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Manchester, University of
Manchester, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Program Sponsor: University of Manchester 
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Restrictions: CU applicants only
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Core Program Attributes:
Cornell In-country Support, Direct Enrollment
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Housing Options:
Dormitory/Residence Hall
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Open to:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Advisor: Alayne Prine
Program Description:
Manchester, England

We’re proud to call Manchester our home, as are our students; about a quarter of them continue living here after their studies. Indeed, Manchester was voted the best city in the UK to live in – and 51st in the world – in the 2013 Global Liveability Survey.

Manchester’s unique character comes from its pioneering past; this is the place where the Industrial Revolution really took hold. The city grew dramatically in the 19th century on the wealth created by cotton, and its amazing Victorian civic buildings, mills and factories shout: “This is Manchester. We’ve arrived.”

With events, facilities and attractions to suit every lifestyle, Manchester is lively, culturally diverse and easy to enjoy on a student budget. With a reputation for setting the pace in sport, music, culture and industry, most British people regard Manchester as the UK’s second city.

International students play a huge part at The University of Manchester – our student population hails from 154 countries. We’re part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities and our research and teaching quality is recognised across the globe (according to the 2014 Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities, we are the 38th best university in the world, the seventh best in Europe and the fifth best in the UK), but our support for international students is just as important to us. We’ll help you at all stages, from before you apply to when you arrive – and you’ll be supported at all times while you’re here.

Some of the world's most important achievements took place at The University of Manchester. Our story is one of world firsts and brilliant discoveries, with 25 Nobel Prize winners having worked or studied here. Manchester is the birthplace of nuclear physics, where Ernest Rutherford first split the atom. The world’s first stored-program computer was developed here, and Alan Turing pioneered artificial intelligence during his time at the University. Our observatory at Jodrell Bank is home to the iconic Lovell Telescope – the biggest telescope of its type in the world when it was built. Fittingly, Jodrell Bank will be the central control hub for the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array. The economist Arthur Lewis became the first black professor at a British university when he joined us, and he published his most influential works while at Manchester. And Christabel Pankhurst, a Manchester law graduate unable to enter the profession on account of her sex, became one of the suffragette movement’s most committed campaigners. Isolating the properties of graphene won our scientists Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010. Lightweight, super-strong and highly conductive, this new wonder-material will transform technologies in every walk of life – from solar power and fuel cells to flat-screen devices and disease detection.

When you study at The University of Manchester, you’ll become a part of this distinguished club, whose collective achievements have shaped the history of the modern world.


The City of Manchester
Manchester is an exciting and vibrant city, which has earned an international reputation for its imaginative approach to urban regeneration and its lively, contemporary music and club scene. Once famous as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and a center for manufacturing, it is now an international center for business, education, media, retailing, banking and financial services.

The foresight of decisions taken years ago lie behind the city's remarkable revival to become the attractive, cosmopolitan city that it is today. Manchester developed new industries, spruced up its city center and built on the rich cultural and architectural heritage of its Victorian heyday. A stroll around the center of Manchester reveals a city where spacious modern shops and hi-tech company headquarters sit comfortably alongside imposing Victorian buildings and traditional street markets; a city that did not submit to the sixties whim of demolishing its disused railway stations and redundant cotton exchange, but transformed them into an award-winning museum, a national exhibition center, and the home of one of the country's leading theaters.

The city has numerous restaurants, many of them reflecting the fact that this is the home to people who have settled here from various parts of the world: Chinese, Thai, Italian, Greek, Mexican, French. Manchester is also alive with cultural attractions. It has six theaters, two symphony orchestras, several art galleries, and museums featuring everything from dinosaur skeletons to steam engines. It is a musical Mecca, breeding bands like The Smiths, Simply Red and Oasis. The city's sporting fame is reflected by its two major soccer clubs, United and City, its trophy-winning county cricket club, Lancashire, and a top flight range and other sporting organizations from athletics and cycling to rugby and speedway.

