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Dynamic. That’s perhaps the best way to describe the city of Liverpool — a bustling hub of opportunity and culture. As one of the UK’s major cities, it’s widely known around the world for its unique offerings, from being the birthplace of The Beatles to its multicultural outlook.

Liverpool has quickly risen the ranks to become one of the most loved student cities in the UK. With a student population of roughly 70,000, there are many aspects of this diverse city that make it an unmissable destination. It’s affordable, brimming with arts and culture, a haven for football fans, and very proud of its nightlife.

The University of Liverpool is just as impressive as its home city and offers similar diversity of experience. Established in 1881, the university’s mission statement is to push “for the advancement of learning and ennoblement of life” — a declaration it has certainly embodied throughout the years. Today, it has  become a world-class research university. It’s regularly ranked among the top 200 higher education institutions worldwide and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities.

This reputation has attracted intelligent, talented students from every corner of the globe. The university is currently host to over 22,000 students on campus, with over 7,700 of these being from outside the UK. Its impressive alumni network consists of 219,000 former students from 171 countries, all of whom continue to benefit from the university’s famed reputation and global stature.

Studying overseas is a risk that pays off — 96.9% of UK University of Liverpool graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation. It’s among the top 25 UK universities most targeted by graduate employers too, proving that holding a qualification; whether undergraduate, postgraduate or a credit-bearing short course from the University of Liverpool can be invaluable for any student’s future career prospects.

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Liverpool is one of the UK’s most beloved student cities and is known for its affinity for the arts, most notably being the birthplace of The Beatles. Source: University of Liverpool

It’s only natural then that many are keen to experience the University of Liverpool for themselves, and increasingly to do so on their own terms, to fit around their lifestyles. The International Summer School (ISS) offers this flexibility of opportunity.

Geared towards undergraduates wishing to study abroad for a short period of time, this is a flexible programme with modules across different disciplines. This way, students can work closely with university academics, as well as a cohort of international classmates to pursue topics that inspire them, in an in-depth, personal, and academic manner.

Liverpool offers a three-week or six-week ISS programme in June and July. Students can build their own programme that helps them reach their own goals, all whilst being in a diverse and academically inspiring environment. Flexibility is built in: students can select accredited five or 15 credit modules to specialise in one academic area, or choose to mix and match. From looking into sustainable development goals to exploring the increasingly relevant topic of fake news, the ISS offers something for everyone. It’s the perfect solution for any student seeking to diversify their portfolio, meet international friends, and spend their summer in an intellectually stimulating – and fun – way.

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The University of Liverpool offers an International Summer School that is intellectually stimulating and educationally enriching. Source: The University of Liverpool

There are two options to pursue the ISS: on campus or online. Those who choose to attend the school on campus benefit from small group learning alongside an international student community hailing from all over the world. At the University of Liverpool, students are encouraged to participate at each stage of their lessons, ensuring for a fruitful collaboration of ideas that is not just invaluable to building one’s network, but to form lifelong friendships, as well.

More than that, the programme is designed to give students a taste of what it’s like to attend the University of Liverpool and live as a student in this fantastic city. Take in the glorious sights of the university’s red brick facade amidst a gentle summer breeze, lie back and enjoy the green grounds in between classes, and live in authentic student accommodation on campus. It’s a classic British campus experience that many graduates talk about decades on.

That’s not to distract from the university’s excellent online ISS programme. The University of Liverpool is globally recognised as a leading provider of online education, and this is put to good use in the ISS design. Learn through interactive lectures, tutorials and informal sessions and benefit from full access to the university’s offerings, from library and email access to wellbeing services.

On top of that, there are virtual tours of the city and cultural highlights, guest speakers, and opportunities to meet the faculty before the beginning of the programme. Every detail is thought of to ensure that online students gain the full University of Liverpool experience, even from the comfort of their own homes.

It’s an experience that will set students up for success after graduation. Upon successful completion of the ISS programme, students graduate with globally recognised credits that can be transferred to their home institutions. Most notably, however, they leave with pride knowing that they are attached to the University of Liverpool name — and an unforgettable experience that will be cherished for years to come.