Liverpool International Summer Program

Spend your summer studying in the "Capital of Pop" - a charming coastal city with more green spaces and galleries than any UK city outside of London.

Liverpool is also known for multiculturalism in Britain, which has played into its distinctive culture, influenced from Afro-Caribbean, Chinese, Irish, and Welsh cultures, as well as its large LGBTQ community. Liverpool has the oldest and largest Chinatown in Europe dating back almost 200 years, with beautiful Chinese-style architecture and a traditional paifang - the largest of its kind outside of China. Additionally, over 50% of Liverpudlians lay claim to Irish ancestry and as England's closest gateway to the island nation, Liverpool makes a fantastic starting point for trips to Dublin and beyond. 

Key information


Liverpool, UK





Program type


Application information

Application status


Summer 20 applications

Already passed

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

Summer 21 applications

Open Fall 2020

Student experience

The International Summer School social programme

Program details

Choose between the 3 week (up to 20 UK credits) and the 6 week (up to 40 UK credits) program at Liverpool. Each module is worth 5 UK credits.

12 UK credits = 3 unit course at U Calgary (1 half course)

Modules planned in weeks 1-3:

  • 60s Culture: Beatles, Mersey poets and the Visual Arts (Block A)
  • Global Gender Relations (Block A)
  • Sustainable Development: Case Studies in Liverpool City (Block A)
  • Vikings In Britain (Block B)
  • Cultural Diversity and Global Communication Trends (Block B)
  • Developing a Global Green University Campus (Block B)
  • Psychology of Communication (Block B)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (Block C)
  • Global Marketing - Thinking Global, Acting Local (Block C)
  • International Relations (Block D)
  • Liverpool, a City of Transformations (Block D)
  • Challenges in Global Health (Block D)​​​​​​​

Modules planned in weeks 4-6:

  • Topical Conversations in Psychology (Block A)
  • Art and Public Sculpture (Block A)
  • Consumer Behaviour (Block A)
  • Your international student experience: reflection and publication (Block A)
  • Liverpool, City of Music (Block B)
  • Supply Chain Management (Block B)
  • Intro to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Block B)
  • Architecture and Social History in Liverpool (Block C)
  • ​​​​​​​Regional Environmental Diversity across the UK (Block C)
  • Business Strategy (Block C)
  • Critical thinking in an age of fake news and false information (Block C)
  • Football City: Sport and Culture in Liverpool (Block D)​​​​​​​
  • Leadership in Contemporary Business (Block D)

The full program runs from June 15 - July 24, 2020 with weeks 1-3 running from June 15- July 3 and weeks 4-6 running July 6-24, 2020. 

  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 £2,500 and £3,500.

    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 the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once.

    Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

Students will live in a self- catered student accommodation on campus called Crown Place which is a 15 minute walk from Liverpool city centre. Accommodation costs £996 for the full 6 weeks or £498 for either three week only option. 

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 2.7(B-).

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

The summer school includes a social program with field trips to Wales and or Chatsworth House, and other social and sporting activities. 

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange 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

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The advisor for the program is: Tara Jorgensen.

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 study abroad 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 Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.