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IAGE Exchange: BEP University of Liverpool
Liverpool, United Kingdom (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Spring Semester
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirement:
None
Internship:
No
Housing:
Dormitory
Illinois Sponsor:
Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Foreign Institution:
The University of Liverpool
Program Description:

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Program Specific Information

Academic Environment
Onsite Support
Accommodation
Application Process
Resources and Contact Information
Program Dates

 

General Study Abroad Information

Program Cost, Financial Aid & Scholarships (*Please note that program-specific costs are available through the "Budget Sheet" link at the top of this page.)
Health & Safety Information
Passport/Visa Information

 


Academic Environment

What is a British Exchange Program (BEP)?

British Exchange Programs are the largest and oldest exchange programs at the University of Illinois.  Students from all majors and minors are welcome to participate in a BEP, and can choose to enroll for a semester or an academic year at several universities in England, Scotland, and Wales. British Exchange Programs offer a wide selection of academic subjects, and they are some of the most affordable study abroad program options.  A British Exchange Program is a great fit for any student who wants to live and learn alongside British students, while continuing the Illinois exchange tradition within the United Kingdom.


Where you will study

The University of Liverpool was founded in 1881, and is known to be the original 'red brick' univeristy with its iconic Victorian buildings.  Today, the University of Liverpool is home to 23,000 students and is renowned for its excellence in research (click here to see its 7 Research Themes).  Liverpool is a member of the UK's prestigious Russell Group and is rated in the world's top 1% of research institutions.  The campus is located in central Liverpool, which is the UK's fastest-growing city outside of London.  To explore the University of Liverpool for yourself, click here.

 

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Courses

In the UK, courses are called "modules".  Modules can be available for the semester or the full academic year.

Before applying for study abroad, all students are encouraged to discuss their interest in study abroad with their academic advisor, and to determine when study abroad best fits within their degree program.  For more information on the available courses at the University of Liverpool, visit the Liverpool course catalog (click on Guide to Choosing Modules).  For a listing of courses that already have Illinois equivalencies, please visit the University of Illinois Course Approval Database.

Restricted and high-demand courses: please be aware that some courses at Liverpool may be restricted from study abroad and exchange students.  In addition, it may be difficult to enroll in high-demand courses due to limited class space.  Please be sure to carefully review any restricted courses when browsing the Liverpool course catalog.  All students should aim to be as flexible as possible with their schedule for study abroad, to accommodate for limited class space and timetable clashes.

Unique opportunities: the University of Liverpool offers an exciting and affordable opportunity to learn more about its neighboring country, Ireland.  The Institute of Irish Studies is open to study abroad and exchange students, and includes courses on Irish literature, history, and even Irish language!  For more information about Irish Studies at Liverpool, click here.

Students can earn up to 36 hours of credit for the academic year and 12-18 hours of credit per semester.


Class size

Studying at the University of Liverpool offers full immersion into courses with Liverpool students. The courses are taught mixing lectures, seminars, tutorials, labs, and fieldwork. Similar to that of the University of Illinois, class sizes will vary at this large institution. Large lectures are accompanied by smaller discussions, which range from 15-30 students per classroom.

Language

All classes in this program will be taught in English.
 

Student Life

The University of Liverpool students' union (known as the Liverpool Guild of Students) houses over 110 registered student organizations, including academic, social, volunteer, culture, faith, and arts interets.  Students may be particularly interested in joining the Liverpool International College Society, which hosts social events for international students on campus.  For students who miss the comforts of home, the American Football Appreciation Society provides an opportunity to share a U.S. tradition with others.

In addition, the Liverpool Guild of Students hosts many social events on campus each semester, including Welcome Fair (like Quad Day at Illinois), a formal summer ball, and music gigs.

Away from campus, the city of Liverpool has plenty of activities for all tastes.  Sports fans can watch a Liverpool Football Club match, while arts enthusiasts can explore Liverpool's many museums.  Albert Dock houses restaurants, shops, museums, and galleries, and also provides a magnificent oceanfront view for visitors.  Beatles lovers can explore the Beatles Story, or hop on the Magical Mystery Tour for a two-hour excursion dedicated to the making of the band. 

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Onsite Support

International Student Office

The University of Liverpool has its own international student office to assist with local issues (class scheduling, housing, etc.) and to occasionally plan social events. Find out more about University of Liverpool’s international student office by clicking here.


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Accommodation

Students who attend the University of Liverpool for a full Academic Year are guaranteed housing within the university halls of residence.  Semester students are placed in the Liverpool Study Abroad Village, which includes two blocks of on-campus, apartment-style living.  Most halls, including those in the Study Abroad Village are self-catered, meaning that students have the opportunity to cook their own meals.  For more information about the housing options at the University of Liverpool, click here.

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Application Process

Eligibility

 
Minimum Eligibility for ALL Terms:
  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completed 2 university semesters at the time of application

Dates and Deadlines

All requirements must be completed by the Illinois Abroad office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date.

 
Spring Semester Programs: September 15 
Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs: February 15


How to Apply
 
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $100 Study Abroad Systems Fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.

This program has a two-step application process:

Step 1.) The Illinois Abroad application which includes:
  • Official transcript (electronic version preferred)
  • 1 letter of recommendation (must be an Illinois academic adivsor, TA, or professor)
  • Personal essay
  • Online questionnaires
Only application materials for Step 1 must be turned in by the corresponding term’s deadlines as listed above. 

Step 2.) The host university application
  • Upon reviewing applications submitted in Step 1, the Illinois Abroad office will nominate students to apply directly to their host university (i.e. University of Liverpool).  If you are nominated for the University of Liverpool program, your study abroad advisor will contact you with more information and instructions.
  • PLEASE DO NOT COMPLETE STEP 2 UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.
 
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Resources and Contact Information

Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday
12:00 (noon) - 4:00 pm
Illinois Abroad Resource Center (112 International Studies Building)
 
First Steps Info Sessions:
Click here for the dates and times of the First Steps Info Sessions.
 
Program Contact Info
Mike Nelson
sao-europe@illinois.edu
112 International Studies Building
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
217-333-6322
Reception hours: 9:00 am - 4:45 pm

 

Program Dates

Please review the program dates table below:

 


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2017 09/15/2016
09/15/2016 01/26/2017 06/03/2017
NOTE: The dates are tentative.
Fall Semester 2017 02/15/2017
02/16/2017 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2017-2018 02/15/2017
02/16/2017 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017 09/15/2017 TBA TBA

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