University of Manchester

Manchester ranks as one of the top universities worldwide (#27, QS 2019), and is located in the UK's second largest city, also one of the top LGBTQ-friendly cities. 

Explore tradition with the impressive façade of the neo-Gothic Town Hall or experieince  history while wandering along the beautiful Victorian houses or through the reconstructed Roman Fort in Manchester’s Urban Heritage Park. The University of Manchester was created from the joining of Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 2004. The origin of the University of Manchester, with Victoria University being England’s first civic university, was closely linked to the development of Manchester as the world’s first industrial city. Therefore, the university has been a place of progressive thinking, research and teaching throughout history and today ranks among the top 30 universities worldwide.

Key information


Manchester, UK




Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status

Open for the Winter 2023 semester


2022-2023 applications

Applications for Fall 2022 semester and Full Year 2022/23: Closed

Application Deadline for Winter 2023 semester: September 16, 2022

First come, first considered

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

2023-2024 applications

Open November 1, 2022

Student experience

Click the image to read "Abroad in Manchester", a blog written by exchange students at the University of Manchester.

This info session was recorded in March of 2020. Stephanie from the University of Manchester was on hand to present all the details you could want to know!

Stephanie Nixon, University of Manchester

Program details

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.)

Closed Programs: Students should consult the "Subject areas with restrictions" and "High-demand subjects" tabs prior to selecting their courses.

Course Information:

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.

  1. Costs

    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.

  2. Funding

    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 also administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the funding page for more information.

    *This program is eligible for Eyes High funding! This is an internally nominated award worth $3000. Eligibility requirements and more can be found on the funding page.

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 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

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

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.

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The advisor for the program is: David Boggs

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.