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University of Liverpool

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Diplomas and Certificates

Year of graduation 2014

EAP Pre-Sessional English Programme

Overall experience

4
WRITTEN ON 7 APR 2014

Not recommended, and the scouse accent is very hard to understand

I am fully funded from my own government for my course, and after wards I will be going to York University for my PHD in Computer science, but this course is for 30 weeks finishing in early September to help me improve my English to a higher standard, which it has done. I wouldn't recommend the university though at all, there are issues with the Language centre department. The university does not trust this department, as you end up taking the islets exam over 5 times before getting the right grades. I dislike living in Liverpool as the accent is very hard to understand, i prefer the London accent. I feel i am learning English and Scouse , rather than just English.

I am fully funded from my own government for my course, and after wards I will be going to York University for my PHD in Computer science, but this course is for 30 weeks finishing in early September to help me improve my English to a higher standard, which it has done. I wouldn't recommend the university though at all, there are issues with the Language centre department. The university does not trust this department, as you end up taking the islets exam over 5 times before getting the right grades. I dislike living in Liverpool as the accent is very hard to understand, i prefer the London accent. I feel i am learning English and Scouse , rather than just English.

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Anonymous

Anonymous

Diplomas and Certificates

Year of graduation 2014

EAP Pre-Sessional English Programme

Overall experience

5
WRITTEN ON 7 APR 2014

Do not take the English Language course here!

This is an EAP Pre-Sessional programme for English course, this is for people who are going onto do a post graduate or PHD at the university who do not meet the English requirements. So in theory it is good, in practise it is not. I would not recommend the course, or the university, and this is why. The course is to improve your English. I have declined my results have gone from 5.5 to 4.5 in exams. I do not feel I am improving my written English. The university misled me and other students, we were told we can do our PHD after the completion of this programme - not upon getting a 6.5 it was upon completing this programme, but now they are saying no no i must get a 6.5. I wish I had gone to another university as I was accepted into 5 other UK ones. They mislead us - no other university makes the English worse. They have no confident in there English language centre department. The course is only 30 weeks long. I need a 5.5 to get onto my PHD programme here, this is stated on the letter. I get 80% in the university english department tests, but Islets i do alot worse. They do not take the grade from the department. If i could I would leave for another university. Maybe if you have the English requirements and do not get forced to take this course with the promise of getting onto your PHD come here, but do not take this course, the staff understand my English well but I am still being held back. I am not happy, or impressed. But yes the city is lovely. I love living here. 

This is an EAP Pre-Sessional programme for English course, this is for people who are going onto do a post graduate or PHD at the university who do not meet the English requirements. So in theory it is good, in practise it is not. I would not recommend the course, or the university, and this is why. The course is to improve your English. I have declined my results have gone from 5.5 to 4.5 in exams. I do not feel I am improving my written English. The university misled me and other students, we were told we can do our PHD after the completion of this programme - not upon getting a 6.5 it was upon completing this programme, but now they are saying no no i must get a 6.5. I wish I had gone to another university as I was accepted into 5 other UK ones. They mislead us - no other university makes the English worse. They have no confident in there English language centre department. The course is only 30 weeks long. I need a 5.5 to get onto my PHD programme here, this is stated on the letter. I get 80% in the university english department tests, but Islets i do alot worse. They do not take the grade from the department. If i could I would leave for another university. Maybe if you have the English requirements and do not get forced to take this course with the promise of getting onto your PHD come here, but do not take this course, the staff understand my English well but I am still being held back. I am not happy, or impressed. But yes the city is lovely. I love living here.

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Anonymous

Undergraduate Degree

Year of graduation 2014

Electrical Engineering and Electronics

Overall experience

4
WRITTEN ON 7 APR 2014

Beautiful University Campus

The professors on the course are really helpful, and providing you put the work in everything should be ok, the exams are easy, but the coursework is harder due to it being in English. The professors are nice too, it is a good teacher student relationship. Living in Liverpool is nice, the city is beautiful, and modern, and the university is too. It is right by the city centre. The air quality is good, and the air conditioning at the university is good. The city centre is good for food, and shopping. There is stuff to do. We have many sports teams to join and many student socities/clubs to join this helps you integrate and meet people off your course. I am part of the basket ball team, which is mainly chinese but there are some English people on there. I would like to integrate more with British students. But studies take up alot of time.

The professors on the course are really helpful, and providing you put the work in everything should be ok, the exams are easy, but the coursework is harder due to it being in English. The professors are nice too, it is a good teacher student relationship. Living in Liverpool is nice, the city is beautiful, and modern, and the university is too. It is right by the city centre. The air quality is good, and the air conditioning at the university is good. The city centre is good for food, and shopping. There is stuff to do. We have many sports teams to join and many student socities/clubs to join this helps you integrate and meet people off your course. I am part of the basket ball team, which is mainly chinese but there are some English people on there. I would like to integrate more with British students. But studies take up alot of time.

