Dubbed England's second city and the "cultural capital of the north", Manchester is home to the largest student population in Western Europe. Historically, Manchester's claim to fame was the central role it played in the Industrial Revolution as the world's first industrialized city. Manchester's city center has undergone massive regeneration and has been transformed into a center for the arts, sport, media, and higher education.
For sport enthusiasts, two Premiership football (soccer) teams bear the city's name - Manchester United and Manchester City. Bands including Oasis, New Order, Doves, The Smiths, Badly Drawn Boy and countless others emerged from Manchester, and students will always find venues packed in the alternative Northern Quarter. Art galleries and museums abound throughout the city, including the University's very own award-winning Manchester Museum.
University of Manchester
The University of Manchester, including the Manchester Business School, is one of the top universities in Europe. The largest single-campus university in the UK, it has a population of over 35,000 students drawn from across the world. The urban campus is located within walking distance of the city center, with the university buildings flanking either side of Oxford Road, the busiest bus route in Europe. Students can select courses across as many subject areas as desired, from business to numerous arts/science disciplines.
The University of Manchester offers coursework across a range of disciplines. Courses are worth three or five credits, and students typically enroll in a total of four courses. Students make preliminary course selections in their Manchester program application, however final registration takes place upon arrival. Students should expect the registration process to take considerable time since it requires submitting paperwork in person, and office hours may be limited.
Classes are typically taught in a large lecture style that could include well over 100 students. Complementing most courses are smaller tutorial groups, allowing for discussion of content. Courses at Manchester are usually assessed through a final examination or essay at the end of the semester. In the final exams and essays, it is assumed that you have taken the initiative to do extensive reading to cover the areas not covered in the lectures and seminars.
Accommodations and Meals
Housing is provided in student residence halls which are located only a short commute away from the center of campus. Bentley students are well-integrated with international and British students, providing a great opportunity to meet new friends. The halls are "self-catering", which means that there are kitchen facilities including basic cooking equipment that are shared among the students in the flat. Various dining options are also available on campus, and Manchester's famous "Curry Mile" is close by with countless budget-friendly ethnic eateries.
Special Program Features
Orientation: At the start of the fall term, a special induction program is organized for all incoming study abroad and full-degree seeking international students. The program runs over a number of days and includes information sessions on course registration, other administration matters, campus/city tours, and social events. This provides students with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the University and life in Manchester, as well as get to know other incoming students. An abbreviated version of this orientation takes place at the beginning of the spring term for newly-arrived spring study abroad students.
Service Learning: Bentley students studying at the University of Manchester have an option to apply for a credit-bearing service learning program called "Leadership And Service". The program has two components: a 3-credit management course which relates theory to practice through readings and guest lectures from the public, private and non-profit sectors; and a service placement. The program is conducted in conjunction with community partners from the non-profit public service sector. This experiential component of the education abroad program is an excellent means by which students are able to enhance their academic experience, contribute to their host community, and immerse themselves in British society beyond the University. For more information, visit the Leadership and Service page of the University of Manchester website.