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What you need to know before you start your journey

Going abroad is exciting in every sense of the word. If you’ve never been away before and you’re feeling a little apprehensive, not to worry – we provide all the information you need to help prepare you for your experience.

Speak to your International Mobility Coordinator (IMC) or the Study Abroad Team to check if your host institution has any further application requirements.

What documentation do I need to supply?

You must ensure your passport is valid for the duration of your placement. To apply for a new passport or renew a passport, visit the passport section of GOV.UK

Depending on your nationality and the location of your study abroad host university, you may need to get a visa. Your host university will advise you on how to get this organised and it is important that you follow their instructions and deadlines.

Tips: Get extra passport photos for visas, ID cards, etc. and to apply for an international student identity card (ISIC) which entitles you to discounts

Will I need insurance?

LJMU provides basic insurance for students participating in our summer schools. Not all conditions or pre-existing conditions are covered, so it is advised any students who may not be covered seek further advice. For more information on LJMU insurance, please contact Rachael Smith.

If you have a pre-existing health condition that may affect you during your placement, it is advised you disclose this to your International Mobility Coordinator or placement officer and retain any documents relating to your condition in case you need medical treatment overseas. Students on long-term medication should research the availability/cost of their medication abroad and discuss their options with their GP.

Do I need to speak another language?

LJMU work with partners who teach in English, meaning you will not have to be fluent in the language of the country you are visiting. However, it is advised students learn some basic phrases in the local language. 

You can access Language courses via LJMU Library services.

The Study Abroad Team hosts compulsory pre-departure sessions which all participants must attend.

  • Staying safe and well abroad sessions: Wednesday 1 April
  • Representing LJMU: 8 April

TImes and locations for these sessions will be available shortly, please check back soon for details.

Contact us

Contact us by email goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk or call us today on 0151 904 6470.

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