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International Exchange

Why choose Exchange?

Foreign exchange programmes have many benefits to the participant. Future employers will look favourably on the skills gained, ranging from increased understanding and tolerance of other cultures, to improved language skills and broadened social horizons. First hand knowledge of another culture and their traditions can be crucial in business.

The personal benefits are also valuable to employers. Undertaking an exchange shows a degree of independence as well as a sense of responsibility and purpose; showing that you are adaptable as well as confident. Living in another country can also help you learn more about yourself and help you explore your own abilities and limitations; qualities prospective employers will be searching for.

Visit our Partner Institutions section to see where you can study, in your year out abroad.

Coming to The Business School

With our academic excellence, world-class learning and teaching facilities, and extensive support for incoming exchange students, The Business School is a great place to study whilst out on exchange. We are home to more international students than any other area outside London. Vibrant yet diverse, it's a place where you will feel welcome.

The International Business programme at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School welcomes up to 50 exchange students each year from around the world. The majority of students are from a series of specialised International Business exchange partners with numbers also joining the programme through the University-wide exchange programme run by the International Office.

Students have the option to join the programme for the full academic year or one semester and can pick from the full range of International Business Courses on offer.

Assistance is provided in finding accommodation and settling in to life at MMUBS, with a series of welcome events and a mentor scheme for students joining the International Business programme, this matches a new exchange student with an existing Business School student.

Prospective exchange students should begin the application process by checking that the University has an agreement with your home institution and then approaching the relevant Exchange/International Office there.

Once you have been accepted on to the exchange programme by your home institution you can then begin the application process with MMU.

We hope to see you soon.

Want To Know More?

Partner Universities

We have established relationships with a large number of institutions worldwide, from Europe to Australia, China And the USA. Here is a list of countries and there universities that offer Exchange Opportunities to our students.


Europe is far from limited by its already extraordinary heritage. The continent leads the world in fashion, art, music, architecture and design; just see the street styles and music scenes of London and Berlin or the amazing displays of contemporary art, well, just about everywhere! Glorious scenery from the breath-taking Alps in France, a visit to Prague, one of the most beautiful and cultured cities in the world, surrounded by Seville’s relaxed and fun loving crowds in tapas bars and street markets - experiences you won’t forget!


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From the prehistoric gorges of Kakadu National Park, to the white sails of the Sydney Opera House, Australia is a country as big as your imagination. Kick back on glorious white beaches in Western Australia; lose yourself in the laneways of culture-rich Melbourne or be humbled by rich desert sunsets over Uluru. Turn south to visit hundred year old giants that loom large in the forests of Tasmania or take on Sydney, an exciting mix of surf and sun, and you will soon realise Australia is a place to be discovered.


On first acquaintance, Hong Kong can overwhelm. Navigate it's crowded, tightly packed sidewalks and you’re met at every turn with neon signage, steam-filled canteens, molasses-slow traffic and a babble of chatter. Once this first sensory wave has rolled over you, though, take a deep breath and start swimming with current, because you will find Hong Kong is a place to delight in. Utterly safe and fantastically well organised, it offers little moments of perfection.


Japan offers a wealth of culture to all who visit, from exotic geisha performing ancient dances to the amazing hi-tech gadgets which are part of everyday life. Travelling within Japan provides endless opportunities, whether it is visiting traditional onsen hot spring spas, climbing the breathtaking Mount Fuji or hanging out in the famous Harujuku district in Tokyo - Japan has something for everyone.

Our latest partner, Soka University is located in Hachioji, a suburb of Tokyo and major university community, and founded on the principles of humanistic education. Standing among the verdant forests of the Tama foothills, the spacious, 810,000-square meter campus represents an ideal environment for scholarship and for the fostering of genuinely capable, contributive individuals.


America is a land of dazzling cities, towering coast redwoods, alphine lakes, rolling vineyards, chiselled peaks, barren deserts and a dramatic coastline of unrivalled beauty. And that’s just California! In the other 49 states lie an astounding collection of natural and cultural wonders, from wildly colourful tapestry of urban streets to the mountains, plains and forests that cover vast swaths of the continent.

