Study abroad

Studying abroad is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to see the world, experience new cultures and study at one of Manchester's world-class partner institutions.

Why study abroad?

This opportunity of a lifetime:

  • gives you a new perspective on your subject area;
  • broadens your horizons;
  • improves your language skills;
  • allows you to grow as a person;
  • helps you in the job market.

One semester options

Students on the BSocSc Social Anthropology, joint-honours degree students and BASS students who take Social Anthropology as one of their pathways can apply in their first year to study abroad for one semester during their second year.

Full year exchanges

Students studying on the BSocSc Social Anthropology course can apply in their second year to study abroad for a full academic year in their third year.

They then return to Manchester to complete their final year of study and be awarded the BSocSc Social Anthropology with International Study (a four-year degree course).

The full year abroad functions on a pass or fail basis. If you pass your modules taken at the host university, your final transcript will list them but not include them in calculating your final average mark. If you do not pass your modules abroad, you transfer back to the standard BSocSc Social Anthropology.

Where can you go?

You have the opportunity to choose from a fantastic list of partner universities (in Europe and out of Europe) to find out where you can go please visit My Placement. Please note that students can only study abroad at universities that we have exchange agreements with.

Who pays for study abroad?

If you study abroad for either a semester or a full year, whether in Europe or worldwide you will not have to pay any tuition fees to the partner university.  Your tuition fees to The University of Manchester will be reduced if you are undertaking a study placement overseas for a full year as part of your degree. If you are undertaking a semester abroad your tuition fees to the University will not change. 

To find out how to apply for a placement year and how your funding will be affected please read the following document "Student Finance and Placements".

You can find further information on grants and scholarships available to students who are studying abroad on the University's Go Abroad website.