Manchester University fact sheet

University of Manchester

Manchester, England

Fall semester 2021 and Academic Year 2021-22

Application due to OIA by March 1, 2021

University: University of Manchester (UoM)

Student body: 40,250 (26,855 undergraduate)

International students at university: 11,545 (5,825 undergraduate)


Academic units:

The College’s agreement enables students to study in any academic discipline within the university. Faculties include:

  • Humanities
  • Science and Engineering
  • Biology, Medicine and Health

Specialist pathways are also available to exchange students. These pathways provide students with specific skills in a range of areas.

  • English Language Pathway
  • Pre-Law Pathway
  • Leadership and Service Pathway
  • Sustainability initiative

Course load: IU students are expected to take 15 credits (50/60 UoM credits)

Course catalog: course unit list and course search

Language of instruction: English

Grades + Transcripts: UoM uses a numeric grading system from 0-100%. The pass mark is 40%.

View the grading scale

At the student’s request, IU departments will review courses to determine how they will apply to your degree. Please note that IU does not accept Pass/Fail.

Academic calendar:

Fall semester: September 27, 2021 – January 31, 2022 (tentative)
[Academic Year: September - June]

Alternative Assessments:

Some academic schools at UoM are able to offer assessments (tests, papers, etc.) in December so that students can complete their studies for the semester and return home.

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Student visa information: Students will apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

UoM will issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for an exchange student to apply for a visa.

Learn about immigration + travel

Air travel: Exchange students will be responsible for arranging and purchasing their own round-trip international airline tickets for dates appropriate for the term at the host university. Exchange students should only purchase tickets once UoM has confirmed the dates of arrival. Students who are nominated for the exchange are eligible to apply for a travel grant from OIA.

Nearest international airport: Manchester Airport (MAN)

Housing: Students studying abroad at UoM for a year are guaranteed a room in Manchester accommodations. Students coming for one semester only are not guaranteed a room, but under normal circumstances are usually allocated one.

Applications for housing are available online after admission into the exchange program.

Learn more about housing

Pre-departure orientation: The College OIA will provide an orientation the prior semester to help students prepare for their programs.

Departure preparation + arrival details: UoM offers students an orientation program and an arrival guide that will help ease the transition for exchange students.

Estimated costs per semester:

  • Tuition: IU Tuition
  • Accomodation: $3,294
  • Food: $967
  • Books and supplies: $250
  • Transportation: $291
  • Other expenses (laundry, printing, entertainment): $1,018
  • OVST administrative fee: $238
  • Plus insurance, visa, airfare

Application information

Student eligibility requirements:

  • Must be pursuing a degree within the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Have completed a minimum of one year at IUB prior to enrolling abroad and not be in your last semester
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Have a passport by the time applications are due at the host university, valid at least 6 months after the anticipated return date

For this exchange program, students must be nominated by the College Office of International Affairs (OIA).

Due date for applications to OIA:  March 1, 2021

Application process:

  • If you would like to apply for this exchange, please visit
  • Complete the application form and upload a statement of intent.
  • Send the recommendation form link to the person who will supply a reference for you. It must be submitted by the application deadline.
  • OIA staff will conduct interviews with select students (semi-finalists) to determine their suitability and preparedness for the exchange. Students must come to the interview prepared with a list of prospective courses they might like to take abroad.
  • OIA will nominate finalists to UoM. Upon acceptance, UoM will contact students to invite them to apply for admission. An academic transcript and copy of your passport will be required at this point.

Have questions?

Questions can be directed to the College Office of International Affairs at

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