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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No previous study
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Credit Available For: College, SEAS
Other Eligibility Requirements: Min. 3 College Level Courses in Major, Min. 3.3 GPA in Concentration Type of Program: Semester/Year Study Abroad
Housing Options: University Residence Hall/Apartment Application Deadline: Fall/Year: February 15, Spring: October 1
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

BMN LogoUniversity of Manchester

One of the top universities in the world, the University of Manchester is home to nearly 40,000 students. Though very strong in arts and humanities, students studying science, engineering and pre-med should consider this top tier program. Study abroad students are taught alongside British undergraduates and may choose courses from more than one department. Most courses offer a blend of small group teaching within a seminar and/or tutorial format.
For additional information, visit the University of Manchester website
The City of Manchester

Once famous as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and a center for manufacturing, Manchester is now an international center for business, education, media, retailing, banking, and financial services. The metropolitan region has more than 2.5 million inhabitants and is noted for its history, sport clubs, and museums.

Did you know…?

The oldest public library in the English-speaking world, Chetham’s Library, is located in Manchester. The building dates back to 1421, and it has been in use as a free public library for the past 350 years.

Students from more than 150 countries attend the University of Manchester. 



The program at the University of Manchester is for College credit and SEAS students.
Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0 cumulative; 3.3 in concentration

Additional Course Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of at least 3 college-level courses in Major by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure.  


Language of Instruction



A full course load at the University of Manchester consists of 60 Manchester credits (generally three to four courses) per semester.  Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.

Visiting students at the University of Manchester are offered a wide choice of courses across the range of the University's work and can choose between departments and levels.

University of Manchester Course Catalog for Incoming Exchange Students
Though Manchester’s fall academic calendar extends into January, alternative assessment can be granted if a clash of semester dates requires a return to an overseas institution before the end of the fall semester in Manchester. Fall assessment is also only available to students studying at Manchester for the fall semester only.
University of Manchester Academic Calendar
Grading Scale

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average.  The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.

Grades are reported to Penn on the University of Manchester scale and then converted to Penn grades according to the following grade equivalencies:
University of Manchester Grade Penn Grade
70-100 A
65-69 A-
60-64 B+
55-59 B
50-54 B-
45-49 C+
40-44 C
0-39 F

Special Features

BMN Special FeaturesOrientation Activities

All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by the University of Manchester prior to the start of each semester.

Group Excursions

In addition to the Students’ Union, excursions and activities are organized by the Cornell Brown Penn UK Centre.

Buddy Program
BMN Special Features
The University of Manchester offers a mentoring program for students interested in meeting alumni from their field of study.

Student Associations

Penn students studying at the University of Manchester have access to a wide range of student activities and associations


BMN CampusParticipants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.

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. 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.

Information regarding accommodation can be found here.

Cost and Finance

Penn Abroad Financial Policies

Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheets below for more information.  For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.

Budget Sheets

Academic Year

Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

AASAP/UK Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship: Merit-based scholarship awarded to the applicant who demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of the value of an international educational experience and who agrees to share how the scholarship helped to fulfil their academic and personal ambitions. The award is £500 for a semester abroad or £1,000 for a full year.

BUTEX offers eight scholarships to North American students studying at a university in the United Kingdom. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. Interested students should contact the appropriate Global Programs Manager in the Penn Abroad office.

Next Steps

For information on the Penn Abroad application process, click here.

To open an application or learn more about the program, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.

For a student perspective on life and academics in Manchester, contact a Penn Abroad Past-Participant or Exchange Student.