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United Kingdom: Alliance Manchester Bus. School

Manchester Business School, founded in 1965, was one of the first two business schools in the UK. Today’s Alliance Manchester Business School (MBS) formed as a result of the 2004 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. MBS enrolls approximately 6,500 international students from more than 150 countries.

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, Alliance MBS is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools, and is ranked as the UK’s leading business school outside of the London, Oxbridge triangle.

With the rapid implementation of MBS’ strategic vision there have recently been a lot of changes at Alliance MBS and across The University of Manchester. Beginning with the 2019-20 academic year, exchange students studying at Alliance MBS will experience the full benefit of brand new facilities.

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 population of over 2.6 million. Located in Northern England, Manchester’s modernization dates back to the Industrial Revolution. 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. You can also take advantage of the city’s performing arts scene and many museums. The city is surrounded by three National Parks—The Peak District (30 mins by train), The Lake District(80 mins by train) and Snowdonia (135 mins by train)—and three capital cities: London (129 mins by train), and Edinburgh and Cardiff (both 188 mins by train). The International airport is also a convenient/economical gateway to Europe and beyond.

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  • GPA Requirement: 3.00
  • Program Options: Exchange
    • On an Exchange program, students “trade” places with a student from another institution and pay UNC tuition and fees. Please thoroughly review the “program cost” section below for specific information. For additional information about program types, click here.
  • Language of Instruction:  English
  • Program Dates:
    • Fall: September 16 (beginning of Welcome Week) to December 15, 2024
      • Online induction for new students begins on September 9, 2024
      • Semester 1 exams run through January 24, 2024, but exchange students may receive permission to take exams for most courses prior to the holiday break
    • Spring: January 29 to June 7, 2024
  • Visit the AMBS Incoming Exchange Students website for more information
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Application Information

  This Program’s Level of Competitiveness =  2

Level of Competitiveness (1 = least, 3 = most)

1 Chance of acceptance is probable if students meet the minimum requirements.
Most students are typically accepted. 
3 This is one of the most competitive programs. We recommend having a back-up option in mind.

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