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The deadline for ISS 2020 applications is 15th May 2020.  Please note it is your responsibility to apply in good time to allow for the granting of the appropriate visa.  In certain countries this may mean applying before 15 May 2020.

Modules are allocated on a first come, first served basis so you are encouraged to apply early to secure your preferred choices.

If you have any questions about making your application, please see our FAQs page, or alternatively, email us.

  • Information for students making an individual application

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    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

    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. Do not wait until the closing date.

    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  However, please be aware that modules which do not recruit enough students may be withdrawn.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.  In this case, the University of Liverpool will contact you to agree an alternative module choice.

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

  • Information for students applying through their university study abroad advisor

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    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.

    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  However, please be aware that modules which do not recruit enough students may be withdrawn.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.  In this case, the University of Liverpool will contact you to agree an alternative module choice.

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

  • What happens after you have submitted your application

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    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

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    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.

  • Credit Transfer

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    Each accredited module will have a credit value of 5 University of Liverpool credits (equivalent to 2.5 ECTS)

    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.

  • Visa

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    If you require a visa to enter the UK you will usually need to apply for a Short-term Study Visa to attend the International Summer School.  Please note, however, that you should always check the immigration requirements for your country and your passport before departing for the UK.  It is your responsibility to make sure that you have the correct visa. You are advised to check the gov.uk website.