Study Abroud in Manchester Past Review

By (Cognitive & Linguistic Sciences, Wellesley College) for

University of Manchester: Manchester - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, undoubtedly the best experience and decision of my life. The memories I have have shaped me indelibly.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Though I had trouble adjusting to the grading system and acclimating to the quality of work that was expected, I learned a lot about myself in terms of study habits and research skills and in fact learned many new, valuable skill sets while abroad. I found that some of my classes focused more heavily on theory than what I was previously used to at Wellesley, but now use this approach quite a bit and as a result I find that the quality of work I'm capable of has improved.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Sarah Bloor at the Study Abroad Unit is phenomenal--she addresses problems efficiently and effectively. I have nothing but good things to say.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in Fallowfield Campus, which many students typically favour because it's considered a social campus and most of the underclass students are housed there so the campus is always lively. The only downfall is that Fallowfield is the furthest from the actual University campus. Additionally, it tends to be loud due to it's social nature. I didn't particularly mind it but sometimes I minded the bus commute (about 15-20 minutes, more depending on student traffic, 2.5 miles). I'd say living further away from campus afforded me the opportunity to walk and appreciate the neighborhood (Curry Mile, Whitworth Park, etc), but for further students, I would definitely consider the options. There are closer accommodations that are within more practical walking-distance but usually house fewer undergraduates and more graduate students. Ultimately I was pleased with my housing arrangements as I came to appreciate the walking commute more and more.

* Food:

The dining hall system is very limited compared to that of Wellesley, very few options and limited operating hours. No dining halls open on the weekends--an aspect to consider when deciding between catered and self-catered halls.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The time I had with the locals at the cafe mentioned earlier was spectacular. I would really take the chance to meet local people, it makes a difference.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I ended up spending a lot because I frequently ate out but I know many students cooked.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Also allot more for traveling, I would definitely recommend that. Be generous.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students