Before you go

How to prepare for your time away

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.

Faq Items

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.

Tip: 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 studying abroad, working abroad in Europe or 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.

Students studying outside Europe might be required to obtain their own health insurance and cost will vary depending on your host university regulations. We will cover this, please contact for advice.

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.

EU citizens are entitled to EHIC cards, which entitle you to reduced costs on healthcare in most European countries. Check beforehand that the country you are travelling to accepts EHIC cards and that your EHIC card is in date.

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 and students studying in Europe can access the Erasmus+ linguistic support portal for courses.

How to share your experiences

Tweets, vlogs, blog posts, Instagram stories, boomerangs and more are a really important part of how we promote opportunities to study, work or volunteer abroad at LJMU, but the best way to get this content is from you. We rely on students to share their experiences abroad with us through social media, tagging @LJMUGlobalOpps and using #LJMUGoAbroad on Twitter and Instagram. Before you go, you will be asked to sign a consent form, but it is equally important that you follow @LJMUGlobalOpps to see what LJMU students are getting up to around the globe, and get yourself excited.

We also encourage students to blog or vlog about their time abroad, as not only is it a great way to show other LJMU students the international opportunities on offer, but having these skills on your CV can increase your employability even further. Blog posts should be around 500 words with at least one photo. Whenever sharing a photo with us, try and remember to add the subject and location, so we can share more with our followers. If you decide to vlog your trip, you don’t have to worry about editing, the team will do that for you. So why not try to film a video diary, a day in the life during your trip, an interview with someone you are working with, or a montage of clips from your adventure. Come along to a pre-departure session for filming and blogging tips.

Please submit your blogs and vlogs to and using WeTransfer for larger files. 

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

These sessions will take place in April. Please check back soon for details.

Contact us


Visit us in the Student Life building Mon-Fri 10am - 4pm (term time only)

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