A Note on Our Selected Exchange Partners
When selecting exchange partners, we have prioritised institutions where the primary teaching language is English. We have also taken care to select institutions with a good range of suitable courses. While most institutions offer Literature programs, there are far fewer suitable film or media options. Some of the institutions below will have dedicated film departments or courses, but many will offer film and media options as part of other courses; often comparative literature courses or the various Area Studies programs.
Where possible we have recommended module you might find interesting. This does not mean you are limited to taking options in Literature, Film Studies, or associated fields - you should also use your year abroad as an opportunity to pursue options not open to you at Warwick.
Limited spaces available
Teaching Language: All teaching is conducted in English apart from options offered by the School of Chinese (options in both Mandarin and Cantonese)
Term Dates: The academic year at HKU is divided in to two semesters and runs from September through to May. Each semester is followed by a period of revision and assessments. In semester 1 teaching runs from September to the end of November with revision and assessment throughout December. For the second semester, teaching takes place from January and to the end of April, with revision and assessment in May.
Accommodation: HKU reserve a certain number of rooms in their 13 halls of residence for exchange students. Nearly all rooms are shared. Halls feature communal and recreational spaces, as well as quiet areas for study. Laundry facilities, air conditioning, and internet access are also provided. Most halls are within walking distance of the main campus, although some are slightly further out and a short bus journey is recommended. Accommodation is on a first come first served basis, although students unable to get a place in residence halls will be assigned a place in alternative student housing.
Study Options: HKU offers an excellent selection of appropriate courses for Film Studies and Film and Literature students. Film options are available through the department of comparative literature, as well as the various Area Studies options offered by the school of modern languages and cultures. These are interdisciplinary courses looking at the culture and history of a particular region. Options are available for North America, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Europe. The school of English offers a variety of English Literature and English Language focused options, which the department of comparative literature has options more grounded in a world literature approach. Your year abroad should be a time to explore options not offered at Warwick, and to shape your own learning. By no means should you feel limited to taking options in film or literature. There are a variety of related courses that may be of interest, such as gender studies, philosophy, and history. HKU also has a centre for Buddhist Studies, which may be of interest to some students.
Study Load: In general a course at HKU will be worth 6 credits, and a minimum course load of 28 credits is required per semester. Students can take up to a maximum of 30 credits if they wish. 18 credits (3 courses) must be taken from within one faculty, with the remaining credits from other faculties. The HKU credit system is based in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). One ECT is equal to 2 Warwick CATs, so a typical 6 credit course is considered equivalent to a 12 CAT module. A total of 30 HKU credits per semester is therefore equal to 60 Warwick credits, with two semesters of 20 credits equal to the expected 120 CAT yearly course load of a Warwick student.
Unlimited spaces available
Teaching Language: English
See the Additional notes for Monash University
Limited spaces available, highly competitive
Note: Applicants for the University of Tokyo require a First Class average, rather than a 2.1
Teaching Language: English (with some courses in Japanese)
Term Dates: Tokyo’s Academic year is somewhat different to what you will be used to at Warwick. The year is divided into Autumn and Spring terms, but the Japanese academic year begins in April. Terms also have a part one and part two. Terms are often referred to in abbreviated form, so Autumn part 1 is A1 and Spring part 2 S2 and so on. S1 runs from April to June) S2 from June – August. A1 runs from September to November and A2 from November to February (with a break for Winter Vacation). Your year abroad will begin A1 and through to S1, meaning you will be joining part way through the year. When choosing your options, be sure they are available for the period in which you are attending. There is also an additional Winter (W) term, although most faculties do not run courses in this period.
Accommodation: While you can apply for university managed housing, Tokyo University do not guarantee housing for all students that apply. The University does provide advice and guidance on securing private accommodation in Tokyo
Study Options: Exchange students at Tokyo University are free to choose any course offered in the USTEP (University-wide Student Exchange Program) catalogue; provided they have the required language proficiency. There are a good selection of courses offered in English, although the course catalogue can be rather tricky to navigate. There is no dedicated Film or Media Studies department at TokyoU, but you will find film options under the Liberal Arts and Cultural Studies courses. There are a range of interdisciplinary courses covering Japanese society, as well as well courses on Anglophone cultures (Britain, North America, and Australia all feature). Courses are also available in English Literature and Japanese Literature in translation.
Study Load: Japanese immigration law stipulates that students must spend at least ten hours in class per week. The course load suggested by TokyoU is 28 credits for the year, which typically means enrolling on 14 courses worth 2 credits. A two credit course will consist of 13 one hour and forty-five minute classes. Class times at TokyoU are standardised across faculties.
Additional Notes: TokyoU is split across two campuses, with it taking roughly one hour to commute between them. Because of this, the university recommends taking classes at just one of the campuses (although there is no formal restriction). Courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences are held on Komaba campus, with most other courses held on Hongo.
Limited spaces availableTeaching Language: English (with some courses in Japanese)
Term Dates: Waseda divides the year in to four quarters – Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. The academic year in Japan begins in April and ends in February. As an exchange student you will be joining part way through the year in the Fall quarter (September) and will end your studies in the Summer Quarter of the falling year. This is important to keep in mind when considering the availability of courses.
