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IAGE Exchange: BEP University of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirement:
None
Internship:
No
Housing:
Dormitory
Illinois Sponsor:
Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Foreign Institution:
The University of Manchester
Program Description:
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Program Specific Information
General Study Abroad Information
Program Cost, Financial Aid & Scholarships (*Please note that program-specific costs are available through the "Budget Sheet" link at the top of this page.)
Health & Safety Information
Passport/Visa Information

 
 

 
 
What is a British Exchange Program (BEP)?

British Exchange Programs are the largest and oldest exchange programs at the University of Illinois.  Students from all majors are welcome to participate in a BEP, and can choose to enroll for a semester or an academic year at several universities in England, Scotland, and Wales.  British Exchange Programs offer a wide selection of academic subjects, and they are some of the most affordable study abroad program options.  A British Exchange Program is a great fit for any student who wants to live and learn alongside British students, while continuing the Illinois exchange tradition within the United Kingdom.


Where you will study
 
The University of Manchester was founded in 1824, and with a current student population of over 38,000, is the community of students in the United Kingdom.  Manchester ranks as the 8th university in Europe and the 5th university in the UK (2013), and has produced 25 Nobel Prize winners.  For more information about what makes multicultural Manchester a great place to live and learn, click here.
 
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Courses
 
In the UK, courses are called "modules".  Modules can be available for the semester or the full academic year.

Before applying for study abroad, all students are encouraged to discuss their interest in study abroad with their academic advisor, and to determine when study abroad best fits within their degree program.  For more information about the available courses at the University of Manchester, visit the Manchester course catalog.  For a listing of courses that already have Illinois equivalencies, please visit the University of Illinois Course Approval Database.

Restricted and high-demand courses: please be aware that there are some courses that are restricted from exchange students studying abroad at Manchester.  In addition, it may be difficult to enroll in high-demand courses due to limited class space.  For details about restricted and high-demand courses, click here.  All students should aim to be as flexible as possible with their schedule for study abroad, to accommodate for limited class space and timetable clashes.

Fall semester exams: at Manchester, fall semester exams take place in mid to late January.  Because this interferes with the spring semester at many U.S. univerisites, some departments will allow study abroad students to take their exams in December.  Please note that not all departments allow this.  Please click here to determine which departments allow early assessment.  If your department does not allow early assessment, it is strongly recommended that you choose an alternative program.


Academic year and spring semester study abroad students are not permitted early assessment, and are expected to be present for all exams.

Students can earn up to 36 hours of credit for the academic year and 12-18 hours of credit per semester.

 

Class size
 
Classes are taught mixing lectures, seminars, tutorials, labs and fieldwork for a full learning experience. Similar to that of the University of Illinois, class sizes will vary at this large institution. Large lectures are accompanied by smaller discussions, which range from 15-30 students per classroom.


Language
 
All classes in this program will be taught in English.


Student Life
 
The University of Manchester has a lively student community, and the Students' Union houses over 200 clubs and societies - including Bollywood, Gaelic football, pirates, skiing, and yes - Game of Thrones.

The Students' Union also puts on several events on campus each semester, and the Manchester Academic specializes in the city's music scene.  Local bands, tribute bands, and underground bands play a few nights each week, so you might find next year's chart-topper!

Off-campus, the City of Manchester offers plenty of things to do.  From tea shops, to underground tunnels, to concerts and festivals throughout the year, Manchester caters to any and all interests.
 
 
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Onsite Support

International Student Office
 
The University of Manchester has its own international student office to assist with local issues (class scheduling, housing, etc.) and to occasionally plan social events. Find out more about University of Manchester’s international student office by clicking here.

Accommodation

The University of Manchester halls of residence offer students a variety of options for varying lifestyles.  Catered halls offer the convenience of a meal plan, with meals available in the hall cafetirias, and in several food shops and cafes on campus.  For students who prefer to do their own cooking, self-catered halls are equipped with fully-furnished kitchens.  The halls of residence also have their own sports facilities, libraries, and on-site bars, where students can work out, study, and socialize with their neighbors! For more information on the halls of residence, click here.


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Application Process

Eligibility

 
Minimum Eligibility for ALL Terms:
  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completed 2 university semesters at the time of application
  • After studying abroad in the fall and/or spring, the University of Manchester sends transcripts during the summer. This means that if you study abroad during the fall of your senior year and intend to graduate the following May, your graduation date would be delayed until August or December.
Dates and Deadlines
 
All requirements must be completed by the Illinois Abroad office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date.

Spring Semester Programs: September 15
Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs: February 15


How to Apply
 
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $100 Study Abroad Systems Fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.

This program has a two-step application process:

Step 1.) The Illinois Abroad application, which includes:
  • Official transcript (electronic version preferred)
  • 1 letter of recommendation (must be from an Illinois academic advisor, TA, or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Online questionnaires
Only application materials for Step 1 must be turned in by the corresponding term’s deadlines as listed above. 

Step 2.): The host university application (TO BE COMPLETED AFTER YOU ARE NOMINATED BY AN ADVISOR IN STEP 1):
  • If you are nominated by the Illinois Abroad office based on your application in Step 1, you will then submit a host-university application to the University of Manchester. Your study abroad advisor will provide you with additional information, and supplemental application instructions will follow.
This program is competitive. Students are strongly encouraged to identify a second and third choice program in the event we are not able to accommodate all applicants. To read more about the application review process for competitive programs, please review the information at http://studyabroad.illinois.edu/outgoing-students/outgoing-application-process/.
 
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Contact Information

Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday
12:00 (noon) - 4:00 pm
Illinois Abroad Resource Center (112 International Studies Building)
 
First Steps Info Sessions:
Click here for the dates and times of the First Steps Info Sessions.
 
Program Contact Info
Mike Nelson
sao-europe@illinois.edu
112 International Studies Building
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
217-333-6322
Reception hours: 9:00 am - 4:45 pm

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Program Dates

Please review the program dates table below:
 


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2017 02/15/2017
02/16/2017 09/16/2017 12/16/2017
Academic Year 2017-2018 02/15/2017
02/16/2017 09/14/2017 06/08/2018
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017
09/23/2017 01/23/2018 06/08/2018
NOTE: The provided dates are tentative.
Fall Semester 2018 02/15/2018 02/15/2018 09/14/2018 12/17/2018
NOTE: The provided dates are tentative.
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/15/2018 02/15/2018 09/14/2018 06/08/2019
NOTE: The provided dates are tentative.

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