A truly international city

Manchester is home to more international students than any other region outside of London. We welcome over 3,000 students from 120 countries to the University every year. We are also a major international educational and research hub, with strong links to businesses and universities all over the world.

“The dedication from staff and the mentorship that they provided laid the foundations for my career, and helped get me to where I am today.”

Alexander Lamb, Design Director, Ralph Lauren, New York and BA (Hons) Fashion Design & Technology graduate

International students

Manchester’s cosmopolitan character creates a truly dynamic atmosphere that has earned it the unofficial title of the UK’s most popular student city. The University also has fantastic facilities to help make international students feel at home.

"During my studies I have been able to spend time with other students from all around the world, which allows me to experience their culture and learn about the fashion industry in their countries first hand."

Ivan Haorui Liang, Chinese Student Studying BA (Hons) International Fashion


We are internationally connected having built a number of collaborative and strategic partnerships with institutes and organisations across the globe. These partnerships ensure that our staff are aware of the latest developments in fashion education and the apparel industry worldwide and our students are given the best opportunities for real world experiences.

BIFT, China
Pearl Academy
Pearl Academy, India
RMIT, Australia
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Student Opportunities

Working in partnership with universities and colleges around the world, we are able to offer a number of exciting overseas work placements, exchange programmes, study trips and opportunities for our students to both study and work abroad.

"studying in new york gave me an international perspective and allowed me to take a different approach to my studies when i returned to the UK."

Jennifer Todd, Participated in an international exchange programme at Buffalo State University, New York before completing her placement year as a Product Development Assistant at JD Sports

International News

Manchester Fashion Institute X Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology Collaborative Project

Mon 21 Mar

Fashion graduate wins prestigious international fashion competition

Thu 4 Nov

Manchester Fashion Institute hosts international Fashion and Climate Change Online Symposium

Mon 20 Sep

Design students team up with RMIT in Australia on collaborative brief to design multipurpose garments for Aquaterro

Tue 20 Jul


Our International team can help you with any question about international study.

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