The application process for international students differs depending on whether you are applying for an undergraduate or a postgraduate course. You can:
- Apply through one of our approved agents in your country
- Our relationship with agents
- Apply directly to the University
Foundation Certificate and Pre-Masters courses
All international students should apply to the University of Liverpool through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You will find full details about applying through UCAS in our undergraduate section.
Please note that all undergraduate courses start in September; we do not offer January entry.
Students in the UK study for 13 years prior to acceptance into University, which can be different to other countries around the world.
Compulsory education and training in the UK ends at the age of 18, most students prior to this will study for the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examinations and then go on to study A-Level (or equivalent) for two years which allow for direct entry to university.
Other countries around the world study for one year less at high school and spend an extra year in Higher Education. This means that degrees are shorter and often more specialised from the beginning in the UK, than in other countries. If this is your case, you will need to complete a foundation programme at the University of Liverpool International College (UoLIC) prior to commencing your undergraduate degree programme at the University of Liverpool.
Postgraduate degrees (Masters, PhD, MRes and Doctorates)
We encourage you to use our approved agents in your country to handle your application.
We advise that you submit your application as early as possible for our taught master's courses, particularly those in our Management School.
Reflecting the unique circumstances we find ourselves in, we offering greater flexibility on the start dates for our master's programmes. We now have a range of start dates in October, November, January and February, with some of our most popular programmes offering a choice between two dates. This has led to a change in the application deadlines for our master's programmes too. To see the very latest information on start dates, end dates and application deadlines, please visit the following webpage.
Applying for a Visa
Most international students from outside the European Economic Area need a visa to enter the UK. There are different kinds of visas, however the majority of students coming to the University will need a Tier 4 General student visa. Before you apply for a visa you will need a Tier 4 sponsor (an institution which holds a Tier 4 licence where you will be studying, such as the University for Liverpool) and a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), details of how to obtain a CAS can be found here.
For detailed information about applying for a vias, visit our International Support Team's website.