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We are now accepting applications for the 2021 International Summer School.

Please use the dropdown boxes to confirm what documents you will need to complete your application. We will aim to process your application within 3-5 working days of receiving your application.

If you have any questions, please see our FAQs page, or you can contact us for any other queries.

Please note: for on-campus applicants, the application deadline for the 2021 International Summer School is the 14th May 2021. For online applicants, the application deadline is 28th May 2021.

    Information for students making an individual application

    If you are planning to come to the summer school as an individual (not as part of an organised group from your home university) you should take the following steps:

    • Fill out the online application form with your personal details
    • Upload a copy of your passport
    • Upload proof of your level of English or request an online test to be sent to you
    • Choose the modules you prefer to study
    • Submit the application

    For 2021, we have updated our application form to include first and second choices, enabling you to to have options in case your first choice modules are unavailable. However, please remember that places on chosen modules are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so please submit your application form as soon as possible.

    We will try to place all students in their chosen module classes.  However, please be aware that modules which do not recruit enough students may be withdrawn.  Modules may also be cancelled due to reasons beyond our control e.g. sickness.

    Should your first choice modules become full, cancelled or withdrawn, we will aim to allocate you to your second choice module.

    Before you apply, we strongly encourage you to read our Learning and Conduct Agreement and Pre-Contract Information.

    Please note: our new 15 credit modules are for online study, and our 5 credit modules are for on-campus study.

    Information for students applying through their university study abroad advisor

    If you are coming as part of a group organised by your university study abroad advisor, you should follow the application instructions of your study abroad advisor.

    For 2021, we have updated our application form to include first and second choices, enabling you to to have options in case your first choice modules are unavailable. However, please remember that places on chosen modules are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so please submit your application form as soon as possible.

    We will try to place all students in their chosen module classes.  However, please be aware that modules which do not recruit enough students may be withdrawn.  Modules may also be cancelled due to reasons beyond our control e.g. sickness. 

    Should your first choice modules become full, cancelled or withdrawn, we will aim to allocate you to your second choice module.

    Before you apply, we strongly encourage you to read our Learning and Conduct Agreement and Pre-contract Agreement.

    Please note: our new 15 credit modules are for online study, and our 5 credit modules are for on-campus study.

    What happens after you have submitted your application

    If you are applying through your university study abroad advisor and coming as part of an organised group, your advisor will take care of the whole application procedure, he or she will communicate with you as required and also organise collection of payment.

    If you are making an individual application, once you have completed your application:

    • You will receive an automatic email from us. This is your confirmation of application
    • We will email you if we need any additional information.
    • We can send you a link to an online English test if you have no proof of proficiency of English.
    • You will be sent a link for online payment of the fees once we have all the required information.  Your application cannot be fully processed until this payment is received.  You can pay using a debit or credit card.  If you have an enquiry regarding payment, please contact the International Summer School Team directly before applying on international.summerschool@liverpool.ac.uk.
    • You will receive your offer, which we will send to your email address.
    • You should then formally accept your offer by email.
    • We will aim to process your application within 3-5 working days from the date we receive it.

    We will send you all the joining information you need a few weeks before the start of the programme.

    Entry Requirements

    To apply to the International Summer School, we expect the following:

    • You will be a student at postgraduate or undergraduate level at a university worldwide or have completed an undergraduate degree at a university worldwide.
    • You will be aged 18 or over on the first day of the course.

    English Language Requirement

    If English is your second language, you must have a minimum level of English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0/CEFR B2/Upper intermediate or above.

    We are able to accept a range of exam certificates as proof of your proficiency in English.  If you do not have a recent certificate, we are able to send you a short online test.

    Because we do not require a secure English language test, any student who is found to fall significantly below the required level on arrival may be refused registration.

    If you do have a level of English language proficiency between IELTS 5.0 or equivalent to IELTS 6.0/CEFR B2/Upper intermediate, you may be offered an alternative in our English Communication Skills Pathway.

    Credit Transfer

    Each accredited module will have either a credit value of 5 (equivalent to 2.5 ECTS) or 15 (equivalent to 7.5 ECTS) University of Liverpool credits.

    At the end of your programme you will receive a University of Liverpool certificate.  An official transcript will subsequently be sent out to you or your home university.

    On successful completion of your ISS modules in each three-week programme you can earn up to 20 UoL credits equivalent to 10 ECTS.

    It is your responsibility to discuss credit transfer with an academic adviser at your home university before making your application, as arrangements can vary from institution to institution.

    Credits earned on the International Summer School are transferable only to non-University of Liverpool awards.