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Spending a Year Abroad as part of your Degree


Warwick History Study Abroad cohort, December 1968

The History Department offers its undergraduate 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. Click on "Say YES to the Year Abroad!" to download our quick FAQs about studying abroad with the History Department.


The aims of the Year Abroad are to provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to study abroad for a year at a host university approved by the History department;
  • Experience and gain a deeper understanding of the social and cultural environment of the host city and country;
  • Improve their foreign language skills (in exchanges where the language is not English);
  • Broaden their understanding and knowledge of History;
  • Travel abroad and achieve personal development in preparation for employment and global citizenship.

The University Study Abroad Team has lots of information about why it's worth considering spending time abroad as part of your degree, and you can also read advice from History students about their experiences abroad.

Our Partner Institutions

How to Apply

Further Information and Useful Links

Important Information

  • All single-honours and joint-honours History students on a three-year course (i.e. History, History & Politics, History & Sociology, History & Philosophy, History & Global Sustainable Development, English & History) are eligible to apply for a Year Abroad during the first term of their second year of study.
  • Students who choose to go to Venice as part of their degree are eligible to apply for the Year Abroad and will continue to Venice immediately afterwards.
  • Those students who are successful in their applications will be provisionally allocated a place at one or two of our partner institutions (pending successful completion of their second year of study at Warwick). The students will be transferred from a three-year course to a four-year course, with the Year Abroad being their third year before returning to spend their fourth and final year of their course studying at Warwick.
  • All students must have an average grade of 60 (a 2.1) or above for their first year of study in order to be eligible to apply for any of the Year Abroad places offered by the History Department. Mitigating circumstances will be taken into consideration. Students without an average of 60% in the first year will be interviewed.
  • All students must maintain a good attendance record in the first and second year. Mitigating circumstances will be taken into consideration.
  • Tuition fees for the year abroad will be reduced for Home students, payable to Warwick (no tuition fees are payable to the host institution, though other fees may apply). During the period of study abroad, students normally continue to receive any student grant or loan to which they are entitled, though they should check with their Local Authority. For full information regarding fees, finances, and the application process, please see

Please note, if you are selected for one of our places, this is only the start of the process. You will still need to submit a formal application to the host university, you are responsible for arranging your accommodation and proactively organising your year abroad, with the support of the Department and the University Study Abroad Team.

Year Abroad Contacts:

Dr Pierre Purseigle
Dr Lydia Plath [2019-20 returning students only]

Mrs Val Melling

Tel: +44 (0)24 765 22502
HistoryOffice at warwick dot ac dot uk