EXCHANGE IN WORCESTER, ENGLAND
- Take a variety of courses taught by University of Worcester professors.
- Study alongside British and international students alike, providing unique cross-cultural learning and relationships
- Receive on-site support and guidance from the International Experience office
- The city of Worcester is an ideal city to study and live in. Traveling about the city is safe and easy, and there's so much to see in Worcester and nearby towns.
- Program Fee (Click on the link(s) to view the entire estimated program cost):
- Population of Worcester: 101,300
- Distance to Birmingham: 35 miles
- Distance to London: 137 miles
Spend an exciting semester or academic year 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.
Established in 1946, the University of Worcester has built 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. UoW delivers degree programs to around 11,000 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.
Classes at UoW are called modules and are worth 15 or 30 UoW credits each, and students will enroll in 60 UoW credits per semester and 120 credits for the academic year.
- 15 Worcester credits = 4 UMD credits (singles semester classes)
- 30 Worcester credits = 8 UMD credits (full academic year classes)
Modules available to exchange students are listed on the UoW Study Abroad web page under the “Study Exchange” banner. S1 = Fall semester | S2 = Spring semester. *Students interested in Fall semester only should contact the program coordinator to learn about a few caveats for this term.
Degree programs at UoW last 3 years and modules are classified as follows:
- Level 1 modules ≈ UMD freshman/sophomore level
- Level 2 modules ≈ UMD sophomore/junior level
- Level 3 offerings ≈ UMD junior/senior level
UoW modules typically meet once a week for an extended period of time. The UoW emphasizes 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 need to take ownership of your learning experience through independent reading and self-study. Grades can heavily be determined by final exams, papers, or projects
Fall Semester 2018 (Semester 1)
- Arrival: September 11, 2018
- Semester: September 24, 2018 - January 18, 2019
Spring Semester 2019 (Semester 2)
- Arrival: January 16, 2019
- Orientation: TBD
- Semester: January 21 - May 17, 2019
**Do not make travel arrangements until you have been officially accepted by the University of Worcester**
Semester Program Costs
Click the links for detailed cost breakdowns for the University of Worcester:
Fall 2018 Terms Costs:
Program Cost: $5,850
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $6,450
Estimated Total Cost: $12,300
Spring 2019 Term Costs:
Program Cost: $5,850
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $8,500
Estimated Total Cost: $14,350
Academic Year 2018–19 Costs:
Program Fee: $11,700
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $14,290
Estimated Total Cost: $25,990
Compare this program cost to UMD's cost of attendance for an academic year.
If you do not see a cost estimate for the semester/term you intend to go abroad, the cost has not yet been determined. Please note cost estimates and fees may change depending on international economic factors. UMD Study Abroad delays the posting of final fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined in order to provide students with the most accurate pricing. We strive to post final fees by October 1 for Spring programs, March 1 for May/Summer programs, and May 1 for Fall and Academic year programs.
What’s included in the program fee?
- Personalized advising
- Pre-departure orientation
- Entry visa guidance
- Airport reception & pick up service
- On-site orientation
- On-site staff support
- Foreign transcript issuance
- Grade posting at UMD
- Foreign course evaluation at UMD
- University services
- Consult with One Stop to see how financial aid can apply to study abroad
- Receive guidance about all things money related
- Ask for estimates and budget samples
- Learn when and how financial aid is disbursed
- Ask about other scholarship opportunities & loan info
- UMD Scholarship opportunities
- Additional Scholarship Opportunities
- (Note: study abroad program credits cannot be used in tuition banding.)
- The Robert H. and Mary M. Evans Scholarship
Dr. Bob Evans was the director of the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Study in England program (1981-1982) when over fifty students took part in the year long stay at the University of Birmingham. The program became a wonderful opportunity for the students, the director, and faculty members to spend a year in England traveling and learning.
Amount: One (1) award of $750 given annually
Eligibility: Open to undergraduate University of Minnesota Duluth students that participate in the Exchange in Worcester program for the full academic year, and return to UMD to continue their education after successful completion of the program. Preference is given to students who are studying in the area of Liberal Arts, are able to demonstrate leadership, and a have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Plan your budget
Download this Study Abroad Budget Planning Form to estimate costs. Create duplicates to compare this program with others.
Live in modern student housing at the University of Worcester Halls of Residence. Choose from accommodation on the St. John’s campus or City Campus. The St John’s Campus is within easy walking distance (no more than 20 minutes) of the City of Worcester, while the City Campus is right at the heart of historic Worcester.
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 select their accommodation preference from the Halls of Residence and will apply after receiving your acceptance from UoW.
A passport valid for 6 months beyond the end of the program is required. Additionally, a U.K. visa may be required for participation in 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.
This Google Document was created to assist UMD students in 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.
How to Apply
Note: A $50 non-refundable application fee will be billed to your One Stop account upon submission of your online application. Provide the following program info when you apply:
Center Name: UMD Study Abroad
Education Abroad Term: (Fall/Spring/Academic year etc.)
Program Name: Exchange in Worcester, England - University of Worcester
After you apply
- You will receive an email confirmation with a link to your application checklist
- Follow instructions for submitting your checklist items on time
- Your UMD study abroad program coordinator will review your application and monitor the progress of your checklist
- Your program coordinator (or short-term program leader) will confirm your acceptance
- Once accepted, you must complete a confirmation checklist to confirm your participation
- Once we receive your confirmation, your account will be billed
If you decide to cancel, you must login to the application system and submit a “Cancel Request.”
UMD Program Contact
Contact Levi Drevlow, the Study Abroad Program Coordinator with any questions.
UMD Study Abroad
UMD 138 Kirby Plaza
1208 Kirby Drive
Duluth MN 55812
(218) 726 8764 or (877) 755-4200
Program health and safety information is available at GO SAFE.