UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Semester Study Abroad Programs

United Kingdom: Alliance Manchester Business School

Student Life
  • Overview

    Kenan-Flagler Global Programs (KFBS semester exchanges, KFBS summer programs, and KFBS short-term immersions) are ONLY open to students who have been admitted to the major or minor Undergraduate Business Program. Pre-business students and non-business majors and minors are not eligible to apply to Kenan-Flagler Global Programs. Admission status to the Undergraduate Business Program will be verified for all applicants.

    Manchester Business School was one of the first two business schools in the UK, both founded in 1965. Today's Alliance Manchester Business School formed as a result of the merger of the Institute of Innovation Research (IoIR), The Victoria University of Manchester's School of Accounting and Finance, UMIST's Manchester School of Management and Manchester Business School in 2004. Manchester has around 6,500 international students from more than 150 countries. With the rapid implementation of MBS' strategic vision there have been a lot of changes at Alliance MBS and across The University of Manchester over the last 12 months. A key milestone will be Alliance MBS relocating to their new building at the end of 2018. Exchange students studying at Alliance MBS throughout the 2019/20 academic year will experience the full benefit of these brand new facilities.

    Subject rankings place Manchester in the global top 20 for Accounting and Finance - QS has ranked the School’s Accounting and Finance programs as 20th in the world. Measured alongside 1,129 universities around the world, The University of Manchester scored highly in each of the areas measured – arts and humanities; engineering and technology; life sciences and medicine; natural sciences; social sciences and management. Alliance Manchester Business School remains one of Europe’s top 10 business schools, and is ranked as the UK’s leading business school outside of the London, Oxbridge triangle.

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    Application checklist


    • GPA Requirement: 3.00 
    • Language Prerequisite: None
    • Class during program (min): Junior
    • Language of Instruction: English
    • Non-UNC may apply? No 

    Exchange Options
    • Undergraduate Exchange: Yes Exchange Only 
    • Graduate Exchange: No

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  • Program Terms and Dates

    This program is offered during the following terms: Fall, Spring

    Program dates are generally as follows:
    Fall - Mid September to Late January 
    ​Spring​ - Late January to Early June
    Spring 2018 dates are January 26, 2018 – June 8, 2018

    Application Dates

    Fall 2019 Program:

    • ​​Application opens: November 1, 2018
    • Application deadline for Fall 2018: February 21, 2019
    • Notification begins: March 8, 2019
    Spring 2020 Program:
    • Application cycle opens: March 1, 2019
    • Round 1 application deadline for Spring 2019: April 11, 2019
    • Round 1 notifications begin: April 26, 2019
    • Round 2 application deadline for Spring 2019: September 5, 2019
    • Round 2 notifications begin: September 13, 2019

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  • Academics

    Credit information for KFBS students

    NOTE: Alliance Manchester Business School offers different courses in the fall and spring semesters. Not all UNC core equivalent courses are taught at Alliance MBS each semester. Please schedule an advising appointment with Amanda Tyus for more information. You must be an admitted undergraduate business major or minor to have access to schedule an appointment.

    UNC students generally enroll in five or six courses and transfer 15 or 18 credit hours of business core and elective courses towards the undergraduate business major. Alliance Manchester Business School has a wide variety of courses and is particularly strong in the areas of international business, leadership, finance, marketing, and business law.

    Courses taken at Alliance Manchester Business School will transfer back to UNC Pass/Fail. Achieving a grade of 40 (out of 100) or above will transfer back to UNC as a pass course, which will not affect UNC GPA. Students who receive any grade under 40 will fail the course and an F grade will transfer back to UNC, which will affect their UNC GPA. Though transfer credit for this program is Pass/Fail, future employers and graduate schools will also look at the Alliance Manchester Business School transcript, so grades are important.

    Students participating on this program will transfer back 3 UNC credits for every 10 MBS credit course, and are expected to take five to six courses worth 10 MBS credits each during the semester. A student who earns a 40 or above in all courses will receive a total of 15-18 UNC credits for their semester abroad.

    This program also fulfills Experiential Education and you will earn points towards the Kenan-Flagler Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative. Full-time enrollment on this program is defined as a minimum of 12 credit hours.« PrevNext »
  • Housing

    The University Accommodation Office will endeavor to allocate accommodation to students studying at Alliance MBS for a Full Year, Semester One or Semester Two from University Halls. Students cannot be guaranteed a specific Hall or the type of accommodation but can indicate a preference between a Self-Catered or a Catered Hall. The first semester contract terminates at the end of January and the full cost for the semester will need to be paid even if a student is permitted to finish at Alliance MBS in December. The second semester contract terminates in June.

    Students can apply online for accommodation after an acceptance letter from Alliance Manchester Business School has been issued.

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  • Student Life

    Manchester is a thriving student city, arguably THE student city in the UK, with over 100,000 students, approximately 500,000 inhabitants and a metropolitan area of over 2.6 million. Located in Northern England, Manchester's modernization dates back to the Industrial Revolution. As an industrial center, the city was a likely target during World War II blitzes; therefore, most of the historic city center was destroyed. Manchester is home to two premier football (American soccer) clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City. Manchester is also home to a very rich music scene -- Oasis, The Smiths, and New Order are just some of the bands that have emerged from Manchester. Students can also take advantage of the city's performing arts and many museums. The city is in surrounded by three National Parks, The Peak District (30 mins by Train), The Lake District (80 mins by Train) Snowdonia (135mins by Train) and three capital cities London (129 mins by Train), Edinburgh and Cardiff (both 188 mins by Train). The International airport is also a convenient/economical gateway to Europe and beyond.« PrevNext »
  • Budget

    Here, you will find a list and links to costs related to this program.
    Last cost update: December 2018

    We suggest you create your study abroad budget using this worksheet to help you think about your costs on this program:

    • Populate the figures from the tables below into the left side costs of attendance
    • Input your financial resources on the right

    Your customized budget sheet can help determine your current financial status, and help you understand what additional funding you may need to help make this an affordable program option.

    Cashier Billed Expenses*:

    UNC Tuition and Fees
    Take the amount on the Tuition and Fees line and divide by 2 to get your semester tuition and fees cost

    Fee UG Business major/minor
    Based on major/minor enrollment
      Study Abroad Fee $700

    GeoBlue International Medical Insurance

    *Cashier Billed Expenses are those charges billed directly to your UNC ConnectCarolina account.


    Out of Pocket Estimates**:

    International Airfare

      Meals $3,000
      Immigration Visa/Residence Permit

    Passport Application Renewal
      Course Materials $150
      International Cell Phone Plan $350
      Personal Expenses
                Travel Insurance $400
                Local Transportation $750
                Personal Travel $1,500
                Incidentals (ex. Laundry) $1,000
                Shopping/Souvenirs $150
                Other Personal Expenses***  
      Total Estimated Expenses: In-State  $17,850
      Total Estimated Expenses: Out-of-State $30,864

    **Out of Pocket Estimates are based on the cost of the program, which is determined by combining the average costs our previous students have spent in each of these categories, along with the costs our partner provides to us as their averages. These estimates are subject to change based on exchange rate fluctuations, bank fees, and individual variances in costs of living.
    ***Other Expenses: the budget worksheet also has a place for you to input other expenses outside of the out-of-pocket estimates that you may incur, such as attending concerts or sporting events.

    Funding your study abroad program

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  • Accessibility

    Please make an appointment with a Kenan-Flagler Global Programs Advisor via the Intranet if you would like to discuss this program. We work with students who are registered with the Accessibility Office or who may require certain accommodations for study abroad.

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