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University of Manchester E and B EXC
Manchester, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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65%; Credit
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Business, Business School
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Exchange Semester/Year
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University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School 
Location: Manchester
Year established: 1824
Student population: 37,900
The University of Manchester is one of the top universities in Europe and the world, internationally recognised for both its teaching quality and research excellence. Manchester has teaching and research in more subjects areas than any other single-site British university, and due to their academic structure they are able to offer a very wide range of units to students who choose to study abroad here. The University – like Manchester itself – is a truly cosmopolitan community which last year welcomed students from almost 180 different nations.The vibrant campus and energy of the surrounding city makes the University of Manchester an exciting place to live, study and explore.

The Alliance Manchester Business School was established in 1965 as one of the UK's first two business schools. It is now the UK's largest campus-based business and management school. Research-led, AMBS delivers industry-focused business and management education at all levels.

A so-called “Red Brick” University - the University of Manchester is one of Britain’s most famous civic universities with a rich heritage of cutting-edge innovation and enterprise stretching back more than 180 years. It is one of the most popular universities in England and more students try to gain entry than to almost any other university. Twenty five current and former staff and students have gone on to become Nobel Prizewinners – including Professors Sir Andre Geimand and Sir Konstantin (Kostya) Novoselov, creators of Graphene – and their graduates include: actor Benedict Cumberbatch, TV Physicist Brian Cox, novelist Anthony Burgess, philosopher Wittgenstein, flight pioneer Arthur Whitten-Brown, and women’s rights campaigner Christabel Pankhurst.
Unique Characteristics

The University has the largest selection of undergraduate courses in the country. With award-winning careers service, graduates are highly employable. Courses draw on Manchester’s world-leading research and links to global industry. The University also owns and operates major cultural assets such as the Manchester Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery, John Rylands Library and Jodrell Bank Observatory.

The City of Manchester is home to the largest student population in Western Europe, and the University itself is at the heart of Manchester, so the city centre will play a big part in your life during your exchange. Manchester is considered the “uncrowned” capital of the North. It is among the most multi-cultured cities in England and cultural attractions aside, you can also eat, drink and dance yourself into oblivion. Manchester's prime location on the national and international network of airline routes, rail links and motorways, means that it is the perfect gateway to all areas of the UK and to the rest of Europe.


Academic Information

Units of Study 
Information about units of study available at the University of Manchester.

Subject Area/s: Business.

Exclusions may apply. 

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Autumn Semester: September – January
Spring Semester: February – June

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

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60 credits

The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
Class 1 – 70-100
Class 2i – 60-69
Class 2ii – 50-59
Class 3 – 40-49
Fail – 0-39

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be issued by Manchester and sent directly to your Exchange Adviser. Official grades are not released by schools until early July, and transcripts are therefore issued from late July onwards



Language of Instruction
Classes at the University of Manchester are taught in English.
Language Requirements
See the University of Manchester's language requirements for non-native speakers of English.

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What is the host city like?
The University of Manchester is located in the centre of the UK's most popular student city! Find out more information about life in Manchester

Manchester offers a wide range of accommodation options, ranging from modern self-catering apartments through to traditional collegiate-style halls of residence with meal plans. Find out more information on Manchester accommodation for exchange students.
Cost of Living
For exchange students looking for an affordable cost of living while abroad, Manchester is a great option. Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas in Manchester.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

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Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the University of Manchester.
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s academic calendar.
To help you find your feet in your new environment, the University of Manchester offers an orientation programme for all new international students, including sessions specifically tailored to exchange students. In addition, all students receive an arrival guide which contains a wealth of practical information to help you prepare for your time at Manchester.
Support Services 
The University of Manchester offers dedicated support to their incoming exchange students, both before and after their arrival in Manchester. A range of support services are available to students including disability supportEnglish language support and a mentoring scheme.
Information from the University of Manchester.
Information from the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration.

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Student Experiences

Alan Zhao
Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws, Semester 1, 2018
Host City Highlights
Manchester has a very diverse urban sprawl, spanning from quiet suburbs and parks to the bustling city centre and even the modern BBC centre of upper Manchester (near Salford). Personally, I found that in nice weather the Deansgate area was great to chill at during the day as it is surrounded by canals and lively cafes and bars (also great nightlife). Didsbury was great for a nice brunch and cafe food as well as the nearby Fletcher Moss Park. Then the largest and must luxurious shopping centre I've ever seen was the Intu Trafford Centre further west from the famous old Trafford football stadium, both are worth going to. 

