The University of Manchester

A leading member of the prestigious Russell Group, with a history of academic excellence dating back almost 200 years.

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As the No. 1 targeted university by top employers in the UK (High Fliers 2022 and 2023). The University of Manchester is a prestigious institution that offers both academic excellence and industry-relevant degrees.

The University of Manchester is one of the most respected institutions in the world and is currently ranked in the world top 30 (QS World University Rankings 2023). Boasting one of the largest and most diverse student communities in the UK, the university is an ideal choice for international students looking for a quality educational experience.

The University of Manchester has a reputation as a top research facility, with historic discoveries such as the birth of the modern computer and the splitting of the atom among its accolades. As well as ranking 5th in the UK for research power in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, the university counts 25 Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students.

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester was established back in 2008, offering numerous academic Pathway programs for international students. Since then, thousands of students from more than 100 countries have progressed to the university.

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The INTO Manchester Center

Established in 2008, the INTO Manchester Center is located in the heart of one of the most popular student cities in the world.

INTO Manchester is based in Bridgewater House, an impressive former Edwardian Cotton Mill, now converted into offices and teaching space. The center is within walking distance of the main city center whilst also situated close to The University of Manchester.

Within the center, students benefit from newly-modernized facilities including a well-equipped Learning Resource Center, silent study areas, computing suites, an admissions and accommodation office, and social areas. Classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards which create dynamic learning environments.

In the center, there is a dedicated student services team offering 24-hour support and an on-going social activity program.

Students at INTO Manchester can choose from a number of student accommodation options in the city center or Manchester's student-friendly Knowledge Quarter. All student residences are a short walk or bus ride from the INTO center.

E-Learning facilities

Throughout their studies students will have access to the center's virtual learning environment. They can use this to download lecture notes and other course content, as well as additional materials that can complement their in-class studies.

Street view of INTO Manchester Centre in Bridgewater House in the heart of Manchester, with passing car blurred in photo.


Academic programs at INTO Manchester are validated by the Northern Consortium (NCUK). The high-quality programs are designed to prepare students for success at The University of Manchester.

INTO Manchester Programs:

International Foundation:

  • Aerospace, Chemical and Civil Engineering
  • Biosciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Maths and Computer Science
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical and Natural Sciences
  • Psychology.

Academic programs typically last between nine months and one year.

Also available:

  • Academic English
  • General English


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Contact the center

INTO Manchester
Bridgewater House
58/60 Whitworth Street
M1 6LT
United Kingdom

T: +44 161 631 1200

Center leadership

Dawn Abbott

Dawn Abbott

Center Director, INTO Manchester
Dawn Abbott

Dawn Abbott

Center Director, INTO Manchester

Dawn Abbott has been the Center Director for INTO Manchester since it opened in 2008 and leads the team at the center to provide all aspects of student support and academic matters.

Dawn has a degree in French and Spanish from the University of Nottingham, and has over 25 years of experience working in international education in the UK, Spain and Brazil. She started her management career at an English language school in Brazil and then returned to the UK to take her Master’s in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching at King’s College London. She continued in teaching, teacher training and management in the private and the further education sectors prior to INTO Manchester.

In her spare time, Dawn enjoys reading, travelling, yoga and spending time with family and friends.

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