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Student Exchange Programme

Spend a year abroad studying overseas and broaden your horizons.

Combine your studies in Manchester with the cultural experience of university life in another country - from Singapore to Switzerland. All of our exchange partners teach in English.

First-hand knowledge of another culture can be crucial in business.

Spend your third year abroad studying at a partner institution before returning to Manchester for your final year on BSc (Hons) International Management or BSc (Hons) International Management with American Business Studies.

Many of our exchange partners feature in the top Financial Times rankings or Shanghai JiaoTong global rankings and all classes are taught in English. Our dedicated international team prepare you for your exchange and support you while you are away.

You also have the opportunity to secure a summer internship in the UK or abroad to further enhance your employability. With study at two world-class institutions, extensive travel opportunities and added work experience there’ll be no stopping you after graduation.

Benefits of study abroad

  • Broaden your horizons and increase cultural awareness
  • Gain independence and enhance employability
  • Build an international network
  • Secure an international summer internship

Study, work, travel - it's up to you...

Nothing will ever beat this year - without a doubt the best 12 months of my life with the most incredible people you could ever meet - I would relive it 1,000 times if I could!

- HKUST exchange student, BSc (Hons) International Management

As a BSc (Hons) International Management with American Business Studies student you can choose from a wide range of exchange partners across the USA and Canada:

Exchange facts and figures


50 exchange partners across 18 countries and four continents


97% of IMABS students achieved first or upper second class degrees in 2016


Earning potential increases by 8.3% for study abroad students (HEFCE)


95% (IMABS) and 90% (IM) in employment or further study within 6 months (Unistats 2017)

What will it cost?

Budgeting for your year abroad requires a degree of forward planning and consideration. You will receive a significant tuition fee discount for your exchange year and may be eligible for additional financial support depending on your personal circumstances.

You should consider:

Please visit the appropriate country websites for visa costs. In order to obtain a visa, students going to some destinations may be required to provide evidence of sufficient financial support during their stay. For students travelling to the US, the amount required can range from $9,000-25,000 USD and will vary between institutions. For Canada, this is generally in the region of $10,000 CAN.

Long haul air fares to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, the US and Canada can be particularly expensive, particularly at peak times. Also consider any other travel costs during the exchange period - during holiday periods, for example.

The University’s student travel insurance policy provides cover for students undertaking study abroad as part of their course. Some of our partner institutions may also require you to purchase additional compulsory health insurance. This can vary from £200 - £2,000.

You will receive a significant tuition fee discount for your exchange year.

Home/EU students studying abroad for the full academic year currently pay £1,350. Additional support is available to UK students from low-income households.

International students studying abroad for the full academic year currently pay 50% of the standard international tuition fee.

Students do not pay academic tuition fees to the exchange partner.

N.B. The above information is subject to confirmation each academic year.

Accommodation costs vary according to country, university and whether you opt for private accommodation. Also consider the cost of housing during vacation periods and consider the current exchange rate. Accommodation offered can often be in a shared room.

All students on an Erasmus exchange are entitled to apply for Erasmus funding. Some destinations offer scholarships which are usually based on academic merit.

Students who live in England should visit for information about travel grants. You may be eligible for financial support to help cover the cost of up to three return flights as well as medical insurance and travel visas.

– Travel costs can vary hugely between partner institutions
– Food and entertainment
– Books, equipment and supplies
– Possible administration fee

Many institutions provide a breakdown of approximate living costs for the year on their websites.

International exchange gallery