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Anonymous

Anonymous

Undergraduate Degree

Year of graduation 2014

Civil Engineering

Overall experience

4
WRITTEN ON 7 APR 2014

Great facilities, great city

It wasn't easy to get in, but other than that it is 4/5 all round. The city is very beautiful, and the people are very different from back home. It is a great cultural experience. The facilities around the city and the university campus are really good such as the library and the gyms. I have been to a few cities in the UK since coming here, as the transport from Liverpool across the country is very good. I have been to some other countries in the EU too. It is great studying in the UK it opens doors to Europe. I think the professors on my course are very good and coherent at explaining things. The they they give you material is good, and material on the online universities resources pages are easy to find and there is alot of it.

It wasn't easy to get in, but other than that it is 4/5 all round. The city is very beautiful, and the people are very different from back home. It is a great cultural experience. The facilities around the city and the university campus are really good such as the library and the gyms. I have been to a few cities in the UK since coming here, as the transport from Liverpool across the country is very good. I have been to some other countries in the EU too. It is great studying in the UK it opens doors to Europe. I think the professors on my course are very good and coherent at explaining things. The they they give you material is good, and material on the online universities resources pages are easy to find and there is alot of it.

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Anonymous

Anonymous

Undergraduate Degree

Year of graduation 2015

Maths with Finance

Overall experience

4
WRITTEN ON 7 APR 2014

Very large course, great location to the city centre

The course is massive, there is over 300 people per lecture on average, and it is mainly Chinese students. The course has to many people on and you don't really get the support you need being an international student. I'd recommend the course despite this, as it is a very well run course, and it has fantastic content. It would be alot better with smaller lectures. The city has many positives, it is conveniently located next to the university, it is small enough to walk around, with good transport links into other areas of Liverpool and across the country, it is easy to get to Manchester and London. There are lots of chinese people here at the university especially on my course, which restricts integration which is a con, but if you want to integrate you can there are many social things going on at the university.

The course is massive, there is over 300 people per lecture on average, and it is mainly Chinese students. The course has to many people on and you don't really get the support you need being an international student. I'd recommend the course despite this, as it is a very well run course, and it has fantastic content. It would be alot better with smaller lectures. The city has many positives, it is conveniently located next to the university, it is small enough to walk around, with good transport links into other areas of Liverpool and across the country, it is easy to get to Manchester and London. There are lots of chinese people here at the university especially on my course, which restricts integration which is a con, but if you want to integrate you can there are many social things going on at the university.

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Anonymous

Anonymous

Undergraduate Degree

Year of graduation 2016

Civil Engineering

Overall experience

5
WRITTEN ON 7 APR 2014

Fantastic

The study experience is fantastic here. The civil engineering course is really difficult but of a very good quality. I am in 1st year, so it may get easier (hopefully) in next two years. If you come to the UK for studies , you must focus on them. It is alot of work for this course, there is lots of coursework and reading outside of lecturers. I like living in Liverpool, it is very different from back home, the weather is bad and rainy and cold too. But the air quality is very good. My key advise for someone wanting to study here is the experience is fantastic, but it is alot of work don't try to be lazy you have to get on with the coursework. 

The study experience is fantastic here. The civil engineering course is really difficult but of a very good quality. I am in 1st year, so it may get easier (hopefully) in next two years. If you come to the UK for studies , you must focus on them. It is alot of work for this course, there is lots of coursework and reading outside of lecturers. I like living in Liverpool, it is very different from back home, the weather is bad and rainy and cold too. But the air quality is very good. My key advise for someone wanting to study here is the experience is fantastic, but it is alot of work don't try to be lazy you have to get on with the coursework.

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Anonymous

Undergraduate Degree

Year of graduation 2015

Microbiology

Overall experience

5
WRITTEN ON 7 APR 2014

Great course hours!

I really like being at the university and i really like my course. The schedule of classes are really good and suitable for students. You get alot of spare time for study, socialising and travel. It is alot of study but you get the time for it as its less lecture intensive than in China. I have not really socialised with English/British people as there are so many chinese here so it is really convenient just to talk to people from china. There is lots of chinese food shops, and even a large china town. The city is really good to live in , it has really great shops like clothes, and food. There is lots to do, you won't get bored. 

I really like being at the university and i really like my course. The schedule of classes are really good and suitable for students. You get alot of spare time for study, socialising and travel. It is alot of study but you get the time for it as its less lecture intensive than in China. I have not really socialised with English/British people as there are so many chinese here so it is really convenient just to talk to people from china. There is lots of chinese food shops, and even a large china town. The city is really good to live in , it has really great shops like clothes, and food. There is lots to do, you won't get bored.