Manchester is almost equidistant from the capital cities of London (180 miles away) and Edinburgh (210 miles away) and is a national railway and airline hub. Some of Britain's most attractive and unspoiled areas of countryside are located within easy reach of Manchester, including several national parks and many historic country houses and estates.

The University of Manchester
The University of Manchester, created by the coming together of UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester, is the largest, single-site University in the UK. The student body numbers about 34,000 and the University is one of the top universities in Britain, very popular with students and highly rated for teaching quality and research excellence. As one of the elite group of "full-range" research universities, Manchester teaches most subjects and, because of its size and modular degree structure, it is able to offer a very wide range of courses. The John Rylands Library is one of the top three academic libraries in Britain and known to scholars the world over. Manchester is now the most powerful computing center in the United Kingdom and one of the largest supercomputer centers in the world. There are also the award-winning Manchester Museum, the superb Whitworth Art Gallery, the newly renovated Contact Theatre and the Radio-Astronomy Science Center at Jodrell Bank. No fewer than 20 Nobel prizewinners, between 1906 and 1993, are associated with the University of Manchester as former students or members of staff.

Founded in 1851 as Owens College, the University of Manchester became England's first great civic university and today remains the largest. The University occupies a large, but compact, campus just a short bus ride or walk from the city center with its excellent facilities for shopping and entertainment. Architecturally, the campus ranges from the Victorian grandeur of the buildings around the Old Quadrangle (dating from 1873) to the modern Computer Building (recently renamed the Kilburn Building). The campus is compact, and careful planning has helped to blend old and new architecture together, linking the buildings with landscaped gardens and quiet quadrangles. The independent Students' Union, one of the largest in the United Kingdom, is situated in the center of the campus and access to its many amenities is automatic for visiting students who are registered for full-time study at the University.

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The Academic Program
Visiting students at Manchester are offered a wide choice of courses across the range of the University's work. The Faculties and Schools of Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Social Sciences and Law, and Science and Engineering are likely to cater for the interests of most study abroad applicants. A full catalogue which lists available courses is available upon request from the Penn Abroad office and the Penn Abroad advisor for U.K. programs can help interested students to obtain detailed course information.

While the majority of applicants will be majoring in the Arts and Humanities, the University of Manchester encourages science, engineering and premedical students to consider study abroad because it is very strong in these areas. One of the many positive features of the Manchester study abroad program is that students are taught alongside British undergraduates, but may choose freely courses from more than one department. A range of teaching and learning methods will be used but most courses will offer a blend of small group teaching within a seminar and/or tutorial format. In Science and Engineering courses, students have laboratory and special project work. The number of formal teaching hours varies from subject to subject, but in all subject areas students are expected to undertake a large amount of independent reading and self-directed study. Advice on adjustment to the British academic system is provided during the orientation sessions and at any time from individual tutors.

Course Load
A full course load for the semester would be 60 Manchester credits or 120 for the year.

As on all Cornell Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Cornell transcript but are not calculated in the cumulative grade point average. The following grade conversion is recommended: A = 70 and above, A- = 68-69, B+ = 65-67, B = 61-64, B-= 58-60, C+ = 55-57, C = 50-54.

Academic Calendar
Fall Semester: mid-September - early February
Spring Semester: early February - mid-June

Living Arrangements
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 and all rooms also have Ethernet connections. 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.

Student Life
Manchester is a lively city buzzing with events, cinemas, clubs and bars (often with great student discounts and special offers), so you'll never be short of things to do. On top of which, there are lots of student activities like Rag Week (where students raise money for charity) to get involved in. There are lots of societies, clubs and projects to get involved in whilst studying at The University of Manchester. The University of Manchester's sports facilities are among the best in the world. The campus has many excellent sports facilities on campus, which all offer student discounts.

Health Notes
Immunization for group C meningococcus and for mumps is recommended by UK health authorities.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2016 10/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Later applications are always welcome, but colleges may need time to process your approval.