Manchester Metropolitan University became a university in 1992, though its roots date
back to 1824, when it was first developed as a center for Technology, Art, and Design,
areas of tremendous pride even today. With a population of over 37,000 students in
one of the largest and historically significant cities of the north, campus life is
bustling and students will find an opportunity to get involved in over 150 campus
organizations. Over a 1,000 courses are offered across eight faculties including
Business; Health, Psychology & Social Care; Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences;
Science; and Art. If you are interested in a first-class education and opportunity
to move beyond theory into practice, Manchester Met is the right choice for you.
Manchester holds one of the most influential places in English history, being the
birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and one of the premiere textile producers
in the country. Perhaps better known today for its famous Manchester United stadium
and its football team, Manchester is a vibrant, interesting, diverse city to explore.
Boasting an array of shopping, art/history museums, restaurants, and music scene,
it is a great place to call home while exploring the rest of Northern England.
- Courses available in almost any major!
- The International Office hosts a three day welcome program for new international students.
Fall Semester: Term One runs mid-September to mid-December
Spring Semester: Term Two runs early January to early April
In some cases, students may be able to extend to Term Three, from late April to late
Please see the 2017-18 Academic Calendar for specific dates. Only single semester study is available at this time.
- Exchange students can enroll in any class, provided they meet the prerequisites. Certain
fields, such as Studio Art/Design may require significant course work in the field,
a professional portfolio and/or may be reserved for continuing local students, and
thereby unavailable as an exchange student. Likewise, semesterized course offerings
vary substantially from one term to the next as most course work in the UK is done
on a yearlong basis.
- Generally study aboad students select year 1 courses to meet lower-division requirements.
Year 2 & 3 classes assume a depth of knowledge in the field, and as such, are advised
for upper-division, serious students only.
- Teaching will typically be in lecture format, with less formal discussion sections
led by tutors. A knowledge of library research methods and writing is highly advisable,
as is a willingness to read beyond the scope of the course.
- Final grades are usually based upon a comprehensive exam. For this, keeping up with
assigned and supplemental reading becomes critically important.
- All work transfers back to San Marcos and can be used to fulfill all graduation requirements.
Language of Instruction
English, in the truest sense
- Class Level: Upper-division status (completion of 60 units)
- GPA of 2.75 or above and good academic standing to departure.
- Prerequisites: Year 2 & 3 courses generally require significant experience in the
field. If, based upon transcript review, you do not have the necessary prerequisites,
you will be asked to consider an alternative course.
- Special Note to Business Majors: In order to receive credit for upper-division courses
abroad, you must have already completed your Pre-Core course work at CSUSM, though
it is advisible to also have foundation course work completed as well.
16 semester units. Typically this equates to 4 classes/semester. Module (Class)
units at Manchester are usually 15 credits each (7.5 European Credit Transfer Units
(ECTs), equating to 4 CSU units each course.
Pending receipt of housing application, housing assistance will be offered to place
students in either the limited university managed accommodations or off-campus housing facilities vetted by the university and managed by housing
service, Manchester Student Homes. Bathrooms are usually shared amongst flatmates, but on occasion, exchange students
are invited to stay in ensuite dorms (each room has a private bath). In most circumstances,
university managed accommodation will be offered to full year students, so semester
students should be prepared to live off campus in one of the suburbs surrounding the
city center. Abundant housing help will be offered after arrival and incoming students
will all be placed in short-term hostels until housing is sorted.
- Students pay their normal State University Fee to CSU San Marcos, currently $3,689/semester.
No tuition or fees due at Manchester Metropolitan.
- University accommodation: Currently $575-$850/month. Off-campus residence: $700-$900
- Health Insurance: $46/month
- Cost of meals and personal expenses will vary, but average $500 per month.
- Short terms students should apply for the Short Term Study Visa (90 pounds for stays
up to six months) or may apply for the UK General Tier 4 Student Visa (allows students
to work up to 20 hours/wk) which is currently 332 pounds, roughly $434 plus shipping
- Students on approved study abroad programs are entitled to apply Title IV federal
financial aid to their program costs.
- Sample 2017-18 Budget
For Fall Semester/Year Study: March 15
For Spring Semester Study: October 1
How to Apply
- Visit the Manchester Metropolitan University website at http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/international to learn about the university and life in Manchester. Use www.visitmanchester.com to get a sense of daily life and local events in the city.
- Meet with the CSUSM Study Abroad Advisor in Craven Hall 3200 to determine if you are
eligible for this program.
- Obtain course descriptions from the Module Catalogue for each of the Faculty in which you wish to study.
- Consult with a faculty advisor in your major department to determine if Manchester
courses will count toward your major. If so, complete a Study Abroad Credit Approval Form.
- Order an official transcript from CSUSM and any other college from which you have taken a semester or more in
classes (even if you have already transferred credit to CSUSM). Please send the transcript(s)
directly to Global Education, c/o Tiffany Gabbard, Craven 3200, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley
Rd. San Marcos, CA 92096-0001 or pick in person and drop off at Global Education
- Read about international student accommodations. Accommodation application will be made online after initial acceptance.
- Confirm with the Study Abroad Advisor that you are eligible to apply for the faculty
you have selected. Apply using the Worldwide Exchange Application and submit it to the CSUSM Study Abroad Advisor in Craven Hall 3200 along with your
other application materials.
- Submit additional application details to Global Education here: CSUSM General Study Abroad Application
- Submit your flight details to Global Education here: Flight Information Form
- Attend the pre-departure orientation and consult with the Study Abroad Advisor as
necessary regarding the Student Visa process after Manchester acceptance.