Manchester Business School: Manchester

Undergraduate Global Immersion in the United Kingdom

First Semester (Fall semester): mid September to mid January*

Second Semester (Spring semester): late January to early June

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

*Fall semester students make special assessment arrangements in place of final exams so finish on-campus committments in mid-December.

Manchester, UK

University of Manchester Front

University of Manchester

University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Green Space

Green Space

Students in Computer Lab

Students in Computer Lab

Manchester Skyline

Manchester Skyline

This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.
Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota.

Application and Admissions

To apply, please visit the Apply page. YOU MUST APPLY THROUGH THE CARLSON SCHOOL TO BE ACCEPTED ON AN EXCHANGE PROGRAM. DO NOT APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE HOST SCHOOL. You will be charged a $50 application fee for each term that you apply for a program. If you apply for two programs in Fall semester you will be charged $50. If you apply for one program in Fall semester and one in Spring semester you will be charged $100. The priority deadline for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 is February 1, 2015. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 6 weeks of the priority deadline.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Additional criteria may apply
  • The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation

Location details

England is the largest economy in the United Kingdom, home to more than 100 of the 500 largest companies in Europe, and one of the financial centers of the world. Manchester was the home of the industrial revolution, and today it has nearly $1 trillion in public and private investment. In 2006, the city was awarded the Britain’s Best City for Business in a survey of the country’s 5,000 largest employers.

Studies at Manchester Business School (MBS) at the University of Manchester are defined by the Manchester Method, unique for replicating real world business challenges in every project undertaken. A team of Manchester MBA candidates recently advanced to the Innovation Challenge Competition finals hosted by American Express, GE, and other companies.

Accepted exchange students may apply to the MBS international office for accommodation in university owned residence halls within 2-3 miles of campus. Some residence halls offer meal plan options. MBS is also able to assist with private accommodation arrangements on a short-term lease or with introductions to students who can share rooms to save on housing costs.

Cost estimate (Summary)

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs. Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad. Visa and passport costs are subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.​

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.

Academics and credits

Students are enrolled in 15 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5200) credits at the University of Minnesota during the semester they are abroad. Students will take a full course load (13-18 UMN credits per semester) at the host universitiy. Business courses taught in English are available for exchange students. Students will need to maintain a full-time enrollment of 5 subjects (50 MBS credits) in order to confer the full 15 credits. Classes typically meet one day per week and independent reading is expected. Grading is often based completely on a final exam (or special assessment for fall semester early departures).

Students participating in CGI semester exchange programs are strongly encouraged to enroll in the 1-credit Global Identity course for business students. This course helps you to develop your intercultural skills and articulate the value of your experience to future employers. It offers an additional layer of support through one-on-one interactions with your instructor that complements the independent structure of the exchange program.

For more course details, visit exchange student unit information.

Cost table

Estimated Expenses 2014-2105
Carlson School Tuitiomn (charged to UMN student account)$7029
Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)$2500
Transportation (to and from program site)$1000
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization) $0
Books and Materials $200
Room and/or Board $6000
Essential Daily Living Expenses$2000
Global Identity Course - strongly recommended (charged to UMN student account)$200

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