Liverpool captures the heart of many international students for good reasons. It’s hard to ignore and harder still to ever forget how warm and welcoming it is, with the city being ranked as one of the friendliest in the world, as well as the safest city in the UK. Sara got to experience this when she joined the University of Liverpool International Summer School.
“The best thing about this programme was how warm everyone was to me. Everyone was so friendly to me,” the student from Centro Universitário IESB said. “The course complimented my international relations degree in Brazil. I feel more powerful now to do what I want to do with my life.”
She found the city just as charming and impactful. “I truly believe home is where the heart is,” Sara says. “Liverpool has my heart so Liverpool is now my new home.”
As one of the UK’s major cities, there’s plenty to do and experience here. It has more museums and galleries than any other UK city outside of the capital. Apart from London, Liverpool is the most filmed city in the UK — films such as Captain America, Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes had scenes shot here. Liverpool ONE, an open-air shopping district by the waterfront, is home to more than 170 stores, bars, and restaurants. Great live music beckons at the “City of Pop,” as declared by The Guinness Book of Records for having more number ones than any other town or city. The football is world-class — with two successful Premier League clubs, Liverpool FC and Everton FC. As for the nightlife? Only one word fits: legendary.
University of Liverpool students love it here. Their university is a world-class research institution ranked in the top 200 universities globally by QS World University Rankings 2023 and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023. It is also a member of the Russell Group, an elite group of research-intensive universities in the UK.
Their campus is where more than 7,000 international students connect and collaborate, gaining new insights about themselves and the UK. For Ashley, meeting people from different walks of life was a true character-building experience. That experience continues to help her as a medical student interacting with patients today.
“I was able to recognise the differences that we have but at the same time, the shared humanity that we have as well,” she says. “I was able to learn from the strengths of all these people and journey from a learner to healer myself.”
The International Summer School (ISS) lets students experience the campus, classes and city for three weeks or six weeks in June and July. Students are full University of Liverpool students with full access to all campus facilities and enjoy the diverse social programme of the ISS: this includes welcome meals, trips during the week, weekend trips outside of Liverpool and personalised experiences guided by student ambassadors who are on hand to make suggestions or lead an adventure. The best part? They get to earn credit that transfers to their home university too.
Designed and delivered by schools and departments across the university, these classes span a wide range of subjects. This includes management, global health, sustainability, history and literature. Classes are small, personalised, and interactive, including many taking place outside with a schedule of visits as part of the syllabus. This lets students get up close and personal with expert faculty as well as receive valuable feedback. At every step of the way, students have the support of a team who will ensure their experience is second to none.
ISS students are guaranteed housing on campus, which is located in Liverpool city centre. Friends are close and the full perks of the city are at one’s doorstep. “I was able to settle in really, really quickly because of how compact the city was and how the university is just situated so close to the city centre. It really made things so lively and bustling at the same time,” Ashley shares.
As an ISS graduate, Ashley – a student from the National University of Singapore – not only leaves with credits that are internationally recognised, but also becomes part of an extensive alumni network spanning multiple countries. As a Liverpool graduate, they can pursue an undergraduate or graduate education with a discount on tuition fees.
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