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Manchester, University of
Manchester, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Program Sponsor: University of Manchester 
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Restrictions: CU applicants only
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Core Program Attributes:
Cornell In-country Support, Direct Enrollment
Minimum GPA:
Housing Options:
Dormitory/Residence Hall
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Minimum Student Status:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Advisor: Alayne Prine
Program Description:

The City and University

We’re proud to call Manchester our home, as are our students; about a quarter of them continue living here after their studies. Indeed, Manchester was voted the best city in the UK to live in – and 51st in the world – in the 2013 Global Liveability Survey.

Manchester’s unique character comes from its pioneering past; this is the place where the Industrial Revolution really took hold. The city grew dramatically in the 19th century on the wealth created by cotton, and its amazing Victorian civic buildings, mills and factories shout: “This is Manchester. We’ve arrived.”

With events, facilities and attractions to suit every lifestyle, Manchester is lively, culturally diverse and easy to enjoy on a student budget. With a reputation for setting the pace in sport, music, culture and industry, most British people regard Manchester as the UK’s second city.

International students play a huge part at The University of Manchester – our student population hails from 154 countries. We’re part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities and our research and teaching quality is recognised across the globe (according to the 2014 Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities, we are the 38th best university in the world, the seventh best in Europe and the fifth best in the UK), but our support for international students is just as important to us. We’ll help you at all stages, from before you apply to when you arrive – and you’ll be supported at all times while you’re here.

Some of the world's most important achievements took place at The University of Manchester. Our story is one of world firsts and brilliant discoveries, with 25 Nobel Prize winners having worked or studied here. Manchester is the birthplace of nuclear physics, where Ernest Rutherford first split the atom. The world’s first stored-program computer was developed here, and Alan Turing pioneered artificial intelligence during his time at the University. Our observatory at Jodrell Bank is home to the iconic Lovell Telescope – the biggest telescope of its type in the world when it was built. Fittingly, Jodrell Bank will be the central control hub for the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array. The economist Arthur Lewis became the first black professor at a British university when he joined us, and he published his most influential works while at Manchester. And Christabel Pankhurst, a Manchester law graduate unable to enter the profession on account of her sex, became one of the suffragette movement’s most committed campaigners. Isolating the properties of graphene won our scientists Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010. Lightweight, super-strong and highly conductive, this new wonder-material will transform technologies in every walk of life – from solar power and fuel cells to flat-screen devices and disease detection.

When you study at The University of Manchester, you’ll become a part of this distinguished club, whose collective achievements have shaped the history of the modern world.

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.

Course Load

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.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: mid-September - early February
Spring Semester: early February - mid-June

Living Arrangements

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.

Student Life

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.

Health Notes

Immunization for group C meningococcus and for mumps is recommended by UK health authorities.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Late applications may be accepted, but colleges typically need time to process your approval.