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Study Abroad

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Monash University, Clayton campus

Your university experience could be a truly global one by studying overseas. You can access study abroad opportunities via two routes:

1. Study abroad in terms 2 and 3 of your second year

You could spend terms 2 and 3 of your second year studying abroad at one of our Department's partner institutions; Monash University (home to the Monash Sustainable Development Institute) or Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Our integrated programme is specifically structured so you can spend time abroad without having to extend the overall length of your course. Your academic achievements abroad will count towards your degree awarded by Warwick, meaning your studies will be both rewarding and rewarded! You'll continue to pay your course fees in full to Warwick and you'll also continue to receive your student loan, if eligible.

2. Year-long study abroad

You may, alternatively, choose to spend an intercalated year at one of Warwick's many other partner institutions across the world. You'll spend your first and second years at Warwick, studying abroad in your third year. You'll then return to Warwick for your final year. Your year abroad won't count towards your final mark, but it will be recorded on your Higher Education Achievement Report, giving you the freedom to take chances with your module choice and push yourself outside of your comfort zone with your learning. Please see here for more information about the intercalated study abroad opportunity.

Why study abroad?

  • Study at a leading university - Warwick partners with universities in more than 40 countries across the world, located in Europe, North America, South America, Australasia and East Asia. Please bear in mind, allocations are agreed on an annual basis.
  • Deepen your knowledge, broaden your learning - Engage with inspiring course content and teaching methods. You can explore Monash's modules (units) hereLink opens in a new window.
  • Develop your personal strengths - Living abroad requires you to be organised, proactive, and to grasp opportunities. Raise your confidence and push the boundaries of your student experience by studying abroad.
  • Immerse yourself in a new culture - Whether you study at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona or at one of Monash's campuses in Melbourne (Australia) or Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), you will be able to embrace the food, lifestyle, and atmosphere of a different culture like never before.
  • Travel - Discover new landscapes and cities across the world. Meet new people and make unforgettable memories.

Integrated study abroad programme: Monash University

Read the transcript for this video.

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 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?

"Living abroad has certainly benefitted my attitudes"

"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."

"There was a lot of support in place"

"The modules that I chose at Monash focus more intensely on a specific subject than I was used to at my GSD-home department. This allowed me for instance to delve more into an economics-oriented module on energy markets and expand on my global knowledge by comparing Australian jurisdiction and policies to European ones.

When Monash decided to transition the semester to online-teaching, there was a lot of support in place and I can even still get to know course mates virtually. The change of time zones, together with Monash’s apparent preference for various small assessments spread across the semester, does make the situation challenging for the three of us. Through the various “check-in” assessments as well as our high interest in the course content, we are being pushed to stay on top of this odd semester and to learn intensely about our own work and study habits throughout this challenge. This sense of independence and re-thinking of time and learning makes it a whole new and ultimately rewarding cross-cultural study experience."

Philosophy and GSD student
Integrated study abroad at Monash

  • Hear from Hannah:
  • Hannah undertook a semester's exchange at Monash in 2018 during the second year of her GSD degree.
  • Hear from Ethan
  • Ethan is a Monash student and is currently on exchange at Warwick in our Department.

Timeline: Integrated study abroad programme

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3

Term 1

Complete your study abroad application to the GSD Department at Warwick. A decision is made at the end of Term 1 as to the nomination of your study abroad place.

Terms 2 and 3

Complete your application to Monash or Universitat Pompeu Fabra; applications are processed in September. Apply for accommodation for Term 1 of your second year at Warwick.

Term 1

Confirmation of your place, apply for visa and accommodation and make travel arrangements. We also recommend you consider your accommodation options for your final year at Warwick.

Term 2

Travel to Monash or Universitat Pompeu Fabra and study between February-July.

Term 1

Return to Warwick for your final year.

Intercalated study abroad

The GSD 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 the second and third year of your studies at Warwick. A reduced fee is paid to Warwick, and student loans remain available, if eligible. It's 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 the number of places available changes in accordance with Warwick's international partner agreements.

For more information please visit Warwick's Student Mobility website.

"I've found and loved every minute of studying here so far"

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 weren'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.

"The experience so far has been unforgettable"

“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 study abroad programme - 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 and Barcelona. 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 study abroad (at a university-wide partner institutions) - reduced fees paid to Warwick, 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.