NYU Stern

Manchester Business School: Student Feedback

David Li

Student Profile

David Li

Highlight of my semester abroad:
The traveling and the people I met -- it's eye opening and not many people get the opportunity to travel at a young age so take advantage of it!

Would I recommend participating in IBEX at Manchester?:
Yes!  University of Manchester is a very different place from NYU. There are a ton of exchange students, they have a strong exchange program, and the British people are extremely friendly!

If you're going to Manchester on IBEX you must...
Attend a Manchester United game and the Christmas markets if you are there in the fall.  I would also go to the Northern Quarter and of course city center.  Nightlife in Manchester is great if you are interested in it. You could go out every night if you wanted -- and many students will.

Contact me about IBEX Manchester:
David Li - dl1861@stern.nyu.edu

Name: Jocelyn Chen



Jocelyn Chen

Highlight of my semester abroad:
Manchester was an absolutely amazing experience, getting to experience both what it is like to go to school in a “student” city and really getting immersed in British culture and everyday life as a Uni student. It was a great departure from NYU while still getting an amazing education.

Interesting fact I learned about the country where I studied:
Manchester was the city where Roll and Royce met, and the first inter-city passenger train launched from Manchester.

What I would say to students interested in participating in IBEX:
IBEX is more than just studying abroad or traveling or whatnot – it is a life-changing experience. You get to truly immerse yourself in another world with a variety of excellent partner schools that all encourage you to take on a broader, more international perspective on business.

Additional Feedback from Students


"I mostly used a credit card that did not have international fees. Planning how to get cash when traveling is quite tricky. I would always bring some US Dollars in case you need to exchange and do not want international fees from withdrawing from an ATM."

"Cash, and withdrawing money. I would not have handled things differently."

"I didn't anticipate the expense of a $5 ATM withdrawal fee every transaction."


Airline ticket to/from IBEX site: $800-1,000
Housing: $2,800/semester
Food: $40/week
Books: $0-100/semester
Local Transportation: $150-200/semester
Phone: $20-80/semester
Travel: $300-1,000/semester


Workload: Easier than at Stern
Grading: Harder than at Stern
Classroom Climate: Lecture and small discussion groups (like recitations at NYU)
Teaching Style: A combination of lectures and discussions
Course Content: They were too theoretical for business classes. They did not reinforce the practical implications of the theories and I felt the studies were too generalized.

"The workload was much less on a day to day basis. The classes are mostly large lectures, but they are very long compared to Stern classes. The end of the term papers, however, are a lot of work in a short period of time. If you plan accordingly, your semester will be less stressful towards the end."

"The workload is light, but the grading is quite different from Stern. The quality of instruction was good, however they emphasize theoretical over practical."

Course Recommendations

"Operations Management with Nico Savio was my favorite class. I thought he was interesting and taught  in a meaningful way. Most of the classes were interesting."

"Decision Modeling (may be challenging)"

Course Registration

"Registration was smooth. I believe I knew most of my classes before arrival. I changed classes by emailing the adviser in charge of it."

"It was submitted through a paper form. Manchester staff emailed us course offerings and schedule, and we had to base our timetable from the information given. It was easy, and changing courses once abroad was also made simple."


"The living accommodation was nice because everyone, no matter where you live, got their own room. Although the buildings were much older, this was not an issue for me. I did not choose a meal plan, and instead picked up cooking so I could eat what I wanted. Those on the meal plan did not find it that satisfying. Walking 2 minutes to the nearest eatery or ordering off Seamless is a New York luxury!  Be prepared to make some changes in lifestyle."

"I stayed in a residence hall that was like an apartment. It came with basic dorm furniture, but it was a self-catered hall."

Student Life

"Student life in Manchester is great -- it's a city of college students. I participated in a couple of clubs -- the international business society was very well organized and helped plan trips and outings for all the exchange students."

"I participated in some business clubs as well as the MBS International Society."

"The great thing about living in school accommodations is the chance to meet students from the host country. I spent most of my time with other British students; however, I also spent a fair amount of time with other Americans. It is easy to spend most of your time with Americans (or those from other English speaking countries like Canada and Australia), but your experience will be much more rewarding if you branch out."

"The students were friendly and helpful. Lots of opportunities to meet students in the dorms, at parties, student socials, and school events."

"We received an orientation (about one hour long) about history of the institution, how the university systems work and some tour information. It also covered academic issues and social activities."

"It was an incredible experience that puts a lot into perspective. Everyone should do it if given the opportunity. Manchester is such a laid-back, beautiful city. It was amazing."

What to Bring

"If you are going during the winter, make sure to bundle up. Bring lots of warm clothes because you will be needing them even in May."

"Power converters. Everything there runs on 220V, and make sure to purchase the correct plug head; it is actually different from the one in London."

"Bring a laptop! Although it may not be crucial for school work, you may find that you miss the Internet."

"Resumes. Try sending them to companies in London. This is a perfect opportunity to secure employment there."

"ATM Cards and Credit Cards"

Travel Tips & Recommendations

"I traveled a fair amount. I traveled mainly with discounted airlines. My tip is to pack lightly -- checking in a bag with a cheap airline is less reliable. And bring the right converters. The UK and continental Europe have different outlets!"

"It is easy to travel, but I didn't travel too much. Airfare is cheap with RyanAir and Easy Jet. Buses are also cheap."

"For restaurants try Shere Khan or Darbar at Rusholme"

"Old Trafford is a must see in Manchester."

"You must attend a Manchester United game and the Christmas markets if you are there in the fall. I would also go to the Northern Quarter and of course city center. Nightlife in Manchester is great if you are interested in it. You could go out every night if you wanted -- and many students will."