England Underground

Undergraduate Global Immersion in England

Manchester, England: Manchester Business School
Program full for 2013-2014 academic year

Program Type

This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.

Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota.

Location and Host School

England is the largest economy in the United Kingdom, home to more than 100 of the 500 largest companies in Europe, and one of the financial centers of the world. Manchester was the home of the industrial revolution, and today it has nearly $1 trillion in public and private investment. In 2006, the city was awarded the Britain’s Best City for Business in a survey of the country’s 5,000 largest employers.

Studies at Manchester Business School (MBS) at the University of Manchester are defined by the Manchester Method, unique for replicating real world business challenges in every project undertaken. A team of Manchester MBA candidates recently advanced to the Innovation Challenge Competition finals hosted by American Express, GE, and other companies.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: September to January*

Spring semester: January to June

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

*Fall semester students make special assessment arrangements in place of final exams so finish on-campus committments in mid-December.

Language and Academics

Students are enrolled in 15 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5100) credits for their semester at MBS. Students will need to maintain a full-time enrollment of 5 subjects (50 MBS credits) in order to confer the full 15 credits. Classes typically meet one day per week and independent reading is expected. Grading is often based completely on a final exam (or special assessment for fall semester early departures).

For more course details, visit exchange student unit information.


Accepted exchange students may apply to the MBS international office for accommodation in university owned residence halls within 2-3 miles of campus. Some residence halls offer meal plan options. MBS is also able to assist with private accommodation arrangements on a short-term lease or with introductions to students who can share rooms to save on housing costs.

Budget Estimate 2013 - 2014

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.

2013-2014 Tuition $6,530
Program Fee (includes program administration and intl health insurance*) $2,500
Transportation (to and from program site) $1,000
Documentation** (passport, visa, immunization) $400
Books and Materials $200
Room and/or Board $4,000
Essential Daily Living Expenses $2,000
Miscellaneous $500
Total $17,130

*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

**Subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. In addition, University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Scholarships and Finances for additional information, and Costs and Billing for budget planning and cost comparison tools.

BUTEX Scholarships are available for the amount of 500 British pounds. Applications for the 2014/2015 year are now being accepted and the deadline for all applications is June 16, 2014.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Additional criteria may apply

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Application and Selection

Application materials include the online application form, a resume, and essay. Submit a completed application by the February 28th priority deadline prior to the academic year in which you wish to participate. Programs that do not fill following the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.

Admission to all programs is based on review of your application by the study abroad selection committee, and selection notifications are sent out within one month of the priority deadline or receipt of application during rolling admission. Once selected, students are given the opportunity to confirm acceptance, at which point they are subject to Education Abroad policies.

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Carlson Global Institute
CSOM 2-210
Phone: 612-625-9361
Fax: 612-624-8248

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