Deciding which university to apply to can be a complex matter for international students. Which visa will you need? What opportunities are open to international talent there? What kinds of accommodation should you look into and where? At times, it can feel like there are many questions and not enough answers.
With Manchester Metropolitan University, that is not the case. From application to graduation, this university is always ready to provide the services, opportunities and experiences international students need.
With over 300,000 graduates in 170 countries, it’s safe to say Manchester Met knows how to meet the needs of international students from start to finish. There is a team that dispenses advice on immigration and visa compliance. Additional elements in the application process, travel arrangements, country-specific information – including academic entry requirements for more than 35 countries – these are the sort of in-depth and comprehensive information the university provides… even before students arrive in the UK.
The support does not stop there. The University takes the application process seriously, but they consider the steps that follow to be just as important.
Dalya Algarni from Saudi Arabia, an MA Applied Linguistics graduate, experienced the full scale of Manchester Met’s support for international students first-hand. “Manchester Met welcomed me and other international students with great support and advice, from the staff at the student hub to the course tutors. Tutors encouraged us to learn and to reach successful outcomes, such as critical thinking. They accepted my point of view and let me talk freely, raising my self-confidence,” she says.
Founded in 1824 as the Manchester Mechanics Institute, the university is today ranked as one of the world’s top 200 universities that are 50 years old or younger by Times Higher Education and the Sunday Times University of the Year for Student Retention. Its teaching quality was recognised with a Teaching Excellence Framework Silver award.
These accolades are no small feat for an institution of Manchester Met’s size and inclusive values, according to Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide. “For Manchester Met to win the Sunday Times University of the Year for Student Retention award is an acknowledgement of its success in getting hundreds of students each year through to graduation who would have probably dropped out if they studied elsewhere.”
The perks of studying in a city like Manchester
John Bradley, who played Samwell Tarly in the highly-popular TV series Game of Thrones, had this to say about the city: “Manchester is such a great creative melting pot. As a student, it’s hard to beat.” The Economist Intelligence Unit, in its Global Liveability Index 2019, ranked Manchester as the UK’s best city to live in. The survey measured a range of factors such as environment, healthcare, education, culture and infrastructure. Manchester stood out for its strong career prospects, high-quality housing that is affordable, along with excellent options for entertainment.
BA (Hons) Business and Spanish student Wan Ling Lee agrees: “Studying at Manchester Met has given me the opportunity to experience student life in a metropolitan city and immerse myself in a completely different culture. The campus is in a great location, close to the city centre and within walking distance of the train stations and university accommodation.” On campus, there is an animation studio, a multi-use sports complex, eight state-of-the-art computer labs, and a Special Collections at the Manchester School of Art, which includes a vast array of artwork and design.
Another key feature at Manchester Met are its placement opportunities for international students. Research has shown the importance of work-integrated learning, like gaining important insights into the workplace, developing resilience, and increasing overall employability. At Manchester Met, students in certain courses can apply for a placement where they get to spend an academic year working in industry. Manchester Met’s students have successfully landed stints at esteemed companies such as Bentley Motors, Walt Disney, Nike, IBM and Volkswagen.
With the support, opportunities and facilities at Manchester Metropolitan University, you’ll be ready to change the world.
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