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Manchester Study Group

Director Fall 2018: Professor Ellen Kraly, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
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The Division of University Studies' Manchester Study Group (MSG) offers its members the opportunity to continue their Colgate programs by taking four credits and living with British or international students at the University of Manchester (UM). Registering as non -matriculating students, study group members are guaranteed full access to the University's libraries, Student Union, health services and sports and fitness facilities. As a result, studying at the University of Manchester becomes an important part of the study abroad program and the integration of its participants into the host country’s fabric of daily life.

Over a decade's worth of student evaluations show that one of the most valuable aspects of the Manchester Study Group is the opportunity to study at an outstanding British university, so different from Colgate in the diversity and size of its student body, its extensive curriculum, and location.  The university is composed of over 70 academic departments.  Valuing the richness of UM course offerings, in the last four years credit has been earned in the following Colgate departments: Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English, Geography, Geology, History, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology & Anthropology, Women’s Studies.

The main campus hosts the University Theatre, home to the professional Contact Theatre Co.; the Academy, offering almost nightly music events; and the impressive Whitworth Art Gallery. The university's proximity to the city center allows easy access to a variety of cultural amenities available in this city of half a million.

Manchester is a world city with global importance in fashion, sports, nightlife and industry. Manchester is an incredibly diverse city and less expensive than London, which is two hours away by an efficient, inexpensive railway. Manchester’s central location in the United Kingdom makes more easy access to Wales, Scotland, and the Lake District. Its international airport makes weekend trips to the continent easy.

The 2018 program will be the 29th group of Colgate Students to enroll at the University of Manchester. Its director will be Ellen Percy Kraly, Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies.  She is an experienced director having run the Australia study group — in Wollongong, New South Wales, multiple extended studies to Perth and the surrounding country of Western Australia. She and her husband, Scott Kraly, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, who will be coming along for the semester, have also resided in Cardiff, Wales on two occasions.

All students will enroll in three elective courses and two required courses, which are specifically designed to use Manchester’s rich cultural and archival sources and its global importance.

Students studying hard on Manchester Study Group Students visit Stonehenge on England Study Group

Program Prerequisites

All students will enroll in three elective courses and one required course, which are specifically designed to use Manchester’s rich cultural and archival sources and its global importance.

GEOG 343:  Immigration, Refugee Migration and Asylum in the United Kingdom and the European Union.This course will explore issues of international migration and immigrant integration of geographic, sociological, demographic, economic, and public policy dimensions on and perspectives on international migration, and include: Introduction to international migration, refugee and asylum policies and programs in the United Kingdom and Manchester; Global migration trends, patterns and policies in international migrations and mobilities and policies of reception: The Schengen Agreement; European perspectives and discourse on environmentally induced migration and the role of climate change in population displacement; The migrant experience in Manchester and the role of civil society; Reception of immigrants and immigration debates in the United Kingdom; Engagement of the United Kingdom in international dialogue concerning the United Nations Global Compact on Migrants and Refugees. Students may also participate in community based learning through service learning projects in Manchester.

This course will receive Global Engagements (GE) credit at Colgate.

Courses at Manchester University:

Students will take three courses from the University of Manchester. Registration will occur in Spring 2018. As with all off-campus courses, students should consult with the director about which courses have received prior transfer credit to Colgate. If a course has not, the director and students will work together to insure the class receives transfer credit before enrollment

Fall Calendars:

Colgate classes begin almost three weeks before Manchester courses. The Manchester Fall 2018 classes begin on September 17 while our group will arrive around September 1, 2018. During the interim, we will start our class and have exploratory trips around Manchester. During the last week before formal start of classes at University of Manchester, students will attend orientation meetings, if necessary. While University of Manchester classes end in the second week of December, the university conducts final exams in January. Generally, students arrange with their professor to do additional work before departure home or in rare cases take the final exam at Colgate University the first week of the spring term.

Living Arrangements

Students atop a castle in WalesStudents live with other UM students in residence halls. Each has a single room that is part of a 'flat' of six or seven other singles with a shared sitting room, kitchen, and bathrooms. Students purchase and prepare their own meals. Visitors to the University are occasionally housed in suite rooms before UM students arrive.

Selection Criteria and Eligibility

The Division of University Studies and open to all Colgate students sponsor the Manchester Study Group. UM requires a GPA of 3.00 for participation. You may gather additional information from the University of Manchester’s website for international students at


For estimated details of student expenses on this study group, please see the Student Cost Estimate Sheets.

Calendar and Deadlines

All students interested in applying should plan on attending one of the informational sessions. The deadline for applications to the Fall 2018 Manchester Study Group is Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Applications are on the Colgate University Off­-Campus Study/International Programs study groups' website and are submitted online. Only finalists in the selection process will be interviewed. Interviews will take place before fall exams and will be arranged by e­mail. Student notification of selections will take place late December 2017.

Passports and Visas

You must confirm that your passport is valid through June 2019. All students participating on the Manchester Study Group will be required to obtain a U.K. student visa. With participation on this study group comes the responsibility of understanding and complying with U.K. government visa requirements. If you will not be traveling on a U.S. passport it is imperative that you contact an adviser in Off Campus Study/International Programs, 101 McGregory, and International Student Services, 103C Lathrop Hall, to learn as much as you can about the regulations. For some students there are significant visa requirements to be met that take time, advance planning, and incur extra costs.

Program Dates

Manchester Study Group program dates: late August (arrival) – mid-December 2018.

Information Sessions

Tuesday, October 23 at 5pm and
Wednesday, October 24 at 11:30 am
Both sessions will be held in 101 McGregory Hall.

All students interested in applying should plan to attend one of these sessions.

More Information

For more information, contact Prof. Ellen Kraly,

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