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.
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 Florence and 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 third 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 and Florence 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, and at half-term students are sent off to spend ten days in Florence. Please view the Venice Programme Video for an introduction to the programme.
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.