to the north and east. Forming part of the English Core Cities Group, Manchester today is a centre of the arts, the media, higher education and commerce.
Partner university's areas of study
Notes on Language of Instruction
ELIGIBILITY + TIMING
Who can go?
Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study. Students must have a minimum 72% cumulative average to attend this partnership. Please research applicable course restrictions on the University of Manchester's exchange website. Commerce: When applying to Go Global, UBC-V Commerce students must select 'University of Manchester-COMM' on their Go Global application.
UM semester 1: Mid September to Late January
UM semester 2: Late January to Mid June
UM summer: Late June to Early August
*Humanities students wanting to return to UBC for Term 2 will likely be able to take alternative exams in December. No alternative assessments are possible for Economics, Applied Science and Science students.
Notes on eligibility and timing
For students in possession of a Tier 4 Visa status, the University requirement is that you attend all classes, including lectures, seminars and tutorials. Any absences that are unaccounted for will be followed-up on by the International Office.
Course equivalency formula
Manchester credits divided by 4 = UBC credits
70-100% Excellent First Class Degree
60-69% Very Good, 2.1 Degree
50-59% Good, 2.2 Degree
40-49% Pass, Third Class Degree
39% and below Fail
Credit transfer process
The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)
* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.
Type of Go Global Experiences
Course information and restrictions
Semester two and full year exchange students: Students are expected to be in attendance for all examinations. Semester 2 and full year students are not permitted to take special assessments in place of examinations.
Semester 1 only, Commerce students: commerce students attending in semester 1 only are able to choose from a selection of semester one and full year courses. If students wish to leave in December and not return for the examination period in January, the student should complete the appropriate section on the course choice form supplied with the MBS acceptance pack. These students will be given special assessment arrangements in place of examinations for their chosen courses in the form of coursework/essays, group projects etc. Some extended January deadlines for submission of coursework may be given and students will be advised on the submission process on arrival.
Commerce students may only take 1 course outside of the Manchester School of Business Course offerings.
Full course load information
You will need to select a full course load of 60 Manchester credits per term or 120 Manchester credits per-year. For Manchester Business School: The full workload for the year is 120 MBS credits – 60 MBS credits per semester.
Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university
Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.
* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.
15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC. For the European Summer Study Program, tuition and other fees, aside from the application fee, are paid directly to the partner. Some exceptions may apply.
Scholarships + awards
The Go Global award $1000
All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.
Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.
Information for US students
If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.
If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.
If you attend an ineligible institution:
- You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
- You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
- You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
- You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Types of accommodation available
The University Accommodation Office will endeavour to allocate accommodation to students studying at UM for a Full Year, Semester One or Semester Two from University Halls. Students attending for one semester only will not be able to choose a specific Hall or the type of accommodation but can indicate a preference between a Self-Catered or a Catered Hall, although this cannot be guaranteed. Students should bear in mind that the cost could vary from between £50 - £120 per week.
The first semester contract terminates at the end of January and the full cost for the semester will need to be paid even if a student is permitted to finish at UM in December. The second semester contract terminates in mid-June.
Applications for accommodation will be sent with the application material and must be submitted to the UM International Office and not sent to the Accommodation Office.
Please note that UM is not responsible for the allocation of accommodation and once the allocation has been made, students must deal directly with the Accommodation Office or the allocated residence for any further enquiries.
UM is unable to assist with private accommodation arrangements but Manchester Student Homes is a useful contact.