- 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
- 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
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.
- Population of Worcester: 98,800
- Distance to Birmingham: 35 miles
- Distance to London: 137 miles
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 should 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. In the semester column of module listings, S1 = Fall semester and S2 - Spring semester. 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 case there are changes to module availability or scheduling conflicts for your semester or year abroad.
Worcester modules typically meet one day a week for an extended period of time. Level 4 modules generally correspond to freshman/sophomore level courses at UMD, Level 5 equate to about the sophomore/junior level at UMD, and Level 6 offerings correspond to junior/senior level courses at UMD. 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 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 be encouraged to take ownership of your learning experience.
Understand how your grades abroad will convert at UMD by viewing the University of Worcester Grade Conversion.
Semester Program Costs
Click links for a detailed breakdown of estimated costs for the University of Worcester:
Academic Year 2016–17 Costs:
Program Fee: $19,356
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $11,500
Estimated Total Cost: $30,856
Spring 2017 Term Costs:
Program Cost: $9,711
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $6,131
Estimated Total Cost: $15,842
Compare this program cost to UMD's cost of attendance. (A semester in 2016-17 at UMD is $12,124.)
What’s included in the program fee?
- Personalized advising
- Pre-departure orientation
- CISI international travel, health and security coverage
- 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
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 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 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 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.)
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.
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.