The International Society

Manchester is an incredibly cosmopolitan and multicultural city and all of its universities welcome international students warmly. The International Society is an independent, not-for-profit organisation unique to Greater Manchester. The Society provides cultural and social support to international students, to ensure that their stay in the city is a wonderful experience.

The International Society is committed to promoting international friendship, and celebrating cultural diversity. From its small beginnings in the 1960s the International Society now has around 7,000 members from over 130 countries.

The International Society is a great way to meet people from your home country and connect with people from all over the world. It is jointly owned by MMU, The University of Manchester and The University of Salford, allowing you to meet students from different universities who have also chosen to study in Manchester.

One of the great things the International Society organises are its trips around the UK. The Society organises at least one trip every weekend during term time and most weekends during the holidays. Trips coming up in January and February include York, Liverpool, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Old Trafford and Oxford. They also organise some overnight trips, for example, to Edinburgh and Bath and Stonehenge.

The Society also holds a number of different language classes including English conversation classes. Some of the other languages on offer in the Spring Term include Arabic, French and Portuguese. As well as classes, the International Society holds regular global evenings, for example, a Singaporean Evening to celebrate Chinese New Year.

One of the main purposes of the International Society is to support international students and their families. For that reason partners and children are welcome to attend all of the trips and events. In addition, there is a dedicated families group which meets every week.

If you want to experience everyday British life the Hospitality Scheme arranges for students to visit a British home on a number of occasions during their time in Manchester. Once linked with a family students are invited to their home to share a meal, perhaps Sunday lunch or afternoon tea, or even on a day trip out with the family.

In short, make sure you sign up to the International Society when you arrive in Manchester, to make the most out of your experience!

Travel while you study – widen your horizons

Studying abroad is an excellent opportunity to widen your horizons by living in a new culture, meeting people from around the world and trying new foods.

One of the best ways to widen your horizons is by travelling. Studying in Manchester makes travelling around the UK and Europe very easy. Manchester is well connected by road and rail and has a busy international airport.

The map below shows some of the UK’s best tourist towns and cities. Over the coming months we will be posting guides to each city or location; including how to get there and what to do while you’re there.

map of UK tourist destinations

Let us know if there are any other places you’d like to see included, or if you’ve visited these places before, let us know what you got up to.