Passports to Possibilities

Our new Passports to Possibilities programme will take our commitment to global education one step further. The programme will equip our students with valuable skills to use in their study and personal life, as well as enriching them with a rewarding, global experience.

The University of Liverpool ranks first in the Russell Group for admitting students from areas where entry to University is traditionally low, and we have the second highest percentage of students from state schools and colleges. But our ambition is to do so much more.

Passports to Possibilities is a new initiative led by the University’s Study Abroad Team and aims to provide students, regardless of background, the opportunity to access fully-funded summer study abroad, something that they may miss out on due to financial or social barriers.

According to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), students who participate in study abroad are more likely to graduate with a 2:1 or First Class degree, and are more likely to be in further education or employment six months after graduating and will earn higher than average salaries.

There are also the academic and personal benefits to Study Abroad including improved study techniques, increased self-awareness, confidence and self-reliance and inspiration for future career or study choices.

The scheme was successfully piloted in June 2019 - 20 students embarked on a week-long cultural immersion programme at the University of Georgia at Athens in the USA. The programme was designed to help students gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary and historical USA, and to enable students to develop key employability skills such as inter-cultural communication and awareness, networking skills and independence.

Thanks to a generous legacy donation, we will be able to give two more groups of students the opportunity to spend a week at partner universities; one to the UGA, and the other at a new programme at Monash Malaysia University.

We want to give more students the opportunity to experience a global education, but to do that we need your help.

“This was my first time travelling abroad, so I was both nervous and excited...I reflected on all my incredible new experiences, and the confidence and knowledge of the wider world I had gained along the way.”

Daniel Platt, final year BSc Computer Science student

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