Making an application

Applications for Semester Abroad & Year in China for AY 2021/22 and Summer Abroad 2021 are closed and will re-open for the next round of applications in October/November 2021.

Application deadlines:

  • (virtual) Summer Abroad closed at 11.59pm on 21st March 2021
  • Semester Abroad/Year in China closed at 11.59pm on 28th February 2021

Before you apply, remember:

  • To research the Partner Universities or the scheme you want to apply for carefully. Please note these very important points:
    1. For Semester Abroad and Summer Programmes you should use our search tool to pick eligible universities. You degree programme must match with your chosen universities
    2. For Semester Abroad & Summer you should only list ONE university that is marked as "Very Competitive" and it MUST be your first choice
    3. For Semester Abroad, the semester you would attend each university is set centrally owing to term dates (i.e. you cannot choose)
  • Attend a Study Abroad event to help you in making your choice. See the events page to find out when and where Study Abroad events are being held
  • Take a look at our Grade Conversion Tables for University-wide Partners 

What happens next?

The Study Abroad Team will review your application and give an overall score. For Semester Abroad, if, after ranking applications, we do not have enough spaces to accommodate students who have achieved the 60% minimum, we will operate a waiting list. See below for information on how we score applications: 

    For Semester Abroad
    • The Study Abroad Team will review all the applications
    • Applications are given an overall score (see below for how we score applications)
    • If, after ranking applications, we do not have enough spaces to accommodate students who have achieved the 60% minimum, we will operate a waiting list
    • All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application after the release of the Semester 1 exam results 

    We score applications using the formula Overall Score= (AM x 0.5) + (AS x 0.5) where AM is your Average Mark for Semester One and AS is your Application Score (the score given to your responses to the application questions)

    • The application questions are scored out of 100, with 25 marks available for each question. Each application is assessed by two members of the Study Abroad Team
    • Where two students have the same ranking and are competing for the same place, the student with the higher academic average is awarded the place at the Partner University
    • If you have met the criteria and there are no spaces left at one of your 3 choices, we will always do our best to allocate you to an alternative partner (taking into account, where possible, the countries and types of universities you have indicated on your application form - the more detail you provide, the easier this is for us to do)
    • Students who have had extenuating circumstances accepted and have not reached the 60% average will automatically be placed on the waiting list and will be considered for Semester 2 Study Abroad opportunities if the minimum requirement has been met after resit examinations and if places are still available
    For Summer Programmes:
    • No academic minimum is required (although you must have passed all your exams)
    • Students who are not awarded a tuition-free place on a Summer Programme can apply independently to any of our Summer Programmes via the Study Abroad Team (SAT). Doing so will entitle you to support from SAT, a grant of £250 towards your Summer Programme and you may also be entitled to a discount on the regular fee
    • Priority for tuition-free spaces will always be given to those students who are not participating (or due to participate) in a Semester Abroad, Year Abroad or Year in China
    • Priority for tuition-free spaces will also always be given to those students who have not already participated in a summer programme

    We score applications using the formula Overall Score= (AM x 0.5) + (AS x 0.5) where:

    • AM is your Average Mark for Semester One
    • AS is your Application Score (the score given to your responses to the application questions)
    • The application questions are scored out of 100, with 25 marks available for each question. Each application is assessed by two members of the Study Abroad Team
    • Students in receipt of the Liverpool Bursary are ranked first and given priority for tuition-free spaces
    • Where two students have the same ranking and are competing for the same place, the student with the higher academic average is awarded the place at the Partner University