UMD: A Globally Connected University

ENGR Exchange: University of Manchester (United Kingdom)

Manchester, United Kingdom
Terms Offered: 
Year (Fall-Spring)
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EA Advisor: 
Katherine Schwarzentraub
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University of Manchester


All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
To prepare for the global job market tomorrow, successful engineering students today are required to have not only a good academic standing and a firm knowledge of the sciences, but they must also be familiar with the various cultures and regulations of the engineering industry abroad. Manchester is a truly multicultural university, welcoming almost 40,000 students a year from 160 countries to our friendly campus community. The exchange program at University of Manchester will provide interested engineering students with the opportunity to build on their knowledge in the field of engineering and at the same time introduce them to new cultures and lifestyles. This study abroad program is currently being offered to engineering students. Participants will spend one semester or one year of study at the University of Manchester. Students who have interest in the European cultures are suggested to apply for this program.

Host City
Beyond the University you’ll find that the city of Manchester is a diverse and modern place where a taste of home is never far away. Manchester’s character is defined as much by its people as it is by its history and achievements. The city is one of the most multicultural in the UK, with nearly 200 languages spoken here. Over the centuries many people have chosen Manchester as their home. Greater Manchester’s Jewish community, for example, is the largest outside of London. Our Chinatown, centred around the impressive imperial arch, is the second largest in the UK. Ever popular for its countless restaurants, Asian supermarkets and events, Chinatown fills the area with vibrant colour and flavours. Rusholme and its celebrated ‘Curry Mile’ sits between our University campus and Fallowfield campus. On this neon-lit street, countless restaurants sit alongside shops catering to the resident South Asian and Middle Eastern communities. With so many cultures rubbing shoulders with one another, it’s no surprise that Manchester has an excellent reputation for food and drink. You’ll find cuisine from practically every culture and to suit any budget.

Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
  • You must be an ENGR major

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), and may include requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript. If a letter of recommendation and/or official transcript are required, it will be listed in MyEA once you start an application for this program. 
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program. Nominated students must complete the host university application in accordance with the host university’s stated deadlines and instructions.
  5. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Academic Planning

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:


Disciplines available: Aero, BioE, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Mechanical, Materials

NOTE: Exchange students at the University of Manchester are not able to take electrical engineering courses. In addition, year 4 courses are not always available to visiting students and require approval from the sponsoring academic unit.


There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD). 



All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree.  Most courses at  University of Manchester will be converted as follows:

University of Manchester Credit UMD Credit
1 Manchester Credit 0.3 UMD Credit
10 Manchester Credits 3 UMD Credits

The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on June 10, 2014. 


Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

University of Manchester Grade UMD Grade
40 C -

The University is committed to providing the best possible opportunities for students coming to Manchester for the first time. They have a wide and varied range university-managed accommodation options which are safe, affordable, convenient, and offer international students the opportunity to live and study alongside British students. Visit this website to learn more about the various housing options available. 

  • Range of choices including: self-catered flats, fully-catered halls, single sex options, campus-based or further afield
  • Ethernet connection in most rooms, providing free 24 hour access to e-mail and internet facilities
  • Safe, supportive and secure environment

Note that students coming for one semester are not guaranteed a room, but under normal circumstances are usually allocated one.

Exchange Program Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Students participating in a BMGT or ENGR exchange program are not charged differential tuition. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Additional Financial Resources

Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!

Student Clubs and Organizations
The University of Manchester’s Students’ Union offers activities to suit everyone’s interests.

International Welcome/Orientation
Manchester provides a lot of information surrounding what to do before you arrive and right after you arrive. This way you feel comfortable settling in!

Counseling & Health Services
You’ll need to register with a local doctor for your health care. The University aids in this process by having students register during Welcome.

Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities*

*This resource guide provides general information about services at UMD’s partner institution. For more information, consult your EA advisor.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Year (Fall-Spring) 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023
Fall 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023
Spring 2024 09/25/2023 09/29/2023