Erasmus or Worldwide


Erasmus stands for European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students. Its aim is to encourage and support the academic mobility of higher education students and teachers within the European Union, and forms part of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme (2007-2013).

Students who go on the European Erasmus Exchange are normally eligible for Erasmus Funding. The amount of grant varies each year, the amount is confirmed by the British Council who finds the grant yearly. If you withdraw from the Erasmus Scheme within the first 3 months, you will have to pay the grant back in full.

Other nationalities, who are not EU citizens, should check with their embassy to see if there are any grants or scholarships available


Students who go on world-wide exchanges will pay a reduced fee to MMU. The rate of reduction may vary year to year, and is to be confirmed during the academic year.


Mentor Scheme

The mentor scheme was set up to match incoming exchange students with existing MMUBS students. It provides a chance for students thinking of going on an exchange to find out about our partner institutions first hand. After successfully applying to the scheme, mentors will be matched with a student with whom you can email prior to their arrival in the UK, in order to share information and set them at ease before they leave their home country.

Participants will meet their mentor/mentee at a social event that is organised at the beginning of the year, the hope is that you will keep in touch throughout the year in order to help each other out as well as socialise. There are many benefits to both sets of students, for MMUBS students:

  • You will get to spend time with someone who speaks your elected language
  • They will have detailed information on what their university/town is like
  • You will already have made friends with someone at your chosen university, who can help you out when you are over there
  • It builds up your CV for future employment

For incoming exchange students:

  • It helps them to settle in to their new environment
  • They can develop their language skills
  • If they are on their own then it can help them feel more relaxed about attending MMUBS

Outgoing Exchange Programme Application for Partners in Europe.

  1. Interested?
    Attend our exchange talks, organised by the MMU International Office and the Business School. These will be announced on Moodle and advertised throughout the university.

  2. Applying
    Pick up application forms at the exchange talks and the Student Hub in the New Business School. You will need to pick 3 partner institutions in order of preference, telling us why you would be the perfect candidate to be accepted onto exchange (Important: Please note, you must be on an exchange route of your programme in order to be accepted on exchange. If you are not currently on an exchange route, you have to transfer. Transfer request forms are available from the Student Hub in the New Business School Building.)


    Application Deadlines

    For World-Wide Destinations: FRIDAY, 16th JANUARY 2015
    For European / Erasmus Destinations: FRIDAY, 27th FEBRUARY 2015


    If you are unsuccessful for the World-Wide Destinations, you can submit a new application for a European Partner, but you CAN’T submit application forms for both at the same time.

  3. Handing In Your Application

    Hand in your completed application to the Student Hub for both Erasmus and Worldwide institutions.

    Application form for World-Wide destinations are also available from here:

    Application form for European / ERASMUS destinations are also available here.

  4. Once You Have Applied
    Students are selected on the strength of their personal statement and their previous academic performance. You may be invited to an informal interview to discuss you reasons for exchange.

  5. Nominated To Partner Institution.
    Students will be nominated to a partner, once applications have been processed. You will be informed by e-mail which partner you have been selected for.

  6. Pre-Departure
    You will be required to go to a pre-departure meeting to discuss all details of your exchange year. All relevant documents and paperwork will be given to you here.


Please complete and submit the application form in time and with care, do not leave this to the last minute! By completing the application form, you confirm that you wish to go on exchange.
You will then be written to shortly afterwards to confirm if your application has been accepted.

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What does the exchange programme involve?

    International Business
    After successfully completing year the first two years of your degree, students can spend one whole academic year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions. After this, you will return to Manchester to complete the final year of your degree. If you pass sufficient credits, you will be awarded your degree "with Exchange".

