Key dates

If you’re applying for the Study Abroad Programme at The University of Manchester, you should make a note of the key dates taking place both before and during your time here.

Application deadlines

The deadlines for the receipt of applications depend on the period of study for which you are applying:

  • Full academic year (September - June): 1 June
  • Fall semester (September - January): 1 June
  • Spring semester (January - June): 1 November

As a rule, examinations normally take place during the last three weeks of the semester.

Orientation dates

To help you make the most of your time in Manchester, all students are strongly encouraged to attend our orientation course.

Semester dates 

2020/21 academic year*
*Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we're staggering our first semester for students.
New undergraduate and foundation year students
University welcome and induction programme 21 September 2020
School and programme induction activities 28 September 2020
Semester 1 teaching starts 5 October 2020
Christmas break starts 21 December 2020
Christmas break ends 11 January 2021
Revision period 11–17 January 2021
Semester 1 exams 18–29 January 2021
Semester 1 ends 31 January 2021
Break 1–7 February 2021
Semester 2 starts 8 February 2021
Easter break starts 29 March 2021
Easter break ends 12 April 2021
Semester 2 exams 19 May–9 June 2021
Semester 2 ends 11 June 2021
Returning undergraduate students
Welcome back week with School and programme level introductions 28 September 2020
Semester 1 teaching starts 5 October 2020
Christmas break starts 21 December 2020
Christmas break ends 11 January 2021
Revision period 11–17 January 2021
Semester 1 exams 18–29 January 2021
Semester 1 ends 31 January 2021
Break 1–7 February 2021
Semester 2 starts 8 February 2021
Easter break starts 29 March 2021
Easter break ends 12 April 2021
Semester 2 exams 19 May–9 June 2021
Semester 2 ends 11 June 2021
Postgraduate taught students (new and returning)
University welcome and induction programme 5 and 12 October 2020
School and programme induction activities 19 October 2020
Semester 1 teaching starts 26 October 2020
Christmas break starts 21 December 2020
Christmas break ends 4 January 2021
Semester 1 teaching continues 4–22 January 2021
Semester 1 exams 25 January–5 February 2021
Semester 1 ends 5 February 2021
Semester 2 starts 8 February 2021
Easter break starts 29 March 2021
Easter break ends 12 April 2021
Semester 2 exams 19 May–9 June 2021
Semester 2 ends 11 June 2021