Manchester's unique character owes much to its pioneering past. The city was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution, when wealth from textile mills and factories helped develop Manchester and establish the University’s predecessor institutions, which in turn opened the doors of education to the British working classes.
The city has an international sporting pedigree and one of the richest and most influential arts and music scenes. There are world-class events, venues and attractions to suit every lifestyle, with a lively, culturally diverse city centre that’s easy to enjoy on a student budget.
The city has been named as one of the world's top ten travel destinations by Lonely Planet, the UK’s most liveable city by The Economist, one of the ten friendliest cities in the world by Rough Guides and one of the best places in the world to go by The New York Times.
We offer courses in English language and 19 other languages for personal, professional and academic purposes at various levels to prospective and current students and staff of the University and to members of the wider public. Our Full-time English Language courses are accredited by the British Council and our Pre-sessional courses are accredited by BALEAP.
We are an examination centre for IELTS, Cambridge, Pitman, Goethe-Institut, Paris Chamber of Commerce and Madrid Chamber of Commerce and can prepare you for these examinations.
Our teaching staff have a wealth of expertise and will guide your learning using a variety of methods ensuring you have every opportunity to reach your potential.
English preparation programmes
We can help you to become a better language learner, access the best resources and find a study partner.
Students studying from September to June have the option to book Homestay accommodation through the University Language Centre.
Students studying during the summer term have the opportunity to book University of Manchester accommodation. Hall accommodation is self-catered and available with either standard (shared bathroom) or en-suite (private bathroom) facilities.
A full and varied social programme is provided to students through the International Society which includes weekend trips, overnight trips, evening and social events. Being part of the International Society is a great way for students to meet other students from around the world, experience different cultures, practice their English and see as much of Manchester and the UK during their stay.
Students at the University Language Centre will have free membership to the International Society, with two full day-trips per four week study period free of charge.