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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:
Language Requirement:
Illinois Sponsor:
IAGE (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)?

The British Exchange Program (BEP) is the largest and oldest exchange program at the University of Illinois. Exchange programs are available at universities in England, Scotland, and Wales. The BEP program offers University of Illinois students an affordable way to study abroad in the United Kingdom and the chance to take courses which can fulfill graduation requirements. As a participant in the BEP program, you enjoy the benefits of direct enrollment at a British university. You take all of your classes with British students, live in student housing with other British and international students, and have access to all the sports facilities and clubs of your host university.

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.

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.

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.

Check out this blog, where you can read about the experiences of study abroad students at the University of Manchester.
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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.


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


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.
*See official deadlines at the bottom of this page.

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
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Contact Information

Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:45 pm
Illinois Abroad Advising & 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
112 International Studies Building
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
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
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017
09/23/2017 01/23/2018 06/08/2018
Fall Semester 2018 02/15/2018
02/23/2018 09/14/2018 12/17/2018
NOTE: The provided dates are tentative.
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/15/2018
02/23/2018 09/14/2018 06/08/2019
NOTE: The provided dates are tentative.
Spring Semester 2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 01/17/2019 06/10/2019
NOTE: The provided dates are tentative.

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