  2. Where can I study?
    The Business School has links with the following universities:

    Country Institution Apply via
    Australia Deakin University International Office
    Australia Flinders University International Office

    University of Technology International Office
    Australia University of Newcastle International Office
    Czech Republic University of Economics, Prague Business School
    China Hong Kong Baptist University International Office
    Denmark Aalborg Universitetcenter Business School
    France Universite Blaise-Pascal Business School
    France Universite de Savoie Business School
    France Sup de Co Montpellier Business School
    Germany Fachhoschule Frankfrut am Main Business School
    Germany Hochschule Bochum Business School
    Germany Europa Universität Viadrina Business School
    Holland Radboud University Nijmegen Business School
    Holland University of Applied Sciences: Utrecht Business School
    Italy Universitá degli Studi di Padova, Padova Business School
    Italy Universita degli Studi Roma Tre (3), Rome, Italy Business School
    Italy Università degli Studi di Bologna, Forlì Campus Business School
    Italy Universita’ degli Studi di Milano Bicocca Business School
    Japan SOKA University International Office
    Poland Szczecin University Business School
    Poland Cracow University of Economics Business School

    Universidad de Murica Business School
    Spain Universidad Pablo Olivide, Seville Business School
    Spain University of Murcia, Murcia Business School
    Spain Universidad de Sevilla, Seville Business School
    Spain Universidad Complutense de Madrid Business School
    Spain Universidad de Barcelona Business School
    USA Bridgewater State College International Office
    USA East Carolina University International Office
    USA North Carolina State University International Office
    USA State University College at Buffalo International Office
    USA South Dakota State University International Office
    USA Texas Tech University International Office
    USA University of North Carolina Greensboro

    International Office
    USA South Dakota State University International Office

  3. How can I find out more about the host universities and their courses?

    Australia, USA, Hong Kong and Japan
    MMU International hosts presentations relating to US and Australian exchange opportunities throughout the year; you will be able to ask questions here, and gain information on application procedures.

    All countries
    The Business School also hosts exchange meetings, these are aimed at ensuring every applicant is on track and committed to the exchange programme, and will have information regarding European exchanges as well as non-European ones.

    All students must attend the pre-exchange meeting. For more specific course related information please refer to your exchange co-ordinator, or to the host university itself. All partner institutions have good websites with a wealth of information on them; these are usually a good place to start if you require further information.

  4. Are there any additional costs involved?

    Students on exchange pay a reduced tuition fee to MMU. The percentage to pay is confirmed to students during the academic year. No tuition fees payable to the host university.

    Australia, USA, Hong Kong and Japan
    You remain an MMU enrolled student during your exchange and thus continue to pay UK tuition fees. No tuition fees are payable to the host university, although there may be a small registration fee. You will be responsible for arranging and paying for your flights, accommodation and living expenses. You may wish to budget for a flight home at Christmas, if you are staying for the whole year. Students may be eligible for discounts on some airlines.

    You may also be required to pay visa fees; these costs are indicated on the information sheets that we will provide you with when you apply. Students travelling to the US are also required to travel down to London for their visa interview. If you have further questions about this please speak with the MMU International Office.

  5. European destinations
    The European exchanges are covered by the Erasmus programme. Students will pay reduced tuition fees to MMU, no tuition fees to be paid to the host institution. Students can apply for Erasmus Grant. Students are still responsible for arranging and paying for their flights, accommodation and living expenses. More information about the Erasmus scheme and hoe to apply for it will be given on the exchange talks throughout the year.

  6. Where will I live?
    The host university will usually place you in university accommodation on campus, as long as you apply on time. In some universities students share bedrooms (two to a room), particularly in the United States. Private sector residencies are open to you as well, but these are difficult to organise without being in the country itself. The cost of accommodation is usually similar to that in the UK, although Hong Kong is considerably cheaper.

  7. What is the process for allocating students, am I guaranteed my first choice?
    Although we do our best to secure a student’s first choice, these are not always guaranteed. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis, and the university has to adhere to strict agreements that limit the places available at each institution. If there is competition for places then we will also look at academic and attendance records, as well as the level of commitment you have shown towards the exchange itself.

