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Study abroad

Taking advantage of international opportunities has huge personal and academic benefits, as well as giving you a headstart in the graduate job market. The Department of Computer Science offers a wide range of international opportunities, for spending a period abroad, either during your degree or by extending the duration of your degree.

Semester abroad

Spend one semester of your second year studying in one of our partner universities around the world. This will happen in your second year, for all programmes, including those with a year in industry. This option will not add any extra time to your degree, and it is credit-bearing, meaning that the grades you achieve abroad count towards your degree.  

You will apply around February of your first year, and in order to be eligible, you have to obtain an overall average of 60% on your first-year modules, with no fails. The Department of Computer Science has an additional requirement, which is that you must achieve a minimum score of 55% in COMP122 Object-Oriented Programming. 

You can find out which institutions you can go to by using the search tool at this link or you can contact the international opportunity advisor.

NOTE: Students on a year in industry programme interested in studying for a semester abroad are expected to take the mandatory module “planning your career (COMP221)” during semester one of year two – they will attend the module via distance learning, on VITAL, and they will be expected to submit their assignment online. In recognition of this, they will be allowed to take fewer credits abroad. 

 Year in China 

The year in China is the University of Liverpool's exciting new flagship programme enabling undergraduate students the opportunity to spend one year at our sister University Xi'an Jiatong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), following XJTLU's BA in China studies degree classes. 

You can find more information at this link here or you can contact the international opportunity advisor

 Summer abroad

Boost your knowledge and skills by taking the unique opportunity to attend programs of leading professors abroad. In addition to in-depth computing topics, you will gain essential technical skills in interdisciplinary areas such as finance, marketing and management. The programmes do not count towards your degree and do not add any extra time. There is no minimum requirement, and there are a number of funded places. You can find more information here or you can contact the international opportunity advisor.

Other opportunities: Faculty mobility scheme 


The department participates to the Faculty of Science and Engineering scheme to financially support students wishing to obtain an experience abroad, either volunteering, working or studying in a summer school. We periodically advertise opportunities (watch your email!) or you can apply yourself for help towards the cost of an activity you are planning to undertake.

Apply to register your international activity 

Have you undertaken any international experiences over the summer holidays, either as something you organised yourself or through the University? If you did, you can apply to have this information added to your HEAR to indicate that you have completed extra-curricular activities outside of your studies. Please contact the international opportunity advisor for the international experiences HEAR registration form.

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