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.
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.
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!
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 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
For further information please visit this page.
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:
For incoming exchange students:
For World-Wide Destinations: Friday, 17th January 2014
For European / Erasmus Destinations: Friday, 28TH February 2014
No late applications will be acceptedIf 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.
Application form for World-Wide destinations are also available from here:Application form for European / ERASMUS destinations are also available here: (Microsoft Word format) or here: (Adobe Acrobat format)
And Finally, START YOUR EXCHANGE!
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.
After successfully completing year one and two of your degree, students on the International Business degree 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 enough credits you will be awarded your degree ‘with Exchange’ (please see question 10 for more information regarding credits).
Students on all degrees in MMUBS are eligible to study an alternative second year with one of our partner institutions. However, this is only when there is a compatible curriculum.
|Country||Institution||Apply via||IB Exchange||All degrees|
|Australia||Deakin University||International Office|
|Australia||Flinders University||International Office|
|Australia||University of Technology||International Office|
|Australia||University of Newcastle||International Office|
|Czech Republic||University of Economics, Prague||Business School|
|China||Hong Kong Baptist University||Business School|
|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|
|Italy||University of Padua||Business School|
|Japan||SOKA University||International Office|
|Spain||Universidad de Murica||Business School|
|Spain||Universidad de Sevilla||Business School|
|Spain||Universidad Pablo Olavide, Sevilla||Business School|
|USA||Bridgewater State College||International Office|
|USA||East Carolina University||International Office|
|USA||Louisiana State 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|
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.
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.
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:Emese Murphy
Telephone: 0161 247 3870