Kirby - Alliance Manchester Business School

BIHTM
Semester 1, 2013

Academic experience

I am studying a Bachelor of International and Hotel Management but I chose to do my electives while on exchange. I went to the Manchester Business School (MBS), which is a part of the University of Manchester but has a different application process and means that you can only choose the business-related subjects that they provide.

I was studying the full-time load of 60 credits which was 6 subjects, which seemed a bit daunting at first but it was manageable as two subjects only had one-hour lectures and not all classes had tutorials and some were only fortnightly too. For me, a big difference was that assessments are usually exam based (I had two 100% exams!). Although you could get around this by choosing your subjects based on what assessments they have but I chose based on what interested me.

Personal experience

I made many great friendships while on exchange including people I had met at UQ at the meet and greet sessions, I had a great group of English friends I met at Hall and also a great group of international friends that I met through the Business School and had class with. I travel around the UK and to Amsterdam and Spain mainly with other international students who were keen to travel.

Accommodation

I lived in Dalton Ellis Hall in Victoria Park and I couldn’t have been happier! I made some great friends here and I was also lucky enough to get a larger room. This is a catered hall and although the food wasn’t amazing, it was just nice to not have to worry about cooking and cleaning and also dinner was always very lively and social.
 

Budget

I didn’t spend that much because I was catered and paid that upfront but I would usually get snacks and things for lunch and that would be around 10 pounds for a week. Everything is much cheaper over here, which is great for student living.

Professional development and employability

MBS was so supportive and they have such a great program for exchange students. First of all, it is smaller so you get to meet almost everyone on exchange plus they give you many opportunities to meet third-year students from the MBS International Society who are also students who have returned from a previous semester abroad. I was also assigned a mentor who was there to help me with any questions or problems and they also organized many fun social events for us.

Top tips

  • Join the International Society- they do day trips and weekend trips all around the UK for very cheap. I went to the Lake District, Edinburgh, Bath, Stonehenge and Warwick Castle plus they do many other trips too.
  • Accommodation Guide- Stay in Fallowfield if you want to party, stay in the City Centre if you want to study and stay in Victoria Park if you want a good mix of both.
  • Invest in a good coat, you will live in it for at least two months!
  • If you are arriving late or close to orientation, order a bedding pack, but they are basic and not very nice so if you have a bit of time go to Primark and get yourself some bedding and definitely an underlay because the mattresses are very hard.
  • Take advantage of your stopovers- I stayed in Dubai for two days and got to look around the city and go on a desert safari and it was amazing!
Kirby - Alliance Manchester Business School