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Study Abroad

Our Global Sustainable Development BASc programmes offer you the chance for a truly global university experience. During Term Two and Three of your Second Year, you have the unique opportunity to study with Monash University's Sustainable Development Institute at either their Melbourne (Australia) or Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) campus. During this exciting time in your degree, the work you complete at Monash will contribute to your overall degree classification. You will not pay any extra tuition fees whilst studying at Monash, but will instead continue to pay fees in full to Warwick. If you are eligible, you will also continue to receive a student loan, however, it is important to factor in the additional costs of flights and living expenses. Your alternative is a year-long intercalated study abroad placement with one of Warwick's partner universities in Asia, Australasia, Caribbean, Europe, North America, or South America.

Your Options (Choose One)

  1. Complete an integrated Study Abroad placement during Term 2 & 3 of Year Two at Monash University (Australia or Malaysia). Term 1 is spent at Warwick as normal.
  2. Remain at Warwick throughout Year Two and study as normal. You also have the option of completing the Certificate of Professional Communication during Term 2 and 3, and a work placement over the summer.
  3. Complete a year-long intercalated Study Abroad programme during Year Three. This is not accredited and does not contribute to your overall degree grade.

Why Study Abroad?

  • Study at a leading university - Warwick partners with universities in more than 40 countries, one of whom may accept you on an intercalated year; or take up an integrated place at Monash University.
  • Deepen your knowledge, broaden your learning - study away from Warwick and engage with inspiring course content and teaching methods. You can explore Monash's modules (units) here.
  • Develop your personal strengths - living abroad requires you to get organised, be proactive, and grasp opportunity. Raise your confidence and push the boundaries of your student experience.
  • Immerse yourself in a new culture - fancy a change of scenery from the West Midlands? Take in the food, lifestyle, and atmosphere of a new culture. Monash students will live in one of the Pacific's great cities, either Melbourne (Australia), or Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).
  • Travel - take the chance to discover new landscapes and cities across the world. Meet new people and make unforgettable memories.

Monash University (Integrated Study Abroad)

Monash University is home to the Sustainable Development Institute, a world leading centre for multi-disciplinary research into and education for sustainability. Bringing together scientists, lawyers, economists, psychologists, biologists, engineers, health professionals and training experts to tackle the globe’s biggest problems, the Institute aims to “envisage and create the world of the future”. The Institute has recently been selected by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network to lead solutions on global sustainable development in the Australia/Pacific region. By travelling to Monash as part of your GSD course, you will gain invaluable access to this leading research centre, broadening your ideas and imagination as you complete your Second Year studies and prepare for your Final Year research.


Melbourne or Kuala Lumpur?

Student Experience - Josefa Voigt (Monash, Melbourne)


Josefa Voigt
GSD and Business Studies
Final Year

Living abroad has certainly benefitted my attitudes, mostly due to the interaction with very international people. Although both Warwick and Monash attract many international students, very few students at Monash are European. Instead, the great majority come from India, China, Canada, and the US. This leads to the interaction with very different cultures and points of view, and the desire to understand these more profoundly.

My free time at Monash was characterised by plentiful excursions to Melbourne, and to the beaches and the wildlife around Victoria. I went traveling before going to Monash, leaving home a month early, and backpacking with two friends through Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia. After the semester, I went to Northern Australia (Cairns) to see the Great Barrier Reef, which must be understood as one of the most pressing signs for how much needs to be done at present to reverse or at least halt further global warming"

Timeline (Integrated)

  • Autumn Term, Year One - Complete your study abroad application to GSD Department at Warwick. Decision is made around Christmas as to the nomination of your study abroad place.
  • Spring and Summer Term, Year One - Complete your application to Monash; applications are processed by Monash in September. Apply for accommodation for Term One at Warwick.
  • Autumn Term, Year Two - Confirmation of your place, apply for visa and accommodation, and make travel arrangements. We also recommend you consider your accomodation options for your Final Year at Warwick.
  • Spring Term, Year Two - Travel to host institution and study between February-July.
  • Autumn Term, Year Three - Return to Warwick for final year of studies

Intercalated Study Abroad

The Global Sustainable Development Department will support an application for an intercalated (non-credit bearing) year abroad placement. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience living and studying abroad. You would undertake your study abroad year between years 2 and 3 of your studies at Warwick. However, only those candidates who have not undertaken a study abroad programme at Monash will be considered. A reduced fee is paid to Warwick, and student loans remain available, if eligible. It is important to also consider the cost of a visa, flight, and living expenses when making an application.

Each year, the list of host institutions and number of places available changes in accordance with Warwick's international partner agreements. Regions currently include:

  • Asia, Australasia, Caribbean, Europe, North America, South America

For more information please visit Warwick's Global Engagement and Study Abroad website.

Student Experience - Meredith Whiting (Queen's University, Canada)

Meredith Whiting

Meredith Whiting
Sociology and GSD
Intercalated Year Abroad (Queen's University, Canada)

Studying abroad in Canada so far has been an exhilarating experience. I'm studying at Queen's University, in Kingston (ON), as part of my joint degree of Sociology and Global Sustainable Development. The experiences I've had have been unique and educational in so many different ways, from class field trips to independent travel around Canada.

I've been able to take a range of subjects that aren't available at Warwick, such as an Indigenous studies class and a Global Mental Health course, but all classes I've had have taught me something to take back home and been really relevant to GSD. It's been great to get ideas for my dissertation as well as test myself academically. Outside of classes, I've been lucky enough to represent the school as a Gael (their student athletes) and take part in all sorts of events including conferences on Health and Human Rights. The focus on interdisciplinarity has been something I was hoping for, much like the GSD department, and I've found and loved every minute of studying here so far"

Student Experience - Rowan Thorne (University of Freiburg, Germany)

For the past few months I have been studying in Freiburg, or the “Green City”, and so far it has proven itself as a fantastic place to be a student. At first the language barrier was difficult, but most students here speak English and I am doing my best to learn some German, so it hasn’t been a major problem. Despite not studying Liberal Arts and Sciences back at Warwick, I have felt at ease with the cohort because of their open-mindedness and switched-on view of the world.

The nightlife is brilliant, with a multitude of bars and nightclubs, and the international community is also very active. Being right next to the mountains, and extremely close to the borders of France and Switzerland, means that travelling and hiking during the weekends is also super easy. Overall, the experience so far has been unforgettable, and I look forward to what the rest of the year will bring"


  • Integrated (Monash) - Full fees paid to Warwick; Student loan available if eligible. Students studying in Melbourne typically find the cost of living higher than the UK. The cost of living is significantly cheaper in Malaysia. Funding the cost of flights, accommodation, and living expenses remains your responsibility. Health insurance is mandatory for an Australian study visa. More information available.
  • Intercalated (Europe and Worldwide) - reduced fees paid to Warwick (for 2018/19, this was £1,350-£1,385 for Erasmus and Worldwide Study Abroad students; subject to change), and no tuition fees paid to your host institution. If you are eligible for a student loan, you will continue to receive one, and may receive a higher amount as a result of studying abroad. Funding the cost of flights, accommodation, and living expenses remains your responsibility. Many countries stipulate health insurance as a required condition of a visa. More information available.
  • Grants & Scholarships - various schemes are run annually to support you on your time away from Warwick. These can vary from travel subsidies to a monthly grant to supplement living costs. Awards vary from year to year and have strict eligibility criteria.


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