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Anonymous

Anonymous

Undergraduate Degree

Year of graduation 2014

Aerospace Engineering

Overall experience

3
WRITTEN ON 7 APR 2014

Course is poorly organized

I'd recommend the university, but not the course. The course is very poorly organized, and this is why, in 1st semester in my final year (which I am in now), we have 2 exams and not much coursework. Now i am in 2nd semester we have 7 exams, a 10,000 word dissertation and many other courseworks to hand in as well. It has all come at once, and this is nothing to do with the students being poorly organized with time management, this is the department problem, they did not spread it out. Before studying here I studied a foundation course at Harriot Watt University in Scotland, and I did one year of my Aerospace Engineering course in Brighton . I prefer the course in Brighton, but i prefer Liverpool city. Courses for Aerospace Engineering is much better at other universities - i do regret my transfer here. Professors and staff know the department issues but are reluctant to help or change things. They tell you what to study, and won't help much. They have told people to go away they are too busy. I am not impressed with the department, but other departments here are a lot better. A issue i have with the UK in general for internaitonal students or british born students who have lived abroad is you must live here 3 years prior to going to university, and if not you pay international fees. I am a British citizen, my mother was born here, and raised here. I was born in Oman, but I am a British citizen. I still have to pay international fees, and many people are in this boat. Even if my parents were ethnically British i'd still have this problem. This is a problem with the UK, not the university.

I'd recommend the university, but not the course. The course is very poorly organized, and this is why, in 1st semester in my final year (which I am in now), we have 2 exams and not much coursework. Now i am in 2nd semester we have 7 exams, a 10,000 word dissertation and many other courseworks to hand in as well. It has all come at once, and this is nothing to do with the students being poorly organized with time management, this is the department problem, they did not spread it out. Before studying here I studied a foundation course at Harriot Watt University in Scotland, and I did one year of my Aerospace Engineering course in Brighton . I prefer the course in Brighton, but i prefer Liverpool city. Courses for Aerospace Engineering is much better at other universities - i do regret my transfer here. Professors and staff know the department issues but are reluctant to help or change things. They tell you what to study, and won't help much. They have told people to go away they are too busy. I am not impressed with the department, but other departments here are a lot better. A issue i have with the UK in general for internaitonal students or british born students who have lived abroad is you must live here 3 years prior to going to university, and if not you pay international fees. I am a British citizen, my mother was born here, and raised here. I was born in Oman, but I am a British citizen. I still have to pay international fees, and many people are in this boat. Even if my parents were ethnically British i'd still have this problem. This is a problem with the UK, not the university.

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Anonymous

Anonymous

Undergraduate Degree

Year of graduation 2015

Electrical Engineering and Electronics

Overall experience

4
WRITTEN ON 7 APR 2014

Cheap to live in Liverpool.

The university is right for me, and it is my choice, but it might not be right for others, so you must consider all your options before applying. I'd recommend the university for my course, but maybe not others. When you come here for this course, expect lots of deadlines, and lots of work to do which is hard. The work does not stop when you leave lecturers, it is alot of work. I have about 15 hours a week in lectures, plus alot of study time outside of lectures. I enjoy living in Liverpool, it has particularly nice birds (animals) like seagulls as it is by the coast and the pigeons are nice too. I dislike that it is so far away from home in China. The city has good transport links to travel to other cities in the UK so you can get the most out of your stay and it is cheap to live here. 

The university is right for me, and it is my choice, but it might not be right for others, so you must consider all your options before applying. I'd recommend the university for my course, but maybe not others. When you come here for this course, expect lots of deadlines, and lots of work to do which is hard. The work does not stop when you leave lecturers, it is alot of work. I have about 15 hours a week in lectures, plus alot of study time outside of lectures. I enjoy living in Liverpool, it has particularly nice birds (animals) like seagulls as it is by the coast and the pigeons are nice too. I dislike that it is so far away from home in China. The city has good transport links to travel to other cities in the UK so you can get the most out of your stay and it is cheap to live here.

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Anonymous

Anonymous

Undergraduate Degree

Year of graduation 2015

Development Economics

Overall experience

4
WRITTEN ON 7 APR 2014

Optional module courses give you great flexibility

There are lots of chinese people on my course and at the university. This can be a good and bad thing depending on how you view it, firstly it is a bad thing (for me) as it restricts integration with British and other students as you stick with chinese. I am not sure you to integrate. You feel comfy around other chinese students. There are even more chinese students on courses like e-finance and accounting. You need to make sure it is the right course for you, and you get out of it what you want. Choose your course with optional modules, as it gives you greater flexibility, like economics has a good range of modules, while others are restricting. Don't take the risk as if everything is compulsory and you hate it you can't change modules. Class sizes really vary from 20-200 depending on the module. I like being at the university, my accommodation is lodge house halls which are private which are very nice to live in. 

There are lots of chinese people on my course and at the university. This can be a good and bad thing depending on how you view it, firstly it is a bad thing (for me) as it restricts integration with British and other students as you stick with chinese. I am not sure you to integrate. You feel comfy around other chinese students. There are even more chinese students on courses like e-finance and accounting. You need to make sure it is the right course for you, and you get out of it what you want. Choose your course with optional modules, as it gives you greater flexibility, like economics has a good range of modules, while others are restricting. Don't take the risk as if everything is compulsory and you hate it you can't change modules. Class sizes really vary from 20-200 depending on the module. I like being at the university, my accommodation is lodge house halls which are private which are very nice to live in.

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