Known for its historical maritime presence and The Beatles, Liverpool is emerging as one of the UK’s leading cities for learning, culture, entertainment, sport, and economic growth, receiving the award of European Capital of Culture 2008. With a population of about 450,000, it is a student-friendly city with approximately 50,000 students during the academic year. The area of Merseyside is the fastest growing region in the UK, with the largest concentration of museums, theaters and galleries (including the Tate Liverpool) outside London. Liverpool has long been a hub of Irish migration, and its port location led to its development as one of Britain’s first ethnically diverse cities, as Caribbean, Indian, and Chinese immigrants arrived and settled. The city center is a dynamic combination of shops, ethnic restaurants, pubs and clubs, and a lively music scene. The historic Albert Dock on the River Mersey provides exclusive shops and restaurants.
Founded in 1881, the University of Liverpool was one of the first civic universities established during the Victorian era. The University is among the best in the UK for teaching and research, and is highly recommended for students in economics, the sciences, geology/geophysics, English, history, American Studies, Irish Studies and management. The campus—”The Precinct”—is located in the center of Liverpool, a short walk from the city center, waterfront, and the Albert Dock. The University comprises approximately 15,000 full time students, with about 2,000 international students from over 100 countries.
The program offers BC students the opportunity to be fully immersed and integrated in the British university system. BC students enroll either for the spring semester or for the full academic year. Students may take any available course in the undergraduate catalog for which they are qualified, however, they are encouraged to take courses within their major field of study.
Students arriving in the fall for the full year program participate in a two-day orientation followed by induction activities organized by students’ host departments. Spring semester students are assisted by the International Office upon arrival.
Visiting students are usually placed in student accommodation within the campus precinct. Rooms are typically single rooms in student apartments or student houses.
The Guild of Students organizes a wide variety of activities and events and sponsors over 50 clubs and societies ranging from dance to music to politics. Community service activities are organized by the Liverpool Student Community Action group. A campus sports center houses a new four-court sports hall and state-of-the-art fitness suite. The Athletic Union offers over 45 sports clubs, some of which include competition against other British universities.