Stephanie Nixon, University of Manchester
Areas of Study:
Astronomy, art history, anthropology, archaeology, biology, business*, chemistry, computer science, creative writing*, drama*, earth science, economics, east Asian studies, engineering (aerospace, chemical, civil, materials, mechanical, petroleum), English, environmental science, European studies, fashion retailing, geography, Greek & Roman studies (classics), history*, international relations, math, Middle Eastern studies, music*, neuroscience, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology*, religious studies, sociology, urban studies/planning.
Languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.
The language centre also gives students access to courses in: Arabic, Catalan, Dutch, English, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Polish, Turkish and Urdu. (Not appropriate for students who major in these languages.)
Courses at Manchester are called "course units". Students at Manchester must take 60 course units per semester.
One UCalgary half course equivalent = 12 Manchester credits. Course information can be found online.
The academic year is divided into two semesters. Semester 1 runs from mid-September to late January. Semester 2 runs from late January to early June. It is possible to finish the fall semester in December if students choose course marked with "AA" (alternate assessment) and will be coming home for winter semester.
Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.
Manchester estimates living costs to be about £9,390 per academic year or £4638 per semester.
Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.
Did you know that you can take your University of Calgary funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree seeking student at the UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.
Our office administers several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information.
Full year exchange students are guaranteed university accommodation if they apply by the deadline. Single semester students are often placed but are not guaranteed a room. Second semester is usually tight for housing. Students can choose from both catered and self-catered options.
This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the University of Calgary, who have completed at least one full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0(B), including in the most recent semester at the time of application.
Students apply to UCalgary first, then we nominate accepted students who have met the minimum requirements to our partners. Once you have been nominated to Manchester, you will then apply directly to their exchange program. For more details on Manchester's application click here.
Students traveling on passports from countries that don't have English as a first language must prove their English proficiency. For more information about Manchester's requirements click here.
The UK has laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination and is a marriage equality country. Manchester has one of the largest LGBT scenes outside of London and the university has a student society that LGBT students can join.
Students with disabilities can read more about the disability support services available at Manchester.
What is so cool about Manchester?
Among the 25 Nobel Prize Winners from Manchester are Ernest Rutherford and Niels Bohr for their work on the atomic model, as well as Melvin Calvin for his work on the photosynthetic process of conversion of carbon dioxide into carbohydrates.
Manchester has many of the courses for semester 2 being offered online. All courses in the faculty of humanties (expect music, drama and film studies) will be offered entirely remotely. Psychology units are also all offered remotely. The majority of Biology units will also be available so if a student is flexible, the exchange office will notify students if a particular course had in person options so they could swap for an alternative.
Please search for the units in their subject list - the last column indicates the faculty.