How do I apply?

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for/be offered a place on one of our Study Abroad programmes, you must meet the following criteria:

Semester Abroad/ Year 2 @ XJTLU:

  • Be in your first year (three year degree programmes and four year degree programmes which include a Year in Industry) or second year (all other four year degree programmes)
  • Maintain an average mark across your modules in both Semesters (usually 60%, but this can differ between departments).
  • There must be one or more Partner Universities compatible with your degree programm

Year in China: 

  • You must be in your second year (three year programmes) or third year (four year programmes)
  • Maintain an average mark of 40% across your modules in the year preceeding Year in China, with no fails or re-sits

Currently, students studying the following degree programmes are not eligible to apply for the Year in China:

  • Dentistry
  • Health Science programmes
  • Graduate Entry Medicine
  • Any programmes which already have either a Year Abroad or Year in Industry/Research which takes place in year three of four
  • Any programme which includes the study of a Modern Language

Summer Programmes:

  • Be in any year of study except final year
  • No average mark is required but you must have passed all your modules

Making an application

You can submit applications for more than one type of Study Abroad (e.g. Summer and Semester) but you must submit seperate applications for each.

  • Deadline for Semester Abroad, Year 2 @ XJLTU and Year in China Applications: 19 February 2018
  • Deadline for Summer Programme applications: 15 March 2018

Before you apply, remember:

  • To research the Partner Universities or the scheme you want to apply for carefully. Please note these two very important points:
    1. For Semester Abroad, Year 2 @ XJTLU and Summer Programmes you should use our search tool to pick eligible universities
    2. 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

What happens next?

All students will receive notification of the outcome of their application.

For Year in China, as there is no cap on the number of students who can participate, there is no ranking or scoring system - you simply need to meet the eligibility criteria.

For Semester Abroad, Year 2 @ XJTLU and Summer programmes (our competitive schemes), the Study Abroad Team will review all applications. See below for information on how we score, rank and allocate places on these schemes:

  • For Semester Abroad/Year 2 @ XJTLU:

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    • 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 (March 2nd)

    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 30, with 10 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
    • 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:

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    • 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 (Home/Islands students only) 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 2 @ XJRLU or Year in China 

    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 20, with 10 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