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University of Manchester

Program Overview 

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Culture: Energetic, globally engaged
Neighborhood: urban, cosmopolitan
Housing: Quarter: Homestay, On-campus dormitory
English level: High beginning - advanced 

One of the largest and most prestigious universities in the United Kingdom, the University of Manchester offers access to excellent faculty, research opportunities, and cultural life for study abroad students. Located near the heart of a modern and multicultural city, the University of Manchester strives to enable students to improve both academically and personally. The university is one of three in the area, however it is the largest non-collegiate university in the United Kingdom.

The University of Manchester Language Centre is part of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures in the Faculty of Humanities. SAF Scholars who study English language at Manchester will be learning from the best...with over 30 years’ experience running English language courses for international students, they are accredited by the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes, conduct research on a regular basis and advise university staff on English language qualifications and recommended period of pre-sessional study.

Manchester city is full of cultural importance. Manchester Arena hosts music tours, the opera house hosts performing arts and is home to excellent theatre, opera, and dance productions. Manchester is also known for its amazing soccer football leagues, Manchester United and Manchester City.

Student Profile

SAF Scholars interested in improving their English language proficiency in an academic setting would be a right fit for this program. Skills such as academic speaking, note-taking, and presentation skills will be covered along with more specialized areas such as IELTS preparation and thematic topics (i.e. British Culture).

SAF Scholars interested in enrolling in a Presessional Language course to then study Life Sciences, Engineering, Humanities, Economics, Sociology or the Social Sciences, would also be a right fit.

Manchester offers SAF Scholars a residence in the second largest city in the United Kingdom, with a population of more than 2.55 million. Therefore, scholars who want thrive in an international and competitive metropolis would feel right at home here.

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Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall (September – December)
Fall + Winter Qtr + Spring Qtr (September – June)
Fall + Winter Qtr (September – March)
Spring Qtr + Summer + Fall (April – December)
Spring Qtr + Summer (April – August)
Spring Qtr + Summer + Fall + Winter Qtr (April – March)
Pre-sessional English Courses are available throughout the Spring and Summer ranging from 3-weeks to 20-weeks depending on starting English proficiency

Program Strengths

English for University Study: Students will receive general English instruction along with courses in more specific areas targeting individual students’ needs. The University Language Centre is part of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (SALC) of the University of Manchester and is accredited by the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP).

Number of Classroom Hours Per Week

21 hours per week including:
  • Grammar
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Study skills
  • Project work
  • Tutorials
  • Presentation skills
SAF Scholars will study English core modules for approximately 14 hours per week. Target modules which reflect the student’s interest or specific language needs will be studied for 6 hours per week.

Number of Levels

Students are tested and placed in a group at the start of their period of study. Students are assessed regularly and a final assessment is made at the end of their period of study. Groups will range from beginning (A2 or 3.0 equivalent on the IELTS/31 on the TOEFL) to advanced.

Elective Courses Offered

Target modules are studied for 6 hours per week and are either skills-based, topic-based or language-based. Students always received their first or second choice of target module at their language level. Examples of Target Modules include:
  • IELTS Test Preparation
  • Skills for University
  • Advanced Skills and British Culture
  • Topics for IELTS
  • English for Business and Management
  • Integrated Skills and British Culture

Progression or Concurrent Notes

SAF Scholars who participate in the Pre-sessional language courses at Manchester are academically focused on improving their English language ability to study for a subsequent academic semester in areas such as the life sciences, engineering, humanities, economics, sociology, and the social sciences.

To bring an IELTS score up the indicated amount, a student would need the following Pre-sessional course:

  • 1.5 points – 20 weeks (April to Sept)
  • 1.0 – 10 weeks (July to Sept)
  • 0.5 – 6 weeks (Aug to Sept)
To take the 3-week pre-sessional (August to Sept), a student must already have a 6.5 and be working toward raising one band or their score to a 7.0. In addition, all English language and academic conditions must already be met and students must be an unconditional offer holder.

Housing Type

Quarter: Homestay
On-campus dormitory

Meals Included


Type of Room

Quarter: Single
Single (no basin or ensuite)
Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

The “Stellify” program is the university’s way to encourage students to edify themselves. It includes opportunities in volunteering and community work, sports teams and clubs, and student societies and activities in the Students’ Union.

Life on Campus

The language program at Manchester acts like an academic family. Scholars will get to know their classmates inside and outside of the classroom. Social activities are common among students. Manchester is a city of entrepreneurs, political thinkers, social reformers and artists. The city will be the classroom, as cultural activities, seminars and trips to local attractions are all possible at Manchester.

Last Updated: 1/9/19