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. Traveling around the city is safe and easy and there is so much to see both in Worcester and nearby towns and cities
Population of Worcester: 98,800
Distance to Birmingham: 35 miles
Distance to London: 137 miles
Spend an exciting academic year or spring semester 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.
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.
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 select their accommodation preference from the Halls of Residence and you will apply after you receive your acceptance from UoW. More information on semester accommodation will be coming soon.
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.
This Google Doc 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.) Country: England Program Name: Study 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.