University of Liverpool

A charming coastal city, Liverpool is the birthplace of the Beatles and one of the 5 most visited cities in England.

Liverpool has an active student population, home to more than 50,000 students and the largest LGBTQ+ community in the UK. The city also contains the second most museums, parks, and art galleries in England and is only an hour by train to Manchester. The University of Liverpool was established in 1881 and is ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. The University is globally recognized for its excellent research and was home to 9 Nobel Laureates over the last 100 years. 

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Liverpool, UK




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2024-2025 applications

Fall 2024 and Winter 2025

First come, first considered

University-specific additional requirements

No university-specific requirements. See the Eligibility section below for more information.

2025-2026 applications

Open November 1, 2024


Student experience

'Day in the life' at the University of Liverpool

Program details

Areas of Study:

Liverpool offers a variety of programs including archaeology, classics, Egyptology, architecture, communication, computer science, chemistry, environmental science, engineering (mechanical, materials, aerospace, civil, electrical, electronics, industrial design), English, film studies, French, geography, German, history, languages and cultures, geology, geophysics, Hispanic studies, Irish studies, Italian, Latin American studies, biology and life science, marine biology and ecology, math, music, ocean sciences, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, sociology and civic design. A list of courses available for exchange students is available online here.

Course Information:

Courses at Liverpool are called "modules" and students typically take 60 credits per semester. One UCalgary half course equivalent = 12 UK credits.

The academic year is divided into two semesters. The first semester runs from mid-September to mid-January and the second semester runs from late January/early February to early June. 

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

    Liverpool is a very cost-effective city to live in, especially for students. The University of Liverpool estimates the living costs between £3,000 and £4,000 per semester.

    Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations, etc. in your budget planning.

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange? 
    Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information. 

Only full year exchange students are guaranteed accommodation in residence.

Exchange students that are coming for one semester can stay in Liverpool's Study Abroad Village. This apartment-style, on-campus, self-catered accommodation consists of Melville Grove and Tudor Close. Each student has their own bedroom, bathrooms are shared.

Students staying for Semester 2 only, are highly likely to secure a place in on-campus University accommodation. Students can also arrange their own private-sector accommodation. 

Learn more about accommodation at Liverpool here.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the University of Calgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B).

Students apply to UCalgary first, then we nominate accepted students who have met the minimum requirements to our partners. Once you have been nominated to Liverpool, you will then apply directly to their exchange program. For more details on Liverpool's application click here.

Students traveling on passports from countries that don't have English as a first language must prove their English proficiency if they want to study at Liverpool for the full academic year. For more information about Liverpool's requirements click here.

The following resources give you a better idea of the Liverpool campus:

Liverpool: An Insider Guide (video)

Liverpool - Virtual Open Day (virtual map of campus including accommodation with small videos)

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment. In these videos, you will learn much of the basics about Global Learning, which may answer your initial questions.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how this program might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions, please reach out to our office! We offer drop-in advising for general inquiries, and if you have questions about this specific program or any others, you can book an appointment with the responsible advisor.

Please use the link below to find the most up-to-date information about our current advising options.

View the Global Learning Advising page

The advisor for the program is: Saniya Korhalkar

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.