  8. What if I don’t pass all my units in the summer?
    You should have successfully completed your 2nd year in order to be able to proceed with your exchange year. However, if you failed up to 1 examination / or assignment, subject to permission from the exchange co-ordinator, you may be able to continue with your exchange. In this case, you must complete the failed module whilst you are on exchange. It will be your responsibility to keep in touch with the relevant tutors and submitting any coursework on time, or attending the examination if needed. You will not be able to proceed to your final year without passing ALL of your units from the second year. With our university regulations, you must engage with any re-sit during the year, otherwise you may fail the programme if you show non-engagement with the failed unit

  9. What support is available to me while I am abroad?
    The hosts have been chosen because they provide similar courses and similar levels of student support and guidance to those at MMU. If you have a problem whilst you are away your first point of contact will be the academic staff or pastoral tutors at your host university. If you cannot resolve your problem, or it affects your study back in the UK, there is a dedicated departmental administrator Emese Murphy (Exchange Administrator, Telephone: 0161 247 3719, and two exchange tutors: Ann Howe (Telephone: 0161 247 3870, and Andrea Bernardi, (Telephone: 0161 247 2552, on hand to answer questions by email or phone. We also encourage students to support each other through email and chat rooms, and the Business School’s mentor scheme. For more information on the mentor scheme please see either question 18 or the mentor scheme page

  10. What happens to the credits I receive while I am abroad?
    You must pass 60 ECTS or equivalent credits during the year to be able to be eligible for the Exchange Accreditation when you complete your studies. Regardless of the outcome of your exchange year, you will be able to proceed to your final year, but if you are not successful in completing the 60 ECTS credits, you will be transferred to the 3-year degree, and you will not be graduating with the Exchange accreditation.

  11. Do I have to do work for MMU while I’m abroad?
    No. You have to complete all credits with the host university.

  12. When will I start my academic year?
    Each country is different. Universities in North America usually start in late August, early September - similar to UK universities. Australian universities begin their academic year in February and have two semesters. If you go for a year, you will commence your year in Semester 2 which runs from July to November (please note the early start compared to UK universities). After the long summer (Christmas) holiday you begin Semester 1 which runs from February to June. Universities in Hong Kong and Europe have similar start dates to the UK, but summer semesters usually run later, often in to July. At most universities there will be some orientation sessions before the formal year starts; you are recommended to attend these, they will help you to make the most of you time abroad.

  13. Can I do both an exchange and a placement?
    No. Once you have submitted your exchange application and you have been accepted for exchange, you must transfer to the exchange route. Overseas placement may be offered by the Placement Office, if you are interested in Work placement and not in study exchange, you have to contact the Placement Office for further information.

  14. What does ERASMUS mean?
    Erasmus stands for European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students. Its aim is to encourage and support the academic mobility of higher education students and teachers within the European Union, and forms part of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme (2007-2013).

    Students may be eligible for an Erasmus grant, if so, this will help with the additional costs of living abroad but won’t completely cover your living expenses. Please note: the grant is paid in stages, with the final instalment on completion of your exchange. If students withdraw from the programme early they may have to return part of the grant.

    All information about the Erasmus scheme will be given on the exchange meetings throughout the year.

  15. What does ECTS mean?
    ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer System. This is essentially an easy way to transfer credits, from one institution to another, which most (but not all) European universities operate. 60 ECTS is the equivalent of 120 English credits, so English credits are calculated by doubling the European credits that you have gained during your year abroad.

  16. How does the mentor scheme work?
    The Business School’s mentor scheme matches a new incoming exchange student to an existing MMU student. After completing the application form available from the departmental administrator, the Business School will match you with a student with whom you can email prior to your arrival, and get a students view of life at the partner institution. There is a welcome event during the second week of term where you will meet the incoming exchange student in person, if you haven’t already arranged to do so beforehand!

If you have any further questions regarding the exchange programme or could not find out what you were looking for and would like to talk to somebody about your options, please contact:

If you have any question, you can approach any of the staff below, but we have tried to make it easier to deal with queries, we have allocated the countries to the tutors, as per the list below.

Ann Howe
Exchange Tutor
Telephone: 0161 247 3870

Andrea Bernardi
Exchange Tutor
Telephone: 0161 247 2552
Countries covered: ITALY, SPAIN

Emese Murphy
Exchange Administrator
Telephone: 0161 247 3719


World-wide queries can be directed either to the International Office (  or to any of the above staff.