Uni Life
University culture was very welcoming, chill with a student union that actively encourage to join student clubs and societies. Due to the consistently large number of international students and students from all across UK studying at the University of Manchester, clubs such as the International Student Society and even the exchange program will run pub crawls or casual get togethers to get to know locals and other exchange students. Social life was great, hiking society and day trips to nearby or even other parts of the UK was common, and almost every night is a good night out.
Class sizes for tutorials were kept small and intimate around 8-20, allowing a good level of detail put to each student. It also greatly promoted group work and discussion, although many students were consistently away or university strike action occurred. The learning environment was still great, and it is a stated expectation that at least half or even more of the work is to be done in your own time. The tasks were well set, not impossible but still challenging and requiring a good deal of research, most subjects had one mid-sem assignment followed by a final exam with heavy weighting or simply one final exam/assignment. Contact hours per week were around 12-15 including both lectures and tutes.
Manchester is famed for its middle-eastern food, and for good reason, the "curry mile" has a great selection of food from small hole in the wall kebab shops to Indian /Lebanese restaurants. All these foods were also considerably cheaper than that closer towards the city centre (cost around 6-12 pounds pp). In the city, Gusto Italian served top notch Italian food for around 12-16 pounds pp (28 AUD). The Asian food especially Japanese food was pretty lacklustre and pricey compared to the variety and quality we have in Sydney. For Chinese and Korean there are a few legitimate spots scattered throughout the city centre and around Northern Quarter. Otherwise brunching was similar to Sydney although maybe a little worse and coffee was far more expensive (3-5 pounds) and also tasted worse (maybe just a different bean).
I lived in the Victoria Park area for housing in the Oaklands Block. Each floor in this block had 4 bathrooms (even split male and female), with 2 showers per bathroom (totalling 4 usable showers for each sex). Each block also had at least one common room as well as two kitchens each floor and these were all kept pretty clean. My room was pretty good with a wardrobe, desk, heater, sink and window, although compared to the other newer blocks Oaklands rooms are smaller. If I did this all over I might have chosen the Fallowfield area instead (further down away from the main university campus), simply because the halls are slightly more lively there and largely where the non-first year students reside.
Money Matters
Because I did do quite a bit of travelling just because other European countries were more accessible, my final costs including accommodation and food and travel expenses etc. amounted to around $18000 AUD. I may have been able to cut down on these costs but shopping was far too easy and generally cheaper, hall catered food became really bland and travelling was too compelling. Still, the cost of living in the UK is not cheap even in comparison to Sydney, and so I would have still needed around 12000 AUD with some minor travelling in the UK and more moderate spending. A student visa in the UK does not legally allow you to work while studying so that is a limitation to keep in mind.
Getting Around
Manchester's transport system is well developed and almost everywhere is accessible by bus, their main mode of transport. The busses generally all go down Oxford Rd and to the city centre and come every 5 minutes. For Northern and Western Manchester, the tram in the city centre takes you there, although personally I never took it because there is still a bus that can do it, or otherwise Uber is relatively cheap (compared to Sydney) and sometimes even cheaper when split among a full car. Otherwise bikes are very popular in Manchester, with set bike lanes especially if you are going south to explore the more suburban areas.
I think the best plan is to book early, being constantly on the lookout for Easyjet/ Ryanair's cheap flights. These come often and may not always be where you planned, but almost every where in Europe or even Africa is a good go, so I say if you are travelling on a student budget and just want to travel, be open to going almost anywhere. Within the UK, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Isle of Skye (book way in advance, as all the Airbnbs get booked out 2-3 months beforehand) the Lake District (Windermere and surrounding towns) and even London are good places to go and quite easy to get to. Modes of transport include trains (get a student rail card to get 30% off all trains, costs 50 pounds max to get to most other UK cities), a car if you have an international licence or flight sometimes (these can be cheaper than trains), and coaches as the most budget mode of transport. Coaches are long trips (6-8 hours from Manchester to London) but can cost as little as 9 pounds. Everywhere in UK is nicer in the Summer months, but Scotland has a pretty cool atmosphere even in the other seasons.
Top Tips
I think students wishing to study at the University of Manchester for exchange should be prepared for a bit of a culture shock and embrace the difference in the whole vibe of the city and its people. Manchester has its roots as an industrial city, and so at first glance many of the buildings may seem simplistic, but in fact, many are cool places to hang out or may be the new putt-putt golf that’s popped up. Manchester is also very multicultural and not prototypically "English" i.e. not like what you see on British TV shows (those representations are closer to the people in London). The people are very friendly, willing to help or share insights but at the same time have a toughness and resilience to them (similar to many Australians in a way). Lastly, be prepared for how bad the weather can be in any month that's not Summer, be ready for constant rain and very cold weather.

Read more experiences from the University of Manchester here!

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