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*UMD: Study in England - University of Worcester
Worcester, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2016-2017 03/15/2016 03/15/2016 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
GPA: 2.4 Language of Instruction: English
Class Standing: 2-Sophmore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Internships Available: No
Housing: Apartment Type of Program: Direct Enroll
Program Description:

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Program Highlights
  • Take a variety of courses at the University of Worcester taught by UoW professors
  • Study alongside British and international students alike, providing unique cross-cultural learning and relationships
  • Receive on-site support and guidance from the Worcester International Experience Office and the on-site UMD Program Assistant
  • The city of Worcester is an ideal city to study and live in. Travelling around the city is safe and easy and there is so much to see both in Worcester and nearby towns and cities

Program Overview
Population of Worcester: 98,800
Distance to Birmingham: 35 miles
Distance to London: 137 miles


Spend an exciting academic year or spring semester (starting 2016) living and taking courses at the University of Worcester (UoW). The city of Worcester (pronounced wuster) is beautifully situated on the banks of the river Severn near the picturesque Malvern Hills. The city is built around a magnificent 11th-century cathedral and was a key battleground in the English Civil War. Centrally located in the heart of England, Worcester is a 2 hour train ride to London. With a population similar to the size of Duluth, Worcester blends the ancient heritage of a quaint English town with all the characteristics of a big city.

With a history dating back to 1946, the University of Worcester has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, purposeful research. UoW is a vibrant, forward-looking university, well known for the quality of their degrees and for employers actively seeking out graduates. UoW delivers degree programs to nearly 10,000 students and employs 1,000 staff. UoW has undergone significant change and growth over the last few years by expanding into new subject areas, more than doubling student numbers and investing substantially in staff and new facilities

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Classes are called modules and are worth 15 or 30 UoW credits each. Typically, 15 credit modules run for one semester and 30 credit modules run for the academic year. Students typically enroll in 60 UoW credits per semester and 120 credits for the academic year. This is generally 4 modules per semester.
  • 15 Worcester credits = 4 UMD credits
  • 30 Worcester credits = 8 UMD credits
Module offerings listed by year and semester are listed on the UoW Study Abroad web page under the “modules” tab. Please note that modules can change from year to year, so it is highly encouraged and important that you have the same amount of first and second choice modules pre-approved in the case that there are changes to module availability for your semester or year abroad or if there are schedule conflicts.

Worcester modules typically meet one day a week for an extended period of time. Worcester degrees are typically three years in length. Level 4 modules are typically taken in the first year of university, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 in the third. Worcester's key teaching areas are: Education, Health and Society, Sports, Humanities and Creative Arts, Science and the Environment, and Business, Management and Computing. The University of Worcester emphasises an independent approach to learning in a supportive environment. Your time may be considerably less structured than what you are used to and you will be encouraged to take ownership of your learning experience and make the most of the opportunities we offer. It is through this partnership that you will experience the full benefits that a Worcester education brings. Learn more about what to expect in terms of academics at the University of Worcester.

Search pre-approved modules and their UMD equivalencies on the
approved foreign course database. It is highly recommended that study abroad courses are reviewed prior to program participation so that you know how they will contribute to your degree progress.

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Program Costs

2015–16 Academic Year
Program Fee: $21,043
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $11,500
Estimated Total Cost, 2015–16: $32,543
($28,611 was the total cost for 2014–15)

**2016 Spring Semester
Program Fee: $10,040
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $6,031
Estimated Total Cost: $16,071**

**Spring 2016 costs pending until approval by Board of Regents.

Compare this program cost to UMD's cost of attendance.
UMD's cost for an academic year in 2015–16 is $23,998.

What’s included in the program fee?
  • Personalized advising
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Tuition
  • CISI international travel, health and security coverage
  • Entry visa assistance
  • Airport reception
  • On-site orientation
  • On-site staff support
  • Foreign transcript issuance
  • Grade posting at UMD
  • Foreign course evaluation at UMD
  • University services
View the University of Worcester AY 2015–16 Breakdown of Costs. These estimated costs do not include the application fee. Financial aid is available. Credits taken on study abroad programs cannot be used in tuition banding. Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the costs of this program with others. Apply for scholarships.

Live in modern student housing in the
University of Worcester Halls of Residence. Choose from accommodation on the St. John’s campus or City Campus. UoW has over 1,000 rooms, 358 of which were new in 2009. They offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from the 'Traditional Hall' to the 'En-suite Extra' which includes your own bathroom. All tenancies run for a standard term of 39 weeks. Free gym membership is included.

Off campus accommodation is also available and UoW provides some support for students who select this option.

Students who study in Worcester for an academic year can select their accommodation preference from the Halls of Residence and you will apply after you receive your acceptance from UoW. Spring semester students will be automatically assigned on-campus accommodation. More information on semester accommodation will be coming soon.

Travel Documents
A passport valid for 6 months beyond the end of the program is required. Additionally, a U.K. visa may be required for participation on the program. This will be determined by the length of time spent as a student in the U.K. Assistance with the visa application will be given by UMD Study Abroad staff.

Google Document was created to assist UMD student sin the U.K. Tier 4 Student Visa application process. The UMD Study Abroad office attempts to keep this document as up to date as possible, however, you should always check the U.K. Consulate website for the most up to date information. Students will receive more detailed information and advice once they are confirmed in this program.

Know the following program information to provide on the
online application:

Country: United Kingdom
Program Name: Study in England, University of Worcester
Term: Academic year or Spring Semester (coming soon)

Early application is strongly encouraged. Completed applications require an essay. An unofficial transcript is also required only if you have studied at another university. A non-refundable application fee of $50 will be billed to students’ One Stop account upon submission of an online application.

NOTE:  Round trip tickets should only be purchased after official acceptance from the foreign university.

Study in England at the University of Worcester Travel Blog
Read into the lives of students who studied in Worcester in 2013-14!

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