The Academic Program
Visiting students at Manchester are offered a wide choice of courses across the range of the University's work. The Faculties and Schools of Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Social Sciences and Law, and Science and Engineering are likely to cater for the interests of most study abroad applicants. A full catalogue which lists available courses is available upon request from the Penn Abroad office and the Penn Abroad advisor for U.K. programs can help interested students to obtain detailed course information.
While the majority of applicants will be majoring in the Arts and Humanities, the University of Manchester encourages science, engineering and premedical students to consider study abroad because it is very strong in these areas. One of the many positive features of the Manchester study abroad program is that students are taught alongside British undergraduates, but may choose freely courses from more than one department. A range of teaching and learning methods will be used but most courses will offer a blend of small group teaching within a seminar and/or tutorial format. In Science and Engineering courses, students have laboratory and special project work. The number of formal teaching hours varies from subject to subject, but in all subject areas students are expected to undertake a large amount of independent reading and self-directed study. Advice on adjustment to the British academic system is provided during the orientation sessions and at any time from individual tutors.
A full course load for the semester would be 60 Manchester credits or 120 for the year.
As on all Cornell Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Cornell transcript but are not calculated in the cumulative grade point average. The following grade conversion is recommended: A = 70 and above, A- = 68-69, B+ = 65-67, B = 61-64, B-= 58-60, C+ = 55-57, C = 50-54.
Fall Semester: mid-September - early February
Spring Semester: early February - mid-June
Students studying abroad in Manchester for the academic year are guaranteed a room in Manchester accommodation. Students coming for one semester only are not guaranteed a room, but, under normal circumstances, are usually allocated one. The University offers a wide range of residential accommodation, ranging from modern self-catering apartments to traditional collegiate-style halls of residence with meal plans. All students are given their own room with many facilities available including en-suite bathrooms and all rooms also have Ethernet connections. Halls of residences are the places to meet new friends and spend a lot of free time. They are self-contained communities with their own bars, common rooms and a hectic program of social activities. Additionally, they also have their own sports teams - rugby, hockey, cricket, netball and squash are just some of the sports available - and some have other social groups in-house - orchestras, choirs, drama and other societies.
Manchester is a lively city buzzing with events, cinemas, clubs and bars (often with great student discounts and special offers), so you'll never be short of things to do. On top of which, there are lots of student activities like Rag Week (where students raise money for charity) to get involved in. There are lots of societies, clubs and projects to get involved in whilst studying at The University of Manchester. The University of Manchester's sports facilities are among the best in the world. The campus has many excellent sports facilities on campus, which all offer student discounts.
Immunization for group C meningococcus and for mumps is recommended by UK health authorities.
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