Language of Instruction: English
History Year Abroad Student Views
I have gotten better at working in a team. In most modules, a group assessment forms at least a quarter of your grade so you have to learn to be quite proactive.
The module that I learned the most from was a public and applied history module which challenges the ways that curators use space to influence visitors. It has made me much more aware of interacting with historical spaces with respect as well as making me more critical. For example, I saw the Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam, and my module allowed me to understand how a pro-communist narrative was continually reinforced.
My Singaporean friends were able to inform me about the reality of living in a country with a relatively conservative authoritarian government. This included detail about the drug policies; attitudes to LGBTQ+; the influence of Chinese culture; and the overall political situation in Singapore.
As I was able to travel extensively, I managed to learn more about the issues facing different people across south east asia. This was particularly the case in Cambodia where I was able to visit the Angkor archaeological sites as well as the killing fields and S21 museum in Phnom Penh. Additionally, I visited Taiwan just before gay marriage became legal there and paid close attention to the situation in Brunei. Taiwan had the biggest culture shock as very few non-ASEAN tourists visit and English is not widely spoken.
Please note that not all institutions are available each year, and places will be allocated on a competitive basis. Partnerships may be added or withdrawn at any time, and are always subject to availability. The institutions available each year will be posted in the preceding Autumn Term.
Year Abroad Contacts:
Professor Tim Lockley
Director of Study Abroad Programmes
Mrs Val Melling
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 22502
HistoryOffice at warwick dot ac dot uk