If you're thinking about travelling to the UK to study, either at undergraduate or postgraduate level, there are lots of reasons to consider coming to Liverpool. It has UNESCO World Heritage status, for one, and is one of the UK's most exciting and culturally diverse cities (one of Britain's finest exports, The Beatles, even called it home).

For students, there's the added bonus of universities like Liverpool Hope, a one-of-a-kind collegial community that boasts state of the art facilities, a unique location and world-class tuition. We got together with the team at Liverpool Hope to talk about the reasons international students choose to study in Liverpool, and why a university like Liverpool Hope could be the best place for you.

Be part of a special community

If you're coming from overseas it's natural to be nervous, and it's important to know that you'll be entering a friendly, supportive environment. Liverpool Hope has a dedicated International Unit, which is designed to support international students from their first enquiry, right through to graduation and after.. As Hope offers collegial campuses you'll also be surrounded by fellow students. A professional support network is easily accessible including an International Welfare Officer, along with services like the Chapliancy and Students’ Union, so you'll always feel looked after.

“I will never forget the warm welcome that I received from my flatmates,” says Chulani Kandage, who came from Spain to study an MSc in Business Management. “They were my new family members and a great foundation for a wonderful beginning to my Masters course.”

World class education

Alongside a life-changing social experience, you'll definitely want your course to be up to scratch. Liverpool has given the world some fine minds, from poets to pop stars, and Liverpool Hope attracts top academics to teach its students.

At Hope, you'll be taught by leaders in their field: research-active lecturers with passion for their subject and an impressive depth of knowledge. Over 75 per cent of academic staff have a Doctorate and 61 per cent of graduates were awarded a First or Upper Second Class Honours in 2013. The University is also home to several research centres, including the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace, the Centre for Applied Research in Security Innovation (CASI) and the Centre for Research in Emergency Services and Training (CREST) to name a few.

Over the past ten years, Liverpool Hope has invested £70 million pounds in its campuses, providing students with beautiful surrounding and impressive study facilities.

Rewarding courses

Whether you're studying Biology or The Beatles, the prospectus at unis like Liverpool Hope will have something to tempt and challenge you. For undergrads, Hope offers excellence in areas such as Politics, Education, Mathematics, Business Management and Computer Science. Umair Najeeb came from Pakistan to study Computing and has benefited from supportive lecturers alongside the programme's practical focus. “Computing is a practical field and must be attached to a practical course,” he explains. “I came here and saw that there were more practicals and this is good for the computing students.”

At postgrad level, exemplary courses include Peace Studies, Networks and Security, International Relations and the uni's International MBA. Mohammad Shabuj, from Bangladesh, signed up for the MBA and hasn't looked back. “Liverpool Hope not only has affordable tuition costs but the best campus environment in Liverpool,” he says, “and one of the best learning environments I have seen.”

Choosing a course you’re motivated to do well in is good for both your degree and your career. Sarah Kellog, from the USA, who's studying an MA in The Beatles, Popular Music and Society. “It’s nice to be taught by someone who was immersed in The Beatles at the time, and loves their music,” she says. “ The Masters is beneficial in any career I go into and it’s also something really nice on my résumé for employers to talk about with me.”

You can see the full list of courses here.

Value for money and financial support

While overseas study can be costly, it's still possible to get great value for money: unis like Hope offer competitive course fees starting at £8,400 for non-EU international studetns. Plus, help is available in the form of scholarships, payment schemes and great value all in one packages, which include tuition, accommodation and a food allowance. Hope offers several international scholarships as well as an international bursary (find out more here) and different payment options to help you manage your money.

“Finances are important,” says Nigeria's Emem Igboayaka, studying for an MA in Early Childhood Education. “Liverpool Hope University's tuition fees beat all other UK universities. And I took advantage of the early payment discount to reduce the fees even further.”

A city of culture

Whatever you choose to study, the experience of living and studying in Liverpool is unique, particularly somewhere like Hope, which offers a beautiful, quiet campus that's just minutes away from the vibrant city centre. With 500 students from 60 different nations present, you'll also be part of a diverse, stimulating environment.

"I was struck by the calm atmosphere of Liverpool Hope," says India's Anu Parthasarathy, studying for an MA in Art History & Curating, "especially at the Creative Campus with its gardens. Liverpool is a wonderful city."