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International Opportunities

Year Abroad

The year abroad gives students the opportunity, on a competitive basis, to spend a full academic year at one or two of our partner universities through our exchange programmes.

Students on the three-year courses of History, History and Philosophy, History and Politics, History and Sociology, History and Global Sustainable Development, and English and History are offered the opportunity at the start of their second year to apply for the History Department's optional Year Abroad. Click here for further information, including full details of the application process and criteria.

All of the four-year joint-honours language degrees have a compulsory Year Abroad as part of their syllabi. Therefore all students on the courses of French and History, German and History, and History and Italian are guaranteed to spend one of their four years abroad. Please contact the School of Modern Languages for further information.


Since 1967 the Warwick History Department (joined later by the Warwick Art History Department) has sent a group of final year undergraduates to Venice every autumn term. History students that choose to follow the 'Renaissance and Modern History' pathway are guaranteed to spend the first term of their final year in Venice, studying the history of Venice in the Renaissance, accompanied and taught by Warwick University History Department staff. Students following the 'Renaissance and Modern History' pathway are also eligible to apply for an optional Year Abroad (please see above) as well as being guaranteed the Venice term.

During the first term of their final year, single honours History students on the 'Renaissance and Modern History' pathway study the history of a great Mediterranean city while living in it. The Venice Programme, taught by members of full time Warwick staff, deals with the social and political, cultural and economic history of Venice during the Renaissance. Venice is uniquely well suited for the purpose, since its overall appearance and structure have changed so little in the last four hundred years. Guided tours of the major monuments of the city are a key part of the module. In addition, during Reading Week, students have the chance to spend ten days’ travelling across Italy. Whilst they are in Venice, students also study one of the Advanced Options taught by Warwick staff in Venice.

All students rent flats during their time in Venice, and our Venetian administrator, Chiara Croff, helps to arrange the accommodation (please note that this is not University accommodation, Chiara will put you in touch with private landlords). The cost of living is comparable to that in Leamington or Coventry. The University guarantees accommodation on campus for final year students on their return so they don't have to worry about renting a flat in England during the autumn term.

Please view the Venice Programme Video for an introduction to the programme.

Short-Term Study Abroad Opportunities

History students are eligible to apply for a range of short-term study abroad opportunities advertised by the Study Abroad Team in the Student Mobility Office.


Year Abroad Contacts:

Dr Pierre Purseigle
Director of Student Mobility

p dot purseigle at warwick dot ac dot uk

Mrs Val Melling

HistoryOffice at warwick dot ac dot uk

Venice Contacts:

Dr Jonathan Davies
Venice Coordinator

j dot d dot davies at warwick dot ac dot uk

Mrs Chiara Croff

venice at warwick dot ac dot uk

Mrs Val Melling

HistoryOffice at warwick dot ac dot uk