Study abroad programmes and coronavirus

Some aspects of the 2021/22 study abroad/exchange programme may continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The situation is fast-moving and dynamic and may require adjustments at short notice. We’re working hard to keep you updated with planned changes to the programme, and updates will be made to this page throughout this period.

Semester 1 (September 2021-January 2022)


Plans are underway for an enhanced welcome/transition, with an online/remote Induction Week from 13 September, followed by a hybrid (if possible) Orientation Week from 20 September.

Teaching and learning

Teaching will commence from 27 September 2021. Our expectation for the start of the academic year is that all students studying on an on-campus programme will be in Manchester and learning through a blended approach, with a mix of both on-campus and online elements. This approach gives us the flexibility to adapt our delivery of teaching and learning, and optimise the student experience in response to changes in COVID-19 safety measures.

If there is likely to be any delay to your arrival in the UK, we will advise you as early as we can if any of the course units you have selected cannot be studied remotely, so that you can make alternative selections.

Please note that all arrangements will be subject to prevailing conditions and government/Public Health England advice.

Remote study

Remote study isn't intended to be the default study route next academic year but we think it's important that we plan for every eventuality and to offer an accessible option for those that may still need it.

For some course units, remote study won't be possible, particularly where students need to access specialist teaching and learning facilities. This is most likely to affect some course units within subject areas such as Drama, Film Studies, Music, Sciences and Engineering. If external circumstances mean that you become unable to travel to Manchester, we will notify you if your course unit selections need to be revised.


We strongly encourage the use of face coverings on campus, and will provide clear guidance on how our teaching spaces, libraries, study spaces and labs will operate. You will also see enhanced cleaning regimes in place, as well as one-way systems and hand sanitising stations.


We strongly recommend that students apply for university housing rather than seeking housing in the private sector. All accepted students receive instructions on how to apply for university housing with their offer letter.

Semester 2 (January-June 2021)

We will update information relating to Semester 2 arrangements in September 2021.