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Location: Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Language of Instruction: English

International Student Office: Partners in USA

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FCO Travel Advice: USA

History Year Abroad Student Views
  • It was surprisingly easy to get into the flow of the different teaching styles and learning methods.
  • I feel that I have learned other skills as well as academic skills. My social skills for one, I feel I am a lot more confident which will help me later on in life.
  • There were many study abroad students . . . it was very heartwarming to see all these different nationalities and cultures come together and unite, especially in a country that is going through a hard time politically.
  • It made me realise just how different our cultures are, despite speaking the same language the UK and the USA are pretty different.
  • I think living in the U.S. truly opened my eyes to cultural diversity, especially racial diversity . . . It also made me more aware of which cultural stereotypes are complete myths.
  • With the difference in the way the modules were run I found myself doing more presentations so my research and public speaking skills have developed as a result.
  • It was amazing! I met so many new people and it broadened by horizons as I experienced not only a new university but also completely different cultures.
  • The experience I think was better than my expectations, the atmosphere at American football games was immense and I felt I really got the American College experience and went to lots of other places in the US as well.
  • I have learnt to be much more proactive with my learning and do frequent work throughout the semester instead of leaving it until the end of the semester.
  • I have definitely become more open to meeting new people and have become a lot more interested in other people's cultures. I have become a lot more laid back, personable and confident.
  • I travelled to other cities in South Carolina as well as New York, Washington DC, Mexico, California ( LA and San Fran) and New Orleans.
  • The thing that surprised me the most about living and studying abroad was how much grander the campus was than back home!
  • At Warwick attendance and participation in seminars don't [always] count, but in the U.S they do so you had to ensure you had a high attendance and participated in class. Also the work style is generally really different: At Warwick it's much more independent and you work on a longer essay over a period of time, but in the U.S you have way more homework but they're shorter and easier pieces but just a lot of it, and a lot more tests and exams and quizzes as well.
  • Meeting people from all over the world definitely heightened my awareness of cultural diversity and meeting and chatting with different Americans about differences between our countries helped us both to learn more about the other.
  • Just being able to walk through such a huge, scenic campus and use their first-rate facilities was incredibly worth my while.
  • I learned a lot more about American history. In the US, the majority of university courses focus heavily on American history, which suited my interests. I was able to take courses on topics that weren’t offered at Warwick and I’m now very glad to say have been part of my academic career. Studying a course such as Civil Rights in Columbia South Carolina was an incredible opportunity.
  • There were many student organisations to tale part in, similar to Warwick. The students were really welcoming and I didn’t feel at all disadvantaged when making friends or left out when it came to extracurricular activities. The US places a heavy focus on keeping students active outside of the classroom. I took part in the student gaming society and also took part in American politics with the College Democrats. I made friends and met people I otherwise would not have and a taste of American student life. There were also opportunities to travel every other week it seemed! Students were always organising trips either smaller trips in state or weekends even further afield.

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