Accommodation: Exchange students can apply for accommodation in one of Waseda’s three exchange student residences – Waseda University International Student House, Waseda Hoshien, and Nishi-Waseda International Student House – each of which is within walking distance of one of Waseda’s three campuses. The number of rooms is limited, and accommodation is assigned on a first come first serve basis. Students can also choose to stay in private accommodation.
Study Options: Usually students can only take courses offered by the school with which they are affiliated (most likely Culture, Media and Society but potentially Humanities and Social Sciences), although there are also special programs and courses open to all students regardless of school. Within the school of School of Culture, Media, and Society there are a number of suitable options – especially for those students keen on expanding their knowledge of Japanese culture. There are also courses covering American, British, and European film and literature. When searching the course catalogue, consider some of the options available in the category of Area Studies, which will include courses in American Studies, Japanese Studies etc. Such courses take an interdisciplinary approach to studying the history and culture of a particular region. Courses in Art History and Music might also be of interest if available,
Study Load: The University recommends a course load of 10 hours a week for students in the School of Culture, Media and Society or School of Humanities and Social Sciences. This is also the legal required minimum for student visa holders in Japan. The number of credits and mode of teaching will vary by course, but in general a lecture style course will count for 2 credits and consist of 15 ninety minute sessions. In order to meet the 10 hour requirement, you would need to enrol on a minimum of 7 courses per term.
Additional Notes: Waseda is located in the heart of Tokyo, in the city's famous Shinjuku province
Australia & Oceania
Unlimited Spaces available
Teaching Language: English
Term Dates: It probably won't surprise you that term dates in Australia are rather different to those in the UK. When you embark on your year abroad at Monash, you'll be joining the University for Semester Two, which typically runs from July - November. This is followed by Semester One from late February to the end of June. It is important to keep this order in mind when selecting your modules, as some modules may only be availble in certain semesters.
Accommodation: Study abroad students are given priority when applying for On-Campus accommodation on the Clayton campus, although early application is recommend. While we would recommend applying for On-Campus accommodation, Monash does offer support and advice for arranging Off-Campus accommodation.
Study Options: One of the benefits of study abroad is the opportunity to explore options unavailable to you at Warwick. Whilst we would recommend taking some units from the Film & Screen Studies or Literary Studies majors, we also encourage you to explore your own interests. If you are looking for inspiration, Monash offer a number of pre-approved units with a particular focus on Australian history and culture. You also have the option to pursue a specialisation if your would prefer a more focused course of study.
Study Load: A normal full time load at Monash is 24 Credit Points (four units) per semester. Depending on the units you take, this will equate to between 12 and 24 contact hours and 4 - 20 hours of private study. For a more detailed breakdown see the Study Options page of the Monash website.
Additional Notes: Monash also have a campus in Malaysia, and students can apply to spend their second semester studying there. This will require additional visa and accommodation applications, but is a rare opportunity to study in two countries on a single exchange. That being said, the film, media, and literature options at the Malaysia campus are not as extensive as the Melbourne campus. While it is possible to spend your entire exchange at Monash Malaysia, we would not recommend it for that reason.
Availble universiy wide, spaces may be limited
Teaching Language: English. Courses in Dutch are available but require Dutch proficiency
Term Dates: At Vrjie, the academic year is broken subdivided into semesters rather than terms. The Fall Semester runs from September to January and the Spring Semester from February to June. Your exchange period will typically run from the End of August through to the middle of August the following year, depending on your rental agreement. Each year is subdivided into 3 periods, with a week of Assessment at the end of period. There is also an induction week prior to the start of teaching.
Accommodation: Vrjie offers accommodation to exchange students at one of the student residences in either Amsterdam or Amstelveen. While accommodation is not guaranteed, the International Office will try to find suitable accommodation for all students. Students are recommended to apply ASAP in order to improve their chances of being allocated accommodation. in 2017, the fee for accommodation was 400 Euros and this must be paid before your application can be processed.
The Vrjie International Office also makes a point of mentioning that rental prices for Amsterdam can be quite high, and rooms will likely be smaller than what students might expect for a similar price at home. This is due to the scarcity of accommodation in Amsterdam - although this is not greatly different to the housing situation in many European capitals (London, for example). A document listing the different accommodation types can be found on the Vrjie website.
Study Options: Vrjie recommends students follow a specific Minor during their first semester, as this makes module selection much more straightforward. We would recommend either American Studies or Gender and Diversity as most suitable. There are also a number of other courses that may be of interest, including One of the benefits of study abroad is the opportunity to explore options unavailable to you at Warwick.Whilst Literature and Media options will offer the most familiar modes of study, we also encourage you to explore your own interests - perhaps brancing out to consider modules in history or philosophy if you have the appropriate background.
Study Load: Vrjie uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The workload for a full-time student is measured at 30 credits per semester, for a total of 60 credits for the full academic year. One ECT credit is equal to 2 CATS credits at Warwick, so 60 credits equates to the typical 120 CATS full year workload you would be expected to carry at Warwick. Each ECTS credit is equivalent to 28 total study hours (includes both contact hours and private study), with a typical VU course being 6 credits. You would therefore be usually be expected to take 5 courses per semester
Additional Notes: Vrijie offers extensive online support for study abroad students, as well as a Buddy Programme