Exchange Program:

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University of Manchester

Manchester, England

The University of Manchester has a distinguished heritage that started back in 1824. It is the largest university in the United Kingdom, and receives more applications than any other university in the country. Manchester as a city is also currently experiencing huge amounts of investment with major developments and investment in transport, infrastructure, business and the arts. AMBS provides world-class business and management education and is a progressive school, delivering cutting edge business thinking and teaching.

Please note: students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and deposit to the UF International Center. You can start your online application today!

The City

The Printworks building at Exchange Square in Manchester, England

Manchester is a thriving student city, arguably the student city in the UK, with over 100,000 students. Greater Manchester is the third largest conurbation in the UK, after Birmingham and London, with some 2.25 million inhabitants. For those daunted by the size of London, Manchester being a major city, is surprisingly compact. The University of Manchester and much of its accommodation are close to the very heart of the city and all that it has to offer. Travelling in and around Manchester is straightforward. The city is well served by a modern tram network and it has excellent bus and train links. The city is steeped in history and also impressively contemporary. There is a thriving China Town and the Curry Mile, the latter a buzzing concentration of Indian and Pakistani restaurants at the far end of the student corridor. In addition, the city is home to world famous orchestras such as The Halle and BBC Philharmonic, the famous Royal Exchange Theatre, the restored Palace Theatre, and many libraries, museums and art galleries. Manchester is also home to two top-class football (soccer) teams – Manchester United and Manchester City.

The University and Student Life

University of Manchester in England

The university warmly welcomes exchange students and provide many opportunities to meet and socialize with British and international students throughout the semester. The University of Manchester campus is situated just south of the city center, placing it within walking distance to many of the area’s museums, galleries, and social hotspots. Some popular student areas in the city include Deansgate Locks, Canal Street, Castlefield and Oxford Road. There are also many academic and recreational activities on campus to which exchange students have full access to. The sporting scene at the University of Manchester has something to offer everyone, whether you are interested in keeping fit or in competitive sport. As well as the recreation facilities on and around the campus, such as the Commonwealth Games Aquatics Centre, squash courts and fitness rooms, there is a broad program of organized activities.

As an international student, the university warmly welcome you and provide many opportunities for you to meet and socialize with other British and international students throughout the semester. The University of Manchester campus is situated just south of the city center, placing it within walking distance to many of the area’s museums, galleries, and social hotspots. There are also many academic and recreational activities on campus to which you will have full access as an exchange student.

University of Manchester visitor center, England

Term Dates

Fall Semester: Mid-September to mid-December
Spring Semester: Late January to mid-June

Courses Available

Manchester offers a variety of business courses for students to choose from.

Use our course equivalency database to find out which courses at Manchester can apply to your UF degree. Please see an academic advisor for information pertaining to requesting additional equivalencies.

Undergraduate exchange students should only choose from the AMBS courses offered to exchange students.

The course listings are updated every year in April/May.

Academic prerequisites: All courses listed are available to students with a good level of Management knowledge. The home institution should approve the course choices and only recommend students capable of following the chosen subjects. You should be guided by indications of pre-requisites as shown on course outlines and should ensure that equivalent pre-requisites have been fulfilled.

Full-time workload: The full workload for the year is 120 AMBS credits – 60 AMBS credits per semester. Undergraduate exchange students should take six 10 credit courses per semester but are permitted to take a minimum of five 10 credit courses. A 10 credit course is equal to five ECTS credits. Undergraduate exchange students are not permitted to take less than five courses.

Business School building at University of Manchester, England

Semester one only students: Undergraduate students attending in semester one only are able to choose from a selection of semester one and full year courses. If students wish to leave in December and not return for the examination period in January, the home institution should complete the appropriate section on the course choice form supplied with the AMBS acceptance pack. These students will be given special assessment arrangements in place of examinations for their chosen courses in the form of coursework/essays, group projects etc. Some extended January deadlines for submission of coursework may be given and students will be advised on the submission process on arrival.

Semester two and full year: Students are expected to be in attendance for all examinations. Full year students are not permitted to take special assessments in place of examinations.

Grade Conversion

Manchester points fromManchester points toUF grade

Credit Conversion

Manchester CreditECTS creditUF Credit

Credit conversion is on a course-by-course basis – NOT the sum of credits earned.

Undergraduate exchange students must take at least five courses.

Estimated Expenses

Rough Expense ComparisonSemester at UFSemester at AMBS
UF Tuition$3,190$3,190
UFIC Admin. Fee-$425
Health Insurance-$192
Housing / Utilities$2,995$4,000
Computer / Cell Phone$585$300


The currency is England is the Pound (GBP).


Students may stay in university accommodations or private accommodations depending on availability and/or preference. The University Accommodation Office will endeavor to allocate accommodation to students on exchange. Students are not guaranteed a specific hall or type of accommodation but can indicate a preference. Students can apply online for accommodation only after an acceptance letter from Alliance Manchester Business School has been issued with a UID number. Students may also chose to live independently, the university can recommended resources for private accommodation.

Travel Opportunities

A skyrise with a walking bridge over water in Manchester, England

Manchester is located in the geographical center of the UK and benefits from a modern and efficient transportation network. The city has two main rail stations which provide direct access to most major cities in Great Britain, including London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh. In addition, the Manchester Airport (just 15 minutes from campus) connects to 56 international destinations, making travel within Europe easy and convenient. When large city life gets overwhelming, students have access to some of the most dramatic, unspoiled and picturesque countryside in the United Kingdom. The Peak and Lake Districts, the North Wales hills and coast, and the Pennine Hills are all within easy reach for students to explore.

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